02
Mar
2024

Movie Night at The Depot - Watcher in the Woods

03-02-2024 7:00 pm -9:00 pm

Join us for a showing of “Watcher in the Woods” The second of our eclipse themed movies. Film will be free to the public, donations appreciated. The film is set to start at 7PM at the Amphitheater. If weather doesn’t permit, the film will be shown at The Depot.

12
Mar
2024

WCHS Monthly Board Meeting

03-12-2024 6:00 pm

Monthly WCHS Board Meeting, the general meeting is open to the public as always, but the
executive meeting is closed. Begins at 6PM in the Stevens Museum Genealogical Library.

17
Mar
2024

Afternoon Tea and Dessert

03-17-2024 1:00 pm -3:00 pm

Join us for a special afternoon of tea and treats, and explore our newest exhibit of historical clothing and quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Reservations $10 per person.  

23
Mar
2024

Monon Technical Society Mini Convention and Yard Sale

03-23-2024 9:00 am -4:00 pm

The Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society will host the 3rd Annual Monon Mini Convention on March 23rd at The Depot in Salem. Presentations, train displays, door prizes and yard sale. Admission $1 under 12 free. Event begins at 9:00am

05
Apr
2024

Solar Eclipse Campsites Available

04-05-2024 5:00 pm

Campsites are available around the John Hay Center campus and parking lot from Friday April 5th to after the eclipse on Monday April 8th.

06
Apr
2024

Solar Eclipse Campsites Available

04-06-2024 9:00 am

Campsites are available around the John Hay Center campus and parking lot from Friday April 5th to after the eclipse on Monday April 8th.

06
Apr
2024

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Guest Speaker

04-06-2024 3:00 pm

Join us at the Depot for an exciting talk from Retired Brig. General David Vesper on the process and significance of solar eclipses.

06
Apr
2024

Movie Night at The Amphitheatre - Little Shop of Horrors

04-06-2024 7:00 pm -9:00 pm

Join us for “Little Shop of Horrors” our final film of our solar eclipse celebration films! Film will be free to the public, donations are appreciated. The film is set to begin at 7PM at the Amphitheater. If weather does not permit, the film will be shown in The Depot.

07
Apr
2024

Solar Eclipse Campsites Available

04-07-2024 9:00 am

Campsites are available around the John Hay Center campus and parking lot from Friday April 5th to after the eclipse on Monday April 8th.

07
Apr
2024

Campfire Stories - Wiener Roast and S’Mores in the Pioneer Village

04-07-2024 5:00 pm -8:00 pm

Join us on April 5th for an evening of Campfire Stories - Wiener Roast and S’mores - Event to be held 5-8PM in the Pioneer Village Common Area. Details TBA.

Photo of John Milton HayWho was John Hay?

Statesman, Author, Ambassador

John Hay was a great American statesman, diplomat, author and poet, whose political career spanned over 50 years.  He was born in a small brick home in Salem, Indiana, on October 8, 1838.

After John displayed considerable potential in his schooling, his Uncle Milton Hay, who was a practicing lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, took a special interest and sent him to Brown University, where he graduated in 1858. 

In 1860, when John Hay’s childhood friend, John Nicolay, was appointed Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign secretary, he was brought on board to assist with the enormous amount of correspondence. 

Hay grew to adore President Lincoln for his goodness, patience, understanding, sense of humor, humility, magnanimity, healthy skepticism, sense of justice, resilience and power, love of the common man and mystical patriotism. Many later noted that Lincoln too, loved Hay as a son and was very attached to him.

In 1903, after years of negotiating treaties, Hay successfully passed legislation that afforded the United States the opportunity to start construction on the Panama Canal. 

Brown University’s John Hay Library was named in his honor, as was the John Hay Air Base, in the Philippines and both his birth home, in Salem, Indiana and his summer estate, The Fells, in New Hampshire, have been historically conserved. 

John Hay Center Hours of Operation

Thursdays - 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fridays - 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays - 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tour Pricing

Self-Guided Tours

Adult (Age 18+) - Donation
Child (Age 6-17) - Donation

Guided Tours

Complete Comprehensive Tour
(Museum,Pioneer Village, The Depot)
Adult (Age 18+) - Tour Price  $20.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - Tour Price $10.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

Steven's Museum Guided Tour
(Approximate 2 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) -  Tour Price $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - Tour Price $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

Pioneer Village
(Approximate 1 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) - Tour Price $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

The Depot Railroad Museum
(Approximate 1 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) - $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

School Tours

Private & Public School Tours: $3.00 per student/parent (Teachers free & 10 student minimum)

Private Tours

Scheduled Private Tours (More than 5 Guests) (Minimum $50)

Additional Information

*All regular tours are free for Life Members
*Children under 5 are free

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