Greentown Historical Society

Greentown Historical Society This page will tell of exhibits and programs by the Greentown Historical Society and more as time goes by.
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04/12/2019

The Society needs your detective help! We are searching for a 1950’s or 60’s teller cage for our State Bank of Greentown exhibit. If you remember what the bank looked like when it was on the corner that’s what we’re looking for! It could also be older vintage.

03/11/2019

Great article in the Kokomo Tribune. GHS has been awarded a state wide grant for exhibit on rural America.

Greentown Museum to document rural America

Town’s historical society participating in statewide project sponsored by the

Smithsonian Institute

BY CARSON GERBER

KOKOMO TRIBUNE

GREENTOWN – The Greentown Historical Society has been awarded a $1,500 grant to create an exhibit highlighting how rural parts of eastern Howard County have changed as part of a project sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex.

Indiana Humanities, a statewide nonprofit group,awarded grants to nine agencies to develop programs, mini-exhibits and other projects related to the themes of a traveling exhibit called "Crossroads: Change in Rural America."

The "Crossroads" exhibit aims to give small towns a chance to look at the economic and social changes that have affected their fortunes over the past century, explore how they have adapted, identify what makes them uniquely appealing and spark discussions about the future, according to Indiana Humanities.

Joyce Lantz, a Greentown Historical Society board member, said they plan to use the grant to create an exhibit and programs that trace the early years of the eastern portion of Howard County. Another component will examine and discuss the changes in the community from 1945 to the present.

Lantz said they plan to develop the exhibit by talking with local schools
and businesses and collecting oral histories from local senior citizens.

"At this point in the grant process, our exhibit and program committee is still in the early discussion and planning stage," she said in an email. "But like all of the grantees, we won a monetary award to design, build and display our own interpretation of ‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America.’" Six other Indiana communities have been selected to host the traveling exhibit, which is part of a division of the Smithsonian Institute that brings high-quality exhibits and resources to rural communities.

One of the biggest changes over the past 100 years is that a much smaller percentage of Americans live in rural communities, acco! rding to the Smithsonian. In 1900, 40 percent of Americans lived in rural areas, compared to 18 percent in 2010. In Indiana, that dropped to 14 percent.

"Conversations about change in our rural communities are vital to the future of Indiana," said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities, in a release. "We are excited to be able to utilize the ‘Crossroads’ exhibition as a catalyst for dialogue around the past, present and future of rural Indiana."

Indiana Humanities is bringing the "Crossroads" exhibit to the state as part of its new two-year initiative called "Inseparable," which invites Hoosiers to explore how they relate to each other across boundaries and "consider what it will take to indeed be inseparable."

A few of the items for your review in the latest exhibit.
03/03/2019

A few of the items for your review in the latest exhibit.

03/01/2019

CLUES TO OUR PAST:
DIGGING INTO PRIMARY SOURCES

Most of our visitors may be unaware of the kinds of historical documents, texts and maps available in the archives of the Greentown Historical Society. Because of their great age and fragile condition, they are usually stored in cushioned boxes in a controlled environment. However, for this exhibit they are out in display cases for history seekers to open and read and learn about our past from primary sources.
Begin by taking a seat on our comfy bench and dig into a wide collection of cookbooks from a variety of organizations. You may find an old favorite that takes you back to Sunday dinner at Grandma’s. Our docent will gladly copy a favorite recipe for you. From the same seat, you can browse through personal scrapbooks of teenagers, young marrieds, a saleswoman’s collection, and the 1965 tornado.
The glass display cases are set at 45-degree angles so the visitor will feel invited to examine the primary research sources. When you find a volume of interest, put on the white cotton gloves, carefully pick up the text and take it to the reading table. You will find maps, atlases, township trustees records, court ledgers of the various justices of the peace, and more. Some of these texts have indexes compiled by volunteers that will give you a quick search of names contained in the texts. The visitor can narrow down his search by using these indexes to save a little time.
In addition to this short-term exhibit, you may wish to visit the G.H.S. Research Library in the Bank Annex. There you can find many sources of family history and genealogical research; local, county and state history; and a vertical file of miscellaneous sources of information.
Greentown Historical Society is pleased that you have come to visit and learn more about the unique history of eastern Howard County, Indiana. If we can help you with your own search for “Clues to Our Past”, please talk to our docent who will pass along your request.

03/01/2019

CLUES TO OUR PAST:
DIGGING INTO PRIMARY SOURCES

Greentown Historical Society will host its first exhibit of 2019 opening on March 2 entitled “Clues to Our Past: Digging into Primary Sources.” Visitors will be able to see and use original texts, maps and historical documents from the mid-1800s through mid-20th century. You will find maps, atlases, township trustees records, court ledgers of the various justices of the peace, and more. In addition to this short-term exhibit, you may wish to visit the G.H.S. Research Library in the Bank Annex. There you can find many sources of family history and genealogical research; local, county and state history; and a vertical file of miscellaneous sources of information.
The History Center is located at 103 E. Main St. and is open on Saturdays 1-4:00 p.m., Sundays 2-4:00 p.m., and Mondays 1-4:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The facility is handicap accessible. The office can be reached at 765-628-3800.

The Impact of Local History Organizations
02/19/2019
The Impact of Local History Organizations

The Impact of Local History Organizations

Historical organizations can have a tremendous impact. Local historical organizations are about preserving the past, but they are also about dealing with loss.

10/29/2018

If you haven’t visited the football exhibit or the new items in Clues from our Past exhibit you still have time. Exhibits will be open until November 18, Monday and Saturday 1:00 to 4:00, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00.

10/26/2018

Still time to get your reservations for the Greentown Historical Society Annual Dinner. The dinner meeting is being held in the block building at the fairgrounds. Time is 6:30 on Thursday November 1,2018. Cost is $20.00 and includes a meal catered by Main Occasions. Craig Trott will present a photographic program of the history of Greentown and eastern Howard County. Reservations may be made by calling 765-628-3800 or 765-432-3162.

Still time to visit the EHS football exhibit.  See the pictures below. We are open Mondays and Saturday’s 1:00 to 4:00...
10/19/2018

Still time to visit the EHS football exhibit. See the pictures below. We are open Mondays and Saturday’s 1:00 to 4:00, Sundays 2:00 to 4:00.

09/27/2018

Visit the History Center and check out the exhibit on Eastern football history. We will be open Friday before Homecoming 4:30 to 6:30. We are also open regular hours Saturday and Monday 1-4, Sunday 2-4.

09/13/2018

Steve Sheridan needs help Friday and Saturday at rummage sale if you can spare a little time!

09/11/2018

Rummage sale this Friday and Saturday from 8-4. New location at Howell Motors beside Panda Vans on 22 at 19. Accepting donations on Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4. See you there!

08/09/2018

To celebrate the upcoming football season the History Center will be hosting an exhibit on Eastern football history. I’m sure most of you remember some very historic games!
We are also still looking for memorabilia if anyone would like to donate or loan for the exhibit. We are planning on having it ready by September 1. Hours are Monday and Saturday 1:00 to 4:00, Sunday’s 2:00 to 4:00 and while Music at the Fountain is still scheduled 5:00 to 7:00 before each performance.
Go Comets!

08/07/2018

The History Center will be open from 5:00 until 7:00 pm each Thursday before Music at the Fountain. Stop by and visit!

05/17/2018
Greentown Historical Society

Greentown Historical Society

Garage sale Friday and Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 at the historic Hy-Red filling station on East Main. Stop in and check out our offerings!

05/17/2018

Garage sale Friday and Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 at the historic Hy-Red filling station on East Main. Stop in and check out our offerings!

Photos from Greentown Historical Society's post
03/13/2018

Photos from Greentown Historical Society's post

11/14/2017

Time to renew your membership for 2018 for the Greentown Historical Society. If you don't have a membership and would like one for you and or your family ask anyone at the Center. We have different levels available. Last weekend for the Lincoln exhibit!

10/31/2017

It's that time of year again! If you haven't already,send in your renewals for 2018 memberships. We have different levels available so if you have any questions please stop in any Monday, Saturday or Sunday. Also, don't forget the Annual dinner this Thursday the 2nd at the Community Building, 6:30.

10/24/2017
Greentown Historical Society

Still time to get your reservations in!

The Society will host it's annual dinner meeting on Thursday November 2,2017 in the Community Building at the Greentown
4-H Fairgrounds at 6:30. The event is open to the public.
The program will be presented by Dean Schaaf, graduate of E.H.S and Purdue engineering. He worked for NASA, is a Navy veteran and has been a curator at the Veteran Memorial Museum at Merritt Island, Florida.
The meal will be catered by Main Occasions Catering of Greentown at a cost of $20.00 per person. The menu will consist of two meats, side dishes and dessert with drink included.
Reservations are required for the meal by Oct 29 and may be made by calling 765-628-3800, 765-860-3746 or by mailing a check to Greentown Historical Society at P.O.Box 313, Greentown, In. 46936. The facility is handicap accessible,

10/11/2017
Greentown Historical Society

Greentown Historical Society

The Society will host it's annual dinner meeting on Thursday November 2,2017 in the Community Building at the Greentown
4-H Fairgrounds at 6:30. The event is open to the public.
The program will be presented by Dean Schaaf, graduate of E.H.S and Purdue engineering. He worked for NASA, is a Navy veteran and has been a curator at the Veteran Memorial Museum at Merritt Island, Florida.
The meal will be catered by Main Occasions Catering of Greentown at a cost of $20.00 per person. The menu will consist of two meats, side dishes and dessert with drink included.
Reservations are required for the meal by Oct 29 and may be made by calling 765-628-3800, 765-860-3746 or by mailing a check to Greentown Historical Society at P.O.Box 313, Greentown, In. 46936. The facility is handicap accessible,

10/11/2017
Greentown Historical Society

Don't forget to get your reservations!

The Society will host it's annual dinner meeting on Thursday November 2,2017 in the Community Building at the Greentown
4-H Fairgrounds at 6:30. The event is open to the public.
The program will be presented by Dean Schaaf, graduate of E.H.S and Purdue engineering. He worked for NASA, is a Navy veteran and has been a curator at the Veteran Memorial Museum at Merritt Island, Florida.
The meal will be catered by Main Occasions Catering of Greentown at a cost of $20.00 per person. The menu will consist of two meats, side dishes and dessert with drink included.
Reservations are required for the meal by Oct 29 and may be made by calling 765-628-3800, 765-860-3746 or by mailing a check to Greentown Historical Society at P.O.Box 313, Greentown, In. 46936. The facility is handicap accessible,

10/05/2017

The Society will host it's annual dinner meeting on Thursday November 2,2017 in the Community Building at the Greentown
4-H Fairgrounds at 6:30. The event is open to the public.
The program will be presented by Dean Schaaf, graduate of E.H.S and Purdue engineering. He worked for NASA, is a Navy veteran and has been a curator at the Veteran Memorial Museum at Merritt Island, Florida.
The meal will be catered by Main Occasions Catering of Greentown at a cost of $20.00 per person. The menu will consist of two meats, side dishes and dessert with drink included.
Reservations are required for the meal by Oct 29 and may be made by calling 765-628-3800, 765-860-3746 or by mailing a check to Greentown Historical Society at P.O.Box 313, Greentown, In. 46936. The facility is handicap accessible,

09/29/2017

Located in the annex side of the History Center we have a small but growing resource center for family information. If you have not
provided us with a family history we would love to have any information you have collected. If you need help arranging your information just let us know. We would be glad to help. We have several books that might be interesting to your research . We also have files with newspaper clippings pertaining to each family. Center is open Saturdays and Mondays 1:00 to 4:00, Sundays 2:00 to 4:00. 765-628-3800. 103 E. Main St. Greentown, In.

09/26/2017

Like computers and history? We have openings for volunteers.

Needed: experienced website designer or someone who would refresh the GHS website and add features such as adding the capability for donors to make contributions online . Also to be able to designate how the donation is to be applied.

Needed: volunteers to scan negatives into a program. Familiarity with Windows 10, file naming, file moving and organizing in folders would be beneficial. Must be able to commit
to a regular schedule. Training will be provided.

Needed: Catalogers to enter as much information as they can provide about scanned images as to people, places and events. People with a history of living in Eastern Howard County(1962 to now) would have an advantage.

If interested, contact Bruce Shrock at 765-432-1538 or [email protected].

09/16/2017

Due to term limits from time to time we have openings on the Board of the Greentown Historical Society. If you are interested in talking to someone about a position on the Board we would love to speak to you about it. Please call the center at 765-628-3800 and leave a message or call Connie Voorhis at 765-432-3162 or Rachel Jenkins at 765-507-0778.

09/16/2017

Don't forget the Community Garage Sale today all over town! The Historical Society is holding theirs at Rachel Jenkins garage, 9209 E. 00 NS until 2:00. While you're in town check out our Lincoln exhibit at the Center from 1:00 until 4:00. We are at 103 E. Main St.

09/15/2017
Greentown Historical Society

Garage sale today and tomorrow!

Garage Sale Weekend! Greentown Historical Society will be having a garage sale this weekend, September 15 and 16 in conjunction with the Community Garage Sales. The sale will be held at Rachel Jenkins garage, 9209 E. 00 NS at the entrance to Willow Glen. The hours are Friday and Saturday 8:00 to 2:00. Come on out and support the Historical Society!

09/12/2017

Garage Sale Weekend! Greentown Historical Society will be having a garage sale this weekend, September 15 and 16 in conjunction with the Community Garage Sales. The sale will be held at Rachel Jenkins garage, 9209 E. 00 NS at the entrance to Willow Glen. The hours are Friday and Saturday 8:00 to 2:00. Come on out and support the Historical Society!

09/07/2017

Visit the Dwight Schaaf Lincoln exhibit while it is still open. Wonderful collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Hours are Saturday and Monday 1:00 to 4:00, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00. We are always in need of docents on these days. If you are interested please call 765-628-3800.

On this Labor Day here is a picture of hard working, let's get dirty laborers in Greentown.  This is the Richer Blacksmi...
09/04/2017

On this Labor Day here is a picture of hard working, let's get dirty laborers in Greentown. This is the Richer Blacksmith Shop, believed to be on N. Meridian St. Maybe where Jack Ziller had his shop? Left to right, Nick Richer, Lando Smith and Bill Lucas. If you have any information about the shop or these men please let us know, 765- 628-3800, 103 E. Main St., Greentown. [email protected]. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend everyone!

Continuing on with our Labor Day weekend photos of Eastern Howard County and Greentown.  These ladies were working on th...
09/03/2017

Continuing on with our Labor Day weekend photos of Eastern Howard County and Greentown. These ladies were working on the loading dock at the Greentown Glass Factory circa early 1900's. Dress is a little different than today's jeans and t shirts!

A group of farm laborers in Eastern Howard County.  See anyone you know?
09/02/2017

A group of farm laborers in Eastern Howard County. See anyone you know?

Labor Day weekend in the past in Greentown.  Switchboard on second floor on E Main St. Look through the window and you c...
09/01/2017

Labor Day weekend in the past in Greentown. Switchboard on second floor on E Main St. Look through the window and you can see the Petro Hardware sign across the street!
This is Leona Butler manning the switchboard, 1941.

Labor Day in Eastern Howard County. If you recognize anyone or the place please let us know!
08/31/2017

Labor Day in Eastern Howard County. If you recognize anyone or the place please let us know!

08/30/2017

Almost time for Music at the Fountain again! Thursday night 7:00 on N. Meridian. Don't forget your lawn chair! Come to town a little early and visit the Historical Society. We will be open from 5:00 to 7:00. We will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday. Relax and enjoy!

Address

103 E Main St
Greentown, IN
46936

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(765) 628-3800

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