MCHS News Brief

Museum Renovation

Thanks to your donations and a very generous grant from the Indiana Historical Society and exceptional work by Helming Brothers, Inc., the bell tower restoration is now complete!


As part of our continued goal to make the museum more accessible, we have completed renovation of the sidewalks leading up to the museum and bison.


We are currently writing grants for some of the next projects including:

  • Renovating the bathrooms
  • Addressing heating, cooling and moisture issues in the museum
  • Protecting and securing the windows
  • Climate controlled building for artifact storage

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 have an exciting 2020 goal: To have 1,000 active members by July 4, 2020. We are currently at 819 active members, so it is an achievable goal! Help us reach our goal of 1,000 members by 7/4/20!

Public Meetings

We continue to have member meetings during the months the museum is open (generally May - November). The meetings are informational in nature.  Bill Greene will be sharing news and answer any questions or concerns.  Please join us at the museum for these meetings!

The board and officers will continue to have closed meetings each month to discuss business and make decisions.

Museum gifted a historical home

The Martin County Historical Society has been given the Allbright House in Shoals (103 High Street) by the family of Mary Lou Allbright Doty. The historical society board is honored that the family has made this generous donation and placed their trust in their ability to preserve the historical value of the home. They plan to use the house for various events and tours. 

Grants Received

As you know, the Historical Society 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!

April 2019 - We received a grant from the Indiana Historical Society to pay for lightening protection for the bell tower.

June 2019 - We received the third $20,000 membership match.  We will save this money with the goal of finding a matching grant for one of our larger projects.

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Allbright House

Christmas 1945 Open House

In this season of Thanksgiving, it is with a grateful heart that we announce that the Martin County Historical Society has been given the Allbright House in Shoals by the family of Mary Lou Allbright Doty.  We are honored that the family has made this generous donation and placed their trust in our ability to preserve the historical value of the home. We plan to use the house for various events and tours.  Our grand opening will be on Saturday 12/7/19 from 10:00 - 12:30 p.m.  Our theme is a 1945 Christmas, with a focus on World War II veterans returning from war to be with their families for Christmas. 


We could use your help!  If anyone is willing to make cookies or candies for the event, please let us know. Also, if anyone has Christmas decor, particularly vintage 1940’s style Christmas items they would like to donate, please let us know. We are looking for lights, tinsel, ornaments, garland, tree skirts, wreaths, etc.  We’d like to keep it in the era of the house and the theme which is in the late 30’s - 40’s.


Thank you for any help you can provide.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. All are welcome!

Helpful Links

Martin-Daviess-Dubois Geneaology Facebook Page

Martin County Genealogy Website

Martin County Historical Society Facebook Group

Martin County Historical Society Facebook Page

Upcoming Events

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2019 Events - Save the Dates!

Please note:  The Board & Officers meeting are closed to the public.  The public meetings are open to the public.


Saturday, December 7

  • Christmas Open House, 10:00 a.m. -  12:30 p.m. Location: Allbright House, 103 High Street Shoals, IN