Monday, May 18, 2015

Mayor Dennis' "Welcome to the 2015 Spring Open House" for the West Lafayette History and Research Center

Join Mayor John Dennis as he welcomes attendees to the Spring Open House of the West Lafayette History and Research Center held on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015 at the West Lafayette Public Library.


Mayor Dennis is joined by former Mayor Sonya Margerum and former "first husband" Professor Dale Margerum and are filmed standing in front of Morton Community Center.

New postcards added

Our thanks to Bob Foerster who has donated six (6) historic postcards to the West Lafayette History Archives.  The postcards depict Soldiers Home, Tecumseh Trail, Wabash Valley Sanitarium and Lafayette as seen from the hills of West Lafayette. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We've added some local cookbooks to our library's collection!

"Blessed Recipes: Celebrating 50 years from 1957-2007"  
Parishioners of Church of the Blessed Sacrament, West Lafayette
"Country Goodness: Stidham United Methodist Church" 
"Covenant Country Cooking: Evangelical Covenant Church" 
Lafayette Indiana
"Mintonye Elementary School Cookbook, 2000-2001"
"PEFCU Family Favorites" 
from the Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union
"PEFCU Family Traditions" 
from the Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union
"Silver Edition of Recipes from Home"  
from the Home Hospital Auxiliary

All of these cookbooks, and other cookbooks from local organizations, are available for checkout at the West Lafayette Public Library.

May 7, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

OPEN HOUSE for WEST LAFAYETTE HISTORY Saturday May 2 from 2 to 4 pm

Join us for our Open House showcasing collections from the West Lafayette History and Research Center.   

Displays will include books, pamphlets, letters and other items which feature the Center's archival collections for 
  • Morton School 
  • Gordon Straley football scrapbooks 
  • Corinne Strate Redenbacher letters 
  • Sonya Margerum's mayoral career 
  • West Lafayette neighborhoods
  • The Moffitt Family and more

Docents from the Center will be on hand to discuss the archival materials on display and talk with you about West Lafayette items you may wish to donate to the Center's archives.

 Hosted at the West Lafayette Public Library on Saturday, May 2 from 2 to 4 pm

Help us tell the Story of West Lafayette!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

West Lafayette History and Research Center's Work : WLFI / TV 18

West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel talked with WLFI's Krista Henry about the work of the West Lafayette History and Research Center.  

Archived materials from the History Center were shown and discussed, from national publications featuring West Lafayette to local high school yearbooks and sports scrapbooks to West Lafayette produced cookbooks and files compiled by former Mayor Sonya Margerum.  

Schenkel noted that donations of West Lafayette related materials are welcome to continue the History Center's goal of collecting, cataloging and telling the story of the West Lafayette community from its early years into the future.

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 the 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.