February 2, 2010


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the President at 6:30 PM with eight members and three guests present.


The meeting was turned over to Rocky Blanchard, the guest speaker, who spoke about “American Indians and the Great Emancipator”.  He also told about the various tribes that lived in Spencer County.  There were the Shawnee, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, and Chickasaw Indian tribes. 


During the discussion on Indians in Spencer County, it was mentioned that there are several mounds of interest on County Road 200 North, east of Highway 161.


There was also talk of Crib Mound (Mussel Mound) near Grandview, Indiana.  Mr. Black, the man who excavated Angel Mounds in Newburgh, Indiana, was going to excavated Crib Mound, but that didn’t happen.  The river has now claimed most of that land.


Mr. Blanchard mentioned the Pow Wow that is going to be held on September 18 & 19, 2010 at the Rockport City Park.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given


There was more discussion on the upcoming Historian of the Year Banquet.  The Rockport Inn will be catering the event and the Society will decide on the menu at the next meeting.


Jane Ellen Boultinghouse will be the guest speaker and will talk about the Gentry Family.


The secretary will check on having the tickets for the banquet printed.


Decorating for the banquet will take place early Saturday morning, April 17, 2010 at the Chrisney Community Center.


Logos were mentioned.  It was decided to table further discussion until the next meeting.


The President had received a call about the copying of the 1950 Journal.  They had to stop the copying because of problems.  The President said there is a microfilm of the 1950 Journal somewhere and he is trying to locate it.


A request for a book order died for lack of a motion.


A member solved the mystery of what happened to the lions that once were on the entrance to the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial.  The lions were thrown in the Lincoln Park Lake in the 1960’s.  He had seen them when he was scuba diving in the lake in 1964 during lifeguard training. 


There still was no information on the eagles that once graced the entrance.


A member reported the State of Indiana was closing the Ernie Pyle home in Dana, Indiana.  He had sent an e-mail to the name mentioned in the Evansville Courier article.  That e-mail was forwarded to another department and they were going to check into finding the plaque that was made by George Honig.


A member also mentioned that the Lincoln Pioneer Village had acquired several articles of George Honig’s from Rivertown Antiques in Newburgh, Indiana.  The Village is working on a room to house items about Honig.


A member mentioned that he had already picked up the plaque and tag for the Historian of the Year Banquet. 


The President mentioned there was a speaker from Bloomington, Indiana who gives a talk on “The Sights and Sounds of Indiana”.  He charges $300.00 and the library wondered if the Society would be interested in going together to have the man come to Rockport.  It died for lack of a motion.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


The next meeting will be March 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.