local history Archives

Traffic headache lasted three years at the Johnson Street bridge

Johnson Street bridge improvements took 20 years to plan. Construction delays and political squabbles turned it into a project to forget.

1969 homecoming put focus on Elkhart’s simmering race issues

The homecoming queen didn’t receive her honors, and the football crowd was subdued. Racial tensions were at a boiling point in 1969 Elkhart.

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 […]

Library bookmobile: Elkhart invented. And now reinvented.

The library bookmobile was invented right here in Elkhart. A century later, it's now the vehicle for Free Books to Feed Minds.

The best newspaperman Ernie Pyle ever knew called Elkhart home

Ernie Pyle was a legendary writer, but he often told friends the best newsman he knew worked in Elkhart, Ind.

Jazz fest delivered fantastic high notes at ill-fated Midway Motor Lodge

The hotel never quite delivered on its promise, but it gave life to the city's biggest event.

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 […]

Palm Sunday tornadoes revealed Huffman’s strong will and steady hand

The Palm Sunday tornadoes brought death and destruction to Indiana in 1965. The photographer capturing that history had a story of his own.

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 […]