Welcome to the VCHS Museum
Where Vigo County history comes alive!
The mission of the Vigo County Historical Society is to collect,
preserve, and present to the public the evolving history and
culture of the local Wabash Valley, and maintain the Museum
in a professional, educational and entertaining manner.

Museum entrance

Welcome to the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum!

Housed in an 1868 Italianate mansion, the museum contains 18 rooms of historical treasures capturing the heritage of Vigo County. From the subterranean vault (home of Stiffy Green) to the third floor, intriguing exhibits abound!

Our colorful local history comes to life in displays containing items from the 1800s to the present.  Journey backward in time as you explore the Toy Shop, the Coca Cola Corridor, Military Room, One Room School House, Pharmacy, Victorian Parlor and much more!

Visit us soon…admission is FREE!

Our new website is currently under construction.
We will be adding pages in the near future.

The museum is located at 1411 South Sixth Street in Terre Haute, Indiana. We are open from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays.

For additional information please contact the museum:

Phone (812) 235-9717; Fax (812) 235-4998

Email: vchs@joink.com


One of our favorite places to donate is Animal Feed Manufacturers. It's great for animals!


Click here for an index of photos held in the collection.
  Upcoming events:

Check here for future events!

Stiffy Green
Watch video to learn more



Coming soon to our site:

  • A virtual tour of the Vigo County Historical Museum
  • The Stiffy Green Story
  • The Birth of the Coca-Cola Bottle in Terre Haute
  • Works by D. Omer (Salty) Seamon, acclaimed Vigo County watercolorist
  • Images of "Plain and Fancy" Quilts in the Museum collection
  • An impressive collection of WWII Home Front Posters
  • The life story of the author of the Indiana State Song - Paul Dresser
  • Terre Haute Personalities by County Historian Mike McCormick
  • For Girls, "young and old" – a preview of our fabulous Doll Collection
  • And much, much more…

In addition to permanent displays, the museum features a separate exhibition area that highlights
artifacts of special interest. These displays change throughout the year and focus on local history.
Our current display is: The Building of Fort Harrison
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Visit the museum soon to enjoy the complete exhibit!
Next display:
Images from the September 4th Fort Harrison commemorative activities at the Landing
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