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Adams County Historical Museum
420 W. Monroe Street
Decatur, Indiana

The museum is a treasure house providing visitors with an opportunity to research the past, or to simply browse, enjoy and remember. Owned by the Adams County Historical Society, the museum is open to the public on Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. from June to September; other times by appointment. Admission is free, but donations for the upkeep of the former Charles A. Dugan home and its collections are appreciated.

To get in touch with or find out more information on the Society:
Mailing address: ACHS, PO Box 262, Decatur, IN 46733
Official website address:

One of the treasures contained in the museum are scrapbooks that date back to the 1930s. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, obits, weddings, births, and local news, but their age is beginning to show.

In June 2012, a group of volunteers spent two days hand scanning the oldest of the scrapbooks to preserve as many of the articles as possible.
The group scanned 75 scrapbooks, about half of the volumes stored in the museum.

See the group in action

Because of the size of the pages, the scans are being transcribed for publication.
We need volunteers to transcribe!
Please get in touch with Margie or Jim if you are interested.

Note: dates are approximate. Articles were glued onto the pages where ever they fit. Many have handwritten dates on the articles.

Updated 6/13/2024