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Mishawaka Historical Museum

Step back in time and learn about our Mishawaka’s heritage.  After the museum location at 121 South Main Street is renovated, the public can visit the Mishawka Historical Museum which offers a unique glimpse into the area’s past and present.  Our goal is to offer a physical as well as interactive virtual tour of our unique history.


The Museum is a not for profit organization with an IRS 501(c)(3) status.  It is operated by the Museum Board of Directors and its officers.  It is not affiliated with any agency of St. Joseph County or Mishawaka government.  It does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. It is expected that members will receive a newsletter as well as free admissions to any special events held by the museum.  The Museum itself is open to the public.  Hours of operation will be posted on the website.


The museum corporation is located at 2112 Linden Avenue in Mishawaka.   The telephone number is 574-255-2708.


We are asking anyone with artifacts that might help tell the story of Mishawaka to contribute.  Items of interest will help illustrate the history of:

  • Historical Buildings
  • Industry – past and present
  • Military (Civil War to present)
  • Prominent Mishawakans
  • Schools and education
  • Sports achievements / participants
  • Religions and Churches
  • Special Events

Right now the corporation is compiling a list of items to be shown in the museum.  Since we do not have space yet to physically accept them please send us a description of what you have.  You can contact via our contact form to send use a note.

Latest News

  • Application for matching grant submitted to the St. Joseph County Tourism Development Fund...

  • Mayor Dave Wood designated Pete De Kever, Treasurer and curator of the Museum, as the official Historian Laureate of the City of Mishawaka....

  • Our museum was recently in the news.  Joseph Dits of the South Bend Tribune wrote an article about our project.  We look forward to announcing our opening....

  • Continuing coverage of our renovations were recently featured in a story in The South Bend Tribune TV section of the WSBT TV Website. When it opens sometime in 2019 it will feature three gallery space...

  • We were recently featured in a story in The South Bend Tribune TV section of the WSBT TV Website. You can also access the video directly....

  • We received our notification that our application for IRS 501(c)(3) tax-free status was approved on December 13, 2016. READ MORE...

  • After over a half year of searching for the right location for our museum we purchased the building at 121 South Main Street in downtown Mishawaka.   Work is underway to renovate the building to accom...