The Elkhart County Historical Museum features ten permanent galleries and 2 temporary exhibit spaces. The exhibits tell the story of the local community from pre-history to the present.
Elkhart County's First 20,000 Years
Find out what was living in Elkhart County before humans lived here. See a 23,000 year old mammoth tusk found in Middlebury. Learn about the first people who entered this area around 12,000 years ago, and see how their cultures and civilizations evolved over time. Discover how life changed for these people, known today as Native Americans, when they encountered Europeans.
Sponsored by First State Bank of Middlebury
April 11, 1965
April 11, 1965 was a day people in Elkhart County will never forget. Tornadoes ravaged the county, taking lives, destroying homes, and bringing national attention to the area. Still, resilient Elkhart County residents pulled together to recover from the disaster.
To mark 50 years since the outbreak of the Palm Sunday Tornadoes, through 2015 the museum will host a special temporary photo exhibit of images that document the day the tornadoes struck and the aftermath.