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

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

THANK YOU!!!!  Harkless Foundation

Our greatest appreciation goes out to the Kenneth and Lela Harkless Foundation for funding our operation expenses for 2019.

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“A Virtual Window on the Dawn of Indiana Archaeology”

Exhibit Open House, Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum houses an important piece of Indiana heritage, the J.P. Dolan Indian artifact collection which served a prominent role in developing Eli Lilly’s interest in the “Prehistory of Indiana.”

A $17,000 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. and an additional $3,550 contributed by local residents are being utilized to curate & display the Indian artifact collection.

In collaboration with Ball State University’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL), artifacts in the collection have been digitized, categorized, identified, labeled, and cataloged.  Amazing digital models can be viewed by the public on the AAL’s  Sketchfab pages – Dolan Collection.

In order to realize J.P. Dolan’s goal to have his collection serve as a public education resource, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum is developing engaging, informative displays that communicate the full educational enrichment and research potential of this important collection.  This project is an extension of both Mr. Lilly’s legacy and Mr. Dolan’s intent to further the public good.

Upcoming Museum and Community Events:

Community Garage Sale: March 2, 2019 @ 9:00-2:00 pm.

Night At The Museum: March 14 @ 6:30 p.m.  Come support some of Syracuse Elementary’s 4th grade students as they portray notable people from Syracuse’s past. This event will be free to the public.

Novel Conversation: April 27, 2019 @ 11 a.m. in the Celebration Hall.  Join us as author Ray Boomhower presents his book John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog, about the writer for the Indianapolis Times during the 1940s-1950s, advisor and key speechwriter for presidential campaigns from 1950-1970s, and US ambassador to the Dominican Republic during the Kennedy administration. This program is in cooperation with the Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library and sponsored by the Indiana Humanities and is free to the public. Limited quantities of the book are available to check out at the library.


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:

We are looking for team pictures to go with our trophy display. If you have one, please consider bringing it in so that we may copy it.