Some photos from the good, old days
Who are we?
Chesapeake & Ohio engine crossing the diamonds
Franklin, when it was a K-12 school
The Griffith girl’s basketball team
Broad Street when all five railroads were operating
The Griffith Historical Society, founded in 1983, was empowered by a Griffith Town Council resolution to preserve the history of the town of Griffith. At that time, ownership and operation of the Depot Museum, saved from demolition two years earlier, was given to the Society by joint action of the Council and the Community Spirit Organization. In 1994, the Griffith Historical Society purchased the land adjacent to the Depot to create an Historical Park in tribute to Griffith's railroading past. The Griffith Historical Park was formally dedicated in May, 1995. The Park and Museum are open on the first Sunday in June till the last Sunday in August from 2-4 pm and throughout the year for special tours.
What is going on?
A Taste of Griffith Brewing
The Railroad Fair
Santa in the Caboose
Our 1st Annual Beer Garden Fund-raiser was a resounding success! Such a good time was had by all that we are repeating the event next year on the same weekend, the third weekend in July. In 2015 we hope to make the event even bigger and better, and feature our own in-town micro-breweries, with the name being changed to “A Taste of Griffith Brewing.”
A weekend full of fun!
The Griffith Historical Society holds an annual event in September called the Railroad Fair. It is held at the Park on the last full weekend in September, featuring vendors with railroad-related merchandise, entertainment and Hobo Stew cooked over an open fire, and we even have a barrel train for the kids to ride in. If you would like to know more about the fair or want to receive an application to be a vendor, please register on the Vendors page.
Come see Santa & Mrs. Claus!
Every year, we hold an event where parents and children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in a real caboose! Families wait in our Pullman Troopsleeper car where they can meet Spike the Reindeer Engineer and are entertained by elves. We also offer photo packages at an affordable price and hope you can come visit us this year! If you have any questions, please ask us on the Contact Us page.
Oktoberfest in Central Park
The Historical Society will be taking part in the town’s Oktoberfest celebration October 18th in Central Park. Oktoberfest runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
We will be located in the Kid Zone on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m., where “The Hess Express,” our barrel train, will be running. We will also have our new t-shirts for adults and kids for sale at our booth.
Other kid activities on Saturday include Giant Bounce Houses, a Pumpkin Patch from 2 to 4 p.m., and face-painting.
Adults can enjoy a variety of ethnic and American food, live German music, and other entertainment. German beers including Oktoberfest craft beers, as well as wine, will be served in the family beer garden housed in an enclosed, heated tent.
For more details, check out the Town of Griffith website.
The Hess Express Barrel Train
Our Barrel Train runs every Friday night at Griffith Central Market, as well as at the Griffith Historical Park Opening Day in June, the Griffith 4th of July Parade, the Griffith Rock ’n’ Rail Festival over Labor Day weekend, the Police Safety & Community Day in September, and the town’s newest event, Oktoberfest in October. If you’d like to advertise on one of the train’s 10 barrel cars to help support the Griffith Historical Society, leave a message on our website’s Contact Us page and we will get back to you. The cost is $125 a year, plus the cost of two magnetic signs.
Plan to join us in November for the Society’s election and dinner. More information to follow.
Santa in the Caboose
This year Santa will visit with children in our caboose on Saturdays, December 13th and 20th, from 10am to 4pm, on Sunday, December 14th from noon to 4pm Mrs. Claus will return again, as will Spike the Reindeer Engineer and Santa’s elves. Low-cost, high-quality digital photo packages will again be available for purchase. The Society will also be having their annual Holiday Bake Sale in the Depot, where complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served to visitors.
GHS Rooms at Franklin Center
Work on our Franklin Center rooms is progressing well, thanks to the help of Noah Goodling, who is currently doing an inventory on all the items we have to determine what exhibits can be created from them. Noah, who is finishing up his M.A in Public History at IU-PUI, has worked for the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Archives, as well as other historical organizations. We also have a new volunteer helping him, Cyndal Mateja, a junior at IUN. Look for more information on our Franklin Rooms as the work progresses.
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