Holiday giving? Yes, Thank You!

It costs an average of $100 per day the museum opens its doors. 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!

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc. would like to thank you for visiting this website!

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

New! Note Cards

We have recently added new note cards to our gift shop. These beautiful cards are blank inside, with the outside photo taken by our very own Mary Hursh. Each set of 5 comes with envelopes and are $5/set.

“Find Your Happy Spot” front


Did you see our new ‘DONATE’ button?

Now you can donate to the museum online! Donating has been made even easier thanks to this PayPal supported link. You can use any supported credit/debit card or personal PayPal account.

Upcoming Museum and Community Events:

Thank you to everyone that attended our Indiana Archaeology Month programs. And a big thank you to Chautauqua-Wawasee for partnering with us to bring you the expertise of the wonderful speakers.

The next big event sponsored by the museum is currently undecided, but the museum will be participating in the upcoming Community Center events:
*Breakfast With Santa (Reindeer Food Craft): December 7, 2019, 8:00AM-11:00AM
Please join us for this wonderful event!


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:

Do you have interesting items to loan for a Christmas display? Kids coming in during the months of November and December (especially during the Breakfast With Santa event) love seeing displays of Christmas items, old toys, and Christmas ornaments. If you have anything you think would make a good display, please call the museum director. Displayed items would preferably be installed before Thanksgiving. All items loaned will be itemized, displayed in a locked case, and returned the weekend before Christmas, or after the New Year, according to the agreed-upon date.  Thank you, in advance!