It's getting closer, we'll soon have a brand new History Center and with it a brand new Archive Department. Every day that I visit more and more is getting done. We will have an Archive room, a library, a gift shop, several galleries, a Museum storage, 2 large meeting halls, and a log room with a fireplace. We are counting down and hopefully we will get to start moving around the first week of November. Unfortunately the Archives will have to be closed for a week or two. We will still be able to take your queries, but please be patient while we pack and unpack our old documents, etc. Hope you all can come visit us in our new building. We should be all set up and ready to go by December of this year, 2014.
Christmas is almost upon us. I've seen several of my friends compiling family histories to give out as Christmas presents. Or they've reordered genealogy books that they have found useful to give to some of their family members. This is something some of you must think about if you haven't done it yet. Even if you don't think your family members are as interested in the family history as you are, time changes all things.
I've found published family histories of my family lines - the Dunns and Conners - from a distant cousin and now they are my prized possessions. This distant cousin probably never even thought that another distant cousin would have found her work, much less loved finding it. I shared some of my early work at a family reunion several years ago, but now I've found so much more it's about time to share again.
Even if you don't think anyone else in your family cares or maybe you don't have any direct descendents of your own, think again. There is always someone out there sometime that will be very grateful that you did it and was unselfish enough to share it with so-called strangers (distant cousins). It may not be Christmas when they find it, but it will be just as fun as getting a Christmas present.
Brown County is beautiful in the Fall, visitors are our mainstay. The Historical Society has many events occurring in the fall so check back to our website often to see if there is anything that will interest you or your family. As always the Pioneer Village is open on weekends and holidays.
During the week is the best time to walk around Nashville and tour the shops. For those family historians the Archives is open every Tuesday for those of you who want to do research on your Brown County ancestor. The Historical Society's main focus for research are those otherwise hard to find records that you may not be able to find at the Courthouse or the Library. Hope to see you soon either as tourist or those with Brown County roots.
It's that time of year again, summer, when the family historian is planning that research trip to find their ancestors. Or you may be coming back to the home county of your grandparents to attend the family reunion. Why not stop by the local library, courthouse, or historical society to do a little research for that elusive great grandparent? Make sure you do your pre-planning before you leave home. Look up all the places you plan to do research in. What are their hours of operation? Where are the particular records you are looking for? Make sure if they're only open on that one day a week that that is the day you plan to be there and maybe not 2 days too late.
The new family historian should start at the local library - they are open late hours and 7 days a week. The courthouse has limited business hours so you'll have to plan what offices you want to spend your time in the most. If you are on a limited time schedule you need to prioritize your research area in case you run out of time. Come well prepared with family group sheets, pedigree charts, and a list of your intended accomplishments. Good luck, we hope to see some of you this summer. Remember, we are only open on Tuesdays so put that on your research schedule.
It's time for our Society to make some changes. Going forward to make our dream a reality, we are working toward a new History Center. For that reason our Archives will be moving to downtown Nashville at 46 E. Gould Street (red building) across from the Pioneer Village. We will get better visibility from the public and be closer to the goings-on in downtown Nashville. This will make it easier for would-be researchers to find us. We will be just down the street from the Courthouse, the County Office building, and the Public Library. So researchers will be in easy walking distance to all if you are of a mind to.
Our move will be going on during the month of October, so if you are planning a research trip during this month, please be patient with us as we may be packing and moving during your visit. We will still be open on Tuesdays from noon til 3:00 p.m. Just look for us in the new location. Please call ahead to 812-988-2899 to let us know when you are coming so we can set aside some time for you during the move.
Our Archives had an Open House back in February and it was a success. We were able to connect with new county residents, artists, county government officials, and interested amateur county historians/genealogists. We plan to do it again next year. We were also able to gain some donations via new equipment and some contacts with our local county officials. It's always nice to have a good working relationship with those that may sometime in the future want to hand down some old county records!
For those of you that want to visit the Archives for historical or genealogical research you can contact us via phone on Tuesdays at 812-988-6089. You can also contact me via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is always best to contact us first before you visit so we can better help you. The Archives are located at 1934 State Road 135 N, Nashville, Indiana. We are about a mile or so north of town next to the Orchard Motel.
The Brown County Historical Society's Archives is located just north of Nashville, Indiana on S. R. 135. Our Archive houses anything to do with Brown County History - from genealogy to Circuit Court records to old newspapers to different topics on the county's history since its founding in 1837. For those that want to visit the Archive to do research we are open Tuesdays from noon til 3:00 p.m. If you are traveling from out of state it is best to call before coming. Our bigest topic for research so far as been genealogy. We get occasional requests to research house history, veterans organizations, and old photos. We should have something on about any Brown county topic for the casual researcher to the more experienced.
Thank you for looking over the prototype of the new Historical Society Website. As with all things...new, there are sure to be things that need to be changed, fixed, redone, deleted, and otherwise tweaked :)
Please let me know in very specific detail, what you want editted. Slideshows, photos, etc are easy to fix if I have the photos to upload.
The blog is a place where Ivan can post articles; Rhonda can feature articles and photos from the archives; Jeanette can talk about genealogy; Pete can talk about programs; Julia can write about pioneer village, history center, etc.... you get the picture