Alexandria Monroe Historical Society Museum

Alexandria Monroe Historical Society Museum The Museum is open (April-December). If you would like to schedule a visit call 765-490-0081 or email: [email protected]

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05/04/2019

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Here are some recent pictures that we have received at the Historical Society Museum. Stop by the museum for a visit ope...
05/04/2019

Here are some recent pictures that we have received at the Historical Society Museum. Stop by the museum for a visit open Thursdays and Saturdays.

Stop by the museum this year as we celebrate our 40th season. Here are just some of the displays throughout the 14 rooms...
04/20/2019

Stop by the museum this year as we celebrate our 40th season. Here are just some of the displays throughout the 14 rooms. Open Thursdays 1-5pm and Saturdays 10-1pm

Stop by the museum. Open Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pmCheck out our display on Alexandria restaurants. Can you reme...
04/20/2019

Stop by the museum. Open Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm
Check out our display on Alexandria restaurants. Can you remember all of these restaurants?

Stop by the Museum today as we celebrate our 40th season with a open house from 10am - 2pm. Spanish hamburgers, chips, c...
04/13/2019

Stop by the Museum today as we celebrate our 40th season with a open house from 10am - 2pm. Spanish hamburgers, chips, cookie, and a drink for $3

Visit Eastern Indiana
04/12/2019
Visit Eastern Indiana

Visit Eastern Indiana

Alexandria Monroe Twp Historical Society Museum to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Open House for the 2019 Season April 13th 10am-2pm The Alexandria Monroe Twp Historical Society Museum will be holding an Open House for the 2019 Season on Sat April 13 from 10am to 2pm. To kick off the 2019 season, the museum will be serving Spanish Hamburgers, chips, dessert, and drink for $3. Come check out some of the new exhibits for the season. Free Admission to the museum. For more information: 765-490-0081 or www.alexandriahistoricalsociety.com

Did you know that ALEXANDRIA had a semi pro football team? The picture below was taken somewhere around 1916. They used ...
04/05/2019

Did you know that ALEXANDRIA had a semi pro football team?

The picture below was taken somewhere around 1916. They used to play teams from Jonesboro, Hartford City, and Muncie.
They use to play against the Congerville Flyers (later known as the Muncie Flyers). The Flyers were an independent squad for most of their existence, but are remembered mostly for their very brief stint as one of the original teams in the American Professional Football Association (later known as the National Football League).

We are looking for menus from some former Alex restaurants. Here are pictures of Don’s Pizza and Dortees Drive-In (196...
03/23/2019

We are looking for menus from some former Alex restaurants. Here are pictures of Don’s Pizza and Dortees Drive-In (1969).

Come to our Grand Opening day on Saturday April 13, 10-2pm

03/09/2019

This year we are looking for menus of former ALEXANDRIA restaurants. If you have anything that you would like to donate… Come see us at the museum after our grand opening on 4/13/19. More info on the our Grand Opening to come...

The museum is currently closed for the season while we do some cleaning and organizing of our displays. Look for our Sea...
01/24/2019

The museum is currently closed for the season while we do some cleaning and organizing of our displays. Look for our Season Open House on Saturday April 13, 2019. More info to come...

Small Town Indiana
12/29/2018

Small Town Indiana

Day 76: Alexandria

The town of Alexandria was settled and platted in 1836, with the idea that the Indiana Central Canal would one day go through this community (it didn’t), although a few early residents arrived a year earlier in 1835.. Alexandria was situated on Pipe Creek and provided water to the community. The town existed as a farming community until the discovery of natural gas in the 1880s, which turned Alexandria, like many other east-central Indiana communities, into a regional industrial hub. Numerous paper and glass companies moved into the area, along with a huge influx of population.

The town was officially incorporated on February 4, 1893 in response to the growth. Five years later, the interurban system reached Alexandria and connected the town to several other communities in Indiana.

However, by 1910, the gas was all but gone. Many of the companies left, but a few remained and helped to sustain Alexandria for several decades. During the Second World War, Alexandria saw renewed growth as an industrial hub.

There is no consensus from historians as to why Alexandria was named as such. Some point to Alexandria, Virginia, while others suggest that the name derived from the Greek Egyptian city of Alexandria.

County: Madison | Population: 6,260| Settlement Hierarchy: Town

Small Town Indiana
12/29/2018

Small Town Indiana

Year 5 - Day 8: Orestes

Orestes was platted around a railroad station along the Lake Erie and Western Railroad in 1876 - although in the earliest years, it was known as Lowrys Station (or Lowrys Switch) after Nathan Lowry, a local farmer. When natural gas was discovered in east-central Indiana in the 1880s, Orestes, like many other communities in the area, grew exponentially with manufacturing. At the height of the gas boom, several factories operated in the area and the community incorporate in 1894.

When the town incorporated, it was named for the postmaster's son (Orestes McMahon), or in honor of the Greek mythical character Orestes, son of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon). The sources are conflicted as to the true origin of the town's name.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jRFraUp2BVt

County: Madison County | 2010 Census: 414 | Settlement Hierarchy: Incorporated Town

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The museum is closed for the winter. We will be doing some cleaning and organizing o...
12/21/2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The museum is closed for the winter. We will be doing some cleaning and organizing of displays during our closure. We will re-open for 2019 on April 13, 2019.

This week will be the last time to stop by the museum for 2018. Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm. We will close for th...
12/11/2018

This week will be the last time to stop by the museum for 2018. Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm. We will close for the winter while we do some cleaning and organizing. We will re-open on April 13, 2019

Santa today until 1pm
12/08/2018

Santa today until 1pm

12/01/2018

Listen to what we heard today. We haven’t heard these bells for serval years

Annual Chili Dinner Friday November 30, 4-7pm, $5 all you can eat. Come by and watch the Alex Christmas Parade and warm ...
11/29/2018

Annual Chili Dinner Friday November 30, 4-7pm, $5 all you can eat. Come by and watch the Alex Christmas Parade and warm up with some chili

10/22/2018
Now Entering Alexandria

Now Entering Alexandria

NOW ENTERING… is a video scrapbook of the people, places and history of towns as seen through the eyes of its residents. Community members will collect video...

Great video presentation this evening!
10/21/2018

Great video presentation this evening!

NOW ENTERING...ALEXANDRIA premieres Oct. 20 on WIPB-TV, at wipb.org and on this page!

NOW ENTERING...ALEXANDRIA, a video scrapbook of the people, places and history of towns as seen through the eyes of its residents, will premiere live at 7 p.m.

The program will feature a variety of video vignettes about this Madison County city, told by several of its biggest cheerleaders. Hear the history of the gospel harmonies at Gaither Studios, check out the world's largest ball of paint, take a few laps with the Pool Ladies and much more.

Community members collected video footage and still photos to showcase the stories that make their town unique. Then the WIPB production team traveled to Alexandria to record interviews at Gaither Studios with our storytellers, which will serve as the narration for each of their stories.

On Oct. 20, many of those storytellers will be in the WIPB studios for the live pledge program to talk about their experiences and take your phone calls.

For more about the series, go to www.wipb.org/nowentering. If you would like to suggest your town, contact Michelle Kinsey, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (765) 285-5887 or [email protected].

Our Annual Ham & Bean/Chili Dinner will take place at the Monroe Twp Trustee Office (former Lions Club) 201 E Berry St. ...
10/03/2018

Our Annual Ham & Bean/Chili Dinner will take place at the Monroe Twp Trustee Office (former Lions Club) 201 E Berry St. Friday October 12, 4-7pm and Saturday October 13, 11am-6pm. Adults $7, children 10 yrs and under $3

From our June 23rd event...
08/02/2018

From our June 23rd event...

Here is the board of directors of the 2018 AMTHS: Stephen Jackson (Madison County Historian), Jeff Bryan (Vice President...
06/25/2018

Here is the board of directors of the 2018 AMTHS: Stephen Jackson (Madison County Historian), Jeff Bryan (Vice President), Larry Maple (Local Historian), Vickie Miller Griffin Beardsley (Membership Secretary), Pamela Blake (Treasurer), Danny Lamb (President), Mary Sue Adams-Foster (Recording Secretary), John Grose (Director), and Mike Lynch (Director). Not pictured is Annette Ellis (Director).

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Alexandria Small Town USA magazine today with Madison County Historian Stephen J...
06/23/2018

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Alexandria Small Town USA magazine today with Madison County Historian Stephen Jackson making a presentation. Come see more info at the Museum, open Thursdays 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm

Come out out of the heat for this free event!
06/19/2018

Come out out of the heat for this free event!

Looking for something free to do on a hot summer day in Alex? Stop by the museum. 14 rooms filled with Alex history. Ope...
06/06/2018

Looking for something free to do on a hot summer day in Alex? Stop by the museum. 14 rooms filled with Alex history. Open Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm.

Stop by the museum today...Open Thursdays 1 PM to 5 PM also open on Saturdays 10 AM to 1 PM.
05/17/2018

Stop by the museum today...
Open Thursdays 1 PM to 5 PM also open on Saturdays 10 AM to 1 PM.

C.C. Hall and the original Rock Wool plant in Alexandria. Check out this story and others at the museum. Open Thursday 1...
05/11/2018

C.C. Hall and the original Rock Wool plant in Alexandria. Check out this story and others at the museum. Open Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm

During the Museum Open House this Saturday April 7: In honor of the 20th Anniversary Class 2A State Basketball Champions...
04/05/2018

During the Museum Open House this Saturday April 7:
In honor of the 20th Anniversary Class 2A State Basketball Championship...our Museum President- Danny Lamb and Vice President- Jeff Bryan will both eat a bowl of this ceremonial cereal. The cereal came from the former Cox's Supermarket with an expiration date of April 1999

The Museum will hold an Open House for the 2018 Season on Saturday April 7, 11-2pm. Always FREE admission to the museum....
03/27/2018

The Museum will hold an Open House for the 2018 Season on Saturday April 7, 11-2pm. Always FREE admission to the museum. We will be serving Spanish hamburgers, chips, dessert, and drink for $3. Come and check out 14 rooms of Alexandria history

We are getting excited about the 2018 season at the Historical Society Museum. Our volunteers have been hard at work cle...
02/02/2018

We are getting excited about the 2018 season at the Historical Society Museum. Our volunteers have been hard at work cleaning, reorganizing displays and implementing a new software application that will help with collection archiving. We will be celebrating the opening of the 2018 season on Saturday, April 7.

40 years ago today. Where were you?
01/25/2018

40 years ago today. Where were you?

Santa at the museum today. This is the last day of the year the museum is open. Will re-open in the Spring. Merry Christ...
12/16/2017

Santa at the museum today. This is the last day of the year the museum is open. Will re-open in the Spring. Merry Christmas 🎁🎄

Tomorrow Dec 1, 2017- Be sure to stop by the Museum, before or after the Alexandria Christmas Parade. We will have our a...
11/30/2017

Tomorrow Dec 1, 2017- Be sure to stop by the Museum, before or after the Alexandria Christmas Parade. We will have our annual Chili Dinner, $5 all you can eat, from 4-7pm

Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce
11/11/2017

Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce

"For the Love of Alexandria" today 11/11/17 , 10-2pm at the Alexandria Community Center. Stop by and learn about our local Alexandria non-profit organizations. FREE event!

Good article about the history of Alexandria in yesterday's Herald Bulletin
10/23/2017
Alex had much to offer in 1830s

Good article about the history of Alexandria in yesterday's Herald Bulletin

In the spring of 1831, Micajah Chamness arrived as the first white settler to what is now Alexandria.

Our Annual Ham and Beans Dinner today 11-6pm at Emery Lee Auditorium in Beulah Park. $7 adults, $3 children 10 years old...
10/14/2017

Our Annual Ham and Beans Dinner today 11-6pm at Emery Lee Auditorium in Beulah Park. $7 adults, $3 children 10 years old and under. Also chili, hot dogs, corn bread, drink and dessert.

The Alexandria Monroe Twp Historical Society Museum has a new phone number...765-490-0081
10/05/2017

The Alexandria Monroe Twp Historical Society Museum has a new phone number...765-490-0081

Museum open today 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm. Stop by and check out the history of Alexandria "Small Town USA"
10/05/2017

Museum open today 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm. Stop by and check out the history of Alexandria "Small Town USA"

Come join us tomorrow, 9/23/17. The museum is open Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM
09/22/2017

Come join us tomorrow, 9/23/17. The museum is open Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM

We had the 1967 Class Reunion at the museum today. Here are some pictures from their era
09/16/2017

We had the 1967 Class Reunion at the museum today. Here are some pictures from their era

Come visit the museum. Open today 1-5pm. We will be open Friday at 4 PM right before the homecoming parade. Stop by and ...
09/14/2017

Come visit the museum. Open today 1-5pm. We will be open Friday at 4 PM right before the homecoming parade. Stop by and check out over 14 rooms filled with memorabilia

Address

313 N Harrison St
Alexandria, IN
46001

Opening Hours

Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(765) 490-0081

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