September 5, 2017


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:30 PM with 13 members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given.   


The Society had received another donation through the U. S. Bank Employee Giving Program.  A Thank You note was sent to the donor along with a gift membership to the Society.  The Society received an e-mail thanking us for the newsletter.


A member had received an e-mail about the Lincoln Discovery multi-use trail that is to be made from Lincoln City to Santa Claus.  He forwarded the e-mail to another member who was interested in serving on the committee and replying to the information.  The member was possibly going to ask for the State to place an historical marker on the trail as the state destroyed the site when they upgraded Highway 162.


He had also received an inquiry from the Putnam County Museum which was in the process of rewriting their by-laws.  They asked for a copy of the Society’s by-laws.  He stated that they were posted online on the Society’s website.


The president mentioned he had received a note from the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial asking the Society to work with the National Park Service to make a list of places that could be put on the National Register of Historical Places.


The president announced that someone has interviewed people who were involved in the making of “The Kentuckian” in 1954 in Rockport at the Lincoln Pioneer Village.  He would like to show his documentary to the Society on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  It was agreed that the Society would hold a short meeting on November 7 in the Genealogy Room and then go downstairs to the large conference room to see his presentation.  The program would be advertised in the local papers and the public would be invited.


The banquet was discussed.  The Society will be able to decorate on Friday, September 8 at 5:00 PM.


The president reported that the Spencer County Bicentennial Committee needed to set-up a bank account separate from the Society.  They would use the same tax number, but it would be a totally separate account with someone else managing the money.  A motion was made and seconded to allow the committee to use the Society’s tax number.  The motion carried.


A member informed the group that while she was looking for a picture of Mr. Evans for the Historian of the Year Banquet, she talked to the son of the local photographer who had been taking pictures of events and people in Spencer County since 1946 up to the 1980’s.  He is in the process of scanning in all of the photos.  He has the photographs of everything his dad has taken through the years.  When he gets finished, he would possibly like to make a book of the pictures.   He also stated that he would like to talk to the Society in the future.  


A member mentioned there was an article in the Evansville Courier and Press about the Dubois County talk on the Buffalo Trace on Tuesday, October 19.             


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:12 PM.


There will be no meeting in October.


The next meeting will be November 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.