local history Archives

With public health in the balance, Dr. Tomchik declared war on the patient

A struggle for power over public health in Elkhart County eventually came to a messy end and forced a doctor's resignation.

Ben Barnes ‘was second to none, but never better than anyone else’

Role model, author, leader - Ben Barnes was a powerful and caring presence for Elkhart

New features added for payment, browsing local history

Elkhart Public Library has made searching for local history and paying for research easier than ever with the addition of a shopping cart and PayPal payment features to our website. […]

A dark winter filled with anguish, uncertainty … and hope

At Christmastime in the midst of a different dark winter, Elkhart already had lost far too many souls.  The weather was unseasonably warm. Main Street had no snow, but it […]

A legendary Elkhart figure delivered inspiration to Norman Vincent Peale

(Elkhart Public Library proudly supports “Legends of Michiana: The Martin Family” on WNIT-TV.) One of the most influential authors of the 20th Century, Norman Vincent Peale instructed generations to believe […]
Elkhart Truth 1995 mayoral debate coverage

A controversial incumbent. Voters on edge. Contested election results.

The 1995 election was intense. And the campaign did not end on Election Night.

Author digs into history of local murder involving family

Gary Sosniecki, like most journalists, is naturally curious. Growing up, he knew that there was a family secret, about a death in the family years ago, the type of thing […]

Help us get the complete story of Elkhart’s high schools

We’re feeling nostalgic with the comeback of Elkhart High School this fall. We want to shore up our collection of school yearbooks and create a digital collection to better preserve these pieces of local history.

Ted Drake’s legacy lives on in Elkhart, library

While some of Ted Drake’s artwork is recognized worldwide, his name is not. But bringing recognition to the artist behind some of the most famous logos in sports through the […]