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Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm

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Upcoming Museum and Community Events:


Saturday, August 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Center, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum will present this summer’s second Centennial Homes program featuring the Ogden Island area of Lake Wawasee.   The owners of two century old homes will capture your imagination.  As you turn onto the island past the Spink Condos, you’ll notice a house on your left that has a varied history from being an eating establishment to a riding stable.  The house renovation appears to be Chip and Joanna Gaines’ style.  Further down Ogden Island (join us to find out the history of the name), Sue Wildman Rush and her brother, Bob, will share the history of their family home built in 1911.  The old Anglers’ Cove property is also in their family, so its story will be shared along with other small groceries/eating establishments around Lake Wawasee.

Mark your calendar now for “Ogden Island Centennial Homes,” Saturday, August 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the Syracuse Community Center.  Take time also to visit the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum (open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 2) and view their summer exhibit featuring the Wawasee Yacht Club.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial–August 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Act. The state of Indiana will celebrate the entire month of August, and the town of Syracuse has designated the week of August 23-29 as Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration week. Chautauqua-Wawasee will be hosting four events, teaming up with the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Syracuse Public Library, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber, and the Indiana Humanities to bring a glimpse of events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The final event will be on September 5, 2:00-3:30pm, here at the community center, following the Archaeology Month program. For a complete listing of events celebrating this momentous occasion, please visit Chautauqua-Wawasee’s website by clicking here.

Second Saturdays–New for 2020 is the museum’s Second Saturdays, a family event that will feature a family activity guaranteed to remind the adults of their childhoods.
August–Milk Jug Planter
September–Archaeology Month activity


It costs an average of $100 per day for the museum to maintain its collections. Without your support, we cannot keep providing historical services to you, the public. The museum has been diligent this year with updating displays to make it a more inviting and accessible space for you to enjoy. We have also been planning for updates on lighting, storage, and additional displays.  These updates are not included in the daily operations cost. Please consider donating today. Donations are accepted through the “DONATE” button to the right, mail, or in person during business hours. All donations are tax deductible, according to the law. Thank you!


Located in Syracuse, Indiana in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, has been offering a glimpse back in time for the Lakeland area since 1987. It was founded with funds gained from the Syracuse Sesquicentennial Celebration and occupied a room in the Syracuse Public Library until June 2002 when it moved to its current location in the Syracuse Community Center.

In Search Of:

The museum is always looking for unique items to add to the collection. Please keep in mind when donating that we keep the history of the Syracuse and Wawasee lakes area, and any artifacts that should belong to a different museum’s collection will be sent to them in due course. If you have any questions about anything you would like to donate, please feel free to call the museum and ask.