Culver Historical Museum
A 2006 grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation will open up a host of new possibilities for local history and
genealogy researchers at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library. The Foundation awarded over $6,000 to the library towards
the purchase of a digital microfilm reader and scanner for the library’s developing local history and genealogy room, located
in the basement of the original 1915 Carnegie library portion of the library building at 107 N. Main Street in downtown
According to Jeff Kenney, who works with the local history and genealogy materials and their archiving on the library’s website,
the library owns most of the past editions of the Culver Citizen newspaper, going back to 1903, in microfilm
format. In recent years, patrons of the library could browse back issues of the paper using the library’s existing reader, but
Kenney says the printing quality and ease of use of the machine was spotty at best. But what really revolutionizes patrons’
possibilities with the new machine is its digital capacity. “The new microfilm reader is a Konica Minolta and it’s digital,”
says Kenney. “That means that it will almost instantly transform the image on the screen (of an old newspaper article or photo)
into a digital format so that patrons can email the images to themselves or others, save them on cd, share them almost instantly
with others in digital format, and of course print them…but with far better printing quality than we had before.” This is good
news not only to researchers digging for local history or family information, but also to Kenney and the library as well.
“In the past, we had to pull out one of the huge, fragile hard-bound books that hold our old newspapers and place a computer scanner
over them or use a digital camera. That was not only cumbersome, but pretty hard on the books themselves. Some of them are
crumbling and falling apart from their age already.” The information stored in the Citizens of the past, notes Kenney, contains
the community’s shared history. He and other staff have been adding articles and images from the newspapers to the library’s
online collection to share with users of the website, some from states all over the U.S. The new digital microfilm reader will
make this effort as simple as a few clicks of a computer mouse.
In the photo above, Kenney demonstrates the new reader to (from left) Rosalie Bonine, Susan Flora, and Helen Osborn
Kenney expressed his and the library’s appreciation of the Community Foundation’s assistance in purchasing the machine. “These
machines are fairly expensive, and the grant we received from the MCCF was invaluable for us in being able to purchase it. This is
something I’ve been hoping to add to the library’s services for a few years now, and the MCCF grant made it possible, so we are
very grateful.” The public is invited to stop in at the library and use the new microfilm reader any time during the library’s
normal open hours. Questions should be directed to...
27 Dec. 2006
Library, Antiquarians plan museum
Culver - Plans for a local history museum in Culver were announced this week by the Culver -Union Township Public Library board of
The museum will be located on the lower leverl of the originial Carnegie library, board president Ron Cole said. The Antiquarian
and historical Society of Culver will be responsible for creation of the museum, work on which is expected to begin this year.
The plan also includes a local genealogical and historical research area, which will occupy a portion of the space. The library's
historical records are already reguarly used by people researching their family history, according to Carol Jackson, library
The library board and the Antiguarian board have agreed for the museum to be accessed through the library and to be open during
regular library hours.
The society currently has two exhibit cases on the lower leverl lobby of the library that are used for historical exhibits. The
society hopes to open a larger exhibit in the same area that will sere as an introduction to its plac for a community historical
"This is the latest endeavor of the Antiquarian and Historical Society to highlight the unique heritage of the Culver Community,"
said Jim Peterson, society founder and chairman of the board. He noted several past progects, including
, built on the site of a former gasoline station at Main and
Jefferson in Culver , the reconstructed lighthouse
in the Culver Town Park and the
designation of three National Register historic districts in the Culver area.
The Antiquarian and Historical Society has formed a museum committee that has been holding reg ular meetings in preparation for the
project. The Indiana Historical Society conducted a seminar attended by society members in the Culver library just more than a year
The committee chairman, Fred Karst, said the first objective will be to create an enviorment for the museum and research area on
the lower level of th library, at the society's expense. The society hopes to obtain the services of a professional museum designer
as the project moves forward.
A campaign to rais funds for the museum is being planned, and obtaining grant moeny will also be explored. Members of the museum
committee have visited many other historical museums during the past year as a part of its efforts to make the Culver museum an
outstanding addition to the community.
"We plan to cooperate with the Marshall County Historical Society museum in Plymouth, although our goal is to create a separate
museum that will provide an attraction that both residents and visitors can enjoy in Culver ", Karst said.
Peterson explained that the Antiquarian Society
was formed more than a decade ago as an informal
group of history buffs who often brought artifacts to the meetings to launch a discussion.
Meetings are now held monthly during the warmer months and usually include an ice cream social late in the summer. The current
president is Bob Kreuzberger. All people interested in Culver history are encouraged to join. A family membership costs $20 per
The Culver Library was built on Main street early in the 20th century. Since the completion of its addition, it has branched out
with widely-used facilities for Internet access and become a center for community programs and activities. Jeff Kenney is the
library's programming and local history coordinator. He also serves as secretary of the Antiquarian Society.
Members of the library board in addition to Cole are Rita Lawson, Phil Mallory, Kathleen Kline, Rebecca Church, David Campbell,
and Peg Schuldt.
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Antiquarians Seek volunteers for history museum Committee
Board will select, approve artifacts
Culver - Volunteers are needed for the accession committee of the Antiquarian and Historical Societ of Culver and its local history
and genealogy museum and recearch center in the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library.
IOn the past patrons have donated artifacts and in the future more artifacts will be given to the Society to be displayed at the
The accession committee will select and approve of donated artifacts for exhibit and preservation following guidlines as to the
type of artifacts that can be accepted.
It will only take one or two hours once a month ot be a part of a community endeavor that seeks from the past to preserve for the
If interested, please write to Jeff Kenney c/o Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver , P.O. Box. 125, Culver , In. 46511.
Antiquarians open to museum thoughts
Culver - The Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver is inviting members of the public to drop by the Culver -Union Twp. Public Library on July 30 to
share their thoughts, ideas and input on the development of the contents of the Culver area's first local history museum.
Construction on the museum space is already under way in the 1915 Carnegie area of the library, in downtown Culver . The
Antiquarians, meanwhile, have contracted with Ted Swigon of Chicago Scenic Studios, a design firm with which Swigon had helped
create numerous museums in Indiana, Illinois, and beyond, from small-scale to large, in years past.
Swigon will join the Antiquarians on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in the small meeting room on the library's lower level,
in seeking public input on the story that the museum will tell pertaining to Culver 's rivh and varied past.
Museum committee head and Antiquarian and Historical Society vice-president Fred Karst noted that this meeting is just the first
step on many in establishing the contents and direction of the museum.
There will be many more phases necessary to work out the museum's contents and narrative in much greater detail in the coming
Anitqaruian and Historical Society of Culver receives a $40,00 grant
Marshall County Community Foundation.
Easterday Construction co. done several projects for The Antiquarian & Historical Society of Culver for the Museum
room The first project was a sim ulation of the train station shelters in the hall leading to the museum entrance and the “Culver ” sign,
vintage picture of a train at the station was blown up and adhered to the doors beneath the display. They also took vintage pictures,
enlarged them and transferred them onto canvas and wrapped them around plywood mountings and installed them on the wall outside the
entrance door fo the museum. Another was a new ramp fashioned to look like a pier to the stage area within the museum and a boat display
at the entrance.