One year ago this month, we invited readers to begin sending us their questions for a new project called Ask the Truth. 

And now, 52 answered questions later, there’s still a palpable excitement in seeing what you will ask us next.

Thanks to your curiosity, we’ve gotten to tell the stories behind things that, quite frankly, a lot of us here at The Elkhart Truth didn’t know about or realize our readers were interested in. Whether we’ve been delving into the stories behind a strange concrete block full of human teeth, the origin of black “ninja squirrels” (in one brilliant reader’s words) or a decades-old sign calling a beloved son back to Jesus, we’ve relished the opportunity to learn more about our community along with you.

But that learning couldn’t have happened without the help of people dedicated to sharing their knowledge with you. We’d like to thank a few of them who’ve been kind enough to put up with our incessant questions as we’ve searched for answers to yours.

First of all, we’d like to give a shout-out to Elkhart city historian Paul Thomas, who’s helped us find the answers to more local history questions than I can accurately recall. Along the same vein, the folks at the Elkhart County Historical Museum have showed an unparalleled level of generosity by giving us frequent access to their time, resources and research.

And of course, we’d like to thank you. A year ago, we were excited to start this process and had no idea how it would turn out, but you all were willing to give it a chance. Over 400 people have sent us questions, and far more than that have voted for the ones they wanted answered. That’s pretty amazing.

As Ask the Truth continues for what we hope will be many more years, we once again invite you to send us your questions about the community. You’re welcome to email yours to, or mail it to me at 421 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516, Attn: Ann Elise Taylor.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll ask us next.


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