After six years, Culver’s
history museum is moving from the lower level of the historic Carnegie library building - but only next door.
Volunteers from several local clubs and organizations are working hard this week to relocate the Culver history museum’s collection into the ground-floor of the First Farmer’s Bank and Trust building, on the corner of Jefferson and Main Streets. This stalwart fixture of our downtown was not so long ago the site of the old State Exchange Bank, once called “the biggest little bank in Indiana.” The First Farmers Bank and Trust will continue to serve patrons as normal.
The museum will reopen in the offices of the much-lauded Exchange Bank manager and Culver luminary, W.O. Osborne. The offices have sat unused for some time, but from mid-November they will have a new life serving as the home of the area’s premier repository for the town, lake and rural communities’ stories and memories.
The new location sits opposite the Antiquarian & Historical Society’s own Heritage Park and faces the Culver Academy’s Museum across Main Street. This solidifies the intersection of Main and Jefferson as the hub of the Historic Downtown District, replete with town clock, and makes a perfect fit for the AHS’s flagship service for Culver.
Joining the museum in the new location will be a collaborative venture between many groups in Culver, a new tourist and visitors’ center, which has already received support from the Marshall County Tourism and Vistors Bureau and Marshall County Community Foundation. Watch this website for more information!