Local History

Travis Childs, The History Museum’s Director of Education, is the St. Joseph County Historian, appointed by the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau. In this three-year voluntary role, Travis serves as a liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations, joining with dozens of men and women across the state also serving in the County Historian Program. Questions? Contact Travis at The History Museum (574-235-9664, ext. 242) or

The Area's Early History

Our area of the state just prior to the arrival of the Europeans.

The First Settlers

Fur trappers and traders who settled in St. Joseph County.

The Trail of Death

The forceable removal of Native Americans from northern Indiana.

Early South Bend

The start of an industrial Midwestern city.

St. Joseph County Facts

The quick facts and figures about our county.

South Bend Firsts

Many of the historic ‘firsts’ that took place in South Bend.

South Bend City Directories

The old city directories tell the story of South Bend.

List of South Bend Mayors

A list of South Bend Mayors since 1865.

South Bend Fire Department

The history of our community’s brave fire department.

South Bend Police Department

The history of our community’s heroic police department.

Local African American History

The history of African Americans in our community.

History of Mishawaka, Indiana

The founding and history of South Bend’s neighboring city.

History of Osceola, Indiana

The history of another South Bend neighboring city.

South Bend's Lost Landmarks

Buildings that use to stand in South Bend.

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