Whitley County Historical Museum
The Whitley County Historical Museum is housed in the Columbia City, Indiana home of Thomas Riley Marshall, Indiana Governor and 28th Vice President of the United States. The Museum interprets not only the life of Thomas Marshall but also the great history of Whitley County and its peoples. The Museum complex consists of the Marshall House, an Annex, and an Outhouse. Guided tours, detailed exhibits, and informative programming help bring Whitley County history to life for our visitors. The Whitley County Historical Museum works in conjunction with the Whitley County Historical Society.
OUR MISSION: Here at the Whitley County Historical Museum, our mission is to instill in people an appreciation of the persons and events which have molded the Whitley County community; to collect, preserve, and offer historic artifacts and stories to the public through exhibits, publications, collaboration, research, and educational programs.
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - NOON
Kroger Community Rewards Program
The Whitley County Historical Society has been an accepted organization for the Kroger Community Rewards Program! To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program simply visit http://www.kroger.com. Once logged into your Kroger account, search for WHITLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY either by name or GP137 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card. That's it! Now each time your shop you can help support the Whitley County Historical Society!Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.
HEY KIDS! Do you love history? Join the Whitley County History Club!
3rd Grade Curriculum for Local History For Teachers and Parents
Upcoming Events & Information
The entrance to the facility is now at the Research Center. For tours, see us in the Research Center.
We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Anna Rhoades. Anna was a part of the Museum family for many many years. She was loved dearly by all of us. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers in this sad time. Below is a photo of Anna receiving our Thomas Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award - in the same sense in which Anna has blessed us with a Lifetime of wonderful memories!
WHITLEY COUNTY SOCIETY MEMBERS:
Membership Dues have changed! Dues have been the same for over 20 years while postage, bulletin costs, and such have increased. The board decided to raise membership cost to $20/per year effective 03/01/18. Also due dates have been changed to make things easier and more efficient for everyone involved! Membership Renewal for everyone will be due on April 1st of each year. Any questions, contact the museum at (260) 244-6372.
November - November 14 - POSTPONED
Due to the COVID, the Clay Geiger book signing and presentation about his 109 Book has been postponed until further notice. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for updates. We apologize for any inconveniences.
FASHION FRIDAY At the Museum
The Museum recently with the help of Randy Elliott, volunteer Karen Cheng, and Anchor Films of Fort Wayne, filmed two exciting old time fashion videos. Here are the two episodes!
Episode 1 of 2 - Vintage Clothing
Episode 2 of 2 - Vintage Clothing
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