Delaware County Historical Society

Delaware County Historical Society The mission of the Delaware County Historical Society is to enhance community development and quality of life in Delaware County by fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of local history and culture through advocacy, education, interpretation,

Hours at the Resource Center are 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday or by appointment.

THANK YOU, to the members of the Pioneer Cemetery Preservation Committee for donating their time this weekend and placin...
05/27/2019

THANK YOU, to the members of the Pioneer Cemetery Preservation Committee for donating their time this weekend and placing flags on the graves of Veterans in our Pioneer Cemeteries.

“Goodall’s unwavering dedication to Labor and Civil Rights, his inclusive political representation of all Muncie res...
05/24/2019
Bygone Muncie: Hurley Goodall statue to remind us of his life's work on behalf of Muncie

“Goodall’s unwavering dedication to Labor and Civil Rights, his inclusive political representation of all Muncie residents, and his relentless pursuit of ensuring equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race and class, reflect principles that we should all seek to emulate.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/05/24/bygone-muncie-hurley-goodall-statue-remind-us-his-lifes-work/3747306002/

Statues serve to dignify a community by illuminating the past to enlighten the present.

Thanks to all who came out this evening for the statue dedication for Mr. Hurley Goodall. As he celebrates his 92nd birt...
05/24/2019

Thanks to all who came out this evening for the statue dedication for Mr. Hurley Goodall. As he celebrates his 92nd birthday today, we remember his years of public service to Muncie and Delaware County. Please visit the statue at Fireman's Park in downtown Muncie, across from Fire Station 1, to learn more about this remarkable man.

Happening now!
05/16/2019

Happening now!

Guess who arrived in Muncie today?
05/13/2019

Guess who arrived in Muncie today?

Other short-lived 19th century papers included the Journal, the Telegraph, Guardian of Liberty, the Democrat, Indiana Gr...
05/12/2019
Bygone Muncie: Many local papers have reported the news of Delaware County through the years

Other short-lived 19th century papers included the Journal, the Telegraph, Guardian of Liberty, the Democrat, Indiana Granger, Mule, Weekly Advertiser, Saturday Pink, Indiana Endeavorer, Tribune, and the Indiana Bimetallist.

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/05/12/bygone-muncie-many-local-papers-have-reported-delaware-countys-news/1141611001/

Delaware County residents launched and embraced newspapers for 192 years.

Mr. Goodall checking out the site of his statue.Photos: Julius J. Anderson
05/10/2019

Mr. Goodall checking out the site of his statue.

Photos: Julius J. Anderson

Delaware County Historical Society, Community Enhancement Projects, and the Muncie Arts and Culture Council are pleased ...
05/08/2019

Delaware County Historical Society, Community Enhancement Projects, and the Muncie Arts and Culture Council are pleased to announce the dedication of the Hurley C. Goodall statue at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 23. The dedication will take place at Cornerstone Park and Fireman’s Park, at the corners of Madison and Jackson streets and Madison and Main streets. The event is free and all are invited to attend. May 23rd is also Mr. Goodall’s 92nd birthday.

The ceremony will include brief remarks from representatives of the Delaware County Historical Society, Community Enhancement Projects, Muncie Arts and Culture Council, the City of Muncie, and the Goodall family. The statue will be then be officially unveiled and dedicated by the Goodall family.

The dedication is also the first in the Muncie Arts and Culture Council's series, 10 for 10 MACCtivity. 10 for 10 MACCtivity is a series of events recognizing MACC's 10th anniversary of celebrating and supporting arts and culture in Muncie.

In fall of 2017, the Delaware County Historical Society began the effort to build a lifesize bronze statue of local Civil Rights leader, historian, and state representative, Hurley C. Goodall. A steering committee was formed to guide the process and the DCHS partnered with CEP and MACC to carry out the initiative.

Approximately $107,000 was raised for the project. Several members of the community provided financial support with cash donations and the project received significant grants from the Ed and Virginia Ball Foundation, the Ball Brothers Foundation, the George and Frances Ball Foundation, the The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., Old National Bank, and the Harry and Janet Kitselman Fund.

The statue was designed by Hoosier artist, Bill Wolfe and cast at Sincerus Foundry in Indianapolis. Muncie’s Parks Department, S.A. Boyce Corp, Wilhoite Monuments, and Jay-Crew Landscaping prepared Fireman’s Park for the statue, under the guidance of Community Enhancement Projects.

Hurley C. Goodall was born May 23, 1927 in Muncie. A graduate of Muncie Central High School, Goodall served a tour in the United States Army as part of the occupying force in Japan at the end of the Second World War. Upon returning home, he married Fredine and began work at Muncie Malleable Foundry. Goodall became active in Labor and Civil Rights at this time, becoming a leader of both in Muncie. In 1958 he was hired with John Blair as the first paid African American firefighters in Muncie. After retiring from the MFD in 1978, Goodall was elected as a Muncie representative in the Indiana General Assembly, a role in which he served until 1992. Upon retiring from elected office, Goodall began work at Ball State’s Center for Middletown Studies, compiling the history of Muncie and Delaware County’s African-Americans. Goodall served on numerous boards, including the Muncie Board of Education and is a lifelong member of the NAACP - Muncie Chapter.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the project can donate to the statue’s maintenance fund at http://delawarecountyhistory.org/.

Work is underway at Fireman’s Park in anticipation of the Goodall statue! Courtesy Jay Crew, Muncie Parks, Scot Boyce,...
04/17/2019

Work is underway at Fireman’s Park in anticipation of the Goodall statue! Courtesy Jay Crew, Muncie Parks, Scot Boyce, and CEP!!

Today, the Indiana General Assembly unanimously (both houses) passed House Concurrent Resolution 56, recognizing Mr. Hur...
04/10/2019

Today, the Indiana General Assembly unanimously (both houses) passed House Concurrent Resolution 56, recognizing Mr. Hurley Goodall’s life work, his work in the Indiana House of Representatives, and officially recognizing the statue:

“Whereas, A life-sized statue has been commission by the Delaware County Historical Society and Community Enhancement projects to honor Mr. Goodall for his many contributions to the community and state of Indiana.” Full resolution is here: http://tinyurl.com/y4sfp28v

The resolution was authored by Representatives Sue Errington and Melanie Wright.

The Delaware County Historical Society was at the statehouse this morning with Mr. Goodall and his family in recognition of the honor.

Photos: Lauren Coon

Board president, Chris Flook presents at Carnegie Library on his new book, Lost Towns of Delaware County, Indiana.
04/05/2019

Board president, Chris Flook presents at Carnegie Library on his new book, Lost Towns of Delaware County, Indiana.

“On the way to Taco Bell the other day, I got stopped by a train on Tillotson. As any true Munsonian knows, the trains...
03/31/2019
Bygone Muncie: Train on way to Taco Bell prompts look at history of familiar intersection

“On the way to Taco Bell the other day, I got stopped by a train on Tillotson. As any true Munsonian knows, the trains, along with the geese, govern the city’s traffic flow.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/03/31/bygone-muncie-look-history-very-familiar-intersection/3266561002/

Every corner and block, every farm field and intersection in Delaware County has meaning if we understand it in the context of its history.

Part 3: “American history was, in part, shaped by the visions of a Native woman who lived on the bluff overlooking the...
03/17/2019
Bygone Muncie: Beata's teachings prompt purges among the Lenape

Part 3: “American history was, in part, shaped by the visions of a Native woman who lived on the bluff overlooking the bend in the White River. Remember this on your next walk on the White River Greenway.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/03/17/bygone-muncie-beatas-white-river-revolution-part-3/3005792002/

Third and last in a special series highlighting a Native American woman whose visions impacted local Lenape culture and beyond.

Almost ready to cast!
03/10/2019

Almost ready to cast!

The DCHS had several visitors Thursday morning, including Hurley Goodall and his nephew, Julius Anderson!While they were...
03/08/2019

The DCHS had several visitors Thursday morning, including Hurley Goodall and his nephew, Julius Anderson!

While they were here, a church group stopped in for a visit. The group included BSU students and others. They were engaged in community service projects during spring break.

They also had a nice visit with Hurley and Julius and then took a tour of the Moore-Youse Museum.

Had a great time showing buildings some love this weekend with Preserve Greater Indy and Ball State Historic Preservatio...
02/11/2019

Had a great time showing buildings some love this weekend with Preserve Greater Indy and Ball State Historic Preservation. Some are in better shape than others, but all worthy of preservation. Tell the story or give a hug to a place you love this week! #iheartsavingplaces

On Saturday, the Delaware County Historical Society was honored to receive the Mayor James P. Carey Service Award from t...
02/05/2019

On Saturday, the Delaware County Historical Society was honored to receive the Mayor James P. Carey Service Award from the Martin Luther King Dream Team for our efforts to raise money for the Hurley Goodall statue! To the entire Martin Luther King Dream Team, thank you! If you'd like to learn more about what they do and the Freedom Bus, visit: http://www.mlkdreamteam.org/

Warner Gear/Borg Warner retirees, former employees and family members have an opportunity to share and preserve their st...
01/31/2019

Warner Gear/Borg Warner retirees, former employees and family members have an opportunity to share and preserve their stories.

Attention Warner Gear/BorgWarner retirees, former employees, and family members! We at Muncie Public Library want to hear from you! Over the next few months, we hope to interview you about your or a family member’s time working at the plant that was once a big part of the Muncie community.

During the interview, Muncie Public Library also asks you to share with us:
- Objects that have meaning to you
- Photographs of your time at Warner Gear

Please consider sharing your experiences with us! This will be a great way for you to contribute to preserving our unique, Munsonian heritage.

Your contribution to this project will be shown in a digital format at our next Warner Gear reunion event in August so stay tuned!

For more information, contact Alexis Robertson at 765-747-8209 or email [email protected].

Many thanks to everyone that came out yesterday for our Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser! We raised over $3,000 at the eve...
01/27/2019

Many thanks to everyone that came out yesterday for our Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser! We raised over $3,000 at the event. Special thanks to Jessica Jenkins of Minnetrista for the presentation and to Chris Piche, Elizabeth Royal, Guy, and everyone at the The Fickle Peach for their amazing help.

Finally, thanks to our many sponsors, who continue to support our organization and local history, we simply would not exist without you Twin Archer Brewpub, The Guardian Brewing Co., Robbie Mehling, Muncie Map Co., Tipsy Turvey's, New Corner Brewing Company, Thr3e Wise Men Muncie, Tribune Showprint, Kirk's Bike Shop, Queer Chocolatier, Normandy Flower Shop, Inc., Debbie's Handmade Soap, The Hayloft Boutique, and Muncie Art Farm.

Our 5th annual Beer Tasting fundraiser was a success! Thanks to Jessica Jenkins of Minnetrista for a wonderful presentat...
01/27/2019

Our 5th annual Beer Tasting fundraiser was a success! Thanks to Jessica Jenkins of Minnetrista for a wonderful presentation on the history of women's suffrage in Muncie and to The Fickle Peach for hosting the event once again and to everyone who came out!

Don't forget our Beer Tasting fundraiser on Saturday, January 26. Get your ticket here: https://squareup.com/store/delaw...
01/15/2019
DCHS to Host 5th Beer Tasting Fundraising Event - Votes for Women — Muncie Journal

Don't forget our Beer Tasting fundraiser on Saturday, January 26. Get your ticket here: https://squareup.com/store/delaware-county-historical-society/item/dchs-beer-tasting

http://munciejournal.com/2019/01/dchs-to-host-5th-beer-tasting-fundraising-event-votes-for-women/

Muncie, IN—On Saturday, January 26, the Delaware County Historical Society will host its fifth annual beer tasting fundraiser at the Fickle Peach. From 1:00-3:00 PM, guests will sample different craft beers, listen to the history presentation Votes for Womenregarding Delaware County’s suffrage m...

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM EVERYONE AT DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY!
12/24/2018

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM EVERYONE AT DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY!

The DCHS and Community Enhancement Projects Inc have launched a Hurley Goodall bust program to help raise funds for the ...
12/04/2018
Delaware County Historical Society Launches Hurley Goodall Bust Fundraiser — Muncie Journal

The DCHS and Community Enhancement Projects Inc have launched a Hurley Goodall bust program to help raise funds for the Hurley C. Goodall statue in Fireman's Park.

Busts come in two sizes, a large bust (9”x5”x5”) made of hydrostone and a small bust (5”x3”x3”) available in either hydrostone or iron. Only 25 large hydrostone busts and 50 small iron busts will be cast. An unlimited number of small hydrostone busts can be made.

Order here:
Large hydrostone: https://squ.re/2FV0pSA
Small hydrostone: https://squ.re/2rjHhnm
Small iron: https://squ.re/2KTCqlB

Muncie, Indiana — The Delaware County Historical Society and Community Enhancement Projects have launched a Hurley C. Goodall bust fundraiser program to help offset the costs of the life-sized bronze statue of Mr. Goodall. The renowned Hoosier artist Bill Wolfe is currently sculpting the statue. B...

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