MCHS News Brief

Museum Renovation

Work on the bell tower is scheduled to begin 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.  Here is a portion of the 2017 press release:


"The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announces one of its largest Heritage Support Grants to date is being awarded to the Martin County Historical Society. The organization will receive $50,000 to renovate the bell tower inside the Historical Society and Museum on Capital Avenue in Shoals."  Click the link below if you are interested in donating.

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. 

Thanks so much to all our members, new and those who renew! If you are not a member, please consider joining us!  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.

Latest Happenings

The Ham and Bean Dinner was a great success.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  We were three bowls of beans shy of selling out; it was the largest crowd yet.  A special thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to pull this off.


Nancy Baker has resigned her board position.  The MCHS would like to take this opportunity to thank Nancy for her service and support over the years.  Mary Widman was nominated and accepted a position on the board, effective immediately.  



Current Projects

14 year old Cade Maschino presented a proposal to the MCHS board as a part of his desire to become an Eagle Scout.  Cade will be leading MCHS's efforts to digitally archive its many collections. 

This is a huge undertaking, but one we are sure he will excel at.  Thank you, Cade, for your willingness to take on this challenge. 

Helpful Links

Martin-Daviess-Dubois Geneaology Facebook Page

Martin County Historical Society Facebook Page

Martin County Genealogy Website

Upcoming Events

November 7, 3017

Member meeting at the museum (220 Capitol Ave. Shoals, IN).  All members are welcome to attend! 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

December 5, 2017

The December member meeting will be at a resturant (place TBD).  It will be the MCHS annual Christmas dinner.  All members are welcome to attend! 

Ham and Bean Dinner: A Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended the Ham and Bean Dinner on October 7th!  We were three bowls of beans shy of selling out!  It was our best crowd yet. 

A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped pull it off.