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.

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.