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Jasper County Historical Society and Museum in Rensselaer, Indiana: History Fun!

By Jessicanunemaker @JessNunemaker
Jasper County Historical Society in Rensselaer, Indiana General Milroy display

General Milroy's Uniform at the Jasper County Historical Society and Museum in Rensselaer, Indiana

History is just fascinating. Except for my dad, it wasn’t until college that I ever met anyone else who knew so much and made it interesting (thanks Prof. Guthrie). Discover more of the interesting side of history at the Jasper County Historical Society and Museum in Rensselaer, Indiana!

This past month they just finished up with an exhibit on the Civil War (featuring a special piece from the Indiana Historical Society). Up next? Quilts!

Rensselaer, Indiana, like many small towns, has an interesting history to be sure. If you didn’t know that, try poking around the “Indiana” section in your local library sometime and see what you can find.

There’s a lot of great and wonderful Hoosiers out there, you know, like Abraham Lincoln who spent his childhood in beautiful Spencer County, Indiana.

General Robert Milroy may have had a bit of bad luck during the war but he and his wife took in a family of freed slaves and taught them to read (yes, I learned that fact at the museum).

Jasper County Historical Society Museum in Rensselaer, Indiana

Jasper County Historical Society and Museum in Rensselaer, Indiana

There’s more where that came from and maybe someday I’ll write that post. I do love me some Indiana history! But for now, you can get your Indiana history fix at your local Indiana history museums like the Jasper County Historical Society and Museum.

You can also check out Rensselaer Adventures because it sounds like he’s about to post his own article about the Jasper County Historical Society and Museum. Apparently I just missed him when I visited the museum. I came in, camera at the ready, gleam in my eye, not long after he left!

There are tons of great places pertaining to Indiana history in small towns. Check out Delphi, or Wabash, Ernie Pyle in Dana, and even Medaryville (which I haven’t gotten into but looked fabulous).  There’s plenty more where that came from but I think you get the idea! Feel free to mention the small town museum in your neck of the woods in the comments below so everyone can know where to get their Indiana history fix!

More Jasper County Historical Society Museum images coming up so stay tuned. Talk about great stuff! It’s fun to see what any Indiana town used to look like back in the “good old days.” It really makes you appreciate the conveniences of modern society, that is for sure!

Jasper County Historical Society and Museum
479 N. Van Rensselaer St. (what locals call Five Points)
Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
Open the First and Third Saturday of each Month from 10 AM – 1 PM
219.866.7767 or 219.866.7825

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