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?

A Taste of Griffith Brewing

Santa in the Caboose

Fun Fund-raising!

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.”

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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