elkhart Archives

A second home: Homeschool moms find flexibility, fun at library

Kim Shearer says her library branch is as familiar as an old sitcom.  “It feels like ‘Cheers’ when we walk in here. Everyone knows our name here,” she says. “We’ve […]

Things to do in Elkhart for fall and Halloween

Activities, parties and more are part of the fun in October for Halloween and autumn celebrations. Elkhart Public Library is hosting events for the whole family. We’ve rounded them all […]

One year fine free brings back a love of the library

Less stress. Help for families. Energizing a love of reading.  In February 2022, Elkhart Public Library went fine free. The reason? Everyone should have access to books and resources, and […]

Our people: Herbert and Ruth Tolson “inspired a neighborhood”  

The Booker T. Washington Community Center closed its doors in February 1956. It took just over 34 years for ground to break on something to replace it. But the couple […]

Filmmakers find their setting at the library

Cameras, lights, wires and microphones fill the lounge area at the Dunlap Branch one early summer morning.  A film crew for Siemens Healthineers prepares to record their latest interview on […]

Celebrate stories and storytellers ‘On The Heritage Tale’

Elkhart’s story is about to be told “On The Heritage Tale.” Authors, musicians and other creatives will be featured in a week-long celebration at the downtown library the week of […]

Judge Redding wanted reform but failed to beat Cosentino

A brigade of men in light-colored suits moved confidently on the sidewalk leading to the Elkhart County Courthouse. In the middle of this who’s who of local lawyers was the […]
Traffic goes under downtown Elkhart's Arch

Looming over downtown, the costly Arch was toppled by critics

The Arch was memorable, costly and criticized as a short-lived 1960s Main Street attraction.

The Klan wanted influence. One Elkhart leader took a stand.

A KKK grand dragon wielded great political power in 1920s Indiana. But one man made sure he knew he wasn't welcome in Elkhart.