The Drawings + Documents Archive is pleased to announce the release of the Pendleton Historical Museum Collection, an online collection documenting the rich architectural history of Pendleton, Indiana, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Archive recently collaborated with the Pendleton Historical Museum to digitize some of their material that relates to the built environment of the small town in Madison County located 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
The collection contains the complete text of the 1880 book History of Madison County, Indiana, as well as historical images of the downtown commercial district, residences, schools, churches, library, rail transportation, and Falls Park.
The town, like many other small towns in Indiana, finds its historical architecture threatened. One of the schools depicted in the collection, the 1936 Pendleton High School built by the WPA and located at 301 S. East Street, was just last week slated for demolition by the school board in order to create a parking lot in its place.