Madison County Historical Society


Welcome Wall

 The "Welcome Wall" represents, pictorially and historical, cities, towns, and villages throughout Madison County.  On display are important buildings during the early 19th century.


Mrs. Eva Adams and her students at Center School at 500N and 200E in Richland Township, Madison County.  Mrs. Adams taught first through eight grades.  (About 1948)


Roger Hensley Writes RR Book


      Roger Hensley has published a limited edition 192 page Railroad book.  It's an edition with many in-color photos.  In fact most of the information is in the form of photos with describing text and a substantial amount of text by Maurice Lewman.

      The photos of the general Big Four and numerous sections of specific detailed areas are of particular interest.

      The book is available at the Madison County Historical Society in Anderson, Indiana, so give us a call at 765-683-0052 or stop by and get your copy now!  The fee is $99.00-book;  $6.93-tax; and $10 shipping.




 Madison County Historical Society Monthly Meetings


The Madison County Historical Society will hold monthly meetings on the fourth Monday of each month throughout the year with the exception of December.  The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bowman Room at the Madison County History Center,  11 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana. 

Other meetings are also listed:  First Sundays and Civil War Roundtable

Society Meeting Procedure:   Welcome by the president, Melody Hull

                                                     Announcements and Reminders

                                                     Introduction of department heads


A speaker for the evening will be introduced and his or her speech will follow.  The speakers are guests of the Society, our own County Historian, elected official, and/or someone in the community.

Everyone is invited to come to our meetings.  These meetings are educational and include informational topics that we make available to our members and to the community. 


MEETINGS for 2022:

     Everyone is invited to attend these FREE meetings.  Parking is along 11th Street and across the street in the parking lot.  Bring friends and family -- a full carload!!  You will enjoy it!!!   




   The History Museum will be CLOSED during all national and state holidays.  Please use the calendar for information about meetings at the Museum.  We are OPEN on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For your convenience and more information, please call our office at 765-683-0052. 

Genealogy Connections

Resources for your education:

 Your Genealogy Roots

 Next time you are feeling rather unimportant, try a little math based on the un-debatable fact that it took two people, your parents, to get you here.  Each of your parents has two parents, so in the generation just prior to that of your mother and father, there were four people whose pairing off and sharing love contributed to your existence.

You are the product of eight great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents, 32 great-great-great-grandparents, etc.  Keep on multiplying the number by two.  If you figure an average of about 25 years between each generation, you'll discover that a scant 500 years ago, there were 1,048,576 people on this planet beginning the production of YOU!  So celebrate your background.


If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them
Or don't you really know.

Some strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees;
And some of these, I am afraid
Do not particularly please

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
There might be some of them
You would not care to know.

But there's another question
Requires a different view;
If you should meet your ancestors,
Would they be proud of you?
(Author Unknown)

The Madison County Civil War RoundTable meets throughout the year.  The meetings take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Bowman Room at the Museum of Madison County History, 11 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana. 

RoundTable meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.  Speakers come from all over and speak about the Civil War with emphasis on Indiana's participation.  Gerald Jones and Steve Jackson are responsible for conducting the meetings.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  Parking is along 11th and Meridian Streets and across the street in the parking lot.

 For more information, please call 765-683-0052.



The Madison County Historical Society has received a "truly fine gift" this year.  The gift is a large collection of very nice Aladdin mantle and electric lamps.  The gift is from Bob Daniels, The Mantle Lamp Company, and The National Association of Aladdin Lamp Collectors.

The collection is made up of over 70 choice examples of both electric and mantle lamps.  This will double the size of our collection. 


For more information, please call 765-683-0052.




Elwood H. Phillips Memorial Award

The Madison County Historical Society annually honors a person or organization who is deemed by the Board of Trustees to have made noteworthy contributions to the cause of preserving the heritage of Madison County, Indiana


1986  Eugene R. Bock*

1987  Raymond M. Davis*

1988  Ruth Dane*

1989  Howard Eldon*

1990  Haroldyne Zook*

1991  Esther Dittlinger*

1992  Helen Harvey Baumer*

1993  David Bucove*

1994  Maude Ward*

1995  Georgia Lyons*

1996  Phyllis Leedom*

1997  Lillie Givens Manuel*

1998  Dr. Jack Nicholson*

1999  Stephen Jackson

2000 Ray Wood*

2001  Gloria Lamper*

2002  Linda Hummel Shelton

2003  Gerald Jones

2004  Richard Bowman*

            Marilyn Moneyhun*

            Dr. James Moneyhun*

2005  Max Howard

2006  Robert B. Quinn*

2007  Milton C. Otto

2008  Donald Hunt

2009  Suzetta Chambers

2010  Nancy Draper

2011   Roger Hensley

2012  Carolyn DeLawter Shettle

2013  William Upperman*

2014  Theodore Vinson*

           G. Eugene Yates*

2015  William Knepp

2016  Terry King

            Jim Jackson*

2017  Pendleton Historical Museum

2018  Lucretia S. Lawler*

2019  Bob Post

2020  Award Postponed

2021  Jay Brown




Madison County Historical Society 2021 Officers and Board of Trustees


     President --  Melody Hull

      Vice Pres. --      Deb Weston

      Secretary --       Emilie Isenhour

     Treasurer --       Gerald Jones

     Co. Historian -- Stephen T. Jackson



Board Members -- Diane Barts

                                   John Dick, Jr.

                                    Roger Hensley

                                    Sherri Ballinger

                                    Wilma Carey

                                     Bradford Douglas

                                     Karen Napier

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



For those of you who wish to follow Steve on his many speaking engagements, the dates, locations, group, topics, and times are listed on the CALENDAR PAGE.  From now on, please use the calendar for a listing of all speaking engagements.  Steve is a very busy man and if you would like to put that "zing" back into your organization's meetings, call 765-683-0052 and we'll hook you up!  Thank you. 




You may pick up a copy any time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

You can have your copy of  The Delco book for a donation of $75 with tax of $5.46.  For mail order, please add  $10.00 for shipping.  Total donation of $90.46.

The Delco-Remy book is available at our office at 15 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana.

The Guide book is available at the Madison County Historical Society office.  OR, if you wish, we can mail the book.

The book is a $35 donation plus tax at $2.45.  For mail order, please add $10 for shipping.   Total donation of $47.45.


For more information on the Delco-Remy and Guide books, please call (765)683-0052.

 A Taste of Tradition cookbook can be yours for a donation of $10.00 plus a $0.70 tax.  For mail order, please add $2.00 for shipping.

 Brand new and available now is Remembering Edgewood written by Ted Vinson.  The book covers the years 1926 to 2013.  Buy it now for a donation of $45.00 with a tax of $3.15.  For mail orders, please add $10.00 shipping.

A new book from Ted Vinson about growing up in North Anderson.  Buy the book now for a donation of $35.00 plus tax at $2.45.  For mail order, please add $10.00 for shipping.

FOR MAP LOVERS--We now have available the  1901 Madison County Land Owners Map.  Own this wonderful map for a donation of $25 and tax at $1.75.  For mail order, please add $10 shipping.   

This map is a big one at 32 inches wide and 65 inches find a "big" place of it!!!

 Please note that when you order 2 or 3 of our books, shipping will be greatly decreased.  For example;   1 cookbook, 1 Delco book, 1 Remembering Edgewood, and 1 Remy book will cost $12.95 shipping.  So...please consider purchasing several of our books for your collection.  Thank you for your donation.

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