Preserving the Past
Since 2003, the Museum has been bridging generations, connecting communities, and helping to preserve Putnam County’s past. Whether you are a lifelong resident of the area or a visitor to our community, you are cordially invited to visit us and learn more about Putnam County.
The mission of the Putnam County Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the county.
The Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible. Dues and donations are the main source of the Museum's operating funds.
In the late 1990's the Putnam County Historical Society sought a permanent home for the collection, preservation and protection of artifacts and stories relating to Putnam County and its people. Public meetings were held in concert with Main Street Greencastle, the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and interested community members.
Be sure to visit our blog page for an intriguing narrative on Putnam County history. Larry Tippin, the Putnam County Historian, gives all who visit an indepth look into some of our fascinating local history.
The Putnam County Museum is a great local history resource for educators and parents. We welcome children of all ages and grades for field trips. Third and fourth grade classes receive special invitations because a trip to the Museum complements the Indiana and Putnam County history curriculum.
Our Education Committee, composed of active and retired teachers, has created engaging programs for students. We have linked the information to Indiana Standards for your teaching convenience.
Please book field trips four weeks in advance, giving more than one possible date for a visit. We recommend spending a minimum of 60-90 minutes at the Museum. Please contact us for further information.
Parents are also welcome to use our educational resources and programs. Our interactive features are a fun way for children to learn about their local history and culture. To schedule a private tour of the Museum for the whole family, please contact us.
Life 100 Years Ago
Putnam County Folklore
School at the turn of the century (Emma Stigler, Putnam County Schoolmarm)
Chewing Gum Lady (Edith Browning)
Famous Figures/Places of Putnam County (Recommended for 4th grade)
Round Barns of Indiana
Dillinger’s Greencastle Heist
Abraham Lincoln Story, including county connections (Recommended for 4th grade)
Putnam County Museum
1105 North Jackson Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
765.653.8419 – Office
765.719.3967 – Mobile
Larry Tippin – President
Gwen Morris– Vice President
Murray Pride – Treasurer
Mary Zerkel– Secretary
Board of Directors