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Since its inception, Historic New Carlisle, Inc. has worked to infuse the New Carlisle community with a greater awareness and appreciation of history and historic preservation. Through our educational programs, walking tours, local history exhibits and community events, we strive to positively impact our community. 


What started as an organization meeting in the homes of founding members and then at the local library, the group has since grown and has occupied three spaces over our 30-year history. Our first was a downtown building that we rented and first began collecting artifacts for our museum. In 1998, we embarked on the rescue and rehabilitation of the Old Republic where we had our office and museum space for over 15 years. In July 2020 we celebrated our grand opening of our new office and museum in the one-story portion of the old Home Cafe restaurant. We were ready for a change and wanted to expand our museum space (which wasn't an option at the Old Republic), and we felt that a downtown location would help to bring more foot traffic to our museum, gift shop, and various programs and events. Our most recent project was the purchase and partial rehab of the other half of the Home Cafe. We recently sold the property to Studebaker Brewing Company who will brew their beer and serve food as well. They are projecting a Spring 2024 opening.

We are a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 historical society with one full-time director. We heavily rely on memberships, donations, fundraisers, and volunteers to run our day-to-day activities and to be able to pay our director's salary 

Dana Groves Executive Director

Dana received a B.A. in Public History from Western Michigan University and has been HNC's Executive Director since 2004. She is married and has two children. She lives in a historic home built in 1885.


OUR DIGS... We love our downtown location! We've about tripled our former museum space and get a lot more foot traffic. Come visit us!

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