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The “Historic Waynedale” museum opens its doors to the public


For a limited time, the “Historic Waynedale” pop-up museum opened to the public on Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. and will be open Monday through Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until October 7. is located at the Waynedale News office at 2505 Lower Huntington Road.

It really is a unique historical exhibit and a huge undertaking. Over the years, The Waynedale News has not only been a storyteller of historical information, but also a collector and curator of important historical artifacts from across the community. This 700 square foot museum will house only a small portion of the photos, documents and other non-digital artifacts The Waynedale News has collected over the past 100 years. Waynedale News staff members were amazed at the age, quantity and condition of the collection when selecting items for display.

Invoking a strong sense of nostalgia, guests will be able to view newspapers from nearly 90 years ago, business cards from over 50 years of people and businesses they may remember, and in addition to many other items, a large exhibit of the very old Elmhurst High School and Waynedale School Documents, Memorabilia and Photos. A highlight of the exhibition is the concert music of Don Goss of Elmhurst as well as a slide show of photos he had taken during his 54 years as an art and theater teacher.

The Waynedale News joins the community in thanking everyone who donated historic items from Waynedale’s place in history. The newspaper is proud to independently fund the effort to preserve these objects so that future generations can fondly remember the region’s history. Private donations and newspaper advertising primarily fund this effort. By exploring this exhibit, guests will see the importance of preserving our history and the important role that newspapers continue to play in the community through time. Simply put, the items in this exhibit wouldn’t exist without the newspaper, and guests couldn’t enjoy it without the love of the newspapers to go above and beyond to serve the community of Waynedale.

The Waynedale News welcomes all support and donations as the collection grows. If anyone has historical documents, photos, or other artifacts, the newspaper would be happy to work with you to see if it’s something that could be kept in their collection. Call 260-747-4535 for more information.