The first-floor galleries are home to Crossroads of Elkhart County. These three galleries bring audiences the story of Elkhart County, often through the voices of the people who lived it. Your adventure begins with the nomadic paleo people who passed through this area thousands of years ago. Meet the Miami and Potawatomi, learn about changes wrought by the arrival of the French, explore the years of conflict and the forced removal of Native groups from the region. Enter the industrial era with the arrival of trains and discover the rise of industry, which occurred hand-in-hand with migration and the changing population. Finally, share your own memories to help us tell the rest of the story.
Crossroads of Elkhart County is complemented by changing exhibits and galleries that showcase the museum’s extensive collection. Spend time with us experiencing Elkhart County.
Fall 2023 – Summer 2024: Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz: Miles Markets Alka-Seltzer Developed by Elkhart’s Miles Laboratories, Alka-Seltzer debuted in the 1930s, and advertisements over its close to 100-year history are iconic. Many of Alka-Seltzer’s slogans and jingles have become part of the American lexicon. This exhibit documents and celebrates these campaigns and the genius behind Miles’ marketing.
2024-2026: Clues Through the Lens Doing good history is an ongoing process of asking questions. This ground-breaking exhibit invites and challenges visitors to become their own history detective by investigating photographs. What can we learn about the past from looking at historic images? What might be missing? What can we learn about ourselves and our own perspectives? Put on your thinking caps and come explore!