April 3, 2018


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, April 3 2018, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:35 PM with 14 members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


The president discussed the e-mail from Olivia Schultz concerning The Josiah Henson Project - a documentary which would be available for a one-time public screening for $19.00.  He had talked to the head librarian about the possibility of working together with the Society to have a showing of the DVD.  She is going to check into the project and see what can be done.  The president had tried getting in contact with Olivia Schultz but was unable to reach her.


A motion was made and seconded to pursue the showing of the documentary.  The motion carried.


A member mentioned an item that was in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer in their This Week in History column.  It stated that on April 2, 1918, at the stroke of midnight, the state of Indiana, famous as a beer producing and a beer drinking state, will enter the list of dry states.  In Rockport, six saloons will go out of business because of Prohibition.


At the last meeting it was discussed about scanning old newsletters and putting them on a flash drive that would be searchable.  The Society started publishing newsletters in January 1986 and sends them out four times a year.  A member said he and another member could scan in the copies this summer and put them on a flash drive to be sold to the public the same as the Society’s books.


A member mentioned he and four other members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War were at the Cannelton Cliff Cemetery resetting stones of Civil War Veterans.  He also mentioned that if anyone knew of other tombstones of veterans needed to be reset, to let them know.


A member announced that Steve Haaff would be giving a Lincoln presentation at the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable to be held on April 19, 2018, at the FOP Lodge, 801 Court St., in Evansville at 7:00 PM.


A member brought up the plaques which were discussed at the February meeting.  There will be three.  One for the first sheriff of Spencer County, one for Old Little Pigeon Creek Church, and one for Baker’s Creek Church.  Both churches have had active congregations since 1818.  This would be in connection with the 200th anniversary of Spencer County this year.  The type of plaque, the wording, and the placement of the plaques needs to be decided. 


A member mentioned Thomas Lincoln had made the first pulpit for the Old Little Pigeon Creek Church and it would be nice to have a replica or a picture of the pulpit to put on the plaque.


A member showed several items he and another member would be displaying at the “Tour of the Tables” at The Way dinner to be held at the Rockport Trinity Methodist Church on Thursday night, April 5, 2018.  These were Bicentennial celebration items that are going to be for sale.  They would also have order forms for the Bicentennial book which is being developed.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 7:54 PM.


The next meeting will be June 5, 2018, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.