Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society The preservation of Madison County, Indiana history, artifacts, photos, and stories..
Our organization is staffed by all volunteers.

04/10/2019

The Museum of Madison County History will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday May 27 and will re-open on May 29, 2019.

The exhibit of Before We Were Madison County (IN) displays casts of mastodon bones borrowed from the Indiana State Museu...
04/08/2019

The exhibit of Before We Were Madison County (IN) displays casts of mastodon bones borrowed from the Indiana State Museum and artifacts of settlers in this area.

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04/08/2019

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While in the U.S.Navy, I was stationed for a year at Great Lakes NTC. I rode back and forth from Anderson to Chicago on ...
03/09/2019

While in the U.S.Navy, I was stationed for a year at Great Lakes NTC. I rode back and forth from Anderson to Chicago on the PRR and from Chicago to Great Lakes on the North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad.
The Time Traveler...
By Roger P. Henasley
The hour is late and the station is nearly deserted as I board the waiting car which departs shortly after my boarding. There are ample available seats and I drop into a window seat on the left in the last car. We run parallel to a freight line shortly after leaving the city and I'm always thrilled at watching the trains pass at night.

Our beautiful old beast squeals as her cars takes the 'too sharp' turns on the 'L' structure as she makes her way North toward her own lines. It is there that the Motorman can let her have her head and she'll race the wind and the clock. We meet two 'L' trains as we make our way to the 'Mile' and then we are there! The Conductor has opened the rear door and is waiting. The cold night March air blasts and swirls ...
http://madisonrails.railfan.net/r_timetraveler.html

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01/19/2019

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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.

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!

11/03/2017

National Model Railroad Month

When growing up in the 50s, railroads were a part of life. Trains were everywhere. In those days it was hard not to become interested in the hobby of modeling them. Things are different today. The local hobby shop has done a disappearing act over the past 20 years as people now buy on line, and our kids seem to be more interested in devices than trains.

But there is still good reasons for modeling. This is the time to show the public what a great hobby we have. For some people, this is setting up trains around the Christmas tree and hooking up engines, boxcars, and cabooses. And for others with a basement, den or room, indulging in model train “play” is serious business all year round. It is such a huge pastime, that November has been designated National Model Railroad Month.

We’re not talking about plastic toys here, but true-to-scale models with lights, whistles, steam, and detailed scenery. There are several model Railroads in and around Anderson, and the Indianapolis and Muncie area is full of them. They come in all sizes from very modest sized layouts to large expansive ones that have taken years to build. The Scenery can be astounding. It’s all possible with model railroading, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby.

The Anderson Public Library has a train display open to the public at certain hours, and the Paramount Theater has a display open to the public during it's tree festival, and there are train shows available in November and December.

The Madison County Historical Society has a permanent train display featuring several gauges and scales. In addition there is a great 1946 Circus Layout on display. There are photos and memorabilia available for viewing, and all of these things are available during the month of December on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the first three Saturdays as well.

What? You say you aren't interested. Perhaps that's because you haven't been introduced to model railroading. Why not come out and take in some of these activities and bring the kids and grand kids as well!

Roger Hensley

Address

7-15 W 11th St
Anderson, IN
46015-0696

General information

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. Exhibitions are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We are closed on major holidays. Activities and events are free to the public.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(765) 683-0052

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