Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

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Operating as usual

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!

Let's vote in the playoff!
03/13/2020

Let's vote in the playoff!

Vote by liking or sharing the photo of your favorite gymnasium

It's third round of the playoffs for the gyms. In this round, we have Marshall County Vs. Hamilton County.

03/13/2020

Hello everyone. We will be postponing our event this Sunday. We will let you know when/ if it will we rescheduled. Please stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Let's vote for our gym!
03/11/2020

Let's vote for our gym!

To vote you just need to like or share your favorite photo. Winners are determined solely on that!

This week's brackets: Courthouses and Gymnasiums. Courthouses will face off at 10 am; gyms at 6 pm.

Round 4 of Gyms: Henry County Vs Hamilton County

The Santa House hours all in one place!!
12/07/2019

The Santa House hours all in one place!!

Weather is beautiful! Come see the museum and walk the square! We are here until 5!
09/07/2019

Weather is beautiful! Come see the museum and walk the square! We are here until 5!

One of our awesome volunteers has done amazing work with the team bringing this to Arcadia. While the event on 8/30 is f...
08/08/2019
Hamilton Heights School Corporation

One of our awesome volunteers has done amazing work with the team bringing this to Arcadia. While the event on 8/30 is free a ticket is required as seating is limited.

“Ryan White” State Historical Marker Will Be Dedicated in Arcadia, Indiana

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Ryan White and his efforts to raise national AIDS awareness while battling the disease as a teenager, is scheduled for Friday, August 30, 2019. The marker dedication will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Heights Middle School at 420 West North St., Arcadia, Indiana 46030. White attended Hamilton Heights High School at this location from August 31, 1987 until his death on April 8, 1990. Parking is available in the school parking lot and along the side streets.

The text follows for the state marker entitled “Ryan White (1971-1990)”:
Kokomo native Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 after contracting the virus from a contaminated hemophilia treatment.
He faced intense discrimination from his community in a time of fear and misunderstanding about AIDS and was prevented from attending school in his hometown. Hamilton Heights High School welcomed White in 1987 after the family moved to Cicero.

Anticipating White’s arrival, Hamilton Heights developed an acclaimed AIDS education campaign. White raised national AIDS awareness while battling the disease and spoke before the Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic. He was named Sagamore of the Wabash for his advocacy. The Ryan White CARE Act, providing funds for HIV/AIDS treatment, passed soon after his death.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this state historical marker that examines Ryan White’s battle with AIDS and his commitment to educating others about the disease in the late 1980s. Hamilton Heights High School openly welcomed White in 1987 at a time when discrimination against those with the disease was common.
School leadership and the student body fostered a climate of acceptance and trust within the community thanks to their widely praised educational campaign.

The program is free to attend, but does require a ticket. Tickets can be obtained through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryan-white-historical-marker-dedication-tickets-60956749278. Following the program at the middle school and the unveiling of the new historical marker, there will be a short ceremony at Cicero Cemetery where White is buried for those interested in attending.

This is the seventh state historical marker in Hamilton County. For more information on other markers in the county, see: https://www.in.gov/history/markers/3819.htm#hamilton.

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history.
These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For over 100 years, the Indiana Historical Bureau has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Over 650 of these markers have been
installed over the years.

For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at http://www.IN.gov/history or call (317) 232-2535. For more information about the marker dedication ceremony commemorating Ryan White, please contact Dan Smith at [email protected] or
Peggy Georgi at [email protected].

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Thank you for the mention! Come check us out 😊
04/17/2019
IndyStar

Thank you for the mention! Come check us out 😊

Sure, you probably knew about The Children’s Museum and Newfields. But what about Parliament Funkadelic's "Baby Mothership" or Indy's Teeny Statue of Liberty Museum?

Whether you’re a history geek, a sports nerd or anything in between, there are so many museums in our city you have to check out.

11/25/2018

No wait at the Santa House!

5 more days until Santa arrives at the Santa House!! So happy we have a new ramp! Thank you Hamilton County Government f...
11/20/2018

5 more days until Santa arrives at the Santa House!! So happy we have a new ramp! Thank you Hamilton County Government for all your help with making the ramp possible! The community response has been amazing and we are excited to get things started this weekend! ❄️

The Santa House has arrived but we are in need of experienced Santa volunteers! This is a paid position but you will nee...
11/14/2018

The Santa House has arrived but we are in need of experienced Santa volunteers! This is a paid position but you will need your own red suit and also will need to have had a background check recently completed. If interested please contact Katie Murray at [email protected] for more information.

If you are downtown Indianapolis today come visit us at the Genealogy and Local History Fair at the Indiana State Librar...
10/28/2017

If you are downtown Indianapolis today come visit us at the Genealogy and Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library. And as always we are open at the Museum from 10-3!

Thank you so much to Chuck Layton for coming out and speaking on his experiences as a POW during the Korean War. His sto...
06/28/2017

Thank you so much to Chuck Layton for coming out and speaking on his experiences as a POW during the Korean War. His story is amazing and he is a true hero!!

06/21/2017

Don't forget to check out our event information for our program on Saturday!

06/12/2017

Hello everyone!! On 6/24 we will be having a program at 1pm at the museum. Chuck Layton will be there talking about his time as a POW during the Korean War. Come on over after lunch and join us for an informative program!

05/02/2017

Hello everyone! I apologize that this page has not been updated in awhile but summer is coming and it is a great time to come explore downtown Noblesville and visit the museum. A great chance will be from 5-9 this coming Friday 5/5 during Noblesville Main Street's Upstairs Downtown. Stay tuned for more updates this week on our summer happenings and future events to look forward to.

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail's cover photo
05/02/2017

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail's cover photo

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
05/02/2017

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

12/07/2016

Tomorrow at the Santa house it is adults/dogs night from 5-7!! Bring your 4 legged friends or significant other by!

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail's cover photo
11/27/2016

Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail's cover photo

Address

810 Conner St
Noblesville, IN
46060

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00

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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. :(