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The Museum is currently inventorying and digitizing our vast collection.  As part of this, we will be placing a large portion of the collection online for public access. As items are added, they will be available by clicking the button below.  


Due to a high volume of requests, please make an appointment with

us regarding any research inquiries.

To schedule an appointment, email us at

and we will reach out to discuss availability.

Thank you! 


Our current collection consisted of more than 175,000 pieces of Wabash County history. The Richard E. Ford Archives and Research Center houses photos and information about Wabash County residents, local businesses, and organizations. The vast collection is used for exhibits on and off-site, educational programs, and research.


Guests are welcome to browse the pieces located in the archives, by appointment, with the assistance of our collections staff members. For more information on a specific item, to schedule an appointment, or for general inquires on the collection, email us!


The Museum's collection exists thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals who donate items to be preserved. If you have an item you would like to donate, please email us.

Due to limited space, we are selective on items that are accessioned into our collection.

Collections volunteers will be responsible for assisting collections staff in conducting collection and archival projects and maintenance of, especially large scope. Through their efforts, the Wabash County Museum will be better able to utilize its extensive collection, preserve it more capably, and increase digital access. Ideal volunteers would be passionate about Wabash’s history and the artifacts that represent it. Knowledge regarding antiques and Wabash’s citizens would be extremely valuable. New volunteers will have to fill out an application and submit to a background check.


Volunteers will be trained by Museum staff to:

  • Utilize PastPerfect Software for inventory management

  • Update and maintain inventory listings in Microsoft Excel

  • Operate camera equipment to photograph specific artifacts for record-keeping purposes

  • Operate scanning equipment and software for digitizing photographs and documents

  • Catalog, number, and house artifacts

  • Conduct oral history interviews

Hours for volunteer opportunities will be between 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Friday, preferably in at least one consistent two-hour block of time per week.

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