Much of Colfax’s local history is now archived and on display at the Colfax Perry Township Public Library. Colfax has changed over the years, and the library has grown, but a museum with adequate space to grow the collection is needed.
Colfax citizens have long dreamed of the Rosenberger Building as ideal to house a local history museum. This historic building was built in 1850 and is possibly the oldest in Clinton County. It is one of two buildings in Colfax with the distinction of being on the National Register of Historic Places. The goal is to purchase the building and relocate the museum inside the Rosenberger Building.
In a continuing effort to collect, preserve, research and interpret the heritage of Colfax and Perry Township, the Colfax Historical Society, Inc. was recently formed. Going forward, Colfax Historical Society, Inc. will apply for grants, plan fund-raising events, seek corporate resources and engage preservation experts to help renovate the historic building. The necessary paperwork is also being filed in order to operate the historical society as a not-for-profit organization.
A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, at 7 p.m., at the Colfax-Perry Township Public Library to invite membership. This meeting will lay out membership dues for charter members, and highlight the many ways you can get involved in this new organization.
The effort to purchase the property will be funded by private donations. If you believe this cause if worthy of your time, talent and resources, it is hoped you will pledge your support for the Colfax Historical Society. Donations will be accepted c/o Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, 207 S. Clark Street, Colfax, IN 46035.
No donation is too large or small for this project. Any donations above $100 will qualify you for a charter membership.Please contact Brenda or Amanda at the CPTPL, 765-324-2915, ext. 100 with questions or comments.