The Marshall County Historical Society received a fully-funded Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society, made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc. The grant and matching funds will be used to update and expand the Transportation Hall, l one of the museum’s most popular exhibits. .
The grant will expand the current exhibit at the historic crossroads, adding a Native American stories station created in partnership with Oklahoma’s Citizen Potawatomi Cultural Heritage Center. The new exhibit will include a life-size wigwam and an interactive Potawatomi language. It will also tell the story of the evolution of the natural landscape and how the first settlements developed along the roads.
A third new history station will provide the history of local migrant families written in collaboration with some of their descendants. The expanded exhibit will explain how agriculture in the county evolved and provide details on the growth of transportation and tourism-based businesses and industry. A fourth new station will talk about the county’s aviation history.
Originally created in 2011, the Historic Crossroads exhibit tells the story of transportation in Marshall County and why it is the foundation of our history. Beginning in the 1830s, the Michigan Road followed an Indian trail and ran through the heart of our county. It was joined about 75 years later by four historic highways: Lincoln, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Yellowstone Trail, and the Dixie Highway. Marshall County is the only place in the entire country where all five highways intersect.
Stay tuned for updates, help opportunities, and grand opening information, scheduled for fall 2023. The Marshall County Museum and Historic Crossroads Center is located at 123 N. Michigan St., Plymouth .