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.
Step back into history this summer at the Jasper County Fair.
The 1967 Quick/Walters Log Cabin, the 1874 Rosebud School, and the 1938 Paar Post Office, part of the county’s historical village at the Fairgrounds, will be open during the Jasper County Fair, Sunday, July 19, Tuesday, July 21, and Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
We are looking for information about girls who attended or women who worked at the Monnett School for Girls. If you have information or photos of these ladies, please contact us at the historical society.
The 23rd issue of Vintage Views is now available for purchase at the historical museum.
The cover pictures Nane Long Loy (in Junior Red Cross attire) and Ruth Harriet Eger McFall collecting for starving people in Belgium after World War I.
County Historian Judy Kanne’s article is titled “A Lady Named Nane Long Loy”. Other articles and photos relate to Morris Jacks’ store on wheels, J A Grant & Son Motor Freight, Hollis “Holly” Hayes, the Rensselaer Lions Club, and more.
Also included are a tribute to the 2014 state champion football team from Rensselaer and a reprint of an article about the Bomber name by Michael Campbell.
The cost is $10 plus $3.00 for postage if you want it mailed.
We will be at the Historic Village located at the entrance of the Jasper County Fairgrounds during the Jasper County Fair. Stop by and see our wonderful historic buildings and step back in time to a more relaxed way of life.
We hope to see you there!
479 N. Van Rensselaer St. Rensselaer, Ind. Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10am-1pm