Marshall County Historical Museum Director Linda Rippy has decided to retire. Rippy has worked diligently for nearly 30 years to make a quality museum for all visitors to enjoy. Rippy’s passion is preserving the memories of Marshall County in a way that all can learn from the experience of visiting Marshall County’s Museum.
Rippy became Museum Director in 1998 and expanded on the work of previous directors. Under her leadership the museum has grown to fill three buildings in downtown Plymouth, becoming a destination for tourists and locals alike.
Under Rippy’s direction several years ago Marshall County was the recipient of an INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) grant to develop a Transportation exhibit for the Michigan Road, Yellowstone Trail, Lincoln Highway, Dixie Highway, and Grand Army of the Republic Highway. That grant and local fund-raising paid for the purchase and renovation of the two buildings to the south of the Lauer Building.
Rippy is active in other civic organizations such as PEO, Kiwanis, Hoosier Old Wheels, Lincoln Highway Association, Wythougan Valley Preservation Council, and Yellowstone Trail Association. She is the County Historian and a member of the Indiana Historical Society and the Michiana History group. She is on the Plymouth Library Board and a past president of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the First United Church of Christ. In recognition of her civic service, she was named a Distinguished Hoosier by the Governor in 2011.
An Open House honoring Linda Rippy will take place on Sunday, January 23rdt from 2 to 5 in the museum’s community room.