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Operating as usual

This is a big project we are excited to be a part of! Check it out.
09/07/2021

This is a big project we are excited to be a part of! Check it out.

Our website launches TODAY!!! Go to www.hamcoturns200.com to explore the Bicentennial and how you can get involved!! Check out our blog, share with friends, follow us on social media. #hamcoturns200

09/03/2021

Hey everyone!
We want to invite you to be a part of the Hamilton County Bicentennial in 2023.
Here's the scoop:

What: A celebration of 200 years (and beyond!) of Hamilton County history
When: The entire year of 2023
Where: In every single township, town, and city of Hamilton County
Who: Anyone who calls Hamilton County home, past, present, or future

Our website, with more information, will be launching next week! Follow us and stay tuned to learn more. #hamcoturn200

08/19/2021

One month from today will be our long-awaited 34th annual historic home tour! We hope you'll agree it was worth the wait! Get your tickets and plan to join us! They're available NOW online or at any of the following retailers:
3 Rusty Nails Shoppe
Logan Village Mall
Noble Coffee and Tea Company, Ltd.
Persimmon Avenue (beginning this Saturday)
The Velvet Plum Vintage & Consignments

07/28/2021

All set-up and ready to see you!! Here at Jim Dandy until 8 ⭐️

All set-up and ready to see you!! Here at Jim Dandy until 8 ⭐️
07/28/2021

All set-up and ready to see you!! Here at Jim Dandy until 8 ⭐️

All set-up and ready to see you!! Here at Jim Dandy until 8 ⭐️

This group also came to visit our museum! We enjoyed our time with them!
07/27/2021
Round and round: More than 30 RV travelers visit Noblesville friend who works “Little Beauty” carousel in Forest Park

This group also came to visit our museum! We enjoyed our time with them!

When Noblesville resident Bob Goodwin alerted his friends and fellow RV travelers Gina and Chris Fox that he wouldn’t be joining them by RV during the 2021 travel season, the Foxes charted a new course. fGoodwin had taken a part-time job running the “Little Beauty” carousel at Forest Park and ...

Hoosier History Live, featuring host Nelson Price
07/16/2021
Hoosier History Live, featuring host Nelson Price

Hoosier History Live, featuring host Nelson Price

A live weekly radio adventure through Indiana history with host Nelson Price. Show airs live from noon to 1 p.m. ET each Saturday on WICR 88.7 FM in Indianapolis. Or stream audio live from anywhere during the show.

The Secrets That Street Names Can Tell You About a Neighborhood
07/16/2021
The Secrets That Street Names Can Tell You About a Neighborhood

The Secrets That Street Names Can Tell You About a Neighborhood

Growing up, I lived on Horseshoe Place, a quirky Nebraska street name that inspired the kids in the neighborhood to put our own unique spin on the basketball shooting game HORSE. (We played HORSESHOE PLACE, which took much longer but was, in our estimation, also more fun.)Games aside, street names c...

Come see us at the Noblesville Preservation Alliance Flea Market!! We are here on North 15th St right off Logan, ready t...
05/15/2021

Come see us at the Noblesville Preservation Alliance Flea Market!! We are here on North 15th St right off Logan, ready to talk about the Historical Society and the new Norman Norell historical marker!

Come see us at the Noblesville Preservation Alliance Flea Market!! We are here on North 15th St right off Logan, ready to talk about the Historical Society and the new Norman Norell historical marker!

05/12/2021

Our organization will have a table at this event! Come learn about our society and support the Preservation Alliance!

Pictures from yesterday!
04/21/2021

Pictures from yesterday!

04/20/2021
04/20/2021

On April 20, 1900, award-winning fashion designer Norman Norell was born as Norman David Levinson in Noblesville. His father, Harry, operated a men’s clothing store in town before opening a men’s hat store in nearby Indianapolis. Norell completed high school in Indianapolis and then moved to New York City to begin his fashion education at Parsons Institute.
At age 19, he began attending the Pratt Institute, where he studied drawing and fashion illustration. In his early career, Norell crafted costumes, working under Hattie Carnegie. During WWII, he worked within war-time limitations, resisted pressure to substitute quality for quantity, and brought NYC fashion houses on par with those of Paris.
The "Dean of American Fashion" won the first Coty Award of fashion for his innovative designs during World War II, which promoted silhouettes that adhered to war-time restrictions on material.

Learn more about Norell here with the #IndianaHistoryBlog: https://bit.ly/3e4PK4Z

Image of Norell with models, courtesy of Town and Country Magazine.

A sneak peek of what you can see at our new temporary Norell exhibit! See us at the museum on Saturdays 12-5p then walk ...
04/17/2021

A sneak peek of what you can see at our new temporary Norell exhibit! See us at the museum on Saturdays 12-5p then walk on over to the new historical marker which is being unveiled live this coming Tuesday here on our page!

A sneak peek of what you can see at our new temporary Norell exhibit! See us at the museum on Saturdays 12-5p then walk on over to the new historical marker which is being unveiled live this coming Tuesday here on our page!

Historical marker to be unveiled in Noblesville
04/16/2021
Historical marker to be unveiled in Noblesville

Historical marker to be unveiled in Noblesville

A new Indiana state historical marker will be unveiled April 20 in Noblesville. The marker commemorates Norman Norell, a Hamilton County native who was one of the nation’s leading fashion designers during the post-World War II period. The dedication will be at 4:15 p.m. at the new marker, which is

04/13/2021

April marks the 200th anniversary of the first known murder in Hamilton County. However, there are many questions about what happened.

Expert panelists will examine the evidence while you decide whether the stories are true or false. Register here: http://ow.ly/NDzX50E9mBx.

04/10/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will be closed today. Sorry for the inconvenience. Come back and see us next week!

Re-sharing so everyone can be a part of the program today! The Facebook event will be over on the park's page. See you t...
02/20/2021

Re-sharing so everyone can be a part of the program today! The Facebook event will be over on the park's page. See you there!

Pioneer African Americans in Central Indiana: ONLINE Saturday, February 20th at 1pm!

Please join Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway on the Strawtown Koteewi Park and The Taylor Center of Natural History page for a virtual lecture on pioneer African Americans in central Indiana.

The African American presence has existed in this area since before the first white settlers arrived! This program will look at several individuals who lived here and had an impact on the history of the founding of the county.

In place of our annual meeting (which was supposed to take place this coming weekend as a delay from December) we are pr...
02/17/2021

In place of our annual meeting (which was supposed to take place this coming weekend as a delay from December) we are promoting this virtual program with David! Hope you can make it! We hope to have our annual meeting later into the summer.

Pioneer African Americans in Central Indiana: ONLINE Saturday, February 20th at 1pm!

Please join Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway on the Strawtown Koteewi Park and The Taylor Center of Natural History page for a virtual lecture on pioneer African Americans in central Indiana.

The African American presence has existed in this area since before the first white settlers arrived! This program will look at several individuals who lived here and had an impact on the history of the founding of the county.

12/24/2020

The museum will be closed on Saturday 12/26. We look forward to seeing you in January!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

12/01/2020
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic like many museums and non-profits we have struggled to raise the funds needed to operate our building and continue our mission to preserve and interpret the history of Hamilton County. This Giving Tuesday please consider donating to help keep our mission moving forward.

https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=2A5MA66NTCKWA

Some interesting history from our county historian!
11/28/2020
White River Island - Hamilton East Public Library Website

Some interesting history from our county historian!

White River Island By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As the Riverwalk nears completion and the new White River Vision project gets underway, we are doing more exploration of the history of the river and noticing new details. For example, one would presume that the island...

11/27/2020

We will be closed tomorrow (Saturday 11/28) to get ready for Santa’s safe arrival on Sunday! He will be there from 4:30-6:30 on Sunday to welcome you from a safe distance.

We can’t wait to see you there!

11/18/2020

We are gearing up to bring the Santa House back! Events times are up. We can’t wait to see you soon!

An interesting post from our Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway in time for Halloween!
10/29/2020
Putting a “Lid” on Candy in 1907

An interesting post from our Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway in time for Halloween!

In 1907, the city of Noblesville banned selling candy and sodas on Sundays. Newspapers called it the “Candy Ban” or “Soda War”.

Don't forget to sign up for the program hosted by Noblesville Diversity Coalition and our own David Heighway and Jessica...
10/06/2020
World War I to 1960 – A Noblesville-Based Conversation (History of Noblesville Learning Series Session #3)

Don't forget to sign up for the program hosted by Noblesville Diversity Coalition and our own David Heighway and Jessica Petty on Thursday! Join us as we create a respectful learning atmosphere to dive into questions of what Noblesville and Hamilton County were really like for all members of the community from World War I to 1960. Our program includes guest presenter Dr. James Madison, an award winning teacher and Indiana historian. His most recent book, out as of October 6th, is The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland. We also have Dr. Paul Mullins, a professor and historical archaeologist whose research focuses on dark heritage and the relationship between racism and materiality. We hope to see you soon!

Join us as we create a respectful learning atmosphere to dive into questions of what Noblesville and Hamilton County were really like for all members of the community. As the rest of the nation experienced World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and other hugely significant events, what was...

We are open in 2 spaces today! Come find us at the Noblesville Preservation Flea Market (we are on 15th street) and we a...
09/19/2020

We are open in 2 spaces today! Come find us at the Noblesville Preservation Flea Market (we are on 15th street) and we are also open at the museum from 12-5 today!

All IN Indiana
07/09/2020

All IN Indiana

Today we’re talking about the history of the Ku Klux Klan in Hamilton County and the state, and the ways we choose to remember, and sometimes conceal, that history.

On the panel:

- Jody Blankenship, Indiana Historical Society
- Bryan Glover, Noblesville Diversity Coalition
- Jim Madison, History at IU - Bloomington
- David Heighway, Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

Listen here: https://www.wfyi.org/programs/all-in/radio/How-Do-We-Remember-Our-Ugly-Past

07/02/2020
Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

Update!

We will continue to be open 12pm-5pm on Saturdays in July (11th, 18th, and 25th) as well as tomorrow, the 3rd!! Guidelines outlined below will still be in place. Come and see us!

Reopening Guidelines

Based on recommendations from the Indiana state government, as well as suggested guidelines from various professional museum organizations, the HCHS lays out these guidelines moving forward.

As an “entertainment” and cultural venue, the HCHS cannot open until June 13th. At that time, the museum will be one day a week, 12pm to 5pm.
These dates include June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, and July 3rd, which is a Friday.
The museum highly encourages groups to call ahead to schedule an appointment in order to minimize the need to turn people away. From June 13th to July 3rd, the museum will have a limited capacity, with some exceptions for large families or other groups. After July 3rd, HCHS will re-evaluate recommendations for guidelines and move forward from there.

Precautions the museum will take for your visit:
- Museum docents will wear masks during their time in the building
- We HIGHLY encourage visitors to wear masks
- We ask that family groups stay together when touring the building.
- The amount of people in the building is subject to control by the staff. If you are a large group, call ahead!
- If there are already several people in the building when you arrive you will be asked to wait on the front porch or schedule an appointment for another time so staff can prepare in anticipation of your appointment.
- We will have increased cleaning procedures every day the museum is open.

Finally:
Please come visit us, and keep in mind our museum runs only on donations without support from other funding. We rely on our visitors to keep our lights on. If you have research to conduct or want a tour of our space on a certain subject, please reach out! We will try to accommodate in what ways we can. As the world re-opens, remember to support cultural institutions that have been forced to remain closed for longer than many other types of businesses. Thank you!

06/03/2020

Reopening Guidelines

Based on recommendations from the Indiana state government, as well as suggested guidelines from various professional museum organizations, the HCHS lays out these guidelines moving forward.

As an “entertainment” and cultural venue, the HCHS cannot open until June 13th. At that time, the museum will be one day a week, 12pm to 5pm.
These dates include June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, and July 3rd, which is a Friday.
The museum highly encourages groups to call ahead to schedule an appointment in order to minimize the need to turn people away. From June 13th to July 3rd, the museum will have a limited capacity, with some exceptions for large families or other groups. After July 3rd, HCHS will re-evaluate recommendations for guidelines and move forward from there.

Precautions the museum will take for your visit:
- Museum docents will wear masks during their time in the building
- We HIGHLY encourage visitors to wear masks
- We ask that family groups stay together when touring the building.
- The amount of people in the building is subject to control by the staff. If you are a large group, call ahead!
- If there are already several people in the building when you arrive you will be asked to wait on the front porch or schedule an appointment for another time so staff can prepare in anticipation of your appointment.
- We will have increased cleaning procedures every day the museum is open.

Finally:
Please come visit us, and keep in mind our museum runs only on donations without support from other funding. We rely on our visitors to keep our lights on. If you have research to conduct or want a tour of our space on a certain subject, please reach out! We will try to accommodate in what ways we can. As the world re-opens, remember to support cultural institutions that have been forced to remain closed for longer than many other types of businesses. Thank you!

Good morning,My name is Jessica Petty, and I have recently been elected President of the Board of the Hamilton County Hi...
05/08/2020
5.8.20 HCHS Press Release.docx

Good morning,
My name is Jessica Petty, and I have recently been elected President of the Board of the Hamilton County Historical Society (HCHS). The board and I have spent several months working with the Noblesville Diversity Coalition and the Indiana Historical Society on the project that the press release attached here details. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me through this email, through my phone number (317-922-6120), or to contact anyone listed on the press release. This release represents a lot of hard work. We share this in hopes that the public will be able to learn about history in a more inclusive, transparent way. We hope that we will be able to announce rescheduled dates for the programs being developed with the Noblesville Diversity Coalition soon so the community can have a deeper conversation about history and this history in particular. Guidelines on reopening our museum will be coming in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that! Thank you for supporting the museum in this time of Covid-19 as always. - Jessica
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TvXTTTISTX5ZWxW5oh0bpAyMdBM-PHkV/view?usp=sharing

David Heighway’s latest blog entry on floods in Hamilton County.
05/08/2020
Hamilton East Public Library

David Heighway’s latest blog entry on floods in Hamilton County.

"We like to talk about the flood of 1913 as though it was a truly unique event. Yet of the top ten floods that have occurred in Hamilton County through its history, half of them have happened within the last twenty years."

Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway, talks about the historic floods of Hamilton County.

04/30/2020
Nickel Plate Arts

Our County Historian, David Heighway, did a tour of Riverside Cemetery on Friday. Check out this video. I will be his sharing other information on Riverside in the next couple of days.

We are live in Riverside Cemetery in Downtown Noblesville with Hamilton County historian David Heighway.
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Hamilton East Public Library

03/14/2020

Good afternoon and happy Saturday! The museum will be closed to the public for the next few weeks. We will keep everyone updated as to when we will reopen.

Please stay safe and healthy. We will see everyone soon!

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810 Conner St
Noblesville, IN
46060

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Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

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(317) 770-0775

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I had a blast visiting the old jail. Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
This is a long shot request, but maybe the Hamilton County Historical Society can help. I'm looking for someone I could talk to about the activities of the Farley Cemetery Association (related to the beautiful Farley Cemetery located at Keystone & 106th, in Carmel, Indiana) in the 1930s. My husband and I have been researching our old home in Old Town, Carmel, and tracing back every deed to the turn of the century. We discovered our home was owned by the Farley Cemetery Association briefly in 1936. We'd always heard our home had been a funeral parlor, but were still surprised to find evidence of it, via the deed. We’ve exhausted our research resources about Farley (including, before COVID-19 hit, going to the Hamilton County Recorder's Office, Carmel Clay Public Library, and the Hamilton County Courthouse; reaching out to Clay Township, which now maintains the Farley Cemetery; and using online resources, like the Carmel Clay Historical Society; Lexus; Newspapers.com; the Indiana Secretary of State; FindAGrave; Ancestry.com; Google; etc.). We'd love to locate someone who might known what the Farley Cemetery Association was doing in Old Town in the 1930s that might explain why they owned our home for a year. Thank you to anyone who might be able to help!
I visited this place for the first time after living in Noblesville for 35 years and was very impressed with the history on display there about Noblesville and Indiana in the process of helping the society increase there history on the most famous Hoosier Mr John Dillinger
Can anyone tell me if this was a school in Hamilton County? The plaque at the top I believe says Fairview Wayne TP 1902.
I am looking for the names of orphanages in Noblesville, in the 1800's I have been told I have a grandfather raised in one in the southeatern part of Noblesville but I cannot find out anything. Name, records or anything. Does anyone have any information for me. I family history is stopped now. :(