Madison County Historical Society


Made In Anderson Exhibit

The Madison County Historical Society presents "Made In Anderson" Exhibit which will be on display at the History Center, 7 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana.  The Exhibit Hall is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  This exhibit will be available for visiting and viewing until the end of day on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

The exhibit is a combination of family histories with the noted products produced and made here in Anderson, Indiana.  It is a HUGE collection of material, documents, pictures, artifacts, and manufactured products.  This is a large and robust collection featuring original artifacts and documents.  To really see this exhibit, you will need to come several times. 

The family genealogies are the work of Melody Hull while Bill Knepp put together the industrial artifacts and stories.  Mel and Bill will be available to discuss their work on this exhibit.  Our special "Thank You" to Mel and Bill for all the work in research, organization, and set-up.

The "Made In Anderson" exhibit will be in conjunction with and run concurrently with the City of Anderson's Sesquicentennial Celebration this summer.  You are encouraged to come often to see our display as we celebrate the 150th year of Anderson becoming a city.

The exhibit is  free to everyone in the community.  It is for you and your family;  that's why we do it!  For more information and/or questions, please call us at (765) 683-0052 during public hours.  Thank you!


 The Purnell-Graham Company was located(in 1930) at 1638 Nichol Avenue in Anderson;  phone number, 528.

Owners were William Purnell and William F. Graham and they manufactured ice cream, soda water, and Nehi beverages.

 Delco-Remy workers local union 662.  The United Auto Workers were a strong union in Anderson.

The Indiana Tractor Company was located here in Anderson.  The tractor they built was so balanced that it only needed the very large front wheels.

The company moved to Ohio at a later date.

The Columbia Encasustic Tile Company first made tile here in Anderson.

The company name was later changed to National Tile.


The Irish Mail Cart

Hand tools manufactured in Anderson

Shovels manufactured in Anderson

Cheese board and knife

Gas meter



The Wright Rich Cut Glass Company started by making shovels and other farming tools.  They became a cut glass manufacturer in 1905 and was in business in Anderson until about 1915.


  Madison County Historical Society|15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696, Anderson, Indiana 46015-0696|(765)683-0052|