Last updated: 6/29/2012
Goshen Historical Society
Goshen, Indiana
124 S Main St
Goshen, IN 46526
phone: 574-975-0033
Currently open Saturdays and evenings on the first Friday of every month, but hours are in process of being expanded. Please call.
Earlene Nofziger, President
phone: 574-975-0033
John Hertzler, Office Manager
phone: 574-975-0033
David Troup, Director & webmaster
phone: 574-903-3947

The Goshen Historical Society, Inc. is the owner of a permanent collection of artifacts, documents and images that pertain to the development and culture of the city of Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana and the surrounding rural area. The Goshen Historical Society, Inc. operates its museum to preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit artifacts, documents and images. The Society provides resources for the care and display of their collection and provides related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge.


Mission Statement

The Goshen Historical Society was formed in 1981 during Goshen’s Sesquicentennial Celebration to:
*promote an interest in the uniqueness of the city of Goshen, Indiana
*promote preservation and restoration of local buildings and homes
*collect and display historical artifacts


History of Goshen Historical Society

Researching the history of Goshen in preparation for the sesquicentennial celebration revealed a rich heritage that had not previously been recognized in a public, organized way. But that was about to change. The people responsible for shaping the Goshen Historical Society were: Max Chiddister, Mayor Paul Schlobohm Janice Rasley Tom Miller Nelson Hershberger John Stith Robert Ehret Linda Baker John Huber L.J. Martin David Alfano Sharon Holderman The Gardner house at the north west corner of Main Street and Madison Street was used temporarily to house artifacts collected during the celebration until the house had to be dismantled in 1987. The artifacts were then stored in the city’s Annex Building, out of sight. In 1998, the Society bought a 99-year-old retail store at 124 South Main Street known as the Adam’s Store and transformed it into the Goshen Historical Museum. Finally the third mission statement could be realized!

Artifact Collections

The museum collection pertains specifically to the history of Goshen, Indiana. Because the organization required the building it's now housed in the recent past, things are rapidly growing and changes are being made as we speak!

Research Collections

Research materials available. Call for information.


Goshen Historical Society Board of Directors.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


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