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Hendricks County Historical Museum

2015 News

The museum will host Aunt Bee during MAYBERRY IN THE MIDWEST. Aunt Bee will be at the Meet and Greet program on Friday night at the courthouse with the other tribute artists. She will be in the parade and then at the museum. Museum hours will be Saturday, May 16 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, May 17 from noon to 4 pm. As always touring the museum is free but donations are appreciated.

 

 

 

DANCING with the HENDRICKS COUNTY STARS!

The date is set for 2016 for our second annual Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars. It will be Friday, April 15th to be held at the fairgrounds once again.

Our event was a great success with dancers showing off their skills on the dance floor, muisc, and great conversation. Of course the reason for the event was to raise money for the museum as we continue to strive to be open more hours.

A big thank you to:

  • Jay Puckett, Hendricks County Council President
  • Kathy Linton, Hendricks County Flyer Editor
  • Suzanne Whicker, Retired Director of Leadership Hendricks County
  • Deanna Hindsley, Museum Board President

Also, from our county High Schools:

  • Avon - Matt Shockley, Principal
  • Brownsburg - Bret Daghe, Principal
  • Danville - Mike Neilson, Government Teacher
  • Plainfield - Brent Schwanekamp, Asst. Principal
  • Tri-West - Chuck Jones, Sheriff Deputy, Dare Officer

A special performances were given by the dance instructors from:               

                           Arthur Murray Dance Center, Avon!

Our dance winner was Jay Puckett and Mike Neilson coming in second. Suzanne Whicker was the money raiser winner with Chuck Jones coming in secons. We of course thought all were winners!

 

You can still support the museum by donating to the museum.

 

 

Sponsorships

If your business or group would like to be a sponsor for "Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars", contact chairperson Deanna Hindsley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-695-5602.

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RESTORATION

The newest restoration at the museum is a very important handicap restroom. Also the county has replaced a retaining wall in front of the building that was leaning. We are grateful to the county for their support.

 

CENTRAL NORMAL COLLEGE

Central Normal College Digitizing Project - The preservation of Central Normal and Canterbury College artifacts continues to be a priority. The majority of materials are available to read on line. You may view the records by going to: Indiana Memory Project, click on the map of Hendricks County and then Hendricks County Heritage. The site is name friendly. You may also view records though the Hendricks County Government Center.

 

NEW DISPLAYS!

Check out our new displays when we reopen on March 7. We are featuring: a train display with pictures of former depots of the county, our early heritage with a display of arrowheads and early Native American artifacts, truth and fiction pertaining to the former jail, and other interesting artifacts.

 

Hendricks County 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. Plainfield by Reann Poray and Danville by Jeff Baldwin 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; Marty Carter, Vice President -Pittsboro; Phyllis Parsons, Secretary - Belleville; Max Poynter, Treasurer - Danville; Nancy Johnson - Avon; Gail Tharp - Danville; Gary Owen - North Salem; Rex McClain - Avon

Donations are always welcomed. 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), opening 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.

YOU CAN 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 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
317-718-6158

Hours of Operation
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Closed January/February
for Restoration

For appointment or tours call
317-745-4784

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