Elkhart County History Museum offering guided tours of exhibit

Bristol, Ind. -- The Elkhart County Historical Museum announced on Tuesday that it will be offering guided tours of its "Crossroads of Elkhart County" exhibit every Saturday in January, beginning this weekend (Jan. 6) at 1:00 p.m.

According to museum officials, Crossroads of Elkhart County is the museum’s main exhibit, and it consists of three galleries: Forging a Path, Claiming the Land, and Making a Place.

"These galleries represent the multi-year project to redesign the museum’s permanent exhibit which began in 2018 and was completed in 2020," said Museum Administrator Julie Parke. "Crossroads, and the process used to develop it, was awarded an Award of Excellence in 2021 by the American Association for State and Local History."

The cost of the tour is $4 and kids 12 and under get in free.  No reservations are required.

"Those attending the tour will be guided through Crossroads by museum staff as they add context and specifics on information presented in the exhibit," Parke said. "Highlights that tour participants can anticipate include learning the origin of the 'Elkhart' name, seeing the 150-year history through five different perspectives as European groups entered the region, and gaining understanding of how the railroad altered Elkhart County’s history and how its impact it still being felt today."

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