Attractions in Marshall County
Earth, water, and amazing architecture make for some one-of-a-kind places you won’t want to miss. In the small town of Culver, the college prep school of Culver Academies stretches along beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee on a campus distinguished by red-brick gothic-style buildings (one houses a museum). At serene Ancilla College in Donaldson, the school’s lovely “Chapel in the cornfields” displays wood-carved statues from Germany and soaring Neo-Gothic columns. Up for some star-gazing? Potawatomi Park along the Tippecanoe River is home to the state’s first Dark Sky Preserve.
The columns are decorated with the ancient Greek and Roman design, the Corinthian style, used often by the Romans in their adaptations of Greek forms. Frances Xavier Zettler of the Royal Barvarian Institute of Munich, Germany designed the German baroque style of stained glass windows. The altars are made of butternut and golden oak and were made in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and hauled to Donaldson in freight wagons. All the statues are woodcarvings from Germany. On the unique ceiling are featured images of angels supporting symbols of Mary as queen. Louis Van Dinter as his last masterpiece built the large organ. The pipes were made in Pennsylvania by Gottfried, a firm famous for the art of voicing organ pipes. The organ has 21 ranks in three divisions and 1,291 pipes. The interior was painted for the first time in 1951; the centennial of the order’s beginning in Dernbach, Germany. Master artists from the DaPrado Studio in Chicago used the many shades of gray in the design. The PHJC Ministry Center with its beautiful grounds and prayer garden is located on the shore of Lake Gilbraith. Worship is the purpose of this chapel - to respond to God’s unconditional love through beauty, music, words and actions. Ecumenical groups frequently enjoy this worship space. It is a place of prayer for people of all faiths. The Ancilla Domini Chapel is open to all that visit the PHJC Ministry Center.
At The Center at Donaldson you can pray, attend college classes, retire to an independent living apartment, receive long term nursing care, learn to care for the earth, buy natural beef, participate in a retreat or conference AND learn to weave or create with clay.
The Center at Donaldson offers all of this and more. It is an Intergenerational Living and Learning Center, a place for people of all ages and faiths to interact, share, learn, and grow together. We invite you to visit us.
The exhibits evoke emotion and a thirst for knowledge that leave you with an appreciation for what makes Marshall County, Indiana unique, and why we call it home! Brown Bag Lunch Speakers, Open Houses and Special Events remind visitors that looking back at history helps us learn and move forward! Kid’s Hands-On Areas available and 40-ft. Interactive Model Trains operate every Saturday from 11 AM – 1 PM! Equipped with a state of the arts Genealogy Research Library, the Marshall County Museum provides trained research specialists with one-on-one assistance Tues.-Sat. 10 AM – 4PM. The Marshall County Museum is open Sundays from 1-4 PM. (Genealogy is not available on Sundays.)
The Museum of Culver & Lake Maxincuckee History is located inside the First Famers Bank and Trust Building. The hours currently in effect are Monday 9-1, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-5 and Satruday 9-3.
The Culver Community History Museum seeks to promote the unique natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Culver area by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating artifacts and other research materials. In our community, we seek to foster conviviality and engagement from all walks of life by being the natural repository for families and individuals to share their stories and memories. We also seek to serve the broader research community as a professional, self-sustaining, small local museum both on-site and online.