Japer County Historical Society Museum

Sunday, May 30, 2010


It is important to make the Jasper County Historical Society Museum and its contents available to the public. What would the residents of Jasper County, Indiana, like to see in their local museum?


  1. My father claude z. Leek was from Rensselaer. He passed away in 1991 here in colorado. I was told of a Leeks Livery Stable owned by some relatives, the Leeks. I am trying to find any information about it or possibly a picture. Susan Leek, colorado Springs ,Co. email is

  2. Do you know any of the history of "Asphaltum", on CR250 near 49? Why does it have that name?

    1. According to our former County Historian, Beulah Arnott, in her booklet GONE AND ALMOST FORGOTTEN, oil was discovered by a farmer digging a water well in the 1890's. By 1900 there were 100 wells producing 400 barrels a day. The land belonged to Mr. Gifford, who built a million dollar refinery and added a spur line to the railroad. By 1904, the wells went dry and the oozing oil was used by the farmers to oil their machinery.


About Us in 2012

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The museum is open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or by appointment. To schedule visits at other hours, call the president at 219 866 7767 or the vice president at 219 866 7825. *** The 1867 log cabin, the 1874 Rosebud School, the 1938 Parr Post Office, and the recent Blacksmith Shop are open during the Jasper County Fair at the Jasper County Fairgrounds just east of Rensselaer on Indiana Highway 114. In 2012, this village is open Sunday, July 15 from 1-4 P.M., Tuesday, July 17 from 4-7 P.M., and Thursday, July 19 from 1 to 4 pm. For visits at other times, telephone the numbers above. Gather for hobnobbing under the tree when the village is open. *** Jasper County Historical Society meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Museum, 479 N. Van Rensselaer St., Rensselaer, Indiana, 47978. Visitors and guests are welcome. We do not meet in July or August. *** To join the Society, send $10.00 for a family membership or $5.00 for a single membership to the Museum. The Jasper County Historical Society welcomes help as museum hosts, weavers, cataloging, and more. Please contact if you are interested.