By: Rachel Hill Ponko—
Muncie, IN—A project preserving the history of communities across Delaware County is the recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) 2019 Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award.
IHS is proud to honor the Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) and board members Bob and Karen Good for “Remember When.” The project invites residents past and present to share local histories and stories of their community.
Each month, DCHS members travel to a different city or township where they examine artifacts, scan documents and photos, and hear personal memories of the area. To date, more than 400 people have taken part in the project and attended meetings from Daleville to Albany and Gaston to Selma.
“The opportunity to discover stories, photographs and more has been exciting and fruitful, resulting in an expanded database of documents, photographs and artifacts for the DCHS collection,” said James B. Waechter, recently retired DCHS executive director. “The project has enriched the ability of the Historical Society to provide better documentation and research materials to the community.”
In addition, the program has increased DCHS memberships and visitors and helped solidify the organization’s status as the county historical society. For more information about DCHS or the “Remember When” project, call (765) 282-1550 or visit www.delawarecountyhistory.org.
About Founders Day
The 2019 Indiana Outstanding Event or Project Award is one of 13 being presented at IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. The Founders Day event, sponsored by Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., celebrates the accomplishments of historians, teachers, writers and businesses around the state, as well as the work of IHS. For more information on Founders Day and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.