Some photos from the good, old days

Who are we?

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.

Annual Events

What is going on?

The Railroad Fair

Santa in the Caboose

Our new surprise event

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 contact us on the Contact Us 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.


Something unexpected...

We aren't going to talk much about it yet, but we are working on an event that will showcase new Griffith businesses. We will have more to disclose as the event approaches.

This box isn’t very big, but it has a very big job – it’s your window to the Griffith Historical Society’s world.


One month it might contain a message from our President, Ray White.  Or a bit of history from curator, Karen Kulinski.  Or news of how our rooms in Franklin Center are progressing.  Or how Vice President Ryan Schultz is lighting up our railcars.


Of course we’re going to talk about our activities in this Little Box.  About our Historical Park’s Opening Day in June. And about where our Barrel Train will be appearing throughout the summer.


This Little Box will also let people know about future plans. Like the exciting new event we are planning for this summer, and the change we’re making to this year’s Railroad Fair.


And about how we’re going to mark the Quasquicentennial Anniversary in 2016 of the founding of Griffith and how we’re going to ask our members to help us.


So check back every so often and see what’s new!

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