Events & Current Exhibits

American Art Pottery - The Lane Ralph Collection

     A new exhibit featuring the American Art Pottery collection of local resident, Lane Ralph, will be introduced to the public the evening of September 15th at the Putnam County Museum.  Ralph will present an informative talk beginning at 6:30 that evening.  This presentation is free and open to the public.


     Ralph’s collection of art pottery includes Roseville, Rookwood, Cowan and Peters & Reed pieces.   All four potteries were originally in Ohio and pieces turn up at Indiana shops and yard sales frequently.  Ralph has collected for a number of years and will share his knowledge with the audience.  His collection will be displayed in the Museum’s newly-installed twelve foot showcase, a gift of Michael Hurt.  


     Ralph is a native Hoosier and an alum of Indiana State University.  He holds a B.S. degree in political science and a M.P.A. in public administration. He is a retired staff member from the United States Senate, and since 1982, a resident of Greencastle, Indiana. His hobbies include gardening, tractor restoration, traveling and collecting American Art Pottery and Hoosier painters.  Ralph is a founding member of the Greencastle Arts Council and currently serves on their board. He is married to Ruth Ralph and has two daughters and four grandchildren.


     The Museum is located at 1105 North Jackson Street.  For more information, call 765 653-8419.

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Lane Ralph

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A sampling of American Art Pottery.

William Vietor, Master Gunsmith

     William Vietor was a farmer from Reelsville, and a muzzle loading rifle enthusiast. As a hobbyist, Mr. Vietor enjoyed shooting and collecting rifles, and was also well-known for making his own.


     In this new exhibit, you can view pieces of Mr. Vietors collection. Various muzzle-loading gun paraphernalia, including items made by Mr. Vietor and those under his direction, have been arranged to give a taste of his specialty.

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William Vietor in his workshop.

Peeler Pottery Frog
Peeler Pottery Frog

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Peeler Fantasy
Peeler Fantasy

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Peeler fish
Peeler fish

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Peeler Pottery Frog
Peeler Pottery Frog

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Putnam County Potters

     Putnam County is home to a strong community of ceramic artists, and the Museum holds an extensive collection including works by:


  • Marj and Richard Peeler

  • Richard Burkett

  • Lance Myers

  • Charles Todd Wagoner

  • Nancy Lovett

  • Scott Cooper

  • David Herrold

  • Daniel Berg

  • and more!