MCHS News Brief

Museum Renovation

Thanks to your donations and a very generous grant from the Indiana Historical Society, the bell tower is getting a face lift.  Work on the bell tower began in mid-October. The bell tower was leaking badly, exposing the upstairs to water. Repairing the bell tower is the first step in getting the upstairs of the museum restored so it can be re-opened to the public.  

Check out the progress in our Photo Gallery or on our Facebook page (link is in the middle of this page).  The progress has been exciting to watch.  We have also discovered many old documents that were stored in the bell tower.  It has been like discovering hidden treasure!

Click the link below if you are interested in donating to help support continued restoration of our building.

Volunteer Update

The Martin County Historical Society is 100% volunteer run.  We are always busy working on one project or another. Currently, members of the Martin County Historical Society and the Martin County Genealogical Society are working together to digitize family scrapbooks.  Each Saturday a group of volunteers gets together to scan documents and enjoy each other's company.

We have plenty of jobs for everyone!  Whether you want to volunteer an hour a month or ten hours a week, there is a job with your name on it! Click the link below to find out more about volunteering.

Membership Update

A generous donor has agreed to give MCHS $20,000 for every 200 new members who commit to a five year membership, up to $100,000. Members can sign up a year at a time, 5 years at a time or for a lifetime. We recevied the second $20,000 check at the end of September 2017. 

Thanks so much to all our members, new and those who renew! If you are not a member, please consider joining us!  We are working on our next 200 members, which will yield us another $20,000.  Click the link below to find out more.

MCHS Is Going Digital

Martin County Historical Society is going digital!  This is an exciting step for the Historical Society. If you are interested in receiving your newsletter electronically, please let us know by sending us an email using the contact form on the Home page.  Please note, if you choose to receive the newsletter electronically, you won't receive a paper copy.  Click the link below then scroll down to the bottom of that page to go digital.

Member Updates In Progress

Thanks to a grant from the Martin County Community Foundation, we were able to get the Past Perfect Software.  This software will help us catalog our records and artifacts.  It also helps us keep our member records up to date. We mayb   be contacting you to confirm your address, phone number, email address, membership dues status, etc.  Thanks in advance for helping us confirm this information. 

Grants Received

As you know, the Historical Sciety runs on dues, sales, grants and donations.  Our primary funding comes from grants. We have been concentrating on identifying and writing  a LOT of grants.  We are excited to see that organizations recognize our need and are willing to support the work we are doing!

December 2017 - We have been awarded a $5,000 grant from US Gypsum.  This will be used to help restore some of the interior of the museum. We also were awarded a $750 grant from Daviess-Martin County REMC.  This will be used to buy dehumidifiers to help protect our artifacts.

Thanks to all grantors for your generous support!

Helpful Links

Martin-Daviess-Dubois Geneaology Facebook Page

Martin County Historical Society Facebook Page

Martin County Genealogy Website

Upcoming Events

Closed For The Winter

The museum is closed for the winter.  It will re-open in late March/early April.  Our member meetings have stopped for the winter months.  Watch the website and FaceBook for the next member meeting (sometime in the spring).

Many volunteers will be busy this winter continuing to archive documents, work on displays, learn our new software, and spruce up the museum.  We can't wait to unveil everything in the spring!!  Stay tuned for more information about that!