Madison County Historical Society

 ......To the Madison County Historical Society.  MCHS was organized in 1884 and incorporated in 1926.  From these humble and early beginnings, the Society has continued through the years with vigor, energy, and dedication on its mission to collect and preserve objects, artifacts, documents, and photographs pertaining to the history of Madison County, Indiana.  Through research, education, and exhibition, we seek to interpret and prompt an awareness and appreciation for that history for the benefit of all generations. 


At our home in downtown Andersonthere is a lasting record of a way of life preserved for all to see, treasure and enjoy.  We welcome all who are interested in exploring our rich culture and social history.  The earliest pioneers, seeking new homes and better farm land, came here when there were only Indian trails and buffalo tracks.  They settled along the White River and small creeks in Madison County, encountering the Indians, clearing the timber and stayed because of the richness of the soil.  Indiana was the cross roads to lands further west and many did pass through;  however, those who remained, built homes, farms, businesses, churches, and communities.  Our early history is interwoven with that of the Delaware Indians and those early pioneers who came to a new land.  Their lives and courage should give us pause and inspiration to continue with the work we have set for ourselves and the Society. 

The Madison County Historical Society

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MCHS Board members and volunteers at the Indiana Historical Society AwardsGala.

Lucretia Lawler, president, and Harry Kirchenbauer, 1st vice president, accepting congratulations and award.


L-R: Bill Bartelt, IHS Trustee and chairman of the awards committee;  Lucretia Lawler, MCHS president;  Harry Kirchenbauer, MCHS first vice-president;  and John Herbst, IHS president and CEO.


 "If the River Could Talk" 

Throughout Indiana's Bicentennial year of 2016, Stephen T. Jackson, Madison County Historian, will be authoring "If the River Could Talk."  The series of articles will appear here and in The Herald Bulletin. 

This series will deal with places, events, and people that have shaped the history of the county along the White River.

The series is an officially endorsed legacy project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

The Madison County Historical Society and the Madison County Quilt Guilds will be presenting an exhibit of Madison County Quilts, both old and new, this fall and winter. 
The exhibit is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to come often to see the many quilts and other items.
For those of you who can not get to the exhibit during the week, we are having extended hours on  several Saturdays.  Those dates are December 3, 10, and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
THIS EXHIBIT WILL BE ON DISPLAY UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017, at the end of the day.  PLEASE COME SOON;  DO NOT DELAY!  This is a museum quality show which we are exceedingly proud to present to the community.  Thank you Linda Jones for organizing and curating this wonderful exhibit!
For more information, please call 765-683-0052 and ask for Linda Jones. 

The raffle quilt above is available to anyone who would like to participate. 

This quilt was pieced by Linda Jones and quilted by Linda Lupton.  The quilt measures 62" x 74".  The fabric is 100% cotton from the Moda Morris Jewels collection based on William Morris designs.  The backing is a cream on cream pattern.  

Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the exhibit or in our office in the History Center.


 Join us with a membership in our Society.  Anyone is welcome to join;  you can be in county, state, or out-of-state.  Do it today!


 Do you have a special talent?  How about a few hours during the week that you could help us out?  Your volunteer work can be rewarding.....come join in.


 If you are looking for an ancestor in Madison County, we are the place to help you discover what happened to them, where they were in the county, what they did, and how they got here.  Send us a query and we will try to help.  You may also update your email address here.


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 Madison County Historical Society|15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696, Anderson, IN 46015-0696| ||(765)683-0052

Control what you can, cope with what you can't, and concentrate on what counts.

Madison County History Center

15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696,

Anderson, IN 46015-0696

Phone: 765-683-0052



Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.





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