The building itself was originally a school building. Just before the museum was established here, the building housed the offices of the Town of Merrillville.
The museum contains many interesting permanent exhibits including a Victorian parlor, a 1900 kitchen, a school room and a farm room. Other displays feature military uniforms, vintage clothing and historical books and papers.
Special monthly exhibits are showcased and have included Boy
Scout memorabilia, crocheted handiwork and salt and pepper shakers.
The Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Museum is open Sundays, 1 to 4 pm, from May through October.
A Pictorial History of Merrillville
Contains stories, illustrations and vintage photographs relating to the homes, buildings and early settlers of Merrillville and Ross Township.
Cost is $15 (includes postage and handling)
Dues are $5 per calender year
Historical Society meetings are held at 1 p.m. at the museum on the third Saturday during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.
The historical society accepts donated items for display purposes as well as for reference and archival use. All items are used and displayed at the historical society's discretion. Donors are asked to sign a waiver releasing ownership.
For further information, please call 219-756-2042 (leave message) or write to the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society at 13 W. 73rd Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410.
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