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

04/10/2020

In a continuing effort to keep our visitors, volunteers, staff, and members safe, DCHS has canceled all April and May events. The Resource Centre is also closed until further notice. We'll let you know as soon as we are up and running. You may still reach us at [email protected]

03/11/2020

In an effort to keep our volunteers, staff, and members safe, the DCHS has canceled all March events. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions and we're still available online at [email protected].

03/11/2020

Just FYI, in an attempt to keep our volunteers and members safe, we've opted to cancel the Remember When event at Yorktown/Mount Pleasant Township. We'll reschedule later this summer.

"Bea Moten-Foster is probably best known locally for her newspaper, The Muncie Times. Started in 1991 for $50, the newsp...
03/08/2020
Bygone Muncie: Bea Moten-Foster and the 'spirit of aggressiveness'

"Bea Moten-Foster is probably best known locally for her newspaper, The Muncie Times. Started in 1991 for $50, the newspaper featured stories about the Black community and eventually reached a circulation of over 10,000."

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2020/03/08/bygone-muncie-bea-moten-foster-and-spirit-aggressiveness/4929549002/

Born into poverty, Bea Moten-Foster became a pioneering broadcaster, author, journalist, civil rights activist and community leader.

The Muncie branch of the Women's Franchise League was led by Susan Ryan Marsh, Emma Wood Ball, Jessie Doran, Florence Jo...
01/26/2020
Bygone Muncie: The 19th Amendment and notable women of Delaware County

The Muncie branch of the Women's Franchise League was led by Susan Ryan Marsh, Emma Wood Ball, Jessie Doran, Florence Johnson, Hettie Whitely, Electa Murphy, Emma Cammack, and Arabella Winans.

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2020/01/26/bygone-muncie-19th-amendment-and-notable-women-delaware-county/4532509002/

A group of local historians began working a few years ago to identify, research, and explore the distinguished women in Delaware County’s history.

The DCHS launched a new website for the “Notable Women in Delaware County.”Visit: notablewomen.delawarecountyhistory.org...
01/10/2020

The DCHS launched a new website for the “Notable Women in Delaware County.”

Visit: notablewomen.delawarecountyhistory.org to read articles about some of the amazing women that have lived in our county.

We will be adding articles, so visit often!

"By evening, pure bedlam descended on Delaware County. The ice knocked out power for some 150,000 homes in central India...
01/07/2020
Bygone Muncie: Memories of Blizzard of '78, Ice Storm of 2005 and conspiracy theories

"By evening, pure bedlam descended on Delaware County. The ice knocked out power for some 150,000 homes in central Indiana, including almost everyone in Muncie.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2020/01/07/blizzard-of-78-indiana-ice-storm-of-2005-conspiracy-theories/2827586001/

For those living in Delaware County, the two worst winter storms in living memory were the Ice Storm of 2005 and the Great Blizzard of 1978.

Last night at the Indiana Historical Society, Delaware County Historical Society was presented with the Indiana History ...
11/05/2019

Last night at the Indiana Historical Society, Delaware County Historical Society was presented with the Indiana History Outstanding Organization Event or Project Award for the "Remember When" program. Congratulations to Bob and Karen Good for initiating and running this program and to the people of Delaware County for their active participation. In the award presentation, it was noted that "the project has enriched DCHS's ability to tell the stories of the community."

Muncie's First Election: "First Ward residents voted at a building owned by Mark Walling, Second Ward at the courthouse,...
11/03/2019
Bygone Muncie: Muncie election, Year One

Muncie's First Election: "First Ward residents voted at a building owned by Mark Walling, Second Ward at the courthouse, Third Ward at, get this, Thomas Proud’s brewery, and Fourth Ward at Joseph Dungan’s blacksmith shop."

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/11/03/bygone-muncie-muncie-election-year-one/4096131002/

The origins of Muncie's municipal elections began with the unincorporated village of Muncietown, first platted in 1827.

Today is bittersweet as we say goodbye to our executive director, Jim Waechter. With almost four years of service at the...
11/01/2019

Today is bittersweet as we say goodbye to our executive director, Jim Waechter. With almost four years of service at the DCHS, Jim retired yesterday after a long career in public history. During his tenure at the historical society, Jim was responsible for implementing our redevelopment plan, securing the return of the Charles Willard statue, carrying out external improvements to our property, programming, and fundraising. We will miss him and wish him nothing but the best. Jim is retiring in Portland, Indiana and has promised to not be a stranger. We plan to hold him to that promise!

For the immediate future, Karen Brown-Good, a long time DCHS volunteer, board member, county genealogist, and all-around amazing local history advocate, will step in and serve as the interim-executive director.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and we're always looking for volunteers!

A Muncie Halloween like no other: "The day began when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the city awake at 5:15 a.m. Fred...
10/20/2019
Bygone Muncie: Starting with an earthquake, the city celebrates a Halloween like no other

A Muncie Halloween like no other: "The day began when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the city awake at 5:15 a.m. Frederick Putnam wrote in his journal that the earthquake was “prominent at almost all quarters from New Orleans to North Michigan and from Missouri to Eastern Ohio.”"

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/10/20/bygone-muncie-after-earthquake-halloween-like-no-other/3975780002/

Halloween was widely and deeply celebrated by Munsonians of all ages throughout the late Victorian era and well into the 20th century.

Congratulations to the Indiana Historical Society for winning the 'Best Practices Award' from the Association of Midwest...
10/04/2019

Congratulations to the Indiana Historical Society for winning the 'Best Practices Award' from the Association of Midwest Museums! The AMM gave the award to the IHS for their Heritage Support Grant program. The Delaware County Historical Society was honored to have received $29,000 from two separate grants. We can't thank the IHS enough for their support and ongoing dedication to local history!

IHS President and CEO Jody Blankenship, third from right, and Local History Services Director Tamara Hemmerlein, second from right, accept the Best Practices Award from the Association of Midwest Museums. The award recognizes our Heritage Support Grants program for its support of regional historical societies, museums and sites across the state.

The grants, provided by IHS and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.,allow local organizations to raise the bar when caring for the state’s history. To date, the Heritage Support Grants program has offered 11 grant opportunities and awarded more than $2.6 million in total funding to 100 organizations in 57 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

This past summer, DCHS board member Derek Tulowitzky graduated from Ball State and moved to San Antonio, Texas for a job...
08/13/2019

This past summer, DCHS board member Derek Tulowitzky graduated from Ball State and moved to San Antonio, Texas for a job in historic preservation. We deeply appreciate Tulo’s service these past several years. In August, the board voted in Zac Bow as his replacement.

Mr. Bow was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, graduating from Delta High School (Muncie, Indiana) in 2007. He attended Ball State University, graduating in 2011 with a degree in Information Systems. He then worked as a business analyst and project manager for five years at a custom IT consulting firm in Indianapolis. In 2018 he graduated with a graduate degree from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Mr. Bow brings much to the DCHS. Along with his expertise in philanthropy, he is a dedicated researcher and a strong advocate of local history. Mr. Bow believes that “history can be a potent tool in forming civic pride and consequently social bridging within an otherwise diverse community.”

Welcome, Mr. Bow! We’re lucky to have you.

Halley's Comet in 1910: A group of “prominent women” planned a party on the evening of May 18, just as the planet was to...
08/11/2019
Bygone Muncie: Delaware County's brush with Halley's Comet

Halley's Comet in 1910: A group of “prominent women” planned a party on the evening of May 18, just as the planet was to pass through Halley’s tail. Guests were requested to “come dressed like a comet” with “light, silvery stuff” adorned “with spangles.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/08/11/bygone-muncie-delaware-countys-brush-halleys-comet/1921408001/

The appearance of Halley's Comet in 1910 prompted extravagant comet parties throughout Muncie that May.

Several great local history events coming up within the next 2 months at Muncie Public Libraries, including one presente...
08/08/2019

Several great local history events coming up within the next 2 months at Muncie Public Libraries, including one presented by DCHS's own Chris Flook:

Warner Gear Reunion: August 14, 6pm @ Maring-Hunt Library. Presenter: Alexis Robertson

Muncie Murder & Mayhem: August 21, 6:30pm @ Carnegie Library. Presenters: Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker

Honoring a Family Legacy: September 11, 6:30pm @ Carnegie Library. Presenter: Jennifer Bow

Munsee Myths: Correcting the Popular History of Native Americans: October 14, 7pm @ Kennedy Library. Presenter: Chris Flook

Last evening, the DCHS board voted in new officers! Karen Houser Vincent will serve as president, Mary Raggio will serve...
07/12/2019

Last evening, the DCHS board voted in new officers! Karen Houser Vincent will serve as president, Mary Raggio will serve as vice president, Robbie Mehling will be the new secretary, and Connie Bussell will remain as our treasurer. We look forward to their leadership, particularly over this next year as we implement our new strategic plan.

Chris Flook (past president), Drew Shermeta (past vice president), and Sara McKinley (past secretary) will remain on the board as directors. We thank them for their service!

Have a great weekend!

The militia first arrived at Wapicamicoke, approximately where Inlow Springs Road meets Burlington Pike today and “found...
07/07/2019
Bygone Muncie: Burned Lenape villages and the brother of Chief Buckongahelas

The militia first arrived at Wapicamicoke, approximately where Inlow Springs Road meets Burlington Pike today and “found the principal part of the town had been burnt three or four weeks previous.”

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2019/07/07/bygone-muncie-burned-lenape-villages-and-brother-chief-buckongahelas/1617433001/

During the War of 1812, many of the Lenape living along the West Fork of the White River chose a position of neutrality. But others did choose sides.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets selected the DCHS as part of it's Giving Bag Program! Every grocery bag you purchase this mo...
07/01/2019

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets selected the DCHS as part of it's Giving Bag Program! Every grocery bag you purchase this month at Muncie's Fresh Thyme, one dollar will be donated to the DCHS' general fund.

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120 E Washington St
Muncie, IN
47305

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765.282.1550 120 East Washington Street Our email: [email protected]

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Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00

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(765) 282-1550

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Looking for info on old log cabin owned or lived in by Reverend Chester McGriff and family in 1933, located on Rural Route 8, Center Twp., Delaware Co, Indiana. Anybody have any idea where that might have been located? Thanks for any help!
The Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet on Saturday, 2 November, in Cartwright Hall of Hazelwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1400 University Avenue, Muncie, IN. All are welcome, and the meeting will begin at 10:00 am. It is free and open to the public. Coffee is available, with refreshments. The meeting will conclude no later than 11:45 am. Program Speaker: Dennis Adams, The Battle of King’s Mountain, 1780, South Carolina. Adams operates the woodworking shop at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana.Adams served as an economic analyst for the U.S. Army for twenty-six years and as a technical writer for fourteen. He has done interpretations for over 85,000 school children who come through the park every year. In the carpenter’s shop at Conner Prairie he is known as Daniel McClure. His fifth great-grandfather, David Benge, fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain.
I have a question about the old Wapihani School?
Is there a way to find out what happened to the 8th Street Christian Church? Maybe it was renamed and moved somewhere?
Cornerstone has two great workshops coming up in November Studying Indiana with Maps and 100 Women in Muncie History. We hope to see members of the Delaware County Historical Society there!
We found this photo while cleaning out my grandparents’ house. Does anyone recognize any of these people? I don’t see my grandma anywhere in the photo. One of her siblings could be pictured. They were Niccums. I know my grandma graduated from Harrison School which was around Gaston. I’m assuming that’s what the “Harison” label means, but what does the TY. mean? I initially thought maybe it was township, but that doesn’t really make sense with the Y. Could it be Teen Youth? Or Township Youth? It looks like they are holding certificates or diplomas. I think the date is actually 1944 if you look closely. At first glance it looks like 1914, but part of one of the 4s is faded. Any thoughts or ideas or information appreciated!
Greetings from the Chester Historical Preservation Committee, also in Delaware County, but in Delaware County, Pennsylvania! I have been taking a look at your website, admiring its format and focus. I'm very impressed by the catalog of photos at the Digital Media Repository at Ball State University Library. But I am most impressed at the transformation of Muncie's downtown over the last 20 years. Wonderful to see the buildings in such good repair - including the roofs! In the summer of 1981, I was part of a FEMA team composed of engineering students who did the survey of every public and commercial building in the Richmond and Muncie metro areas, and all the small towns in between. It was then I gained an appreciation of the arts community around Muncie (still treasure my Wishon-Harrell ceramics!) and Richmond's place as Glass Town and the Antiques Capitol of the US. I'm revisiting these areas online, as I will be giving a photo-lecture next month on the history of Old Third Presbyterian Church in Chester, PA. Records from the Presbyterian archive in Philadelphia tell us that the church furniture, and possibly more components, ranging from newel-posts to wainscot panels, were produced in Richmond factories and shipped by rail (maneuvering around the terrible strikes around that time) and assembled into a large and lovely church in less than a years' time. As I prepare for this presentation, I may be asking for assistance just to make sure my facts are straight and pictures pretty. Thanks for all you do, Sincerely, Shelley Ashfield, Chester Historic Preservation Committee, Delaware County, PA
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Melissa Gentry from Ball State University GIS Research and Map Collection will present "The Art of Cartography." This workshop will feature maps created as works of art and will include maps by Ball State University and Burris School students. It is open to adults ages 9th grade to adult and admission is free.
I have a drawing of two of my ancestors that appears to be from the late 1800's. My grandmother always told me they were of her parents David Perry Orr and his wife Bertha (Graham) Orr of Eaton, Delaware County, Indiana. However, two of my mother's cousin's daughters on the Dyer side of the family have photo copies of the picture and believe it to be of Henry Clay Dyer and his wife, Sarah Moda (Freeman) Dyer (our great- grandparents) of Hillsboro, KY. Been hoping to solve the mystery. Today I removed the picture from the frame to have a copy made for my daughter. It was sealed in the frame, had a wooden back behind the picture. On the back of the photo was written "#5121 3/8 in Blossom Shop The picture is signed Skinner. Would the Blossom Shop have been located in Delaware County, Indiana? I am also sending an inquiry to Fleming County, Kentucky.
This Wednesday at Cornerstone is the free Geography Biographies: Mapping Historic Lives workshop presented by Melissa Gentry. Find out more and pre-register online at the following link. https://cornerstonearts.org/education/programs/geography_biographies_mapping_historic_lives
The Indianapolis journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]) 1867-1904, May 01, 1891, Page 3, Image 3 Image provided by Indiana State Library Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015679/1891-05-01/ed-1/seq-3/ Here is the link to the Rev Frank Harper Hays article in 1891.
My Husband's GREAT grandparents were married in 1893_June 15 in Delaware County Indiana. Robert Morton Brockman and Mary Ann McCalip. Robert was a great photographer and school administrator/teacher in Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan and Minnesota. Both of them had strong ties to the Rev. Frank Harper Hays pictured below in 1895. Does anyone know of his ministry in Indiana? Does anyone know the African Americans in this 1895 Muncie Indiana photo?