Madison County Historical Society

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Over the years US Presidents have visited the Anderson Area coming into town on the trains.
02/21/2020

Over the years US Presidents have visited the Anderson Area coming into town on the trains.

01/28/2020

While walking south on Meridian Street back in 1956, Roger passes Williams Drugs and admires the soda fountain there. "It's just like walking back in time into the 30s or 40s. Overhead fans and tables and chairs still around. All of this and a drug store, too. And I'm in front of the Paramount Theater with Walker's Jewelry next door. Then it's Singer Sewing Machines and the Unique Shoppe with Kelley's Furniture and the Riviera Theater on the corner.

I cross 12th Street and pass Anderson Camera with Rexall Drugs across the street. This is a busy block, too, with Leath Furniture, Miller Huggins and Lew the tailor upstairs. There are several businesses upstairs in most of these buildings. There are realtors, insurance agencies, photographers, and even more. Sometimes people forget that people also live up there. And then I find myself passing Sauter's Shoes, Kirkman's Jewelry, Foland's Behren's Paint Spot and Haag's Drugs. Now I'm at 13th Street.

I stop walking here as I look across to Schuster's Men's Wear and the State Theater. On my left is the Shamrock and down the street on the right is Montgomery Wards. I hear that they may move into the new Mounds Mall that they are talking about building. Joe's Record Shop and Anderson Music Center may move in there. Just beyond 14th Street is the Big Four depot. My eyes fall on the other Hill's Snappy Service at the end of the block at 14th Street. Maybe I could grab a quick burger and coke before I go back to the car."

01/27/2020

Roger continues his walk down memory lane by crossing 11th Street. Roger "checks the clock on the Citizens Bank across the street. Right down 11th to the West is Decker's. They say that they are something like 67 steps off of Meridian. Clair Call Men's Wear is right next to Decker's. ..Across the street from Decker's is the Post Office and coming back across the alley is the Post Office Cafe. I've eaten lunch there several times. I guess that it's called that because the Post Office is right across the alley to the west.

I'm now in front of the Fair Store which is in the Citizens Bank Building sometimes called the Union Building. The Fair Store is a very busy place. Also on the top floor of the Citizen's Bank Building is WHBU radio. Their broadcast tower is easily seen from all over Anderson. The Times Theater is across Meridian. I have seen a lot of neat westerns and serials there. I like the Times. It cost 15 cents to get in, and their popcorn, candy, and soft drinks are a nickel each. I spend a lot of Saturdays there. My folks would give me a quarter to go to the movies. I seldom went to the Riviera down the street because their popcorn, candy and soft drinks were a dime; the Times was a better deal."

01/26/2020

We continue our walk down memory lane with Roger. In 1956 Roger is approaching the corner of 10th and Meridian by the Anderson Bank Building. "Around the corner on 10th Street in the Anderson Bank Building is Earl's Pipe Shop and Newsstand. That's where I buy all of my Science Fiction magazines and books. Earl also has a great selection of pipes and tobaccos. ...Earl has one of those light maroon 1954 Studebaker coupes. You know, they look like they've hunkered down and are running a hundred miles an hour even while they're sitting still. Cousin's Jewelry is on the corner in the Anderson Bank Building. They always have those small intricate animated displays in their window. At Christmas time, it is a Santa's Workshop complete with elves coming and going as they make the children's toys.

I swing around the corner onto 10th Street just as someone is pulling out of a parking space. Talk about luck! I step out of the car and cross the street and start walking south past Bing's Men's Wear. McCrory's Dime Store is across the street as well as the two Kresge stores. One was a 5 and dime, and the other was 25 and a dollar store. I really like the 5 and dime. They have more stuff at a price that I can afford. And then I am passing Woolworth's, Jane Lee, and J.D. Penny's. Penn's is the place for the working person. I buy mo work clothes there. They have entrances on both Meridian and 11th Street. Across Meridian is Elite Studio upstairs in one of the buildings. That's where I had my senior picture taken. I was amazed when I saw that they hand tinted my large photo. I guess that I never really thought about how portraits were done in color. On the corner is Walgreen Drugs. I have only been in there a couple of times, preferring Dearing's North Side Pharmacy. But the best thing here is Hill's Snappy Service where I ate lunch when I was at Anderson High School. It's just on 11th Street to the east shoehorned into a space between a couple of buildings. They make a great burger!"

Continuing Roger's walk, he now approaches 8th street in 1956.  "There is Hart's Hotel to the left and, of course, the c...
01/25/2020

Continuing Roger's walk, he now approaches 8th street in 1956. "There is Hart's Hotel to the left and, of course, the courthouse sitting between 8th and 9th commanding the entire block. On my right is Liberal Furniture with that neat little shoe repair store just down 8th under Liberal. There's a beauty shop there, too.

Across from the courhouse are Gates and the Army-Navy Surplus. Wow, talk about a place with all kinds of things and stuff! Those folks have it! And then there is Hills Department Store on the corner. They have little trolleys that the sales clerk will put your purchase ticket and money into. It will run up onto overhead tracks and into a little hole at the back of the store. Pretty soon your change and receipt will come out of the little hole and make its way back to your clerk's station. Just the thing for a little kid to watch. Probably helps prevent theft, too.

Maneuvering through traffic, I can't help but notice the Anderson Hotel. It's the tallest building around here except for the Tower Apartments over on Jackson. I understand that they have some pretty good entertainment playing in the lounge. This block is just full of places like Hoyt Wright where I have bought several things for dress and everyday. Hey, there's the Banner Store and Roth's Apparel and Vermillian's Jewelry with Anderson Bank on the corner at 10th."
(Pictures submitted by Stephen Jackson)

01/24/2020

Six years ago Roger Hensley took us down memory lane as he walked down the main part of Meridian Street back in 1956. We will again take that walk with him. . .
"As I turned onto Meridian, I glanced at the new Kaufman's Hardware. They just finished that. That was where the old White Frost Ice House used to be. I think that White Frost had something to do with the Pennsylvania Railroad next to it. I snuck a quick peek in the windows of Fred Welker For and then Hunter Chevrolet on the other side of the street at 6th looking to see what was new. Parking was already at a premium as I passed Gene and Brownie Automotive.

Crossing 7th, I could look into the Coca-Cola bottling plant on the corner and see the bottle line moving smartly along. I hear that they are going to stop bottling here and build a new warehouse out on 38th Street somewhere. Across the street is Railroad Salvage where Kaufman's used to be. Boy, do they get some really great things there. You never know what they'll have."

Banner Store in the 1950's at the corner of 9th and Meridian Streets in Anderson
01/22/2020

Banner Store in the 1950's at the corner of 9th and Meridian Streets in Anderson

Family histories are house in the Museum of Madison County (IN) History to aid families in their genealogy research.
01/19/2020

Family histories are house in the Museum of Madison County (IN) History to aid families in their genealogy research.

Beautiful doll houses and trains are on permanent display at the Museum of Madison County (IN) History.
01/19/2020

Beautiful doll houses and trains are on permanent display at the Museum of Madison County (IN) History.

Madison County Historical Society
01/17/2020

Madison County Historical Society

Madison County (IN) sports memorabilia displayed at the Museum of Madison County (IN) History.

The Williams Homestead of 1824 is still owned by the descendants of pioneer settler William Williams. This is the oldest...
01/16/2020

The Williams Homestead of 1824 is still owned by the descendants of pioneer settler William Williams. This is the oldest family-owned property in Madison County (IN).

This Makepeace house built in 1850 was the first driveup (horse and buggy) pharmacy in Madison County.  Picture acquired...
01/15/2020

This Makepeace house built in 1850 was the first driveup (horse and buggy) pharmacy in Madison County. Picture acquired from cemeteries-madison-co-in.com.

The Dilts house was built in 1833 and was the first brick inn located in Madison County.  This old inn is now a private ...
01/15/2020

The Dilts house was built in 1833 and was the first brick inn located in Madison County. This old inn is now a private residence in Chesterfield IN. Picture provided by cemeteries-madison-co-in.com.

Remembering one of our volunteers and officers of Museum of Madison County History...Marilyn June Marsh.
01/14/2020

Remembering one of our volunteers and officers of Museum of Madison County History...Marilyn June Marsh.

A wall in the Museum of Madison County History pays tribute to those veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 18...
01/13/2020

A wall in the Museum of Madison County History pays tribute to those veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 who are buried in Madison County (IN).

First court house in Madison Co (IN)
01/05/2020

First court house in Madison Co (IN)

Volunteers have been very busy reorganizing, updating, cataloging, improving displays and  items in the Museum of Madiso...
12/31/2019

Volunteers have been very busy reorganizing, updating, cataloging, improving displays and items in the Museum of Madison County (IN) History. The meeting room in the Museum has a new, fresh look due to the tireless efforts of several volunteers.

The Anderson (IN) Hotel as it appeared years ago.
12/31/2019

The Anderson (IN) Hotel as it appeared years ago.

Madison County Historical Society
12/31/2019

Madison County Historical Society

Financially supporting the Museum of Madison County (IN) History is very much appreciated by becoming a member or by donations.

Financially supporting the Museum of Madison County (IN) History is very much appreciated by becoming a member or by don...
12/31/2019

Financially supporting the Museum of Madison County (IN) History is very much appreciated by becoming a member or by donations.

Madison County Historical Society
12/24/2019

Madison County Historical Society

DOLLHOUSE DISPLAY
The Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses about 36 dollhouses, but only 20 are on display at one time. Some of these dollhouses originated in the 1940s and some are in production at this time. Furnishings and models come from donations or are provided by the creative volunteers. Various items have been handcrafted.

12/23/2019

A very Merry Christmas to one and all. Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

DOLLHOUSE DISPLAYThe Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses about 36 dollhouses, but only 20 are on display at one...
12/17/2019

DOLLHOUSE DISPLAY
The Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses about 36 dollhouses, but only 20 are on display at one time. Some of these dollhouses originated in the 1940s and some are in production at this time. Furnishings and models come from donations or are provided by the creative volunteers. Various items have been handcrafted.

12/17/2019

Dollhouse Crafting---
Many people don't have room for a large dollhouse, but could have room for a smaller display. You can bring in a box and any items you have to put in your display, and the volunteers can help you create a smaller display that can fit into a smaller space. This could be a living room,bedroom, etc.

12/16/2019
Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society

The Museum of Madison County History will be closed December 24, 25, and 26, 2019.
The offices will be closed December 13, 2019 to January 6, 2020.

12/16/2019
Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society

Holiday Exhibit Hours
The Before We Were Madison County, Model Railroad and Dollhouse Exhibits will be open on November 29, December 2,4,6, 9, 11,13,16, 18, 20, 23, 27 and 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. These exhibits will also be open on Saturdays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Remembering George (Mac) Fox and George Mehling as survivors of the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944.  Don McAll...
12/16/2019

Remembering George (Mac) Fox and George Mehling as survivors of the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944. Don McAllister's article on the involvement of Indiana soldiers appears in the The Herald Bulletin, December 16, 2019 issue.

The history of Madison County (IN) stretches beyond the building of the Museum of Madison County (IN) History.  Many Out...
12/14/2019

The history of Madison County (IN) stretches beyond the building of the Museum of Madison County (IN) History. Many Outreach Activities have either included the Madison County Historical Society or have been initiated by this organization.

Stephen Jackson, Madison County (IN) Historian has volunteered many hours sharing his knowledge of the history of this c...
12/14/2019

Stephen Jackson, Madison County (IN) Historian has volunteered many hours sharing his knowledge of the history of this county with others.

Volunteers have spent and continue to spend many hours improving not only the building itself, but also display fixtures...
12/14/2019

Volunteers have spent and continue to spend many hours improving not only the building itself, but also display fixtures and furnishings. Volunteers continue to expand and repurpose areas, catalog the many items in collections, honor county historical figures, preserve county records, etc.

Looking back at the many accomplishments, involvements, and activities of the Madison County (IN) Historical Society dur...
12/13/2019

Looking back at the many accomplishments, involvements, and activities of the Madison County (IN) Historical Society during 2019 . . .

12/11/2019

DID YOU KNOW...
The Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses the following:
1930s Dentist Office
1930-1940s Living Room
1918-2003 Architectural Drawings
GM (Guide/Delco) Items
Extensive Research Library
Extensive Genealogy Library
Extensive Madison County (IN) School Display
Civil War Gallery of Stories and Pictures
Automotive Gallery
Extensive Aladdin Lamp Collection
Doll House Collection
Train Collection

12/11/2019
Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society

Holiday Exhibit Hours
The Before We Were Madison County, Model Railroad and Dollhouse Exhibits will be open on November 29, December 2,4,6, 9, 11,13,16, 18, 20, 23, 27 and 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. These exhibits will also be open on Saturdays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

12/11/2019
Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society

The Museum of Madison County History will be closed December 24, 25, and 26, 2019.
The offices will be closed December 13, 2019 to January 6, 2020.

12/08/2019

A very sincere THANK YOU to the generous donors who help keep the Museum of Madison County (IN) History open and operating.

The Museum of Madison County (IN) History celebrates the holiday season with festive decorations, train and doll house e...
12/08/2019

The Museum of Madison County (IN) History celebrates the holiday season with festive decorations, train and doll house exhibits and book signing. A thank you to the hard-working volunteers who make all of this happen: Stephen Jackson, Corvel Ziebart, Deb Weston, Emilie Isenhour, Roger Hensley, Janene Jackson, David Humphry, Ann Bondurant, Melody Hull, Judy Arnold, Bill Knepp, Diana Pine, and Don White. Not pictured were Belinda Mabbitt and Anna Beth Reddick. Santa is also enjoying not only the children who came to visit him, but the latest book written by Stephen Jackson.

12/07/2019

THANK YOU---
Thank you to all who came to the book signing and the train and doll house exhibits. What a wonderful turnout! Thank you for supporting the Museum of Madison County (IN) History. In addition, a big THANK YOU goes to the many dedicated volunteers who make this museum function. The museum could not maintain the quality of offerings without their tireless efforts.

12/04/2019

BREAKING NEWS---
Stephen Jackson's new book WHAT'S IN A NAME will be on sale for $29.95 (tax included) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Stephen will be there to autograph his new book and any of his other books.
Santa will also be at the Museum of Madison County (IN) History from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to greet the children.

12/04/2019
Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society

Preserving Madison County History is NOT free!
Even though the entrance to the museum displays, the genealogy department, the many events, and the housing of treasured county artifacts is FREE, there are many costs involved in preserving what is housed in the museum and to host many displays, events, research materials, and to store these treasured county artifacts. PLEASE consider donating to the Madison County (IN) History Society which can be tax deductible (MCHS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization) or by channeling directly your Required Minimum Deductions from the institution that holds your IRA to the Madison County History Society. Please consult with a tax professional to see that you are eligible for these tax credits. Another method is to use the PayPal button on our page; it is very user friendly. Or, you may also bring or mail a donation to 11 West 11th Street, Anderson IN 46015-0696. All donations are used to preserve Madison County History; maintain and upgrading the museum; pay for insurance, utilities, providing display cases, security, etc.

The Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses many volumes of family history.  If you are researching your family tre...
12/04/2019

The Museum of Madison County (IN) History houses many volumes of family history. If you are researching your family tree, please consider perusing the volumes housed in the genealogy department.

12/04/2019

Preserving Madison County History is NOT free!
Even though the entrance to the museum displays, the genealogy department, the many events, and the housing of treasured county artifacts is FREE, there are many costs involved in preserving what is housed in the museum and to host many displays, events, research materials, and to store these treasured county artifacts. PLEASE consider donating to the Madison County (IN) History Society which can be tax deductible (MCHS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization) or by channeling directly your Required Minimum Deductions from the institution that holds your IRA to the Madison County History Society. Please consult with a tax professional to see that you are eligible for these tax credits. Another method is to use the PayPal button on our page; it is very user friendly. Or, you may also bring or mail a donation to 11 West 11th Street, Anderson IN 46015-0696. All donations are used to preserve Madison County History; maintain and upgrading the museum; pay for insurance, utilities, providing display cases, security, etc.

Address

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

General information

The Madison County Historical Society, Inc. 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

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(765) 683-0052

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The mission of the Madison County (IN) Historical Society, Inc. and its museum is to serve our community by collecting, preserving, and displaying objects, artifacts, documents, photographs, and books relating to the historical development of life in Madison County, Indiana. Through exhibits, education, and research, we promote and provide an awareness of and appreciation for the historic past of our community to benefit our present and future generations.

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To read Samuel Harden's book on line, check out this site. You can do a search for names you might want to research. His other books may say Boone or Hancock County but they are full of cross over families. I feel so blessed to have him as a part of my family.
The photo is in Pendleton, IN ca 1938. The traction presentation is coming October 7 at the Museum of Madison County History at 11th and Meridian (The History Center).
MCHS Model Railroad Museum - Meet the Author of "If The River Could Talk" at MCHS this Sunday the16th of September. 2 to 4 for a book signing, Book Purchase if you need one, open WWI and Train Exhibits and light snacks. A slide show featuring 200 photos of White River will be running.
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Just want to take a moment and remind everyone that I have a Railroad Website ranging from very old to today's photos..
Come relive some good ole' days Tuesday Nights in Anderson with Hoosier Street Rods & Classics! 5-9 Open Cruise IN!
My 2x grandfather, Samuel Harden, was a historian in the 1800's. He wrote several books and this one is about Madison County.
Samuel Harden, who was my 2xgrandfather, was a historian who wrote a series of books in the 1800's. He wrote one about Madison County that might be of interest.
Is there anyone in Madison related to the Schram family .
The Madison County Historical Society is holding its annual Train Exhibit with memorabilia and models. Additionally, there is still one Saturdays specifically for kids. Admission is free. Come out and visit the train exhibit in the three rooms of the lower level of the Madison County History Center at 11 West 11th Street, that's 11th and Meridian, in downtown Anderson (elevator available) on the Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday of December to view our rail history in models, photos, and memorabilia. There is O scale traction, On30 old time layout designed for the kids to operate, S gauge, HO scale, N scale, O27 Lionel layouts and an HO circus display for you to see. The hours are Mon - Wed - Fri 10AM to 3 PM and Saturday the 16th 10 AM to - 2 PM. See you there.