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Miniatures by Candlelight Cancelled
We regret to inform our visitors, friends and supporters that the museum board has decided to cancel this year’s Miniatures by Candlelight event in December due to COVID-19.   Elaine Mancini, Executive Director, said “Miniatures […]
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Museum wins federal grant
Governor Eric Holcomb, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Destination Development Corporation congratulated us on receiving public federal funding under the Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Grant Program. […]
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Reminder about Our Virtual Gallery
We add photos from our permanent collection to Our Virtual Gallery at least twice a week.  Please visit Permanent Exhibits on the Exhibits page to view them.  We have posted more than one hundred topics, […]
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Important updates
Beginning Friday August 28, the museum will be open to visitors three days a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours are Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 […]
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Museum receives Judy Berman Collection
The Museum of Miniature Houses proudly welcomes the transfer of the Judy Berman Collection from The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. Known as the Queen of Miniatures, Judy Berman founded Chrysnbon in the 1970s after being inspired by a […]
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COVID-19 UPDATE
The museum is open on weekends only at this time. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For everyone’s health and safety, visitors are asked […]
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Attic Sale Is Postponed
We are terribly sorry to announce that we have to postpone once again our Annual Attic Sale.  We were trying for August 1st, but the venue will not be available at that time due to […]
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Fourth of July weekend hours
Please note that the museum will be closed on Saturday July 4.  It will be open, however, on Sunday July 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Standard admission rates apply. We offer two special […]
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How to Support the Museum
This August we celebrate 27 years of being open to the public.  As a non-profit, we depend greatly upon individual donations to continue being able to pay our small staff, maintain a building that is […]
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Museum awarded Indiana Arts Commission grant
We are proud to announce that the museum has been awarded an Arts Organization Support I grant from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC).  The grant is made possible by appropriated funds from the National Endowment […]
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Museum Reopens With New Exhibit
The Museum of Miniature Houses will reopen on a limited schedule beginning Saturday June 20.  The museum will be open on weekends only for the time being.  Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  […]
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Museum receives Humanities grant
The Museum of Miniature Houses is honored to have received funding provided by Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act […]
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Our shop opens by appointment only
The Museum of Miniature Houses is pleased to announce that our shop inside the museum will be open to customers by appointment only beginning May 28, 2020 due to pent-up demand for quality miniature furnishings […]
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Support Us Through Amazon Smile
During the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are shopping using Amazon. Did you know that you can support the Museum through sales on Amazon Smile? It’s simple to do. Online purchasers should logon to […]
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Event Cancellations
Because the museum is closed due to the coronavirus, we have cancelled all events scheduled for the rest of April and all of May. Cancelled events include Breyer Fun Day on April 25, Rosaleen Crowley’s […]
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Make a mini animal sculpture
The Georgia Museum of Art has shared an online toolkit to make a sculpture of an elephant (or other animal). http://https://georgiamuseum.org/art-from-home/mini-animal-sculpture/
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Make Your Own Museum at Home
Please see for wonderful ways to run your own museum. You can create an art museum, build an artifact display case, curate a collection, make a natural history exhibit, and turn your hoe into a […]
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Activity Book for Kids
We have designed an eight-page activity book for children of many ages. The activities are based upon dollhouses. There’s a Find a Word, Crossword puzzles, Word Scrambles, and outlines of houses to draw. You may […]
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Our Virtual Gallery is in full swing
The museum is open virtually. We are sharing more and more of our treasures online, both on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofMiniatures) and as permanent exhibits on this web site’s Exhibits page. Sometimes we give a lot of […]
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Our Virtual Story
The Museum of Miniature Houses has long been posting items of interest on its Facebook page, Instagram, Google Business, TripAdvisor and Pinterest. (See https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofMiniatures; https://www.instagram.com/museum_of_mini_houses/; https://www.pinterest.com/minimuseumIN/pins/) On this website, visitors should look at our Exhibits […]
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Museum closed until further notice
The Museum of Miniature Houses will be closed beginning March 18 until further notice. All events, such as the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series, are cancelled as well. Our annual attic sale is being […]
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Important information about health measures at the museum
In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, the museum is taking steps to reduce the spread of this and other viruses by regularly sanitizing doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, common surfaces, and other items frequently touched by […]
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Museum participates in First-Ever Homeschool Hoopla
We are pleased to announce the first-ever Homeschool Hoopla at the Monon Community Center in Carmel on March 19, 2020. Learn about Hamilton County organizations offering 2020 homeschool programming and events (with demonstrations and handouts). […]
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Museum is awarded City of Carmel Arts Grant
The Museum of Miniature Houses is proud to announce that it has been awarded a 2020 City of Carmel arts grant. In the award letter, Mayor Brainard wrote, “The City of Carmel is happy to […]
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2020 schedule of Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship announced
In 2020 we proudly present the 27th year of the museum and the sixth year of the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series. Our audiences enjoy demonstrations and performances of creativity and craftsmanship by flutists, […]
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Our front room gets a facelift
With a new year comes a facelift for the front room of the museum. Caitlin Rogers, Collections Manager, says, “We got rid of the clutter and achieved a cleaner look. The exhibits are easier to […]
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Three new exhibits for the new year
The Museum has mounted three temporary exhibits for the beginning of 2020. Caitlin Rogers, Collections Manager, said “We have three totally different kinds of exhibits on display in three different rooms.” The largest exhibit is […]
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Museum shop renovations
We are pleased to announce that the room housing the museum shop and admissions office is undergoing additional renovation during the period that the museum is closed for annual maintenance: January 8-21. (The museum reopens […]
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First workshop of 2020 takes place January 25
Join our workshop on How to Dress a Miniature Bed taught by Cindy McDaniel 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students will be given a 1-inch scale bed that’s already assembled and stained. Cindy will teach […]
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Two upgrades made possible by capital grant
Get ready for two major museum upgrades. We proudly announce that we received a capital grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation to cover costs of replacing our audio tour with a state-of-the-art system. […]
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Museum participates in Festival of Trees
The Indiana Historical Society once again hosts the Festival of Trees. Ninety-two elaborate trees – a dozen more than last year – are packed into the building, creating a winter wonderland to delight people of […]
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The Only Night of the Year. Join Us Dec. 7.
Join us on Saturday, December 7 for Miniatures by Candlelight from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is the only night of the year the museum is open. We turn off the ceiling lights so […]
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New donation of dolls to our permanent collection
The Museum is grateful to receive donations of dollhouses, dolls, and miniature accessories throughout the year. We would like to highlight a recent donation from the collection of Nancy Keegstra of dolls made by Pat […]
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The Museum is the place to shop for dollhouses
It’s that time of the year to think about buying a special someone a dollhouse. We have both pre-made dollhouses ranging in price from $75.00 to $300.00. We have kits available that start at $25.00 […]
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Current Exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies
Our Favorite Hobbies exhibit opened yesterday. The exhibit features scenes of our favorite pastimes – everything from gardening to fishing. (Close-up of Jane Graber’s Pottery Studio) Featured artists include Ella Reulbach, Ruth Elizabeth Jefferson and […]
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New Exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies
Opening on Wednesday September 11, 2019 is a new exhibit called Our Favorite Hobbies. The exhibit features scenes of our favorite pastimes – everything from gardening to fishing. Featured artists include Ella Reulbach, Ruth Elizabeth […]
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Dollhouse and Miniature Show coming to Westfield
All miniaturists and miniature enthusiasts are invited to Three Blind Mice Dollhouse and Miniature Show taking place on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, 2019 at the Westfield Lions Club. The hours on Friday, Sept. 13 […]
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Museum awarded another Indiana Arts Commission grant
We are proud to announce that we have received a FY20 Regional Initiative Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission made possible by appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature in conjunction with federally appropriated funds […]
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Opportunity to see huge collection of miniature books
On August 11, members of the public have an extraordinary opportunity to see one of the largest collections of miniature books in the world. The Miniature Book Society Conclave XXXVII will be at the Lilly […]
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New Exhibit: Transplanted, A Video Game with Miniature Sets
On exhibit now until mid-December 2019 is a video game created by two Ball State University MFA graduates Emily Thornton and Ben Fulchar. Using miniature sets, Transplanted is a stop-motion video game that seeks to […]
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New exhibit about the American West
We announce the opening of exhibit This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Two of Us: Scenes from the American West in Miniature. This exhibit explores scenes from the American West both past and present. […]
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Our Shop is Full of Miniature Wonders
The Museum of Miniature Houses has one of the best shops for miniature accessories and furniture in the Midwest. There is never an admission fee to browse in our shop. We have fruits and vegetables, […]
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Miniature Book Making workshop on June 29
The Museum of Miniature Houses is pleased to announce a new workshop, taking place Saturday, June 29, 2019. Award-winning miniature artisan Marti Icenogle will teach several bookmaking techniques in 1-inch or 1/4-inch scale. Marti will […]
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Phone line is still down at the museum
We’re so sorry but our phone line is not working and won’t be until next week after the Memorial Day weekend. It’s a chicken-and-the-egg situation regarding a downed tree and the line that had to […]
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Electrified Dollhouse for Sale
We have a well-built dollhouse with wonderful details on the exterior for sale. This three-story house is electrified throughout and has a fully furnished kitchen and bookcases included. Dimensions are 41 inches wide by 34 […]
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Museum closed May 17 due to storm damage
Due to storm damage from yesterday, we regret to post that the museum will be closed on Friday, May 17. We do expect to have our power back for Saturday but we suggest that visitors […]
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A most popular activity — our scavenger hunts
Did you know that the Museum offers three types of scavenger hunts to help our visitors navigate the thousands of items we have on display? They all have questions about displays in each of our […]
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See Our New Room Lighting
Thanks to a Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society, our exhibit rooms look fresher, more professional, and more focused on the displays themselves than ever before. This is because of a room lighting […]
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Hamilton County Tourism Awards “Tourism Gives” Grant
The Museum of Miniature Houses proudly announces that it has been awarded a $1,000 grant by Hamilton County Tourism. As they express in the award letter, Thank you for all you do to support great […]
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The Museum has a You Tube channel
Did you know that the Museum has a You Tube Channel? Go to YouTube.com, search Museum of Miniature Houses, select the listing that has the round photo of the front of our our building, and […]
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New Season of Artists and Performers
In 2019 we proudly present the 26th year of the museum and the fifth year of the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series. Our audiences enjoy demonstrations and performances of creativity and craftsmanship by violists, […]
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Museum closed Friday February 1
Again, due to severe weather conditions, the museum will be closed Friday, February 1, 2019. The weather will be great for outings during the weekend, however. We are open Saturday from 11-4 pm and Sunday […]
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Museum closed Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, 2019
The museum will be closed Wednesday January 30 and Thursday February 1 because of severe weather conditions. We do not want to encourage anyone to go outside unless necessary. We plan to reopen on Friday, […]
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Small Doses: Medicine in Miniature offsite exhibit
Check out objects from our collection on loan to the Indiana Medical History Museum for this exhibit Small Doses: Medicine in Miniature, which runs from January 12 through April 27. Miniature highlights include Marion Haerle’s […]
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Museum receives Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation grant
The museum proudly announces that it has been awarded for the first time a $2,000 operating grant from The Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation. Nicholas and Marguerite Noyes established the foundation in 1951 to […]
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See Our Tiny Tree Houses in the Festival of Trees
Enjoy the Tiny Tree Houses tree made by the Museum of Miniature Houses at the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees. Our tree is in the board room on the fourth level. The Festival of […]
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Museum Installs Free Library
The Museum proudly announces that it has installed an exterior free library for anyone’s use. The library is located on 1st Avenue SE on the side of the museum. The museum’s address is 111 East […]
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Visits Are Free On Museum Day
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day brings together museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket […]
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Our shop is full of great miniature accessories
The Museum of Miniature Houses has the best miniature shop in the area. We are constantly replenishing our inventory and have a separate DIY closet full of wood pieces, connectors, and other essentials for completing […]
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Michael Janosky creates landscape painting at museum event
Michael Janosky, an oil painter of Indiana landscapes, was the featured artist at Wednesday’s Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship. Here’s the painting he created at the museum, apart from some touch-ups and details done at […]
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INDIANA ARTS COMMISSION AWARDS A FY2019 REGIONAL INITIATIVE GRANT TO THE MUSEUM OF MINIATURE HOUSES
The Museum of Miniature Houses proudly announces it has been awarded a second Arts Organization Support grant made possible by appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature in conjunction with the National Endowment for the […]
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Indiana Historical Society Awards Another Grant
IHS Proud to Award Grant to Museum of Miniature Houses Carmel, Ind.—Upgrades are coming to the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel thanks in part to a $6,800 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical […]
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Museum of Miniature Houses is awarded grant from Indiana Historical Society
The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel is thrilled to announce that the museum has been awarded a Heritage Support Grant of $4,982.20 from the Indiana Historical Society to install/upgrade/repair lighting in miniature houses and […]
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2018 is the museum’s 25th anniversary
The Museum of Miniature Houses proudly announces that in 2018 it will have been open for 25 years. Two special events are planned to celebrate the anniversary. The first is the Founders’ Exhibit, which will […]
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Don’t miss our Annual Attic Sale
Here are some among the thousands of items available to crafters and miniaturists at our Annual Sale on Saturday, April 14 from 9 am to 3 pm. It is a great opportunity to buy miniature […]
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Next workshop takes place April 28, 2018
The Museum of Miniature Houses is pleased to announce our next workshop on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Beginner miniaturists will learn how to make houseplants, a suitcase, perfume bottles, non-working lamps, and other miniature accessories […]
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Collier Dollhouse for Sale
For sale: Collier six-room dollhouse with attic. Price is $60.00 The house measures 3’3″W x 2’4″H x 21″ D and is electrified. Please call the museum at 317-575-9466 with interest or email info@museumofminiatures.org
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Special Japanese Girls’ Day exhibit on February 24
Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll Day or Girls’ Day, is celebrated in Japan on March 3. This festival is a special day to honor young girls. The hinadan, like the one featured in the accompanying […]
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Museum receives City of Carmel Arts Grant
The museum proudly announces that it is a recipient of a 2018 City of Carmel Arts Grant. The museum, located in Carmel’s Arts and Design District, is a significant contributor to the city’s cultural landscape […]
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Museum closes for annual maintenance; reopens Jan. 24
The Museum of Miniature Houses will be closed this year for annual maintenance from January 8 through January 23. This is the time when our fabulous volunteers painstakingly dust every piece of miniature furniture and […]
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Museum receives CICF grant
We are proud to announce that the Museum has received a grant from the Legacy Fund Board of Directors to support our Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series in 2018. The Legacy Fund is a […]
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Another dollhouse for sale just in time
A beautiful bright blue decorated dollhouse is available for sale from the museum just in time for the holidays. $200.00. Please call the museum at 317-575-9466 during open hours if interested.
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Vote for our Gingerbread House in the Scavenger Hunt
The Museum of Miniature Houses proudly participates every year in the City of Carmel’s Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt. This year is the 9th annual event. Begin the hunt at All Things Carmel, 110 W Main St […]
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See Museum’s Mini Tree at Festival of Trees
For the first time, the Museum is participating in Indiana Historical Society’s annual Festival of Trees, a Hoosier holiday tradition. Eighty trees, each uniquely themed and decorated, adorn the halls of the Society. Ours is […]
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Dollhouses are perfect gifts for the holidays
Want a wonderful gift for someone special this holiday season?  Shop at the Museum.  We have many completed dollhouses and a kit for sale at substantially discounted prices and to fit all budgets. 7-room Dollhouse […]
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Welcome Our New Collections Manager
The Museum of Miniature Houses is proud to announce that Caitlin Rogers has joined the museum staff as its full-time Collections Manager. The Collections Manager position is in charge of record-keeping pertaining to the museum’s […]
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Welcome to Our New Site
Welcome to our newly designed web site, made possible by a grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to redesign our web site. We have added many new features to our new site, including […]
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Heritage Support Grant Award
We are thrilled to announce that the Museum has been awarded a Heritage Support Grant to purchase archival supplies according to best practices and standards for collections management and storage. The Museum has seven rooms […]
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