Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TCHA Logo   We are linked to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA).  

The TCHA site offers online information about West Lafayette history related topics that include the Frank Argenbright Genealogy Center, Fort Ouiatenon, Tippecanoe Battlefield, George Winter paintings and papers (with a link to a Purdue University site).

Check out our other West Lafayette related web links by perusing the list to the right of this article.


Friday, May 30, 2014

SAMARA House photos


SAMARA House is a Usonian home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright 
for the family of Purdue Professor John E Christian.  

Located in central West Lafayette, Indiana, the house continues to be used as the family home of the Christian family.  

 A collection of photos of the SAMARA House interior and exterior can be found at this website sponsored by IUPUI: click here to view the photo collection.click here to view the photo collection and enter "SAMARA" into the search box at the top left of the screen.


 The Official SAMARA House webpage can be found by clicking on this link.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weather in and around West Lafayette with Chad Evans

CHAD’S WLFI WEATHER BLOG


Have you visited Chad Evan's weather blog at TV 18?  

http://blogs.wlfi.com/category/chads-wlfi-weather-blog/

It's a blog that is chock-full of weather essays, facts, maps, and photos about our area's local weather 
for the past 100 + years.

The SEARCH BOX to the right of the screen (look for "Site Tools") is a great way to get started; type in "West Lafayette" and you'll have more weather information and weather lore than you expect. 

Narrowing your topic to a topic like "maples" (to discover blog entries where he discusses maple trees responding to weather in our area) can be a great search tactic with this website.

Many thanks to Chad Evans for agreeing to let us post this link to his Blog.

Monday, April 22, 2013

720 Northwestern Avenue / 2013 Changes

Change is coming to Northwestern Avenue this year with new building projects north and south on this busy West Lafayette thoroughfare.

Essayist Steve Eddy shares his thoughts on the project taking place at 720 Northwestern Avenue - the past and the likely future of this bustling corner of West Lafayette history.

Steve Eddy essay about 720 Northwestern Avenue

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gordon Straley family donations to West Lafayette Memories Project

Our thanks to Carol Trimmer and Susan Straley, daughters of Gordon Straley  for their generous donation of scrapbooks, photos and yearbooks developed and collected by West Lafayette teacher and coach Gordon Straley (1917-1999).

These materials will be cataloged as part of the West Lafayette Memories Project and made available for use by local residents and researchers.

Be sure to check out MORE THAN A GAME: The History of Football at West Lafayette High School 1901-1993 to learn more about Coach Straley.  Search the Library online catalog for "More Than A Game"

And you can Search the library online catalog for the "Gordon Straley Collection" to discover a finding aid listing the contents of the collection.  Please come to the Library to look through this collection of print materials.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


The 2nd West Lafayette Memories Block Party, held on Saturday April 28 at the Morton Community Center, brought more than 200 local residents to share, view, and discuss West Lafayette history projects presented by students from the 2012 Purdue Archives graduate class as well as local community members and the Purdue Women's Club.

This year's theme was "The 1920's", a time of many developments in West Lafayette - from the establishment of the West Lafayette Public Library, the Purdue Women's Club, and radio station WBAA to the opening of the new West Lafayette fire house/city hall (Fire Station #1) and the opening of the "new" Morton School in the Fall of 1929.  

WLFI, TV 18, shared the attached video of the event with YouTube.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

West Lafayette's State Street hilltop ca. 1900


A contemporary photo of the State Street/Northwestern Avenue intersection look towards the Levee and then to Lafayette.  The Caster building is where the Louis Sullivan "jewel box" Purdue National Bank would be built a few years after this photo was taken.  

Also of note - the hose and buggy transports and the electric/telegraph infrastructure already in place.   

Note also the electric streetcar tracks; the 1900 West Lafayette High School Yearbook tells us that a streetcar ran in a "loop" from downtown Lafayette up through West Lafayette and around Purdue University every 15 minutes!