Indiana museum toasts region's days as canning powerhouse

A central Indiana county that was once a powerhouse in the canning industry is taking a look back at those days in a new exhibit.

Posted: May 6, 2019 9:30 AM

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana county that was once a powerhouse in the canning industry is taking a look back at those days in a new exhibit.

Johnson County was Indiana's top producer of canned goods during the early 20th century. The county just south of Indianapolis boasted an array of canning plants that produced more than 53 million cans of food in 1942 alone.

The new exhibit examining that industry is called "Pick, Peel, Preserve: Canning in Johnson County" and runs through mid-October at the Johnson County Museum of History.

Director David Pfeiffer tells the Daily Journal that the canning industry helped "put Johnson County on the map."

The county's J.T. Polk Canning Co. started in a Greenwood kitchen in 1872 and grew to become the largest cannery west of Baltimore.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
43° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 39°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 37°
Rensselaer
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 30°
Fowler
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 30°
Williamsport
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 41°
Crawfordsville
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 38°
Frankfort
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 45°
Delphi
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 36°
Monticello
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 36°
Logansport
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 38°
Cloudy And Cool For Sunday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events