Baking powder, spices and coffer are the staple products rolling out of the Hulman and Company factory, even today. This Indiana business began as a grocery business in the mid 1800s. It was started by Francis Hulman, a European immigrant who was eventually joined by two of his brothers. Together the Hulmans grew their grocery business in southwest Indiana, until an 1858 ship fire killed Francis and his family. His brother Herman was left to run Hulman and Company, and his business smarts led him to success.
Herman Hulman soon expanded the grocery business to include general merchandise, and sales were booming. Hulman and Company is believed to have purchased one of the world’s largest distilleries, where they developed the produce that put the company on the map. Clabber Girl Baking Powder was a household product made in the 1870s. The label showed a girl holding a plate of biscuits, and it became a favorite leavening product for many Hoosier housewives.
Hulman and Company is still in business today, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder is a hot product even now. The Clabber Girl Museum is located in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana. It’s only a 76 mile drive from the Circle City, so it’s perfect for a day trip from Indianapolis.
This Indiana museum‘s collection tells the evolution of Hulman and Company and its place in Indiana history. The museum also features a Victorian Parlor, a communications display, a Hall of Memories and a Pig and Whistle Saloon. History buffs adore this Indiana attraction, and Indianapolis kids find it educational too.
The Hulman family history is depicted at the Clabber Girl Museum, and visitors from Indy are shocked to learn that the family is linked to the Indianapolis 500. Tony Hulman George is the great-great-grandson of Herman Hulman, and Tony is the owner of some pretty nice Indianapolis real estate. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been in the family since 1945. The Clabber Girl Museum even displays a race car in its collection.
Visitors to the Clabber Girl Museum take a stroll through history with the product display case. This exhibit shows the variety of products made by Hulman and Company. Another popular display in the museum is a 1905 era wagon that was used to deliver Hulman products.
While you’re visiting in southwest Indiana, be sure to check out the hot spots in the surrounding areas. Sullivan County Park is only one county south of the Clabber Girl Museum. A day trip to this Indiana park could extend to a weekend camping trip.
Admission to the Clabber Girl Museum is free, and guided tours are available for a small fee. On Mondays through Fridays the museum is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Clabber Girl Museum
900 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47807