November 6, 2018


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:32 PM with 11 members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


The secretary passed around pictures of the sign that had been placed at the Y-intersection in Dale, Indiana concerning where Abraham Lincoln attended school.  She also had a brochure from Histories for Kids and the programs they have available.


A member told about a possible meeting place for the Society at the Rustic in Rockport, Indiana.  He had a list of advantages and disadvantages and a picture of a recent class reunion held in their Patio Room.


Since the Historian of the Year Banquet was called off, a member passed out copies of the programs he had prepared for the banquet.  Copies of a booklet he prepared about the History of the Rockport Press were also handed out.


A member suggested that if the Society wishes to honor someone next year, instead of having a banquet, just have a short ceremony downstairs in the library with punch and cookies and give the honoree a plaque.


After several suggestions about what to do with the plaques, a member suggested -- go into each paper’s office with a dozen doughnuts and the plaque and present it to them there.  Everyone approved of the idea.


The president mentioned the October 14, 2018, memorial service which was held at the Old Christian Cemetery in Gentryville, Indiana, for John and Jemima McCoy by Tom Brauns.


The president also reported two members did a tour of the Dale Cemetery for the second graders at David Turnham in Dale.  They told about the historic people buried in the cemetery.


The Community Foundation was discussed concerning the Spencer County Historical Fund.  So far there has been no information on the amount of the account and how to access the account.


A member mentioned, among the Gentry cousins, they have donated $585.00 toward the upkeep of the Gentry cabin at the Lincoln Pioneer Village.  As the member predicted, this surpasses the donation made by the Society.


A member informed the Society she and another member will be decorating a Christmas tree for the George Honig Room at the Lincoln Pioneer Village for their Christmas “Treemendous” celebration on December 1, 2018.  They will also have Society books available for sale.


The president said they only had three Bicentennial books left and they had ordered another 150 books.  Two members are going to proofread the corrections that had been made and hopefully the reprinted books will be ready soon.


The wording on the two church plaques has finally been approved.  After some discussion on the size of the plaques, a motion was made and seconded to upgrade the size and cost of the two plaques.  The motion carried.  When the plaques are completed, there will be a short dedication after a church service some Sunday in the near future.


A member made his presentation of the wording for a plaque about his ancestor who lived in the cave below the bluff.  The wording was acceptable with one addition.  Since the plaque now in the cave spells the name as Langford, it was suggested that he put Lankford (Langford) in the wording so people can realize that it is the same person with different spelling.  His ancestor signed his Last Will and Testament as Lankford.


The president mentioned a member was working on a time capsule that would contain items from the Spencer County’s 2018 Bicentennial to be stored at the Library and to be opened in 2068.  He is going to put ads in the county newspapers to ask for donated items.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM. 


The Society will have a dinner meeting at the Rustic in Rockport, Indiana, at 6:30 PM on December 4, 2018.


The next business meeting will be February 5, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.