Winter hours announced for Hayden museum


Tribune staff reports

The Hayden Historical Museum’s hours of operation for the winter will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The hours will be in effect until Memorial Day.

The museum features a research library and an exhibit area with different displays highlighting Hayden and Spencer Township’s heritage.

PPE supplies are on hand, and arrangements for social distancing can be maintained.

To celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary, a special exhibit called Where Did It All Begin? has been created. It features a gallery of photographs to highlight the museum’s building projects from 1990 to the present.

Some of the other attractions include the gallery of agricultural leaders, a pre-1900 bedroom, a 1939 kitchen, a 1965 living room and a mid-1950s school classroom.

There also are displays for the veterans from the community, the eight professional baseball players from Hayden and a special area to honor former Indiana governor and Hayden native Edgar D. Whitcomb.

The largest exhibit is the old Sinclair gas station. First built along U.S. 50 in 1926, this building was moved to the museum property in 2001. Volunteers used an old photograph to restore the station to the way it looked in 1947.

In 2014, a monument was erected for Whitcomb, and it is located in the side yard of his boyhood home. The marker highlights his life and career as a veteran of World War II, a politician and a sailor who navigated around the world by himself.

The newest attraction for the museum is the building that was opened in 2015. A Place Called Yesterday is devoted to show what home entertainment was like before the days of electricity. Visitors can see and hear the various antique musical instruments and devices that require no electricity or battery power. This building also contains a display of an almost complete collection of LIFE magazines.

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