The President of neighboring White County’s Historical Society, Kean MacOwan, will present “Early Pioneers Then and Now” as his topic for the program for the Jasper County Historical Society’s Annual Carry-In Dinner.
Jasper County Historical Society members and guests are asked to bring “a dish to pass” to add to our President and Vice President Buschman teams’ famous chicken and noodles and roast beef main dishes and Elizabeth Waymire’s mashed potatoes. Salads, vegetables, and desserts are welcome. Drinks, paper plates, napkins, and dinner service will be provided by the Society.
Come and enjoy a look back into our area’s early history at the Museum, 479 N Van Rensselaer Street at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016.
The Jasper County Historical Society invites the community to hear Phil Teske tell about the new happenings of the Jasper County Retired Iron Club after a short business meeting beginning at 6:30 PM at the Museum, 479 N. Van Rensselaer St, Rensselaer. Visitors are welcome.
Please Join the Jasper County Historical Society on APRIL 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Jasper County Historical Society Museum, 479 N. Van Rensselaer Street, Rensselaer
for A GRAVE MATTER IN INDIANA by Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
This program by Indiana’s cemetery expert will teach about cemetery law, preservation, and good practices. A short meeting will follow the program. Contact for more information: Judy Kanne, 863-6860 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasper County Historical Society will meet Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM at the Museum. Our speaker is Chris Hannon, Safety Director of Chief Industries and he will present the History of this company: 1966-2016 50 Years.
Indiana’s Bicentennial Year: 1816 – 2016
The Museum is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 10:00 to 1:00 PM. March 19 is the 3rd Saturday.
In April, the Museum is open on Saturday 2nd and the 16th.
We are looking forward to the April 19th meeting: Jeannie Regan-Dinius, DNR: A Grave Matter in Indiana. Several have heard her on other subjects and really like her presentations.
This issue will include information from some of the collections we have received in the last year. Several of the articles reprinted in this first newsletter for 2016 were printed 120 years ago in the People’s Pilot published January 2, 1896. The newspaper was included in a collection of Hugh Tom Kirk materials provided to the museum by Karen Marr. The newspaper includes photos of people, homes, churches, and businesses existing in 1896. Also included are many biographies of local businessmen with familiar names like Randle, Mills, Willis, Parkison, Osborn, Ferguson, Washburn, Thompson, Kahler, Nowels, Robinson, Healy, Paxton, and McCoy. Over the next year, we plan to include a couple of these biographies or articles about the businesses run by these people in each 2016 issue.
We will also be highlighting Donna Strole’s article about The Rover that was provided by Rose Nesius. Unfortunately we do not have space to show everything that has been contributed, but we do want to emphasize how much we appreciate each and every contribution to our collections.
David Vohlken’s collection of Native American artifacts is on display now at the Rensselaer Library and the museum is host to a display through the end of the year on Rev. Helenor Alter Davisson.
Read more about these collections, as well as the work the society has been doing this summer — painting the Parr post office, running the historical village at the Jasper County Fair, restoring tombstones and more.
Also check out the latest issue of Vintage Views, featuring a photo of the Wright’s Furniture fire and several articles.
St. Joseph’s College is now in its 126th year of serving our community. You can read more about this institution in the latest issue of our newsletter, as well as the 1938 County Fair, an update on the Rev. Helenor Davisson Site, Monnett School for Girls and Photographer Harry Parker.
Additionally, you can take a peek at some of the old St. Joseph’s College postcards from our museum collection. We would like to obtain additional college postcards so they can be included in a Jasper County postcard book that we plan to publish next year. It is going to take a lot of post cards to fill a tiny book, so we invite the Jasper County and Saint Joe communities at large to contact us if you are able to help.
For many years the Chicago Bears trained at St. Joseph’s College. Unfortunately, the Historical Society does not have any records or photos of their time in Rensselaer. Can anyone help our curator eliminate this gap in our collection?
Finally, The historic buildings at the fairgrounds including the log cabin, post office, Roosevelt privy, and school house will be open during the Jasper County Fair Sunday, July 19 from 1-4, Tuesday, July 21 from 1-4, and Thursday, July 23 from 1-4.
The society will also have a table at the Volunteer Fair in the Community building from 4 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, July 19. Come visit us and pick up a copy of the latest Vintage Views while you are there.