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Henry County Historical Society celebrates 132 years

In April 1887, a group of forward-thinking Henry Countians founded the Henry County Historical Society (HCHS), meeting in a courthouse built 20 years prior. On Sunday, April 28, the oldest, continually operating historical society in the state of Indiana met to celebrate its 132nd year.

“This meeting convened in a home 149 years old, and our presentation was about evidence of early peoples (as in, prehistoric) in Henry County,” said HCHS Executive Director Kaye Ford. “We do love our history!”

During the annual meeting of HCHS members, Kevin Nolan and Cecilia Szmutko from Ball State University’s Applied Archaeology Laboratories presented the HCHS with findings from Part 1 of the most recent archeological survey conducted at the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area.

Along with an enlightening slideshow on the topic, they shared information members could take home and some of the artifacts that had been found. They also answered questions about their archaeological work. The BSU team hopes to continue with Part 2 this summer. Their complete findings will be published in the future.

This project at the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

After a short intermission for refreshments and mingling, a brief business meeting was conducted. Kathy Rogers, vice president of the HCHS Board of Trustees, introduced the Board and told about 2018 highlights. Executive director Ford thanked more than 20 volunteers for their hard work and dedication this past year. Ford also discussed upcoming projects and events happening later this year.

Business for the Historical Society included the election of four board trustee positions. Three incumbents were re-elected (Mary Miller, Ann Rockwell, and Mark Watson); one trustee position remains open. Anyone interested in the position can contact Ford at 765-529-4028 or HenryCountyMuseum@gmail.com for more information.

Information about joining HCHS, upcoming events and more can be found at HenryCountyMuseum.org.

The HCHS Museum is located at 606 S. Main St., New Castle. The museum is open 1-4:30 p.m Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March through December.

– Information provided by the Henry County Historical Society