ArchivesFest 2021: EMTRAC, Reitz Home Museum, and Evansville African American Museum

*Post written by Mona Meyer, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian, and James Wethington, senior library assistant at the University Archives and Special Collections.

Welcome back for another exciting week of #ArchivesFest2021! We are excited to present the EMTRAC, Reitz Home Museum, and the Evansville African American Museum.

Logo of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, n.d.

Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 PM

411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47713

Evansville has had a museum since 1906, with today’s location dating to the 1950s.  This appearance dates to a major update and remodel circa 2014. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science houses a permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects, including fine and decorative art, as well as historic, anthropological, and natural history artifacts. Over twenty temporary, regional and international exhibitions are displayed each year in four galleries.  The Koch Immersive Theater houses a 40-foot diameter domed screen with 360-degree digital projection featuring astronomy and science programming.  Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC) featuring transportation artifacts from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries. On exhibit is a three-car train. The museum is home to a model train diorama of Evansville.

For more information on the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, please visit and follow their social media accounts at:

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

112 Chestnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713

This 1871 home was built by John Augustus Reitz who was born in Prussia, moved to the United States in the 1830s, and made his fortune in lumber. “Today, the Reitz Home is noted as one of the country’s finest examples of Second Empire architecture. Authentic period furniture, much of it original, is arranged as if the family is about to return. Silk damask-covered walls soar to decorative hand-painted ceilings and delicately molded plaster friezes. French gilt chandeliers shine down on one of the home’s most beautiful features: the intricately patterned hand-laid wood parquet floors. The home has tile and marble fireplaces, walnut wainscoting in Moorish design, and glowing stained glass window panels.” It has been open as a museum since 1974.

For more information on the Reitz Home Museum, please visit and follow their social media accounts:

Evansville African American Museum

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM to5:00 PM; Saturday 12:00 AM to 5:00 PM

579 South Garvin Street, Evansville, IN, 47713

“The mission of the Evansville African American Museum is to continually develop a resource and cultural center to collect, preserve, and educate the public on the history and traditions of African American families, organizations, and communities. Located in Evansville, Indiana as the last remaining building of Lincoln Gardens, the second Federal Housing Project created under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1938, our building serves as a permanent artifact in itself.”

For more information on the Evansville African American Museum, please visit and follow their social media accounts:

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