Sunday, March 22, 2015



Thanks to a significant donation from Sonya and Dale Margerum the West Lafayette History and Research Center now has ongoing funding at its home in the West Lafayette Public Library.

Sonya and Dale Margerum and Nick Schenkel from te West Lafayette Public Library, were interviewed by TV 18 in early March 2015 to learn more about this gift to support the study of local history and how local residents are welcome to donate their memories and materials to the Center.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Auto racing up Robinson Hill.  

How Happy Hollow Park (probably) got its name.  

Relations between long time residents and new students in the neighborhood.  

A zero-energy house and a home for Purdue Glee Club members....
and many more surprising topics can be found in our newest 
West Lafayette history digital postings.

Friday, December 26, 2014

NEW CHAUNCEY People, Places, Events and Structures

The New Chauncey neighborhood offers a rich history of people, places, events and structures.

In the Fall of 2014 an English 108 class from Purdue University accepted the challenge of writing research papers about the New Chauncey neighborhood.

We're glad to announce we'll soon post the students' research on this blog to showcase the students' writing talents and research skills and in the hope that readers and future researchers will find humor, interest and questions to pursue among these writings.

Here's a taste of the variety of topics you will be able to peruse.......

Events and Activities: Little Free Libraries, "Meet and Greet", Auto racing on Robinson Street

Houses and Homes: The Glee Club House on Pearl Street, "Kit Homes" from Sears in the Neighborhood, the Mills House on Littleton Street, the "Net Zero" home on Hayes Street

Parks in the Neighborhood: Happy Hollow Park, Lincoln Park and Paula Woods Park

Combined Sewer System: an engineer and a biologist look at how the Neighborhood's water use affects the use and enjoyment of the Wabash River

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 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


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

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