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

The Railroad Fair

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.”

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.

  • A New Season

    Where has the time flown?  Summer was good to us, with our Barrel Train —now named The Hess Express — running every Friday at Griffith’s Central Market.  Our new event, the Beer Garden Fund-raiser in July, was a resounding success, and will be repeated next year, again on the third weekend in July, 2015.


    Fall is just around the corner, now, but the Griffith Historical Society’s calendar is still full of fun-filled events.  Click on the list below to find out all the details.

  • The Hess Express Barrel Train

    The Hess Express continues to provide a fun time for children visiting the Griffith Central Market every Friday at Central Park.  If you’d like to advertise on the train, go to the website  contact page and let us know.  Train Coordinator Nancy Stout will get back to you with the price, which is pro-rated for the rest of the year.

  • Rock ’n’ Rail Street Festival

    We will again have a booth at the Griffith Rock ’n’ Rail Street Festival, from August 28th through the 31st, and The Hess Express will run all four days, though on a limited schedule on Thursday and Friday because of it getting dark sooner now. The Historical Society will also have  a booth at the Festival.

  • Public Safety Extravaganza

    We have been invited to bring The Hess Express to Central Park on for the Griffith Police Department's Public Safety and Community Night on September 13th from 11am to 4pm. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including, a K-9 demonstration, helicopter landing, accident extrication, DUI investigation, and much more. You will also be able to see Griffith's public safety vehicles and equipment up close, and meet the men and women responsible for their use.  This is a family friendly event for all ages.

  • Griffith Railroad Fair

    All of this is a run-up to our 31st annual Griffith Railroad Fair to be held at our Historical Park on September 27th & 28th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Fair will feature old favorites — vendors of Railroad and Model Railroad merchandise, HoboStew cooked over an open fire, and games and activities for kids, including our Barrel Train and a Moonwalk.  Sunday will see a new event — Sunday Funday — a fun-fair type of activity featuring games and activities for kids.  See all the details under the next tab.

  • FunDay Sunday -- town organizations invited!

    This year we are inviting all community organizations and school groups to join us on Sunday, September 28th, for FunDay Sunday, a Fun-Fair type of event featuring games and activities for kids.  Booth set-up is free, and the organizations and groups keep all proceeds.  We plan for FunDay Sunday being an annual part of our Railroad Fair. For more info email Karen Kulinski at

  • Annual Dinner

    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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