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John Taylor Windle

museum director

John Taylor Windle, museum director. Recipient Communications Service award, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, 1964, citation for architectural restoration, Indiana University, 1975, Don E. Gibson Memorial award, Indiana Society Architects, 1975, 1st Guardian of Our Heritage award, Jefferson County History Society, 1982, inducted to Indiana Academy, 1978, Sagamore of Wabash, 1981.


Windle, John Taylor was born on June 13, 1901 in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Son of Allen Jay and Pearl Binford (Taylor) Windle.


Bachelor of Arts Illinois, 1925. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1942. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hanover College, 1976.


Reference assistant Newberry Library., Chicago, 1928—1929, chief reference library, head research, 1930—1948. Owner, director Shrewsbury House Museum, Madison, Indiana, since 1948. Founder History Madison, Inc., 1960, president, 1960—1981, emeritus, 1981.

Restorer history buildings Madison, 1948—1973. Consultant history preservation.


President Madison-Jefferson County Communications Council, 1952—1954. Director Madison-Jefferson County Public Library., 1955—1979. Member executive board Chicago Civic Music Association, 1946—1948, president, 1947—1948.

Member of Madison Country. Club, Indianapolis Athletic. Club, Republican. Quaker, Indiana Library.Trustees Association (board directors 1955-1956, 1966-1967), Indiana History Society 1972-1981, History Landmarks Foundation Indiana 1972-1980, (advisory council 1980), National Trust History Preservation (board advisers Indiana section 1973-1979), Cliff Dwellers Club, Caxton Club.


Married Ann Steinbrecher, April 17, 1937.

Allen Jay Windle

Pearl Binford (Taylor) Windle

Ann Steinbrecher