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Welcome to the Heritage & Culture Center!

Home of the Owen County Heritage Museum
the Carnegie Coffee Shoppe & Gift Shop
Carnegie Building Spencer
110 East Market Street
P.O. Box 676
Spencer, Indiana 47460

Open Thursdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are also open by appointment; contact Vic Kinney to schedule a visit.

The Owen County Heritage & Culture Center is a nonprofit organization housed in the historic Spencer Carnegie Library building. We provide a museum with a variety of displays showcasing the heritage and history of Owen County, and a reference/research library collection and reading area. We also offer a coffee shoppe with homemade baked goods, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, and a gift shop that features a variety of unique and locally-made items, as well as books by local authors (proceeds from coffee/gift shop sales benefit the upkeep of the museum and the building). All of this is in a down-home, relaxed atmosphere, housed in the warm, historic charm of the old library building. No admission fee. Come visit us soon!


Board meetings are held the second Monday of each month, usually at the Owen County Heritage & Culture Center at 4:00pm. Everyone is invited.

Our Vision

The Craftsman style Carnegie Library Building was built in 1911 on the Spencer Town square and opened in January 1912. It served as a community library for over 85 years. Document storage for Owen County was to be its use for the next several years.

In 2005, the Owen County Heritage & Culture Center Committee was formed by a group of community leaders with the vision for a county-wide center to celebrate the past, present and future of Owen County.

Bobby Grim Coal City Racing Legend Exhibit Open House, Saturday, May 4th

Carnegie Building Spencer

We will have an open house on Saturday, May 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for the Bobby Grim Coal City Racing Legend Exhibit. This May is the 65th anniversary of Grim being 1959 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. He is a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee and was one of the best short-track drivers in the United States. Visit to learn about Grim's life, his spectacular 25-year racing career, and his hometown of Coal City. Refreshments will be served.

The museum has a variety of exhibits showcasing the history of Owen County. Also on display are Did You Know? fascinating tidbits of Owen County history placed throughout the museum, Owen County Extension Homemakers Club scrapbooks, Cataract Falls, Schmalz Hardware & Farm Store at Patricksburg, Spencer Wood Products Company (aka the clothespin factory), E.M. Viquesney WWI and WWII memorial statuary, H.B. Laymon's World's Products Company, a variety of old photographs, and more.

Regular Hours

Can't make it to the open house? Regular open hours, starting May 9th, will be Thursdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The museum will also be open by appointment.

Our Mission

The Owen County Heritage & Culture Center strives to bring together the community through the promotion and sharing of our Owen County heritage and culture to enrich our everyday lives. We promote preservation of our artifacts, traditions, arts, crafts, customs and history through workshops, festivals, demonstrations, displays and educational programs.

Join Us!

We need you!! This is a total community project that calls for many hands, ideas, and skills.

If you or your group are interested in helping with this project through volunteer work and/or funding, or would like more information about available programs, please email one of the officers listed below or write to us at P.O. Box 676, Spencer, IN 47460.
Thank You!

Contact Us

President and Museum Curator:
Vic Kinney

Vice President and Gift Shop:
Madi Arnett

Acting Secretary:
Bonnie Tinsley

Al Tinsley

Barbara Filtri

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Site design by Barbara Filtri