April 5, 2016


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:55 PM with six members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


There was a discussion about mailing newsletters.  It was decided to use envelopes for upcoming newsletters.


A member mentioned the South Spencer County School Corporation Superintendent had met with the “Think Lincoln” committee to discuss the restoration of George H. Honig’s mural “Lincoln’s Forest College”.  When the tag on the back of the mural was seen, a person on the committee said there was money available from the federal government to cover the cost of the restoration since it was a WPA project.  The work will be done in an empty classroom at Rockport Elementary so the students can watch the progress.


A member read several e-mails he had received.  He also reported a phone call for historical information about an area where Ameren Transmission was doing work to connect power lines on the Indiana side to lines on the Kentucky side.


The president had an old record book from the Newtonville Odd Fellows Lodge that was donated to the Society.  The Lodge closed November 30, 2015.  It was formed July 30, 1870.


The president had received a box of items from a former Spencer Countian.  Several items may be displayed in the Genealogy Room, but others may be given to the Lincoln Pioneer Village Museum.


The Historian of the Year Banquet was discussed.  The banquet will be at the Cornerstone Methodist Church in Chrisney, Indiana, on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 6:00 PM.  The Society will decorate the building at 1:00 PM that Saturday. 


The president reported several Society members met with a man to inspect historical items he had on display.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:01 PM.


There will be no meeting in May.


The next meeting will be June 7, 2016, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.