The aroma of warm sugar and fresh-brewed coffee meets you at the door of Indiana’s only baking museum! Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens! You have to visit this unique spot in Terre Haute.
A visit to Terre Haute’s Clabber Girl Museum is a step back in time to learn about the story of this historic Indiana company and taste some delicious treats!.
Clabber Girl Corporation’s historic footprint grew from Hulman & Company. The wholesale grocery business was founded by Francis and Herman Hulman in the mid-1800’s. Today the company boasts one of the most recognized staples in today’s kitchens – Clabber Girl Double-action Baking Powder. The Clabber Girl Museum integrates the history of the Hulman family with the city of Terre Haute, two world wars, the Great Depression, and the development and rise of a lucrative little commodity called baking powder for home and industrial kitchens.
“Double-acting baking powder really changed everything,” says chemistry professor Jeff Hansen of DePauw University. Hansen teaches a class in the chemistry of food.
The auto racing display is a nod to Tony Hulman, Jr. He bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker in 1945. Some stories indicate he planned to use the venue to publicize Clabber Girl Baking Powder. The museum also features a Victorian parlor, grocery store replica, original company office fixtures and a saloon.
The bake shop and café, store, community art gallery, gathering area and demonstration kitchen are bright, inviting spaces. Rex Coffee is roasted on-site. Drop by for a cookie or cup of coffee, meet friends for lunch or gather for first-Friday Chef’s Nights.
The first-Saturday Winter Farmer’s Market is a pleasant respite in cold weather – during the summer the market takes place in the west parking lot. Organic vegetables, fresh ginger and alpaca yarn are a few offerings from the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Daisy’s Goat Milk Soap, teas, pottery and breads are a few of the regular vendor wares.
Fair warning: after wandering through the museum immersed in baking facts, pick up a fresh can of Clabber Girl Baking Powder on the way out. You’ll want to go home and bake!
The Clabber Girl Museum is free. Wander through the exhibits on your own, or schedule a guided tour. The museum is open weekdays 8-5 and Saturdays 8-3. The Bake Shop Café is open weekdays 6:30-3 and Saturdays 8-3. Address: 900 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807 Phone: (812) 232-9446