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Bob and Ellie Haan created the Haan Museum practically from the ground up. Initially, they made the Potter mansion their home, and raised their three sons there. There was no hinting that when they purchased the Potter mansion in 1984 that it would become the culturally rich Indiana museum it is today!

The Haans always had an affinity for art, in addition to their pride of Indiana's heritage, which led them to collecting museum-grade artwork. In 2015, Bob and Ellie generously donated the real estate to the non-profit Haan Museum of Indiana Art. They continue to give to the Museum by volunteering on committees, being docents for Museum guests, helping in any other aspect of the Museum when needed, as well as serving on the Board of Directors as Founding Members. We hope to continue the legacy Bob and Ellie Haan started by upholding their standards of art and history at the Museum.


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Cheryl Kaldahl

Executive Director

As an entrepreneur, artist, composer, and designer, Cheryl brings a firm knowledge of business in the creative arts to the Haan Museum.

With over 30 years of experience, and a family lineage deeply rooted in the arts and entrepreneurship, she weaves her passion for music, art, color psychology, design, marketing and business into all that she does.

When she's not at the Museum, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating new work in her studio, gardening and cooking (especially with fresh herbs).


Jingdi Ma

Marketing Assistant

If you ever wondered who makes all the social media posts, videos, and ads you see daily, you finally know now!

Jingdi received a BFA in painting from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Originally a New York native, she moved to Indiana to support her partner who goes to Purdue University.

She enjoys dog walking as a hobby and continues to create art when time allows.


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Our volunteers are the backbone of the Museum. They help with everything from giving daily tours as docents, catering special events, and even decorating the Museum for Christmas time!

First top picture is a delicious spread made by our volunteers for 2019's Christmas Lunch & Learn. The bottom picture shows our wonderful docent, Annabel, giving a tour of the parlor. The top middle picture shows Museum Founder, Ellie Haan, giving a special group tour to a class. Below, a veteran docent, Lou, teaches visitors about the Haan Museum's history in the St. Louis World's Fair. The top right picture shows volunteers next to a fabulously decorated holiday tree. Lastly, is a picture from 2018's Celebrate Indiana Festival, where Lola gives a butter churning demonstration to a young boy.

We're very thankful for the time they volunteer to help the Museum. We couldn't do this without them!


We would like to give a special thank you to the members of our Board of Directors who work hard to direct the Museum in the most progressive manner. Our Directors are also volunteers and take time out of their busy schedules to oversee the well-being of the Museum.