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World War I Commemoration

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

World War I Commemoration

On May 3, 1915, the poem In Flanders Fields was penned by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.  The red poppy fields from the poem became symbolic of World War I.

On May 3, 2018, we are hosting In Remembrance of the Red Poppy: A World War I Commemorative Event.  This program will be held at the New Castle Armory beginning at 7 p.m. (doors to open at 6:30 p.m.).  Light refreshments will be served by the Sarah Winston Henry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  This is an educational program highlighting some of Henry County’s World War I heroes.  There is no charge, and all Henry County residents are welcome to attend.

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131st Annual Meeting

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

131st Annual Meeting

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“Legacy Costs: The Story of a Factory Town”

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 in featured | 0 comments

“Legacy Costs: The Story of a Factory Town”

Author Richard Hudelson visited the Museum on Saturday, April 21, to share some fascinating history that is the basis of his new book, Legacy Costs: The Story of a Factory Town.  Hudelson grew up in New Castle and recalls the days in the 1950s when labor struggles were very serious.  We thank him for spending quality time with us!

His book is available in our Gift Shop for $15 and is also signed with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Museum.  Stop by during business hours to pick up your copy!

To contact Mr. Hudelson:

richardhudelson@gmail.com or (218) 724-3865

We would also like to thank Sheila’s Bakery for providing some very tasty treats!

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Richard H. Hudelson Book Signing!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Richard H. Hudelson Book Signing!

Save the date…Saturday, April 21, 1-3 p.m.  Come meet author Richard Hudelson and pick up a copy of his new book, “Legacy Costs: The Story of a Factory Town,” for $15 signed.  There will be a brief discussion and refreshments from Sheila’s Bakery provided.  Hope to see you there!

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First Saturday in April means…

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

First Saturday in April means…

FREE ADMISSION for all!  We open at 10 a.m. so come early for a full tour!

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Lineage Societies~Workshop

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Lineage Societies~Workshop

RSVP at ECIGA@att.net or (765) 400-6931.  Free & open to the public but only 25 spots!

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Winners!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Winners!

We had 9 entries for the March 2018 Door Prize Drawing.  As it took us a few extra days to draw names, we drew THREE names instead of one.  Congratulations Winners!  April trivia starts next Monday, April 9.  To be entered into the April 2018 Door Prize Drawing just take a guess before the weekly contest is revealed!

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My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

My name is Col. Miles Murphey.  The March door prize drawing will be next week!

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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Museum Will Be Closed Saturday, March 24, 2018!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Museum Will Be Closed Saturday, March 24, 2018!

Due to the forecast inclement weather heading toward east-central Indiana on Saturday, March 24, the Museum will be closed.  We will reopen on Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m.  Hope to see you soon!

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My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

My name is Phebe Pickering Wood.

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Free Admission During Spring Break!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Free Admission During Spring Break!

Kids…come see us for free (with an adult) during Spring Break!  We’ll be open March 28, 29, 30, and 31 and April 4, 5, 6, and 7.  Hours are Wednesday-Friday 1-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Saturday, April 7, is free admission for ALL!!

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

My name is David Morton “Mort” Bales.

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 4 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia Reveal!

My name is Esther Hoover Shroyer.

 

 

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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Museum After Hours

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Museum After Hours

Join us for an enlightening program and thoughtful discussion!

Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30)

Topic: “Inspiring Change: Women in Education in 19th Century America”

This topic was chosen to celebrate Women’s History Month and our new exhibit, School Days.  The presentation includes a brief discussion about women’s role in education throughout the 19th century and how it evolved and some specific examples from Henry County.

Call 765-529-4028 to RSVP or respond on Facebook (so we know how many refreshments to prepare!).

Next program: Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
Topic: “For the Fun of It”

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My Name is Henry County Trivia

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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It’s Official! Our 2018 Season Has Begun!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

It’s Official! Our 2018 Season Has Begun!

Thank you to all who joined us on this lovely March Saturday and helped us celebrate the Grand Opening of our 2018 exhibit, School Days.  Click “Read More” to watch a short video of the ribbon cutting.  The Museum is now open Wednesday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for tours and research.  We hope to see you soon!

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Digital Newsletter is Here!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Digital Newsletter is Here!

HCHS is trying something new this year, four newsletters instead of two!  The first and third newsletters will be digital (.pdf file) and available here, and the second and fourth newsletters will be sent to members.  Please enjoy!

HCHS Jan 2018 Newsletter

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Don’t Be Late for Class!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Don’t Be Late for Class!

You won’t want to miss this one!  Join us at the Henry County Historical Society & Museum on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. for the unveiling of our 2018 Exhibit, “School Days.”

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40 Years after the Blizzard of ’78

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

40 Years after the Blizzard of ’78

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Cannon Restoration Fund

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cannon Restoration Fund

Did you know:  The restoration of the WWI cannon that sits atop Legion Hill is being completed by the hard work of volunteers?

Did you know:  The Henry County Historical Society is affiliated with the Cannon Restoration Fund?

To support the Cannon Restoration Fund, donations may be sent to the Henry County Historical Society (please designate ‘Cannon Restoration Fund’) at:

606 S. 14th Street

New Castle, IN 47362

If any questions, please call (765) 529-4028.  Thank you for your support!

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For Sale!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in featured | 0 comments

For Sale!

UPDATE (2/6/18): Just one parlor wheel and 3 yarn winders left for sale!

Disclaimer:  The various spinning wheels and yarn winders on display and for sale have been reconstructed and donated by members Everett Rance, Bill Montgomery, and Barry Edstene to be sold to raise funds in support of the Henry County Historical Society.  Some parts have been newly manufactured to make the units working tools. No claim is made that they are historical artifacts, although we have made every effort to make them historically accurate.  Thank you for your support.

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Spinning Wheel Workshop-Special Announcements!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Spinning Wheel Workshop-Special Announcements!

The workshop has been moved to SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, due to inclement weather!  The times have not changed nor has the venue.  This workshop will be well worth the wait!

Also, we will have two different types of wheels for sale, parlor spinning wheels and a walking wheel, as well as yarn winders!  Please be aware that the various spinning wheels and yarn winders on display and for sale have been reconstructed and donated by members Everett Rance, Bill Montgomery, and Barry Edstene to be sold to raise funds in support of the Henry County Historical Society.  Some parts have been newly manufactured to make the units working tools. No claim is made that they are historical artifacts, although we have made every effort to make them historically accurate.

As always, we thank you for your support!
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70th Anniversary of Raintree County!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

70th Anniversary of Raintree County!

Drop by the Museum to pick up a copy of Larry Lockridge’s, book, Shade of the Raintree.  Mr. Lockridge is the son of Ross Lockridge, Jr., author of Raintree County, published January 4, 1948.  Shade of the Raintree tells the story of Ross Lockridge, Jr.’s, life and untimely death.  We have both the centennial edition and a hardback edition, on sale for $5 each.  The book, Raintree County, is available on Amazon.  Please call first (765-529-4028) to make sure someone will be at the Museum!

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Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Henry County Historical Society to all of you!

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Wishing You and Yours…

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Wishing You and Yours…

…a bright, peaceful, and prosperous New Year and a Very Merry Christmas!

From the Board of Trustees, Staff, and Volunteers at the Henry County Historical Society

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January Workshop Planned!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

January Workshop Planned!

Come learn a Ewe-sful new skill at the Historical Society!

The Historical Society is preparing for an exciting new program in January…we are pleased to announce that Pam Shull will be teaching a wool spinning workshop at our museum on January 13, 2018, from 1-4:30 p.m.  Ms. Shull has served as an historic interpreter at Spring Mill State Park for 10 years.  She has a wealth of knowledge about spinning and extensive experience as an instructor.  The workshop will include a brief history of spinning, examples of various spinning tools from simple hand spindles to full spinning wheels, and a tutorial on how to make your very own yarn using a hand spindle.  Instead of using a complex wheel, attendees will rely on gravity and careful manipulation of a simple spindle rod to stretch and twist raw wool into fine, strong strands. This is the oldest and simplest method of spinning ever devised, and anyone can learn it with a little practice and guidance!

The $35 participation fee includes a $20 instructor’s fee and a $15 materials fee.  Pam is generously donating all of the proceeds to the Museum.  Each attendee receives a hand-crafted wooden spindle and a selection of wool, which they will spin in class and then take home.  Craftsman and carpenter Everett Rance made each spindle for our program.  And, for those interested in owning a period-accurate spinning wheel, Everett and Barry Edstene have also refurbished several small ones, which are being sold to benefit the Museum.  These are not historic artifacts, but they are accurate recreations of 19th century spinning wheels.

This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill while supporting the Henry County Historical Society!  If this program is successful, we have more planned for 2018.  If you are interested, please call the Henry County Historical Society at 765-529-4028 to reserve your spot as attendance is limited to 10 guests.  Payment can be submitted using the PayPal feature on the homepage of our website, www.henrycountyhs.org (click “Donation” and note Spinning Workshop in the comments).  If there is enough interest (or if the weather is inclement), we will be running a second session on January 20, 2018.  We hope to see many of you here to learn something new as well as historic!

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2017 Door Prize Winner!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

2017 Door Prize Winner!

Congratulations!  Ms. Diane Wendell was our final end-of-year door prize winner for 2017.  Our final puzzle pictures for December all came from our Henry County schools collection, which will be our 2018 exhibit, Henry County Schools, Then and Now.  Anyone who guessed at the puzzle pictures *or* liked them on Facebook or on our website was entered into the door prize drawings all year long.  Keep that in mind for 2018!  Our online trivia fun will be My Name is Henry County, based on the Darrel Radford poem of the same name.  The focus will be on our portraiture collection, both on display and not on display, of Henry Countians.  The first few weeks will be easy as they are all located on the main floor of the Museum so come up and study the faces and names and be entered in the monthly drawing.

Ms. Wendell is a Life Member of the Historical Society, so, in lieu of adding a year onto her lifetime membership, she chose to accept a Museum t-shirt as a token of our appreciation.

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Ulysses “Bud” Bush Plaque is Home!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

Ulysses “Bud” Bush Plaque is Home!

In recent years, no one person has done as much for Henry County genealogy/family history than Ulysses “Bud” Bush.  Bud saved old courthouse ledgers full of early county history and brought them to the Museum for safekeeping.  He then transcribed the hard-to-read handwriting, typing it up and binding it into books or publishing it on his website, www.HCGS.net, to share with anyone tied to Henry County.  He studied all Henry County cemeteries and visited each one of them, compiling records of headstones and burials and history of the land.  He abstracted old newspaper articles, pulling family names and making the information searchable on his website.  Thanks to the efforts of Mark Sean Orr and many others, Bud’s memory lives on at Memorial Park as a bench overlooking the Blue River Valley.  A beautiful kelly green plaque now resides at the Museum in a most appropriate place, the Clarence H. Smith Genealogy Library, a perfect reminder of Bud’s hard work, and the hard work of genealogists before him, and of those who realized the importance of his work for future generations!

Bud’s plaque is just to the right of the window, situated among the courthouse ledgers and the every-name card catalog index.

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What A Day!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

What A Day!

Our Christmas Open House was Sunday, December 10, and what a day it was!  General Grose’s mansion was filled with the lovely voices of the Raintree Children’s Choir directed by Mrs. Judy Hubbard and assisted by her husband, Bill.  Wonderful entertainment!  While some enjoyed holiday refreshments and others took brief tours, Mrs. Penny Sitler played hauntingly beautiful Christmas music on our Jesse French piano.  To have the Museum filled with such warm-hearted spirit was truly a joy to behold.  Please enjoy a couple short video clips at the end of this post!

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017~ANSWERS!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017~ANSWERS!

Day #1: Bell from the Ellenbarger School in New Lisbon. Donated by Colleen Arcoine in 1957.

Day #2: Window weight from “The Castle,” donated by Fred Mann.

Day #3: Graduating class of 1876 (2nd from New Castle High School): Flora Bond, Wm. C. Bond, George Scott, Minnie Boor.

Day #4: Pencil box of J.H. Lindsey, uncle of Charles McKenzie, long-time caretaker of the Museum.

Day #5: World Book Encyclopedia set.

Day #6: Macintosh Apple computer, ca. 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #6

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #6

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Joann Will Be Very Missed!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 2 comments

Joann Will Be Very Missed!

Since 1998, Mrs. Joann Shell has been an integral part of the Henry County Historical Society.  She is truly a walking encyclopedia of Henry County history and genealogy.  For the past 19 years, her smile brightened all the rooms at the Museum.  Please help us in wishing Joann the best in her well-earned retirement from society duties!

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #5

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #5

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #4

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #4

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #3

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Henry County Stories | 0 comments

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #3

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