Hayden Historical Museum’s summer hours started Wednesday and will be in effect until after Labor Day.
The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Visits also can be arranged by calling 812-592-8445 or emailing [email protected]
Civic groups, clubs, Sunday school classes and all other organizations and families are welcome to arrange tours of the museum facilities. A room is available if a group would like to hold a meeting as part of the visit.
The exhibit area features several different displays to highlight Hayden and Spencer Township’s heritage. Some of these include the Gallery of Agricultural Leaders section, a pre-1900 bedroom, a 1939 kitchen and a 1965 living room.
There also is a mid-1950s school classroom, a salute to the veterans from the community, a display to honor the eight professional baseball players from Hayden and a section devoted to former Indiana governor and Hayden native Edgar D. Whitcomb.
Along with the museum exhibit for the governor, a monument was erected in the side yard of his homeplace, which adjoins the museum property. The dedication of this marker was held in 2014, and it highlights Whitcomb’s life and career as a veteran of World War II, a politician and a sailor who sailed solo around the world in 1995.
The museum’s largest exhibit is the old Sinclair gas station. It was first built at Hayden after U.S. 50 was established in 1926. The building was moved to the museum property in 2001 and restored to look much like it did in 1947.
A separate building named A Place Called Yesterday is a museum for home entertainment before electricity. Several various music parlor instruments and players, along with an almost complete collection of Life magazines are on display for visitors to enjoy seeing.
For information about the museum, visit its Facebook page.