Hammond Historical Society
Hammond, Indiana

1909 Peterson & Monberg
45 State Street - Hammond, Indiana
Introduced at the Hammond Historical Society meeting board meeting in December, 2016, for discussion
of storefront designs in early Hammond. If you want to learn more about early Hammond, Indiana, and how
it grew and developed, please join us at our next membership meeting, Saturday, January 7th in the
community room of the downtown Hammond Public Library.


Thank you to the Volunteers who made the
2016 Oak Hill Cemetery Tour such a great success!

Board Member Tony Arduino portrays Marcus Towle at 2016 Oak Hill Cemetery  Tour

JANUARY 7, 2017


10:00 A.M.


Dear HHS member,

There will be no HHS meeting/program for the month of December. Our next scheduled meeting/program is on January 7, 2017 at 10 am in the Community Room of the Hammond Public Library. Our presenter will be Bruce Woods speaking on” the Lake County Museum, and the Crown Point Marriage Mill”. On behalf of the Board Members and Officers of the Hammond Historical Society, Happy Holidays!


Jim Zacny

Membership Chair



Tell your story here...

Do you have a story about growing up in Hammond, Indiana, that you would like to share with others?

Do you remember "the Coal Man" delivering coal to your house?

What was it like to make a long distance telephone call from your home?

Do you remember calling "Person to Person" and what did that mean?

What about swimming in Lake Michigan as a child?

What about your first job?

We have a lot of stories to leave to our children and share with our neighbors.

What stories do you have? Send them to:

Be sure to include your name, address and contact information.








The Hammond Historical Society is asking its members to write some short stories about their memories of Hammond and what it was like to raise a family, go to school, work and play in the community. We hope to add these stories to our monthly newsletter...

 Here is a sample of a story of attending school in 1950 at the Woodrow Wilson School at Columbia and 173rd in south Hammond. 

“…I was an early reader and by the time I was in first grade, the first book I owned was “The Fix-It Man,” a Little Golden Book with a story about a “Fix-It” man who went from town to town, fixing things for people. In exchange for his fixing things, people would give him pie and cookies, or invite him to dinner with their family. To a six-year old the promise of cookies and pie was a good incentive to keep on fixing things.

When I was in second grade at Woodrow Wilson School, I would take a short cut on the walk home through Columbia Center, a government subsidized housing area in south Hammond. I lived a mile south and thought nothing of the daily hike back and forth on Columbia Avenue to my home near Riverside Park.

My older sister, Nancy, introduced me to the Hammond Library branch in the activity center at the housing complex. Best of all, she said, “It was free!”  I learned that libraries were willing to loan you any books they had and all you had to do was bring the book back in good condition before the “due date”… or else!

Second graders would swap stories on the playground of what happened to their older siblings when books were not returned on time. 

“Yeah,” one kid said, “the police came and knocked on our door looking for the library book that my brother checked out and didn’t return.”

Other stories about the consequences of not observing the “due date” on library books: “You’ll never get a job with that on your record!” and “They know where you live and they’ll come and get you!”  There were enough terrifying stories to make a second grader more responsible when checking out library books.    

Richard Barnes received his Ph.D. and successfully graduated from Edison Jr High and Hammond High School..  but only after he returned all of his library books.




Hammond City Hall Under Construction


Indiana 200 Year Celebration  - 1816 - 2016

"...a truly historical method requires us to take all the historical evidence into account..."
Robert M. Grant - University of Chicago


 200 Members in 200 Years

 Annual Membership:

Single: $15
Family: $20



Like other charitable groups, the Hammond Historical Society relies upon public support to maintain its educational programs in the community. We are a tax exempt 501(c)3 and all gifts of support are 100 % tax deductible. You can become part of Hammond's history by making a contribution today.  Thank you for your support.

Send your check to: 

Hammond Historical Society
564 State Street
Hammond, Indiana 46320

(219) 938-7360

Thank you.

List of Current Board Members


We invite you to join




Contact us at 219 938-7360