The Museum collects, preserves and interprets the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Putnam County.  Since 2003, it has bridged generations, connected communities and helped preserve the county’s past through a remarkably large variety of fascinating programs.

The play “Love Letters,” the agricultural restoration symposium “Barn Again,” leveraging PBS programming with “Jewelry Roadshow,” Model Railroading Month, recipes from a long-gone stagecoach-stop-come-to-life via “Dinner at the Old Trail Inn,” Mystery Night at the Museum, an extensive gift shop, and programs…about Abraham Lincoln’s relationship to the area, John Dillinger’s bank heist, round barns, folklore, and more. This museum is extremely engaging.

The Putnam County Museum collects, preserves and interprets the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Putnam County.  Since 2003, it has bridged generations, connected communities and helped preserve the county’s past.

The Museum is an outstanding local history resource for educators and parents, welcoming children of all ages and grades. Third and fourth grade classes receive special invitations because a trip to the Museum complements the Indiana and Putnam County history curriculum.  

The Education Committee, composed of active and retired teachers, has created engaging programs for students, linking the information to Indiana Standards for educators’ teaching convenience.

The Museum asks that educators please book field trips four weeks in advance, giving more than one possible date for a visit; and it recommends spending a minimum of 60-90 minutes inside.