Thursday, May 8, 2014

Arachnologist display is still visible

The Montgomery County Carnegie Museum offers displays for the public to enjoy ... for free!

Free family fun right here in Crawfordsville ...


  • Joe Allen's Spacesuit
  • Businesses from the past
  • A political section
  • and Greta Binford's "Spider Lady" information ... and plenty of other interesting items!
    Items in the Greta Binford display

Have you ever seen spider venom?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Crawfordsville has a rich history in bottle caps

In Montgomery County Business Section

Bottle caps have had many names (crown cork, crown cap, or crown), and over 1500 patents to try to perfect a model. William Painter designed and patented all machinery necessary to manufacture the first bottle caps (which were not cork or wood) opening a business: Crown Cork & Seal in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1892. Painter's process of "pressing the cap tightly onto the bottle's flange and clamping it" became a desirable process. In 1931 Robert Smith brought this technology to Crawfordsville, Indiana. Smith began his business with $160 in a small lab on Pine Street.

To learn more interesting facts about your local heritage, visit the Carnegie Museum!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

J.H. Rosberg Manufacturing Company

 John Henry (J.H.) Rosberg was born in Sweden in 1856 and at age 16 became an apprentice for a cabinet maker. This choice would lead into a long and industrious career of creating beautiful cabinets and benches.  Dentists and watchmakers were popular clients of the talented woodworker. Rosberg lived in Connecticut for a short time and then migrated to Chicago. Once in Illinois he began a partnership with Hans Jessen (Jessen & Rosberg) which lasted until Jessen's death in 1902. At this time Rosberg purchased Jessen's share of the partnership, and the business became the J.H. Rosberg Manufacturing Company. 

This is a J.H. Rosberg watchmaker's bench

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


On March 29, 2014 the Carnegie Museum celebrated "MAKING STUFF."  Children enjoyed the event and will be able to return to other MAKING STUFF programs throughout the summer ... so stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Auto Indiana Traveling Exhibit

The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County
Will Host IHS’s
Auto Indiana
Traveling Exhibit

Crawfordsville:  The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County will host Auto Indiana, the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS's) newest traveling exhibition, opening on Wednesday, April 9th and will run through Friday, May 9th. Admission to the Carnegie Museum is free.

With Auto Indiana, visitors will take a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past as they discover the Hoosier State’s prolific contributions. From inventors and innovators like Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor to automakers like Studebaker and Duesenberg, Indiana has left an indelible mark on the industry for more than a century—and vice versa.

The exhibit illuminates ties between the automobiles and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America,” such as the iron, steel and glass businesses. It also explores how the automobile became part of American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.

Guests can also gaze down the road ahead for Hoosiers, from environmental impact of automobiles to a look at manufacturing today. Auto Indiana is made possible by Kroger.

For more information about this exhibit, call the Carnegie Museum at 765-362-4618.To learn more about the IHS and its programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit

About IHS Traveling Exhibitions
Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services Department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Jeannette Rooney at or (317) 233-8913. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit

About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Archaeology sites in Montgomery County documented

What:           Montgomery County Historic Preservation Fund Grant Presentation
When:          7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2
Where:        Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville, IN

New archaeology sites in Montgomery County documented
        This is the second year that Ball State archaeologists have been exploring the fields of Montgomery County.  Come to the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County on Wednesday,April 2 at 7:00 p.m. and learn some interesting archaeology facts about Montgomery County and the till plain region of Indiana.  The Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University has recently completed two archaeological survey projects that have more than doubled the prehistoric and historic sites in the archaeological data base for Montgomery County.  The public presentation will review project goals and objectives of this year’s survey in the southern portion of the county, and compare and contrast the results to the 2010 survey in the northern portion of the county.  Archaeologists will have artifacts from the survey available to view and will show a video that highlights their field and lab methods.
        This project was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Zenith radio ... a blaring part of history

Zenith radio console with push buttons, model 78582
The Carnegie Museum has several examples of household items such as radios and phonographs from years ago, including a 1941 radio. At one time, radio dominated the entertainment and news industry. In fact, on December 7, 1941, millions of Americans first heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Do you want to see a 1941 radio in person?

Visit the Carnegie Museum, opening again March 1.

Did you know?
The Zenith Corporation was founded in Chicago in 1918 and utilized the famous slogan of "The quality goes in, before the name goes on."