Check Out the Auto Indiana Exhibit at the Seiberling Mansion!

Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The Seiberling Mansion has two new exhibits on display!

First, the Howard County Historical Society is hosting Auto Indiana, a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society, during the month of September.  With this exhibit, visitors will take a ride through Indiana’s rich automotive past as they discover the Hoosier State’s prolific contributions.  From inventors and innovators like Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor to automakers like Studebaker and Duesenberg, Indiana has left an indelible mark on the industry for more than a century – and vice versa.

The exhibit illuminates ties between the automobiles and the development of many other economic opportunities for the “Crossroads of America,” such as the iron, steel and glass businesses.  It also explores how the automobile became part of American Dream and popular culture, from movies to making personal memories.  Auto Indiana is made possible by Kroger and is located on the 3rd floor of the Seiberling Mansion.

Here are some photos I took last week:





There is also a new permanent Delco Radio exhibit on the 2nd floor.  Make sure you check it out on your next visit!



Don’t forget about the Mobile Device Tour!  Stops are located throughout the Seiberling Mansion.  Listen to an audio tour, see additional historical photos, and stream videos (depending on what type of cell phone you have.)  Be on the lookout for these signs:


The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information about these exhibits or the mobile device tour, call (765) 452-4314 or visit  To learn more about the Indiana Historical Society and its programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit

Angels are coming … to the Seiberling Mansion!

Christmas at the Seiberling MansionThe Seiberling Mansion is about to be home to one of the largest gatherings of angels ever seen in Howard County – big angels, tiny angels, glass angels, and paper angels are appearing in every room of the Mansion!  They’re part of the traditional Christmas at the Seiberling celebration in Kokomo.

Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.  Come witness the official arrival of Santa and countdown to 6 p.m., when the glorious display of outdoor lights is illuminated.  After the lighting, visit the Elliott House (located next door) to warm up with cookies & wassail and give the kids and grandkids the chance to see Santa.  For the first time this year, take your own picture with Santa for free.  Be sure to bring your camera!

In the Seiberling Mansion, tour a true vision of holiday beauty, created by dozens of volunteers.  Twenty rooms on all three floors are decorated, and the third floor ballroom features ornaments from the former Blasius Christmas Tree House in Kokomo.  Vote for your favorite room!

Christmas at the Seiberling stairs

There will be musical entertainment and a contest for kids 12 & under: “How Many Angels Are in the Mansion?” Opening night tickets are available in advance for $7 or at the door for $10.  Kids 12 & under are $3 and Howard County Historical Society members are free. Advance tickets are available online.

Christmas at the Seiberling holiday tours will continue through December 22, 2013.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Daytime tour admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 for kids 12 & under.

The Seiberling will also be open on December 6th from 6-9 p.m. during First Friday.  Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with Mansion tours, along with many family-friendly activities in Downtown!

Carriage rides will be available on both November 30th and December 6th from 6-9 p.m.  The cost is $50 and includes up to six people. Advance reservations are required.

The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information on tours and special events, call (765) 452-4314 or visit  See a sneak preview of the angels at!


Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion Hosts Unique Civil War Exhibit

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An extraordinary exhibit on the Civil War is on display now through June 2013 at the Seiberling Mansion.  The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from local collector Craig Dunn and a unique letter on loan from Katherine Morehead.  Dunn has built one of the state’s most remarkable collections of material related to Indiana Civil War soldiers.  He also authored two books about Hoosiers caught up in the war between the states.  Craig has loaned a small portion of his collection to the Howard County Historical Society for this exhibit, and the museum has supplemented with items from their own archives and collections.  Morehead is a descendent of  T.J. Harrison, the highest-ranking Howard County veteran of the war, and she allowed the exhibit to display an original letter home written by Harrison.

The Seiberling Mansion is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Group tours by appointment.  In addition to the Civil War exhibit, visitors will enjoy many other displays in the beautifully restored (former) home of Monroe Seiberling built in 1891.  For more information, call (765) 452-4314 or visit

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Get Tickets Now for the Holiday Spirits Wine & Beer Tasting at the Seiberling Mansion on Dec. 7th

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Holiday Spirits returns to the Seiberling Mansion on December 7, 2012.  You won’t find spirits of the ghostly kind that evening, though.  Instead, it’s the biennial wine and beer tasting benefit in support of the Howard County Historical Society – sponsored by Soupley’s Wine and Spirits and Rozzi’s Catering.

Visitors will sample outstanding wines, beers and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music, while visiting with friends and touring the festive Seiberling Mansion.  Silent auction items will also be available for bidding and purchase.  A special feature, the new Civil War exhibit, featuring artifacts and photographs from the Craig Dunn collection, will be open on the first floor.

Tickets for Holiday Spirits are available from the Howard County Historical Society at 1200 W. Sycamore in Kokomo, from society board members, or online at or  Admission is $20 for HCHS members and $25 for non-members.  For more information, call 765-452-4314.

Howard County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Howard County Historical Society announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.   The Howard County Museum is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

“The people of Howard County have a long history of military service to America, and we’re proud to celebrate and support the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces.   This is one small way that we can say ‘thank you’”, said Dave Broman, Executive Director of HCHS. “We’re pleased to be able to share our community’s heritage with a group of men and women who’ve made such a strong commitment to our national heritage.”

More than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Howard County Museum

The Howard County Historical Society is the custodian of the county’s unique heritage. The organization operates from a campus on West Sycamore Street in Kokomo, which includes two turn-of-the-century mansions and their carriage houses. The history museum is located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, a brick Victorian house built in 1889. The Elliott Carriage House contains the HCHS Local History Archives, and the Elliott House is a rental facility for meetings, receptions, and parties. Information on the organization, museum, and archives can be found at

Kokomo Winners Receive 2011 Hoosier Hospitality Award

Congratulations to Joyce Colburn (Martino’s Italian Villa) and Sandra Grant (Howard County Historical Society) for each receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.  The ceremony held at the Statehouse recognized individuals with outstanding contributions to Indiana’s tourism industry. 

In all, twenty-two people were recognized by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.  We congratulate Joyce and Sandra and thank them for their outstanding hospitality to visitors in Kokomo and Howard County!

2011 Lt. Governor's Hoosier Hospitality Award Recipients

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month in Kokomo

Several great events will take place in Kokomo and Howard County next month during National Historic Preservation Month.  Here are some of the events you can get involved with and attend.

  • Seiberling Mansion Nooks & Crannies Tour – May 1, 2010 (1-4 p.m.)
    Get a “behind the scenes” tour of areas not normally open to the public.  Admission $4 adults & $1 children.  765-452-4314
  • “Sunday at the Seiberling” – May 2, 2010
    Get free admission to the Seiberling Mansion from 1-4 p.m. 
  • Greentown Historic Building Tour – May 8, 2010 (Noon-4 pm)
    Tour includes 3 great homes, Meridian Street Christian Church, the Hy-Red Gas Station, State Bank of Greentown & Greentown History Center.  Tickets $8 advance or $10 at the door.  Tickets available at Greentown Antique Mall & Treasure Mart Antique Mall. 
  • “How to Paint Wood Siding” Workshop – May 15, 2010 (9 am-Noon)
    Cost is $20 and seating is limited.  Workshop will be held at the Elliott House in Kokomo.  765-452-4314
  • Kokomo Historic Churches Tour – May 22, 2010 (9 am-Noon)
    Tour 5 beautiful, historic churches in Kokomo.  Cost is only $5 per person.  Reservations are required.  765-452-4314

Also in May, don’t miss the 2010 Designers’ Showhome, located at 1105 West Mulberry Street in Kokomo.  The Blessing House has been taken over by decorators and interior designers and will be open to the public May 2 – 16, 2010 from Noon – 7 pm daily.  Tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door.  Call 765-457-4338 for more information.

For more information on Howard County Preservation Month activities, contact the Howard County Historical Society at 765-452-4314 or visit their website.