September 6, 2016


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:35 PM with eight members and one guest present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


The secretary read several items she had received:


·         e-mail from Indiana Genealogical Society about genealogy awards

·         Notes from members

·         Donation to the Genealogy Room from the daughter of a former Historian of the Year (A member explained the items that were received.  Several items will be kept in the Genealogy Room and some items will be given to the Lincoln Pioneer Village.) 

·         Notice about the Indiana Landmarks’ annual meeting on September 11, 2016

·         Notice about membership renewal for Indiana Landmarks (A motion was made and seconded to renew the membership.  The motion carried.)

·         The book Exploring Indiana’s Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - Southwest Edition by Paul R. Wonning was passed around.  (It had been purchased for $14.99 on Amazon and covered our area of the state.)

·         Letter from a member about the Newtonville Cemetery


Discussion followed about the letter concerning the cemetery.  The president mentioned that several years ago he had obtained a book that contained the records for the Newtonville Cemetery and had copied them for the Society’s files.  Due to some mix-up, the copies were given back to the person in charge of the cemetery, leaving the Society without a copy. 


A member from Bloomington, Indiana, mentioned that he was working with a group that is trying to find the official Buffalo Trace route.  There are people from all over the state involved in the search.  They are using high tech radar to help locate the various routes that the buffalo took.


A member, who is very involved in Think Lincoln and was instrumental in producing a tour book of historic sites connected to Lincoln, mentioned there were people from the Springfield, Illinois museum that were coming to the area to visit the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.  While they are here, they will hear a presentation by a member about the Lincolns. 


Also coming to the area is a group called Indiana Pioneers.  Both groups will be given copies of the tour book that was presented to the Lincoln Presenters and the Mary Todds who visited the area earlier this year.  After the Lincoln Presenters visited, they were overwhelmed with all the connections concerning Abraham Lincoln and didn’t realize that he was from this area. 


The route for the carrying of the Bicentennial Torch was discussed.  It will start in Spencer County at Holiday World and will eventually be in Rockport before going to Pigeon Creek and entering Warrick County.  It was also mentioned that there are several activities happening at the Courthouse this Saturday in connection with the Bicentennial celebration.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 7:56 PM.


There will be no meeting in October.


The next meeting will be November 1, 2016, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.