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Culver Citizen, July 5, 1979

Culver Citizen, July 12, 1979

Culver Citizen, July 19, 1979

Culver Citizen, July 26, 1979

Culver Citizen, Aug. 2, 1979

Culver Citizen, Aug. 9, 1979

Culver Citizen, Aug. 16, 1979

Culver Citizen, Aug. 23, 1979

Culver Citizen, Aug. 30, 1979

Culver Citizen, Sept. 6, 1979

Culver Citizen, Sept. 13, 1979

Culver Citizen, Sept. 20, 1979

Culver Citizen, Sept. 27, 1979



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Culver Citizen, April 5, 1979

Culver Citizen, April 12, 1979

Culver Citizen, April 19, 1979

Culver Citizen, April 26, 1979

Culver Citizen, May 3, 1979

Culver Citizen, May 10, 1979

Culver Citizen, May 17, 1979

Culver Citizen, May 24, 1979

Culver Citizen, May 31, 1979

Culver Citizen, June 7, 1979

Culver Citizen, June 14 1979

Culver Citizen, June 21, 1979

Culver Citizen, June 28, 1979



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Culver Citizen, Jan. 4, 1979

Culver Citizen, Jan. 11, 1979

Culver Citizen, Jan. 18, 1979

Culver Citizen, Feb. 1, 1979

Culver Citizen, Feb. 8, 1979

Culver Citizen, Feb. 15, 1979

Culver Citizen, Feb. 22, 1979

Culver Citizen, March 1, 1979

Culver Citizen, March 8, 1979

Culver Citizen, March 15, 1979

Culver Citizen, March 22, 1979

Culver Citizen, March 29, 1979



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Prospective volunteers came

past the AHS Museum’s table during the annual Clubs and Organizations Fair at the Culver Union Township Public Library last month.  Members of the public got a glimpse of a floorplan for the new museum space, located next door to the Carnegie building in the Jefferson Street entrance to the First Farmers Bank building.  The museum space is currently undergoing construction ahead of a March re-opening.

Those stopping by the table also had a chance to meet the incoming Director, Anna Campbell – as well as the new Director’s daughter, Annemarie.  Anna will be working closely with both the Museum and Tourism Center Committees in the coming months, and would be glad for help from any members of the public with time to help aid in the preservation of Culver’s history.

Simply follow the link to see our website’s Volunteer section, where you can find more information on upcoming service opportunities, applications, and more.  Thank you for your support!

Anna Campbell, left, and outgoing Director Gregory Waksmulski man the recruitment table

Bridging the gap with the help of little Annemarie

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Volunteers from Lions Club were the first group to help during the museum’s “Big Move” week (from l to r, Ed & Lora Pinder, Anne Duff, Don & Ellen Freese, Bill Birk, Julie Hollowell, Dan Adams, and Arnold Friebe)

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 Spring, 2014, 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!

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Please join the Antiquarian and Historical Society

this Saturday, October 19th for a Historic Hayride and Moonlight Paddle.  The Historic Hayrides will be from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and will begin and end at the Culver Depot.  Jeff Kenney will narrate the hayrides with interesting facts of Culver’s past.

The Moonlight Paddle will be held at the Culver Beach Lodge and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  You can bring your own canoe, kayak, paddleboard or register with Dana Neer via email to dana.neer@culver.org to reserve a canoe from the Academies.  

The paddle will begin at the Culver Beach where you will paddle to the outlet at Long Point.  Hot chocolate with a bonfire to warm you will await you as you listen to ghost stories.  Paddlers will then paddle back to the beach lodge where another bonfire will be ready to roast hot dogs and marshmallows and warm you from your Moonlight Paddle.

Please join us for Fall Fest fun!

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As part of its ongoing service

to the community and researchers around the world, the Center for Culver History has uploaded another four decades of Culver Community High School Tomahawk and Cavalcade yearbooks as fully-searchable, field indexed PDF’s.  This means that all CHS and CCHS yearbooks from 1952 through 2008 are available for anyone to search and discover online.

This digitization project is funded in part by an award from the Marshall County Community Foundation.  The Center for Culver History has scanned, processed and uploaded many historical publications in the museum’s collection over the last year.  State Exchange Bank newsletters, archived Culver Citizens and other local papers, and other historically significant records are all a part of the project.  Many of these can be found in our online Publication Gallery.  You can find this gallery listed in the tabs at the top of this page.

Not only does the project open more of the museum’s collection to greater access via the internet, digitization is also an important part of any preservation effort.  The collection constitutes a digital archive of artifacts from the Culver, Indiana area’s natural, historical and cultural heritage.  With the efforts of volunteers and staff, the museum is proud to provide these fully-searchable, complete publications as research tools for a broader spectrum of the public.

To go directly to the Culver High School yearbooks page of the Publication Gallery, click the image of the yearbook covers.

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Click here to read the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver’s Summer, 2013 newsletter, which was featured in the Aug. 8, 2013 Culver Citizen newsletter. From the new LMEC collaborative exhibit, to upcoming programs, memorials, and much more, the AHS newsletter may focus on history but keeps it fresh and exciting.

Lakes don’t want to be lakes.  They were created by nature.  Over time, if not protected, sediment plants and debris will fill them in, and make them land once more.

-          Jody Arthur, Indiana Dept. of Enviromental Management (2009)


The Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council

has been working in our community for over three decades and remains focused on the ecological balance of a lake that generations have looked to for recreation, fitness and pleasure.


Covering 1,864 acres, with eleven miles of shoreline, twenty-one underground springs and four tributaries, our lake is the second largest in the state.  In the ‘70’s, though, the lake was facing a decline due to pollution.  The “crystal water” as the Potowatomi had named it was in trouble.


Enter the Lake Management Committee, set up by action taken at a Culver Plan Commission meeting in 1981.  A few years later, the group had grown to both an environmental fund, the LMEF, and an environmental council, LMEC, the first functioning conservation network for the area.  The organization subsequently took the lead in several key conservation efforts around the lake.  These projects include the formation of three wetlands and most recently a core sampling study that will help to develop a timeline of the last two to three hundred years in the lake, and determine the impact of the group’s efforts.  The Center for Culver History is proud to collaborate with LMEC on this wonderful, interactive exhibit.  Photos may be viewed in the slideshow at the end of this post.


The exhibit tells the story of our lake from its glacial beginnings to the problems and issues it has faced past and present.  Loads of interactive displays help to educate exhibit-goers on the flora and fauna as well as the dynamics of the lake itself.  Displays also cover the group’s history as caretakers protecting and preserving the lake over the last thirty two years.


There will be an informal reception from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26th with LMEF/LMEC members, and members of the public are encouraged to stop in and say hello.  Light refreshments will be available for the reception.


Kids and families are welcome to enjoy all the interactive exhibits and receive free coloring books and posters courtesy of Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council.  Exhibits include magnifying boxes for bug identification, an animal tracks game, instruction on fishing pole assembly and an Enviroscape, on loan from the DNR, a hands-on model watershed that teaches kids how a lake ties the water cycle together.


The exhibit is free and open to the public, and may be viewed during museum hours at the Center for Culver History, in the basement of the historic Carnegie library building, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon – 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more infomation, contact us by telelphone at (574) 842 2941, ext. 218, or via e-mail, historyofculver@gmail.com or LMEC@lakemax.org.

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What do  the posting of Culver’s first-ever street signs, the launching of the Maxinkuckee Playhouse, and the dedication of the war memorial stones outside the Culver Public Library all have in common?

They all took place in 1950, and they’re all featured in the latest batch of Culver Citizen newspapers uploaded to the AHS site! Check them out, by month, below…

Culver Citizen newspapers, Jan-March, 1950

Culver Citizen newspapers, April-June, 1950

Culver Citizen newspapers, July-Sept., 1950

Culver Citizen newspapers, Oct-Dec, 1950

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