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Hendricks County Historical Museum

2014 News

ANNUAL DINNER-AUCTION, Thursday, March 27th!

"Sixteen Reasons Why I Love the Museum"

Our annual Dinner-Auction "Fun"d-raiser has a "Fun" theme this year!  Since the Musuem's special new displays will be from the 1940's through 1960's, our Dinner-Auction will also focus on that era!  After a great dinner, you will hear Old-Time Rock 'n Roll played by local band, "Chris and the Social Studs".  These guys are all Social Studies teachers - hence the clever name. Familiar rock tunes, some folk music, and Jimmy Buffet hits will bring back great memories.  Plus, you will learn "Sixteen Reasons" to love your museum!

A silent auction will feature some interesting items and experiences, including a 1/2 size child's violin - just right for a child starting lessons!  The Dinner will be on Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 at the Chateau Thomas Winery, Plainfield. You will have a fun time, enjoy a lovely dinner, AND support the museum!  Tickets are $50 each and available by mail.  Send your check to Hendricks County Historical Museum, PO Box 226, Danville, IN 46122.  Reserve early, as space is limited.  Corporate tables are also available.  For more information, call Chairperson, Deanna Hindsley at 317-695-5602, or click on "Contact Us".


Central Normal College Digitizing Project - The preservation of Central Normal and Canterbury College artifacts continues to be a priority. The two year joint project with the  Indiana State Library is finished. The Danville Public Library, Hendricks County Museum and the Hendricks County Government Center continue to digitize these important records. These digitized records are being put online through the Hendricks County Government Center - Archives and at the Indiana Memory site. It is located at Indiana Memory. Check out these sites as many items have been added. Student records are online which include teacher reports, student teacher records, extension class reports and the college receipt book. Some student handbooks and catalogues are currently on-line and others will follow shortly. Many graduation announcemnets and programs have been digitized and data is being entered for them at this time and they will be uploaded in the near future. College quarterlies have been digitized and will be on-line soon. Student newspapers are the next items being digitized.

Hendricks County is now available. It is part of the "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publisher. Gail Tharp and Phyllis Parsons co-authored the book and features over 200 pictures from throughout the county. Recently Plainfield was released by Reann Poray. Danville is authored by Jeff Baldwin. Books are availble at the Hendricks County Museum, Danville Library (Indiana Room), Mayberry Restaurant, Barnes and Noble Bookstores and on-line. The price at the museum and library for any of the three books is $23.

2014 Board Members: Deanna Hindsley, President - Brownsburg; Nancy Johnson, Vice-President - Avon; Phyllis Parsons, Secretary - Belleville; Max Poynter, Treasurer - Danville; Jeff Baldwin - Danville; Marty Carter - Pittsboro; Gail Tharp - Danville; Gary Owen - North Salem; Rex McClain - Avon

Donations Welcome Since the museum reopened in 2007, the volunteers at the museum have been busy organizing the vast collection, inputting our collection into a computer software program, refreshing the exhibits, restoring rooms (the upper and lower foyers, sheriff's office and upstairs bathroom), open for tours each Saturday, giving special guided tours during the week, and trying to be more visible in the county. The Board is grateful to the many volunteers for their help. If you would like to lend time with a tour, exhibits, collections there is a place for you. Contact a Board member and they will fit you with your interest. The museum's financial operation is dependent on memberships, donations and grants. Please consider supporting the museum. Gifts can be given "In memory" of a loved one or "In honor" of a friend. We thank you for your support!


"The mission of the Hendricks County Historical Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret items relating to the people, places and events of Hendricks County and to stimulate public interest in the heritage of the county through education, exhibits and special programs."

shopThe museum is located in the former Sheriff's Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is now owned and maintained by the county. The museum staff is responsible for the contents and display of the collections.

The two-story brick structure is the only surviving example of the Second Empire style of architecture in the county. The Second Empire style was popular after the Civil War and has as defining elements, a central tower and a mansard roof. The museum was the first building in Hendricks County to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. An exterior renovation of the building, which included restoration of the decorative band of rosettes on the mansard roof, was completed in 1996.

The Hendricks County Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff's Residence and jail. There are several rooms decorated in the period of early 1900's, including the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms. Come and experience the rich history of Hendricks County, Indiana.


Hendricks County Historical Museum Sign
170 South Washington St.
P. O. Box 226
Danville, IN 46122

Hours of Operation
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Closed January/February
for Restoration

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