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. 


First Indy 500 winner spent retirement years here

On May 1, 2016, the Harroun family and the Indiana Racing Memorial Association had a Memorial Marker Dedication for Ray at the Anderson Memorial Paark Cemetery.  The marker can be seen any time at the cemetery.


The Madison County Historical Society is sponsoring a one-day motor trip to historical Vincennes, Indiana on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

We will be touring Grouseland, the Red Skeleton Museum, and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

Reservations are being taken now.  More here.


 "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.



 "Delco Remy - Products and History Revisited" Exhibit


The Remy brothers, Perry and Frank, began tinkering with and opened a wiring business in about 1896.  Perry had conducted experiments with magnetos and by 1910 the company was producing 50,000 magnetos per year.

By 1911, the brothers had sold their business to Staughton Fletcher, Jr. and the Fletcher Savings and Trust.

A General Motors division flourished here for more than 75 years.  That history will be celebrated with this exhibit which is now open until June 3rd.


 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.


 Last modified on Monday,  May 23, 2016




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