Whitley County Historical Museum

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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

HEY KIDS! Do you love history? Join the Whitley County History Club!

3rd Grade Curriculum for Local History For Teachers and Parents
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The entrance to the facility is now at the Research Center. For tours, see us in the Research Center.


At the July meeting of the Whitley County Historical Society Board, board member Charlotte Blair shared information she had gained on a recent trip to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis and discussion with cemetery management.  The Thomas Marshall mausoleum located in that cemetery is in great need of cleaning and repair.  To assist in the costs for that needed restoration the Board voted unanimously to donate five thousand dollars to the cleaning and repair.   That amount covers a little over half the cost.   If any member would like to contribute to this project, donations may be made to the WCHS with notation for the Marshall Mausoleum on the check.  Members making donations will be recognized in an upcoming Bulletin.


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.






July - More info coming soon.

August - Check back for more info.

Time Travelers allows members of The History Center access to over 178 reciprocal institutions with over 250 individual museums and historical societies in 43 states. Members of Time Travelers organizations receive a variety of special benefits, such as free admission or gift shop discounts when they visit Time Travelers affiliates. For a listing of member institutions click here.

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108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City, IN 46725

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