Calendar: November 2017 to July 2018

Nov 4 & 18 Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

Nov 21         Meeting & Program: Jasper County Schools-Then -Now at 6:30 PM, Museum

Dec 2 & 16  Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

Dec 19          Meeting & Christmas Party at 6:00 PM, Museum @6:00

Jan 6 & 20  Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

No January Meeting

Feb 3 & 17   Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

Feb 20            Meeting & Program – World War I

Mar 3 & 17  Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

Mar 20           Meeting & Program – Jeff Manes, Writer in NW IN

April 7            Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

April 17         Meeting & Program TBA

Apr 21 & May 5     Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

May 15           Meeting & Election of Officers, Museum @ 6:30 PM

May 19, June 2 & 16     Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

June 19           Carry In Dinner, 6:00 PM at the Museum

July 7             Museum Open 10 AM – 1 PM

The Monnett Breeze

Jane Lord gave a copy of The Monnett Breeze from April, 1929 to the museum.  This is the first newsletter from the Monnett School for Girls that we have ever seen.  Since many residents of Rensselaer have family members who attended this school, we are wondering if any of you have copies of other issues of this school newsletter.

We have assembled an index of people associated with the Monnett School for Girls and names from this newsletter resulted in the addition of an additional fifty names.  The names include students, teachers, school administrators, trustees, and various other workers.

If you have any issues of the newsletter,  please let us scan them so we can expand our index.  Contact Jasper County Genealogist Sue Caldwell at 219-866-7739.





October Newsletter

Photo of historic schoolhouse with freshly painted walls and plastic-covered furnishings
The one-room schoolhouse at the historic village at the fairgrounds was painted this summer by Pat Kingman.

October 2016 Newsletter

Please enjoy our October Newsletter. Bring your 2016 photos to the museum so they can be added to the time capsule and the museum’s collection.

The newest edition of Vintage View contains articles on Kevin Moriarity; Left Clark; Rev. Helenor Davisson; Ramon Sayler; Punt, Pass and Kick compiled by Myles Beeching and Ernie Reyes; the Pioneer Village; Chuck Bahler; and Jasper, the Bicentennial Bison. Send $14.00 to the museum if you want a copy mailed to you.

Retired Iron Club member to speak

Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM at Museum

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.


A grave matter in Indiana

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

History of Chief Industries topic of March meeting

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.

Help us create a county timeline

Celebrating 200 Years from 1816 to 2016Indiana’s Bicentennial in Jasper County is the subject for the Tuesday, February 16th meeting of the Jasper County Historical Society at 6:30 PM at the Museum, 479 N. Van Rensselaer, Rensselaer.

Help the curator, Judy Kanne, add to the Timeline list of key events, places, and people to Jasper County’s History since the 1950’s. Bring your suggestions.

Visitors are welcome and refreshments are provided.

Contact if you have suggestions for the Timeline or questions.

Dues for 2016 may be paid at this time.

January 2016 Newsletter

photo of tombstone
The grave of John Hall, “The Rover,” can be found at Welsh Cemetery in Jasper County.


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.

Download and Read: JCHS newsletter JAN 2016

October 2015 Newsletter

JCHS-newsletter-OCT-2015-2David 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.

Download and Read: JCHS newsletter OCT 2015