ETNA GREEN — Etna Green, the only town by that name in the United States, is home to approximately 500 residents.
Located 13 miles west of Warsaw, Etna Green has several businesses, parks, and restaurants. But the town is also home to the Etna Green Museum, a single-room building at Heritage Park containing sports memorabilia, newspaper articles and other miscellaneous items of historical significance.
If you have trouble locating the museum, just look for the old train caboose adjacent to the building.
The museum was established in 2009 by Dick Long, a former student and graduate of Etna High School. Even with its size, the Etna Green Museum is full of unique, quirky facts. The small town even had a well-known band. “The Shades” was an all-girl band from Etna Green that had a tour in Europe. The 60s band had Janice Gard on bass, Suzannah Blodgette on drums, and Cinda Stouder on guitar.
Tammy Berry, a member of the Etna Green Museum Board, said Long and the board are always accepting donations, both monetary and material, for the museum.
“But we’re really looking for specific pictures, as well as people interested in volunteering for the museum,” said Berry.
The museum is seeking pictures of Etna Green stockyards, onion storage and the sawmill. The board is also seeking volunteers for anyone interested in helping continue to preserve the history of Etna Green at the museum.
“We just want to find younger people who are willing to help man the museum, especially those who have connections in Etna Green,” said Berry.
The museum is open every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
“I maybe work at most four Saturdays a year, so we’re not asking for much,” said Berry. “We just want people interested in the town’s history to volunteer their time.”
From bridal gowns and basketball jerseys, to vinyl records and school desks, the Etna Green Museum covers a wide range of the town’s history.
“It really has something for everyone, and there are so many unique items here,” said Berry.
For more information on volunteering or donating items to the museum, contact Dick Long at (574) 265-8379.