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Hendricks County Historical Museum

2014 News

 

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.

 

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; Marty Carter, Pittsboro; Phyllis Parsons, Secretary - Belleville; Max Poynter, Treasurer - Danville; Jeff Baldwin - Danville; Nancy Johnson - Avon; 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!

A recent gift of a 100 year old wedding dress was sent from a family member who lives in New York City. The dress was won by Fern Thompson on October 7, 1914 as she married Parker Pollard Jordan in Lizton. Tom Merriman of Boca Raton, Florida came to Danville during the Mayberry Days. He presented the museum with an oil painting of his great, great grandfather Sheriiff Calvert and his wife. Many family papers and photos of the James Elrod family (Amo & Coatesville) were given to the museum as have been other county treasures.

 

"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
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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