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. 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!
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.
Recently, our long time volunteer, Jeff Sanders, passed away. Read a little more about Jeff's volunteerism on the member/volunteer page.
will rA 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 201 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.
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.
The exterior bell tower work is still going on, but we now have limited visitation hours. The museum will be open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For safety reasons, please enter the museum using the back door. Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue working on the museum. Check out the pictures in the virtual museum to see the amazing progress.
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.
Thanks to all grantors for your generous support!
Saturday, October 13
The Ham & Bean Dinner is scheduled for Saturday 10/13/18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dinner will be at the Shoals Senior Center, the museum will be open that day as well.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Ham & Bean Dinner served at the Shoals Senior Center. Cost is a free will donation.
2 p.m. - Silent auction (see below for items) bidding ends.
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Museum dedication ceremony.
Dinner Donations - Thank you to the many organizations and people who have donated ham, beans, paper products, cornbread, desserts and coffee for the dinner. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Silent Auction Items - A huge thanks to businesses & individuals who have donated auction items for our silent auction. As we receive items, we will update the list.