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. 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!

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.

Recently, our long time volunteer, Jeff Sanders, passed away.  Read a little more about Jeff's volunteerism on the member/volunteer page.

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Membership Update

 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.


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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.

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Museum Hours During Renovation

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. 

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. 

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

Winter 2018 Events

Tuesday, December 4

  • Martin County Historical Society Christmas Dinner.  Join us for Christmas Dinner at Stoll's Lakeview.  Everyone is invited (responsible for own meal).  Dinner is at 5:30.  We will be honoring Jim & Jane Marshall for their years of dedication to the Historical Society.

Annual Ham & Bean Dinner

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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.

  • French Lick Resort:  One complimentary room for a one night stay for two people at the French Lick Springs Hotel and one round of golf for two on our Donald Ross Course. The estimated value $489. 
  • Tinker Coffee: Two bags of coffee and a coffee mug. The estimated value is $45-50.  Plus they will be supplying the coffee for the dinner.
  • ComedySportz Indianapolis (CSZ): Six tickets to a ComedySportz Match. The estimated value is $96.
  • Perfect North Slopes:  Two weekday (Monday - Thursday) lift tickets or either 8 hours of skiing/snowboarding OR unlimited snow tubing.  Estimated value $104. 
  • Bradley's Bar & Grill:  A gift certificate to dine at Bradley's. Value $25.
  • Mesker Park Zoo: Four general admission tickets. Value $38.
  • Science Central: Two general admission tickets.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Hat and shirt.
  • Big Splash Adventure: Two tickets general admission passes.
  • Evansville Museum:  Four general admission tickets and four immersive theater tickets.  Value $76.
  • Indiana Caverns:  Two general admission passes valued at $39.
  • Gasthof: Two adult buffet and drink coupons.
  • Blake Hi-Y Car Wash: Four VIP wash coupons valued at $56.
  • Kerns Insurance & Greene's Body Shop: Car wash basket valued at $100.
  • Toys Auto Parts: Ratchet set, hat and bucket valued at $50.
  • Frazier Kentucky History Museum: Four general admission tickets valued at $48.
  • Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens: Two admission tickets and a parking pass valued at $46.
  • Backroads Advertising: Certificate for 10 custom shirts, value $108.
  • Springs Stadium: Four $5 certificates towards a movie, food or merchandise. Value $20.
  • Conner Prairie:  Four tickets valued at $72.
  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis:  Two tickets (1 adult, 1 child) valued at $46.
  • Paoli Peaks - Ski, Ride, & Tube: Two lift tickets with rental. Value $144.
  • Otterbox - Gift card valued at $90.
  • Indianapolis Colts - Signed team football.
  • Harmon Family - Insulated picnic bag with interlocking containers.
  • Indianapolis Pacers - basketball hand signed by Nate McMillan. Value: $100
  • West Boggs Park: A 2019 annual gate pass and 2 nights of camping. Value: $130.
  • Bill Whorrall: Two out of print books - A Photographic History of Martin County, and Woven Hills & Quilted Rocks.
  • Indiana University:  An autographed picture of Archie Miller.
  • The Cheesecake Factory: A $50 gift certificate.
  • Horseshoe Casino: One night stay (Sun-Thurs), $20 casino cash, $30 dining vouchers. Value: $150
  • Sun King Brewery - A soft tote, growler, 2 pint glasses, 2 koozies, stickers and a $10 gift card.  Value: $50.
  • Monarch Beverages - A rolling Miller Lite cooler (Coleman brand). Value: $50. 
  • KG Photography - A $50 gift certificate towards photography services.
  • Jones Oil - $25 Marathon gas card.
  • Upland Brewery - $25 gift card toward any one of their tap houses or brewpubs.