Monday, July 23, 2018

Thank you Sam!

July 23, 2018

Sam Postlethwait, long time photographer and observer of Celery Bog, has graciously donated his collection of Celery Bog photos to the West Lafayette Public Library's history and archives collections.

In honor of Dr. Postlethwait's generous donation and his desire that more people learn about the wonders at Celery Bog, we will be posting a selection of his donated photos from time to time on this blog.

Please check back regularly to see updates!  Comments are welcome.

Today's selections from the Celery Bog collection:

  Bee on Purple Cone-flower (Echanacia)

  Heron, 8/8/2007

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CHIPS: City of the Dead Cemetery Walk

The Community Historic Project Support (CHIPS) has been working hard to restore the 1903 caretaker cottage at Grand View Cemetery. As part of the group's efforts, they held the City of the Dead Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 20, 2017. Several people attended the event, which featured stories about the lives of individuals buried in the cemetery, and many stayed to learn more about the historic caretaker's cottage.

We thank CHIPS and all their work to restore this historic building. To learn more about them, you can visit their Facebook page here:

Please enjoy the video below featuring some memories of the event.

We would love to hear your memories, too! You can comment on this post, or email us at

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

From the Archives: Haunted Hike, 1987

Happy Halloween, everyone! In honor of my favorite holiday, I wanted to share a couple of photos from the Haunted Hike that took place in Happy Hollow Park. The photos below are from the Haunted Hike in 1987, taken from one of many scrapbooks donated to us by the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

Do any of you remember the Haunted Hike? Did you participate in one?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From the Archives: 1940s Morton School

With schools back in session, I want to share a photo from the past. Here is a picture of the first grade class at Morton School from 1941, which you can find in our Morton collection. Do any of you have fond memories of Morton?

Monday, August 14, 2017

State Street Reopens

The summer phase of the State Street Project has completed, and a major part of State Street has reopened on schedule. New traffic patterns are in effect for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers as we enter the fall phase of the project.

Below are a couple of photos I took this afternoon. How do you think the area compares to the drawings in the Project Gallery? How does it compare to the images in the video from our 2016 Bicentennial State Street Walking Tour?

For other photos of both the reopening and the welcome this morning, you can visit the West Lafayette City Government Facebook and The Exponent.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

From the Archives: 1960s State Street

As we observe the current redevelopment of State Street, here's a great night shot of part of it from the 1963 West Lafayette High School yearbook in our Gordon Straley collection. Do you recognize any of the landmarks?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ask the Readers: Lindberg Road?

We're looking to you, our readers, for assistance in finding some information about Lindberg Road.

We know that Lindberg Road appears on maps beginning in 1939, but not before that. However, we haven't found any major landowners named "Lindberg," which is a frequent reason for a street or road name in our area.

So, do any of you know how Lindberg Road got its name, or any other part of its history? Please feel free to share in the comments!