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 2017. The bell tower was leaking badly, exposing the upstairs to water. Thanks to exceptional work by Helming Brothers, Inc., the bell tower restoration is now complete!


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!


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.


Sign Up To Volunteer

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 reached our next 200 members! Thank you everyone! In order to get the $20,000, we must however keep all of our existing members. We currently have less than 100 members ovedue, so we need to get those members up to date before we can submit our third group of 200. 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.


Become A Member

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. 

Even if you want a paper newsletter, if you have an email address we can add to our files, please send us your email. Just make sure to let us know you would prefer to have a paper newsletter, but you would like other communications electronically.  This helps cut down on the cost of sending membership dues reminders via mail.  Thanks for your help! Click the link below then scroll down to the bottom of that page to go digital.

Help Me Go Digital

Museum Hours During Winter Months

The museum is closed during the winter months since we do not have any heating in the museum.  Volunteers are working very hard at their homes and other locations to continue their great work.

We will open the museum as soon as it is warm enough to be in there without freezing.  We will need volunteers to help out at the museum this spring/summer/fall.  If you are interested in helping, please contact a board member or send us an email.  We have lots of jobs.  You don't need to know about Martin County history, you just need to be willing to help. 



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!

August 2018 - We received a "have a nice day" grant from the Martin County Community Foundation to be used toward a project of our choice.  September 2018 - We received a $1,000 unrestricted grant from Allstate Insurance thanks to Ed Kerns' (Kerns Insurance) volunteering efforts. 

December 2018 - We received an Operation Round Up grant from REMC. This grant will allow us to purchase a book scanner and digitize microfilm. 

Thanks to all grantors for your generous support!

Helpful Links

Martin-Daviess-Dubois Geneaology Facebook Page

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Martin County Genealogy Website

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Martin County Historical Society Facebook Group

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Martin County Historical Society Facebook Page

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Upcoming Events

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2019 Events - Save the Dates!

Please note:  The MCHS board and officers have decided to stop the monthly member meetings due to low member attendance.  Monthly board and officer meetings will take their place.  These are closed meetings for officers and board members only.  If you have a concern you would like to address, please contact a board member or officer, or contact us via email or phone to get an invitation to the meeting to express your concern.

We will continue to share happenings and decisions via our social media platforms, website, newsletter and via the local papers.  Please reach out to an officer or board member if you have any concerns.  Thank you!


Saturday, Feburary 2

  • Board & Officers Meeting, 9 a.m.  Location TBD.

Saturday, March 2

  • Board & Officers Meeting, 9 a.m.  Location TBD.

Saturday, April 6

  • Board & Officers Meeting, 9 a.m.  Location TBD.

Saturday, May 4

  • Board & Officers Meeting, 9 a.m.  Courthouse
  • Lifetime member appreciation event, 10:30 a.m. Courthouse
    • This will be a small celebration honoring those member who have committed to a lifetime membership.  More information to come.

Saturday, June 1

  • Board & Officers Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse

Tuesday, June 4

  • Member Appreciation Picnic, 5:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Saturday, July 6

  • Board & Officer Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse.

Saturday, August 3

  • Board & Officer Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse.

Saturday, September 7

  • Board & Officer Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse.

Saturday, October 5

  • Ham & Bean Dinner with Silent Auction 11 a.m. - 2pm. Shoals Senior Center

Saturday, November 2

  • Board & Officer Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse.

Tuesday, December 3

  • Christmas Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Saturday, December 7

  • Board & Officer Meeting, 9 a.m. Courthouse.