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My Name is Henry County Trivia

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

My Name is Henry County Trivia

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Museum After Hours

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

40 Years after the Blizzard of ’78

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Cannon Restoration Fund

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Uncategorized |

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 Henry County Stories |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #3

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #2

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #2

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Free Admission as We Wrap the Season!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Free Admission as We Wrap the Season!

We’ve opened up our last three days of the season as free admission!  That’s right, Wednesday, Dec. 20; Thursday, Dec. 21; and Friday, Dec. 22, will all be free admission!  What a great time to visit while family or guests are visiting.  The Museum is decorated in her most festive finery and is a sight not to be missed!

We sure hope to see you this December!

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FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #1

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

FINAL PUZZLE PICTURES OF 2017! #1

The final month of puzzle pictures is upon us!  Beginning today through the Wednesday before our Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 10, I will post 6 puzzle pictures here and on Facebook, no hints this time! Must guess all 6 correctly.  These pictures are all related to our upcoming 2018 exhibit!  The winner will be announced at our Open House, and the prize is a 1-year membership to the Historical Society!  Thank you all so much for playing along this year…it has been a lot of fun and I can’t believe we’re in the final month!  2018 trivia will be based on “I Am Henry County,” a wonderful article by Darrel Radford.  We have many, many portraits here that Elizabeth Edstene has worked diligently to inventory.  So, put your thinking caps on and study faces and names for 2018 trivia starting in March 2018!

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

You are cordially invited to the Henry County Historical Society Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m.

Join us for festive refreshments and live entertainment provided by the Raintree Children’s Choir under the direction of Mrs. Judy Hubbard at 2 p.m. and holiday tunes played on our Jesse French piano by Mrs. Penny Sitler at 3 p.m.

The Historical Society will remain open for tours through December 22!

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November 2017 Door Prize Winner!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

November 2017 Door Prize Winner!

Mr. Carl Surber!  Any time someone comes to see us or guesses correctly on our online trivia contest is entered into our monthly door prize drawing. This month the prize is a copy of Indiana’s Constitution and a fun notepad for the genealogist in your life.

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Surname Index Updated!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Surname Index Updated!

This year-long project has come to a close…our Surname Index is updated.  Go to Genealogy Library and click on Family File Surname Index online.  There you will find a .pdf file, click to open, and follow the instructions to do a search.

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Puzzle Picture, Day 5!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 5!

Geodes, shells, and rocks…oh my!  All in our Natural History Room!

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Puzzle Picture, Day 4!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 4!

Any ideas?

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Puzzle Picture, Day 3!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 3!

We only have approximately 6 weeks left of our season so November’s door prize drawing will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and December’s door prize drawing will be at the Christmas Open House on December 10!

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Puzzle Picture, Day 2!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 2!

Hint: An eclectic collection!

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Puzzle Picture, Day 1!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 1!

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October 2017 Door Prize Winner: Lisa Maddy James!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

October 2017 Door Prize Winner: Lisa Maddy James!

Congratulations!  Come in during business hours to pick up your prize…a frame-able Helen Magner print.

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Puzzle Picture, Day 5!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 5!

This is a miniature bedroom suite in our Children’s Room…made in 1880 by James Brosius of Knightstown for his only child, Ava, on her 5th birthday.  Ada’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Betty Minnick, donated the set.

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Puzzle Picture, Day 4!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 4!

Last day to get those correct guesses in!

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Puzzle Picture, Day 3!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 3!

Any ideas?

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Puzzle Picture, Day 2!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 2!

Hint: Located upstairs of the Grose mansion!

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Puzzle Picture, Day 1!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Henry County Stories |

Puzzle Picture, Day 1!

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