Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection
The Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection, managed by the Nappanee Public Library, tells Nappanee’s story through displays and rotating exhibits inside the Nappanee Center. Main attractions include “Hoosier” cabinets, a tribute to six nationally-known cartoonists, Emma Schrock Art Gallery, an Air Force One display, and the John Hartman House.
Nappanee Center Programs
- 06/22/23 @ 5:30pm – 06/22/23 @ 6:30pm Nappanee Center Registration is required. Registration starts: 05/11/2023 @ 11:00am Registration end: 06/15/2023 @ 5:30pm Join Heritage Collection […]
- 06/24/23 @ 1:00pm – 06/24/23 @ 3:00pm Nappanee Center Board Room Nappanee Center Join us for a murder mystery movie matinee showing of "Murder on […]
- 06/26/23 @ 10:00am – 06/26/23 @ 11:00am Nappanee Center Meeting Room Nappanee Center Registration is required. Registration starts: 04/26/2023 @ 12:00am Registration end: 06/19/2023 @ […]
The Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection
Located at the Nappanee Center, 302 W. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550. The Heritage Collection has over 45,000 items related to Nappanee History. The collection became an official branch of the Nappanee Public Library in 2020.
The Doug Grant Family Gallery
In 2020, the Heritage Collection added the Doug Grant Family Gallery, home to over sixty Emma Schrock paintings, to the collection. Emma Schrock, known as the “Grandma Moses of Northern Indiana,” is well known for her vivid portrayal of Old Order Mennonite farm life. View the collection here.
The Historic John Hartman House
The Historic John Hartman House was built in 1888 for John and Rebecca (Peters) Hartman and was designed by resident architect, Henry Frazier. Four rooms are currently open to the public, and the entrance is located inside the Nappanee Center.
Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection Database
Nappanee Newspapers 1879-2018
Nappanee High School Yearbooks 1906-1969
NorthWood High School Yearbooks 1970-1999
Hit the Pavement in Historic Nappanee Walking Tours
Along Came Nappanee
The Architecture of Henry Frazier
Demolition, Destruction, & Revitalization
Entrepreneurs, Pioneers, and Trailblazers
Homes of the Kitchen Industry
Plays, Opera, Fables, and Frolic
Innovation in Nappanee
Nappanee History Scavenger Hunt
Match the buildings from Nappanee’s history to the current buildings of today. While traveling around town, visit each location and take a photo of the current building or business. Email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on Instagram and tag @nappaneehistory
Submit all 12 photos for a chance to win a Taste of Nappanee Basket.
Photos must be submitted by Friday, June 30, 2023.
Evie’s History Bytes Podcast
Last Wednesday, Monthly
Chime in each month as Martha and a guest dig into all kinds of Nappanee History.
New episodes are released every month.
- Martha is joined by Dale Tobias to talk about his career as a photographer.
- Martha is joined by Dr. Simon Bronner from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Emma's niece, Aleta Schrock.
- Martha is joined by Jake and Nikki Beer to talk about their business Miller's Orchard.
- Martha is joined by guest, Amy Wenger as they talk about the news in Nappanee.
- Martha is joined by Library Director, Seth James as they talk to Activision co-founder and Nappanee Native David Crane.
- Martha sits down with Nappanee Mayor Phil Jenkins to talk about architecture in Nappanee.
Meet the Team!
Heritage Collection Manager
Heritage Collection Specialist
Heritage Collection Specialist