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Writings of Culver's History

Writings on the History of Culver (including several full-text books)

*Mark Roeder's "A History of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee" (the complete text of this exhaustive, thorough, and readable book is now available online!).

*Writings about Culver History History by Harvey Firari

*History on Review: Culver Academies' Historian Robert B. Hartman's extensive archive of writings on CMA History are a must-read for those interested in the topic, available here.

*I Remember, by John Houghton, several articles from the Culver author's 1974-75 Culver Citizen column on Culver history.

*Daniel McDonald's 1908 "History of Marshall County," online in full-text. Specifically, the chapter on "Maxinkuckee Lake" is useful. Available in html or PDF format.

*Minnie Swindell's The Story of Marshall County, a 1923 publication of Pilot Co. printers. This wonderful book, full of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee history, was written by the former principal of the West Township school near Plymouth. View by chapter here. View chronologically here.

*Culver Academies' Woodcraft Camp 75th Anniversary History Book by Maj. Dick Zimmerman, longtime Woodcraft (Indian Lore) instructor.

*Removal of the Pottawatomie Indians from Northern Indiana, the complete text by Daniel McDonald, 1898. A rare book by a monumental figure in the history of Culver and Marshall County. More about the life, writings, and legacy of Daniel McDonald here.

*Evermann and Clark's landmark Lake Maxinkuckee: A Physical and Biological Survey. This 1920 book, at over 600 pages, remains one of the most highly-regarded biological surveys of a body of water in the U.S., and set the standard for such in-depth research. The book consists not only of crucial biological, environmental, and physical data pertaining to the lake, but also contains copious amounts of historical information about the people and community surrounding the lake.

*Culver's African-American Community, a look at the history and people who made up the community of black residents of Culver, most prominent from the 1920s-1960s.

The World War II Years in Culver - A week-by-week account of the war years -- from Dec. 7, 1941 through the official end of the war in 1945 -- in the Culver area: how day to day life was affected, the lives lost, the heroes and the way the community rallied around the war effort, in text and photos!

*When We Were Marmont: Images and writings from the days before Culver was Culver.

Dave Burns and the Culver Volunteer Fire Department: Three pages by Dave Burns' widow, Judi, on the fire department, full of rare photos.

The Fire Department History 

Art Fishburn's Last Ride

The Burning of the Lake Shore Garage.

*The Eisenhard-Payson Legacy: The lives and contributions of Gen. George Eisenhard (f Culver Academy's first Science Department) and Col. Edward Payson, CMA Band Director, founder of the Moonlight Serenade, and consummate photographer.

*The Washington-Lawson Cemetery near Culver (in Union Township). Chris Landskron of the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver photographed the entire Washington-Lawson cemetery (each headstone) and consolidated the information on each person buried there into this helpful file.

*The East Shore Drive Historic District - a history of the architecture, recreation, and families of the East Shore Drive of Lake Maxinkuckee's Historic District, from the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver.

*The Vonnegut Family on Lake Maxinkuckee - A history of the Vonneguts and related families (Wood, Mueller, Schnull, Glossbrenner, Rasmussen, etc.) who helped develop the culture and homes of the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee.

*Culver's Commercial (downtown) Historic District - a history of the architecture and significance of the buildings and businesses of Culver's Main Street, downtown district, placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver, who compiled this thorough, and indispensable writing.

*Christmases of Culver Past: a gallery of images from the early 20th century through the 1970s, with vintage advertisements, articles, and photos of holidays past.

*Culver's Titanic History. The story of the Titanic survivor who wound up living in Culver. Thanks to Peter Dutcher for this article, which appears on his site.

*Memoirs of One John Edward Werner, Volumes 1 and 2. Published by Tombough House in Rochester, this writing recalls, among other things, many memories of Culver during the author's pre- and post-Depression days here, including the ice houses, the Lake, etc. 

*Cole Porter in Culver -- one of the most famous visitors to the shore of Lake Maxinkuckee

*WCMA: Culver's Own Radio Station!

Vintage Articles from Culver's Past:

*"Chicago Girls Make Hit at Indiana Summer Resort," a strange and at times (unintentionally) humorous 1905 article from the Chicago American, describing the snubbing of Chicago's society women by Culver's and calling Culver "the Newport of Indiana." Thanks to Jim Peterson and Fred Karst for this one!

*Methodist Congregation Fitting Observe Fiftieth Anniversary...1918 article by Dr. Benjamin Wiseman on the history of Culver's Methodist Church.

Vintage Booklets, Annuals, Yearbooks, and other Publications

Town of Culver - Lake Maxinkuckee - Culver Academy
Town of Culver

The Culver City Herald 1898 Souvenir Edition - Chock full of vintage advertisements, articles, and photos, this book was reprinted recently by Culver's Antiquarian and Historical Society and is available for viewing in its entirety here.

Grace Historical Review, 1985 - Robert Rust's wonderful 1985 book commemorating the 100th anniversary of Grace Church in Culver is chock full of photos and detailed historical information.

Grace Down Through the Years: A Glimpse of the Life and Times of Grace United Church of Christ, Culver, Indiana, on the Occasion of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary, October, 1960 - Robert Rust was probably heavily involved in the making of this book as well, but it does contain some unique elements.

St. Mary's of the Lake Church Dedication and Formal Opening - A program book detailing the opening of the permanent St. Mary of the Lake church building, opened in 1955. The book gives some history of the church and also details the architecture and contents of the new building.

1919 Maxinkuckee Yearbook -- Most of the yearbook: faculty, students, advertisements, and more!

1920 Maxinkuckee Yearbook -- The entirety of the yearbook: faculty, students, advertisements, and more!

1977 Culver Elementary/Jr. High Yearbook - The complete book, a loan from Verl Shaffer.

True Detective Magazine: How Culver Captured Chicago's Marauding Gunmen - The complete article from the December, 1933 magazine, describing the robbery of the State Exchange Bank in downtown Culver.

The State Exchange Bank 1947 Souvenir Program and Photo Book - Chock full of photos of the bank and its staff.

The State Exchange Bank 1978 Souvenir Program and Photo Book - Chock full of photos of the bank and its staff.

When We Were Marmont: Images and writings from the days before Culver was Culver.

Lake Maxinkuckee

The Maxinkuckee Agricultural Fair 1895 - a rare book published when Culver was still Marmont, worth a look just for the advertisements alone, lent to the library by Culver's Antiquarian and Historical Society.

Lake Maxinkuckee Art Annual 1905: (A very rare publication, graciously loaned from Marcia Adams, viewable in its entirety here!)

Maxinkuckee Moon: the entire sheet music printing from 1923, kindly donated to the library by Jeanne Epley!

"Chicago Girls Make Hit at Indiana Summer Resort," a strange and at times (unintentionally) humorous 1905 article from the Chicago American, describing the snubbing of Chicago's society women by Culver's and calling Culver "the Newport of Indiana." Thanks to Jim Peterson and Fred Karst for this one!

Culver Academy

1898 Vedette, the CMA student publication, from the Culver Antiquarian and Historical Society.

Culver Academies Roll Call 1907: Excerpts from a 1907 yearbook from CMA, loaned generously by Pete Trone.

Culver Academies Roll Call 1915: Excerpts from a very early yearbook from CMA, loaned generously by the Library's own Edna Taber.

Culver Academies Roll Call 1922: Excerpts from a 1922 yearbook from CMA, loaned generously by Martha Ryman.

CMA 1921-1922 Bulletin: complete '21-22 Bulletin contains details faculty information, student information, some wonderful photos, and a plethora of historical background on the Academy of the day. Thanks to Karen Coby and Mary Ann Rowe for the use of this artifact.

Legion Memorial Building 1924 Dedication Programme: features a collection of beautiful photographs of the exterior and interior of the building. The roster of the day of dedication can be seen on page 15. Thanks to Karen Coby and Mary Ann Rowe for the use of this artifact.

1932 CMA "Message Center" student handbook, including some wonderful images and advertisements, as well as a unique map of the campus area. From the Ted Schenberg collection.

The Culver Calendar - The Culver Calendar from the 1940s (probably the late 40s) includes a photo for each week of the year. Some -- though not all -- of these photos were taken by Col. Edward Payson.

Woodcraft Camp

Culver Summer Naval School Catalog 1911: In its entirety, full of photos and information.

Culver Summer Naval School Catalog 1918: This photo-rich publication is presented in its entirety (48 pages +!) here, as loaned to the library by Ted Schenberg.

Culver Academies' Woodcraft Camp 75th Anniversary History Book by Maj. Dick Zimmerman, longtime Woodcraft (Indian Lore) instructor.

Summer School of Horsemanship Program at Culver Catalog - A 1960s book and catalog of the Summer School of Horsemanship at Culver Military Academy, full of great photos and information. Thanks to John Houghton for the donation of this book.

Woodcraft Camp Catalog, 1960s - Thanks to John Houghton for the donation of this book.

A Summer at Culver Woodcraft Camp - A promotional book and catalog advertising the benefits of Culver's summer programs, probably from the 1960s (thanks to John Houghton for the donation of this book).

Culver Summer Naval School Book and Catalog, 1960s - This catalog describing the Naval School program at Culver contains many rare photos and wonderfully detailed descriptions of the program. Thanks to John Houghton for the donation of this book.