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. 

 
 

With the growing popularity of the automobile, people were beginning to drive them after dark and the oil or gas lamps were not nearly efficient or bright enough.  Partners Hugh J. Monson, William F. Persons and William Bunce had a better idea and the electric side lamps were developed.

Guide Lamp(1937 picture) had grown since coming to Anderson at the end of 1929.  Total employees at this time was around 4,000.

 

 
 

 

 "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.

 
 

 

 
 
Quilt Show Registration
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.  Registration of your quilt is required.
Forms for registration are due to the Madison County Historical Society on Friday, September 2, 2016.  You may come to our office and fill out your form, mail in a request for one, or use the ones found on this website.  Electronic form is here and a mail-in registration for is here.
For more information, please call 765-683-0052 and ask for Linda Jones.  Important dates such as drop-off and pick-up dates are here.
 
 

 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.

 
 

 Sign up for our eNewsletter and keep up to-date with all the History Center activities and events.  You will receive an email about once a month that includes stories, activities, and news.  Don't miss anything.....sign up today! 

 

 Madison County Historical Society|15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696, Anderson, IN 46015-0696| |madisonchs@sbcglobal.net|(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

Email: madisonchs@sbcglobal.net

OPEN HOURS:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


 

 
 

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