Some photos from the good, old days

Who are we?

Annual Events

Bands 'n' Brews

Santa in the Caboose

Fundraising with Music!

Our third annual Bands 'n' Brews fund-raiser will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 15th & 16th, from 6 to 11 p,m, at the Griffith Historical Park, 201 S. Broad Street  The event features all three of Griffith's own microbreweries, as well as the Mitch Barker Band on Friday, and the Wise Guys on Saturday.  Food will be available for purchase, as well.

Holiday Fun at our Historical Park

Our annual Santa in the Caboose weekend will be held on December 10th, from 10 to 4, and on December 11th, from noon to 4.  2016 marks the 19th year that families have been coming to the Park for a private visit with Santa in our small transfer caboose.  We also offer high quality, low-cost photo packages, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies in the Depot, where our Holiday Bake Sale is going on.  Look for us on December 17th, too, at Griffith's 2nd annual Winterfest event!

Our Franklin Rooms Temporarily Closed!

     Due to issues with our chairlift, our Museum Rooms at Franklin are closed.  As soon as the situation is resolved and the rooms are reopened, we will announce it in this space.

     Because of the closure, the Society's multi-faceted display tracing the history of law enforcement in Griffith, from the first Town Marshall to the creation of the Griffith Police Department will be left up for the first quarter of 2017.

     The Griffith Historical Society, founded in 1983, was empowered by a Griffith Town Council resolution to preserve the history 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 Society purchased the land adjacent to the Depot to create an Historical Park in tribute to Griffith's railroading past, and added a caboose donated by the EJ&E Railway. The Griffith Historical Park was formally dedicated in May, 1995, and in the next two years, a Pullman troopsleeper car and a transfer caboose were donated by the EJ&E

     In 2013,  a museum was established in the lower level of Griffith's Franklin Center. The following year, the Society embarked on a project to catalog and record information on every artifact in a special computer program created especially for the Society.  The program also allows users to search for artifact information and print it out, as well.

What is going on?

  • Griffith Veteran Survey

    The Griffith Historical Society is conducting a survey of all military veterans who have lived in Griffith at any time.  We are being assisted by representatives from the American Legion Post # 66, Sons of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 9982, and the Auxiliaries of both organizations.


    For the present time these questionnaires will be on file in a scrapbook housed at the Griffith Historical Museum Rooms at Franklin Center.


    Click here to download a form.


    Forms are also available from any group mentioned above, at Town Hall, or the GHS Museum Rooms at Franklin Center when open.  Return as soon as possible to Griffith Historical Society, P.O. Box 678, Griffith, IN 46319.

  • Newsletters

    December 2015 Newsletter: Click Here


    February 2016 Newsletter: Click Here


    May 2016 Newsletter: Click Here


    October 2016 Newsletter: Click Here

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