Whitley County Historical Museum
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50 Year Celebration!
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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.


museum hours

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? Stop by the Museum and join the Whitley County History Club!

Do you have a donation to send to the Whitley County Historical Museum? Please download, fill out and send this form along with your donation. Thank you! Click here for our

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The entrance to the facility is now at the Research Center. For tours, see us in the Research Center.


​​Remote Research Services are available at the Whitley County Historical Museum. For research information, please call us.





Sept 24 – 1:00p.m. – Karen Cheng – Life in Whitley County (Part of the Be Heard: Indiana Asian Experience Exhibit)



Sept 29 – National Soy Sauce Day! Taste soy sauce (Part of the Be Heard: Indiana Asian Experience Exhibit)


Sept 29 – 4:00p.m. - Be Saucy! A Short History of Fermented Soy Sauce & Mr. Shinzo Ohki (Part of the Be Heard: Indiana Asian Experience Exhibit)

The  Be Heard: Indiana Asian Experience Exhibit was made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Indiana Historical Society


Oct – The Baseball All-Stars of Whitley County exhibit has been moved to April of 2023.


Nov 11 – 9:00a.m. – Noon – Unveiling of the Stough Uniform and military history

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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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