Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society The preservation of Madison County, Indiana history, artifacts, photos, and stories..
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01/23/2019

he time is rapidly approaching for the CID’s first train show of the new year. The Noblesville Train Show is scheduled for Sunday, January 27th and can be found at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 2003 Pleasant Street in Noblesville, Indiana (just west of 37 and behind the Tractor Supply store). There will be lots of model train locomotives, rolling stock, modeling supplies, structures,
and scenery supplies for your consideration so this might be the right time to purchase that Christmas gift for yourself that you did not receive from the family/friends. With expanded space, this year we have 46 dealers who will be working from over 157 tables of model railroad related items to sell. All of the CID shows run from 10 am to 3 pm and admission is $3 per person or $5 for you and your immediate family. The Exhibition Hall is handicap accessible and has plenty of free parking. At the show, you will find operating model train layouts from G to N scales. For the experienced or those just getting started, at 11:00, you will find a clinic on layout design and at 2:00, a clinic on running your trains, DC, DCC, or dead rail battery.

There will be a Dining car where snacks and/or lunch can be purchased. The Dining car has always had a variety of food and drinks. If you have any interest in model trains, this family friendly show is for you. Put us on your calendar and I will look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Jim Shellhaas at 317-750-4834 or [email protected]

01/21/2019

Historical Society's January 28, 2019 Meeting

On Monday, January 28 at 7:00 PM, the monthly meeting of the Madison County Historical Society, Inc. will feature Steve Jackson with a Power Point presentation on “Fall Creek Township” from his What‘s in a name series”.

Steve will present the many items named over the years by the people of Fall Creek Township by looking at the various items, buildings, people and the many other things that make up the Township. With Pendleton at the heart of the Township, there will be a tremendous amount if information for the listener.

The meeting will be held in the Bowman Room of the Museum of Madison County History, 11 W 11th St. in downtown Anderson, and is open to MCHS members and the public. There is no charge to attend this or any event in our facility. Please call (765) 683-0052 with questions.

Madison County Historical Society
01/19/2019

Madison County Historical Society

01/09/2019

February 3, 2019 - First Sunday
Our Railroads through Madison County
2001 to 2008
CSX, NS and More!

Beginning with the Federal Railroad Administration's T-2000 ‘Office of Safety’ car sitting in South Anderson Yard and moving to the CSX GRS-2 Track Inspection Car working the Big Four Westbound on Track 2, the presentation starts moving and does not let up throughout the 45 minutes. From High and Wide loads to the Indiana State Police making a safety video in cooperation with NS the show continues to have scene after scene for your viewing pleasure.

It isn’t just the steam years that hold an interest for us, but the railroads of today can hold a tremendous fascination. The 1995 Sperry Rail car has changed to a truck that rides the rails for us. From Operation Lifesaver to Loram Railgrinders to derailments and wrecks to Amtrack being diverted onto our rails. Then they were laying new rails and crossings. And then at the NYCSHS Convention in Indy, I photographed Phyllis Pangburn and Larry Baggerly. Phyllis was the first woman dispatcher in the United States, and Larry was an NYC Division Superintendent.

All of this and much more awaits your viewing pleasure at the Museum of Madison County History in Anderson. Come one and come all to the First Sunday meeting at 2 pm on Sunday the 3rd of February.

The address for the presentation is 11 W 11th Street in Anderson, IN. I really hope to see many of you there.

The address for the presentation is 11 W 11th Street in Anderson, IN. I really hope to see many of you there.

12/26/2018

Train & Doll House Exhibit
The Museum of Madison County History is having it's Train & Doll House exhibits this month with 3 remaining days. The remaining days are the 26th, 28th and the 31st. If you haven't bee there lately, come out and take a look at the Train Museum and the Doll House exhibit and see the model Trains and Railroad Memorabilia and the Doll Houses.

Madison County Historical Society
12/16/2018

Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society
12/16/2018

Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society
12/16/2018

Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society
12/16/2018

Madison County Historical Society

11/30/2018

Tomorrow starts the Model Train and Doll House Exhibit at the Museum of Madison County History. It runs through December. Come one, come all!

11/27/2018

Exhibits open for December

The Madison County Historical Society announces the following open Exhibits and dates for the ‘Museum of Madison County History’ during December.

The “Madison County and the Great War”, Exhibit will be open until the close of the year, with the Model Railroad Exhibit and the Dollhouse Exhibit opening on December 1st . All Exhibits will be open December 1st and on the following: 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 19th, and 21st. The exhibits will be completely closed for the 24th and 25th and will reopen on the 26th for the 28th and 31st.

The ‘Museum of Madison County History’ building will close for the holiday on noon, December 14th, until January 7th 2019. The Exhibits will remain open until the end of the year. The Historical Society has joined in the Christmas Holiday celebration by presenting two exhibits of awesome attractions for visitation. One is our model train exhibit called, “What’s a Christmas without Trains?” Exhibits will open December 1 and will run through December on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It will also be open the first 3 Saturdays of December from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The second exhibit is called, “Tiny Town” the World of Dollhouses, Come and watch our ‘Work in Progress’ as the exhibit comes to live.

Come one, come all, to 11 W 11th St. in downtown Anderson, and be prepared to have an entertaining time.

11/25/2018

The Madison County Historical Society, Inc.,
11 West 11th Street, Anderson, IN 46016
presents:

The Model Railroad Exhibit

Do you remember when we rode trains and received them at Christmas?
Do you remember the toy catalogs at Hardware Stores, Sears, Penny’s and Montgomery Ward’s featuring Lionel, Marx and American Flyer? Do you even remember those stores?

Well, the exhibit at the 'Museum of Madison County History' at 11th and Meridian in downtown Anderson is set to help you remember those things or perhaps help you with some of the memories of your folks.

Beginning on Saturday December 1st there will be an exhibit of operating models, displays, and rail history in photos and memorabilia running throughout the month of December.

The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM (closed Dec. 24th and 25th) and Saturdays December 1st, 8th and 15th - 10 AM to 2 PM.

On Friday December 7th, we will be open for Winterfest in Anderson from 10 AM to 7 PM.

On exhibit is a replica of a ¼ scale model of the Baker Valve Gear ready to operate on a New York Central Railroad steam locomotive. This is a large wooden setup built by Maurice Lewman, a retired engineer.

Then there is the HO, On30, O Scale Traction, O-27 Gauge (Lionel), N scale, S Gauge American Flyer layouts, and an HO Ringling Bros and Barnum, and Bailey 1946 HO scale circus train display, all for your viewing pleasure. The On30 setup has a push button control permitting the operation by individuals. The kids love it!

The Big Four (New York Central) ran through Anderson both east and west and north and south, and the Pennsylvania Railroad ran north and south, while the Central Indiana Railway ran east and west. In Alexandria, there was the Nickel Plate running east and west, and we have numerous photos on the walls and the showcases are full of memorabilia. There is even a Control Board from the Big Four Gridley Tower and a Pennsylvania Caboose Stove.

Come out and see the glory of Model Railroading and look over the photos and memorabilia. Just look for the Railroad Crossbucks and come on in!

On Sunday October 7, 2018, the Madison County Historical Society will have another First Sunday presentation at the "Mus...
09/28/2018

On Sunday October 7, 2018, the Madison County Historical Society will have another First Sunday presentation at the "Museum of Madison County History" in Anderson, 11 West 11th Street at 2PM. This will be on 'Street Cars and Interurbans' and should run about 1 hour. There are many photos in this presentation that have never been shown before and should make this a very interesting presentation.

Do you want to see more? You can see the Train Exhibit at the lower level after the presentation. You may visit the exhibit and look over the operating train layouts and see the photos, books and other memorabilia there.

The exhibit will be open for you and yours. Come one and all.

The Madison County Historical Society, Inc. is located at 11 W 11th St. in downtown Anderson, and is open to all. There is no charge to attend this or any event in our facility. Please call (765) 683-0052 with questions.

MCHS Model Railroad Museum - And here is a large Anderson City Car. Note that it is labeled Remy.
09/27/2018

MCHS Model Railroad Museum - And here is a large Anderson City Car. Note that it is labeled Remy.

08/04/2018

First Sunday presentation will be on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at the History Center. Chet Green will be the speaker. He will present the "Civil War". Everyone is invited to come.

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07/10/2018

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Have you had a chance to see our brand new World War I exhibit? This year is the 100th anniversary of the armistice. Com...
07/06/2018

Have you had a chance to see our brand new World War I exhibit? This year is the 100th anniversary of the armistice. Come out and see us and learn about the Great War!

Historic memorabilia on display includes rifles, handguns, pieces of artillery shells, period uniforms and heirlooms don...
06/11/2018
Historical society exhibit chronicles Madison County contributions to World War I effort

Historic memorabilia on display includes rifles, handguns, pieces of artillery shells, period uniforms and heirlooms donated by local families to help tell the story of World War I from a Madison County perspective. The World War I exhibit is open now until Veterans Day.

Address: 15 W. 11th St., Anderson

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More info: 765-683-0052

Lottie May Berry of Frankton was a woman ahead of her time in the years just before World War I.

Thank you to Anderson Noon Rotary Club for investing in us! County Historian Stephen Jackson and board chair Melody Hull...
05/29/2018

Thank you to Anderson Noon Rotary Club for investing in us! County Historian Stephen Jackson and board chair Melody Hull gratefully accepted a $1,000 grant today. These funds will be applied toward our renovations that will bring a museum room to Madison County. More news and updates on the project to come!

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05/10/2018

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Come relive some good ole' days Tuesday Nights in Anderson with Hoosier Street Rods & Classics! 5-9 Open Cruise IN!

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05/01/2018

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Join us downtown on Saturday, May 19 as we celebrate the Little 500 Festival with a classic car show.
05/01/2018

Join us downtown on Saturday, May 19 as we celebrate the Little 500 Festival with a classic car show.

Congratulations to Pendleton Historical Museum on being our 2017 recipient of the Elwood H.Phillips Award. Your efforts ...
11/28/2017

Congratulations to Pendleton Historical Museum on being our 2017 recipient of the Elwood H.Phillips Award. Your efforts to preserve the history of Madison County are worthy. Keep up the great work!

Address

15 West 11th Street, P O Box 696
Anderson, IN
46015-0696

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The Madison County Historical Society is housed in the Museum of Madison County History in downtown Anderson, Indiana. We are open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on major holidays. Activities and events are free to the public.

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Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

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