The Truth in our History

Elkhart Public Library and the Elkhart Truth partnered to bring the archives of the city’s newspaper of record to the library for preservation and for all in the community to enjoy.

We’ve dug into the collection to tell the stories of the city, through the voices that were there. Scandal and disaster, but also those who made a difference, the hope in dark times and the celebrations in good times.

Find all of the Truth in our History stories linked below.

People

Famous Kelby Love mural defined community response to gun violence

Al and Helen Free understood science and changed the world

The best newspaperman Ernie Pyle ever knew called Elkhart home

A legendary Elkhart figure delivered inspiration to Norman Vincent Peale

Events

Traffic headache lasted three years at the Johnson Street bridge

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

A dark winter filled with anguish, uncertainty…and hope

1969 homecoming put focus on Elkhart’s simmering race issues

Looming over downtown, the costly arch was toppled by critics

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

Scandal

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

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

Judge Redding wanted reform but failed to beat Cosentino

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

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