Jamaican FSA Camp

Looking to keep farm production going, US government invited men from neighboring countries to work during World War II — and some came to Elkhart County

Posted on Sept. 3, 2015 at 11:46 a.m.

An upcoming event will feature a presentation about the Elkhart County Historical Museum’s newest collection, which tells the story of an Elkhart WWII serviceman who was adrift on a life raft for almost a month after his plane was shot down over the Pacific.


Posted on Aug. 10, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.
C.G. Conn Factory Fire of 1910

After fires in 1883 and 1910 destroyed two C.G. Conn factories, the businessman who helped make Elkhart the “Band Instrument Capital of the World” vowed to make the business bigger and better.

Posted on July 11, 2015 at 9:31 a.m.
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Posted on June 20, 2015 at 10:38 a.m.

As quilt gardens emerge this summer, the Elkhart County Historical Museum’s Patrick McGuire shares the stories and history behind the patterns they form.

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 6:45 a.m.

As the Elkhart County Historical Museum gets ready to hold a program about the Elkhart County Home’s history on June 3, community blogger Patrick McGuire shared the story of the fight to save it.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.

After his plane was shot down over the Pacific during World War II, Jack Cooper etched a diary chronicling his final days into a wallet. In addition to the diary, an entire collection telling Cooper’s story was recently donated to the Elkhart County Historical Museum.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 6:00 a.m.

The Elkhart County Historical Museum will continue its WWI series with a showing of “Influenza 1918,” which tells the story of the Spanish Flu pandemic. Community blogger Patrick McGuire explains why it’s an important event to remember.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:58 a.m.

The Elkhart County Historical Museum’s Palm Sunday tornadoes exhibit, “April 11, 1965,” opens on March 29 and will recognize the 50th anniversary of the storm.

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:59 p.m.

While researching World War I for an Elkhart County Historical Museum lecture series, community blogger Patrick McGuire found out how modern day fitness, medicine and even clocks were affected by the “Great War.”

Posted on Feb. 24, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.

The Elkhart County Historical Society is sponsoring the “Great War Lecture Series” to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. The first installment on Thursday, Feb. 26, will cover the causes and events that led to the start of the war. 

Posted on Feb. 13, 2015 at 4:59 p.m.

A new exhibit, Elkhart County’s First 20,000 Years, has opened at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. Read on for more about the exhibit and how it was developed.

Posted on Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

While doing research for the Elkhart County Historical Museum’s new exhibit, community blogger Patrick McGuire learned how Paleo-Indians — the first humans in North America — created tools using a process called flint knapping.

Posted on Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:35 p.m.

While the Elkhart County Historical Museum was doing research for its new exhibit, “Elkhart County’s First 20,000 Years,” staffers were able to learn a lot about Wooly Mammoths and Mastodons, which inhabited this region thousands of years ago.

Elkhart County Historical Museum
The Elkhart County Historical Museum
Operating in Bristol for over 40 years, the Elkhart County Historical Museum fosters appreciation and preservation of local history and culture through exhibits, educational programs, and an accessible library and archives. Staff from the museum will be blogging about what’s going at the museum and all things Elkhart County history.

Concord Township plat map

Posted on Jan. 9, 2015 at 8:23 p.m.
Gathering at Five Medals

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.