Hayden Historical Museum Summer Hours Announcement


The Hayden Historical Museum‘s summer hours began Wednesday and will be in effect until after Labor Day.

The museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Visits can also be arranged by calling 812-592-8445 or emailing [email protected]

Civic groups, clubs, Sunday School classes, and all other organizations and families are welcome to arrange tours of the museum facilities. A room is available if a group wishes to hold a meeting as part of the visit.

The exhibition area features several different exhibits to showcase the heritage of Hayden and Spencer Township. Some of these include the Farm Heads Gallery section, a pre-1900 bedroom, a 1939 kitchen, and a 1965 living room.

There’s also a mid-1950s classroom, a tribute to community veterans, an exhibit honoring Hayden’s eight professional baseball players, and a section dedicated to the former Indiana governor. and Hayden native, Edgar D. Whitcomb.

Along with the museum exhibit for the governor, a monument was erected in the side yard of his house, which adjoins the museum property. The dedication of this marker took place in 2014 and highlights Whitcomb’s life and career as a WWII veteran, politician and sailor who sailed solo around the world in 1995.

The museum’s largest exhibit is the former Sinclair gas station. It was first built in Hayden after US 50 was established in 1926. The building was transferred to museum ownership in 2001 and restored to look as it did in 1947.

A separate building named A Place Called Yesterday is a pre-electric home entertainment museum. Several instruments and music parlor players, as well as a nearly complete collection of Life magazines are on display for visitors to enjoy.

For more information about the museum, visit its Facebook page.

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Patrick F. Williams