It’s been quite a summer for local history. With the recent bicentennial activities, many folks have taken time to reflect on our shared past in some way.

For New Castle resident Danny Bell, preserving and sharing the history of his hometown has become a lifelong passion. For the last 15 years, Bell has collected historic New Castle memorabilia in whatever forms he can find, wherever he can find it.

Darrel Radford is a retired editor of The Courier-Times and now serves as co-director of The Henry County Historical Society. Contact him at