Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Elkhart County History

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HMS Dreadnought

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. 24, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.
Mammoth Tusk

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 Feb. 13, 2015 at 4:59 p.m.
Clovis Point

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. 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
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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.

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

The Elkhart County Historical Museum will be hosting a House History Research Night on Jan. 15. In this article, find out about some of the resources you can use to find out about your home, and what these sources can tell you.

Posted on Dec. 8, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 “whistle stop” tour during the 1912 presidential campaign made a stop in Elkhart. Read on for more about the event and how the campaign changed how political campaigns are run.

Posted on Nov. 12, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

The Indiana Historical Society’s senior archivist, Wilma Moore, will speak on the history of African-Americans in Indiana. The topic ties in with an soon-to-be-released oral history series on local African-American history.

Posted on Nov. 4, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

Events coming up at the Elkhart County Historical Museum during November include presentations on caring for family heirlooms, the history of railroading in the Wabash Fourth District and the history of African Americans in Indiana.

Posted on Oct. 31, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

In honor of Halloween, Elkhart County Historical Museum curator of education and community blogger Patrick McGuire shared a few tales of hauntings in the Elkhart County community.

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

The Gathering at Five Medals, which highlights the history of Elkhart County, will feature over 150 historic reenactors, vendors, demonstrations of traditional cooking and brewing methods, and much more.

Posted on Sept. 25, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

After studying under the architect who designed the world’s first skyscraper, E. Hill Turnock returned to Elkhart, where he crafted some of the area’s most famous buildings. Read on to learn about the man behind the Ruthmere Mansion, the Elkhart Municipal Building and more.

Posted on Sept. 12, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Edward Bonney is known around the area for building the Bonneyville Mill – however, life later led him to become an escaped criminal, a bounty hunter, a detective and a Civil War veteran.

Posted on Sept. 4, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

We are used to seeing displays and exhibits when we go to museums, but what kind of work goes into making those possible? Here’s a look behind the scenes at the Elkhart County Historical Museum.

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.


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Grace Lawn Cemetery

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.
Kundred and President Coolidge

Posted on Aug. 10, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.
Using at Atlatl

Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.
Washington Township School c. 1903

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
Headstone for William Tuffs

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 6:36 a.m.
Bucklen Opera House

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.