Ligonier Historical Museum

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The Ligonier Historical Museum is a museum in Ligonier, Indiana that is housed in the 1889 building of Congregation Ahavas Sholem (Lovers of Peace).[1] The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] It is located at 503 Main Street. It is one of the few surviving 19th-century synagogues in the United States.[3]


Jews arrived in Ligonier in the 1850s. they established a cemetery in 1865. Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise attended the dedication of the synagogue building in 1889.[2]

The Jacob Straus House, home of a congregant, is also open to visitors.[2] It is located at 210 South Main Street.


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  2. ^ a b c Sheldon, Betsy, The Jewish Travel Guide, Hunter Publishing, Inc, 2001, pp. 217-8.
  3. ^ [1] Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 20-27