Welcome to the Heritage & Culture Center!
Home of the Owen County Heritage Museum
the Carnegie Coffee Shoppe & Gift Shop
110 East Market Street
P.O. Box 676
Spencer, Indiana 47460
Currently open by appointment only.
Please email Vic Kinney to schedule a visit.
Reopening regular hours starting August 12 on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. Check back for more information, including possible expanded hours and
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.
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.
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.
We need you!! This is a total community project that calls for many hands, ideas,
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.