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Programs and Events

150 Ways to Love Your History

Through an exciting array of exhibits, programs, projects, and initiatives, The History Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. In 1867, two years after America’s Civil War ended, 33 residents of St. Joseph County resolved to formally preserve local history. The organization they established 150 years ago is the second oldest historical society in Indiana. Today—as The History Museum—it is a thriving, impressive institution that collects and preserves over a half million objects in its collection, educates the public through immersive exhibits and programs, and interprets the past in myriad ways, all of which capture the essence of why history museums exist.

Through the Lens Photograph Drive

Starting April 2017
Whether your method is a zoom lens or Snapchat, digital camera or Instagram, we want your pictures! Bring us images on your smart phone, let us scan photos from your scrapbook. However you’ve taken pictures, we want to include them in our Archives. The History Museum is 150 years old this year and we’re celebrating by creating a wall of pictures—10 from every decade since we began. We want pictures from the 1860s (Yes! They exist!) through yesterday. Appointments required and there is a limit of five photographs per appointment. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 235-9664, ext. 266 or email

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