Our Featured Exhibit for 2019
CLUES TO OUR PAST:
Digging into Primary Sources
Greentown Historical Society's first exhibit of 2019 opened March 2.
Visitors will be able to see and use original texts, maps and historical documents from the
mid-1800s through mid-20th century. You will find maps, atlases, township trustees
records, court ledgers of the various justices of the peace, and more.
The exhibit will be open from March 10 through November 18, on Saturdays and Mondays
from 1-4 p.m., Sunday from 2-4 p.m., and by appointment by calling 765-628-3800.
The History Center is located at 103 East Main Street, Greentown and is handicap accessible.
In addition to this short-term exhibit, you may wish to visit the G.H.S. Research Library in
the Bank Annex. There you can find many sources of family history and genealogical
research; local, county and state history; and a vertical file of miscellaneous sources of
Most of our visitors may be unaware of the kinds of historical documents, texts and maps
available in the archives of the Greentown Historical Society. Because of their great age and
fragile condition, they are usually stored in cushioned boxes in a controlled environment.
However, for this exhibit they are out in display cases for history seekers to open and read
and learn about our past from primary sources.
Begin by taking a seat on our comfy bench and dig into a wide collection of cookbooks
from a variety of organizations. You may find an old favorite that takes you back to Sunday
dinner at Grandma's. Our docent will gladly copy a favorite recipe for you. From the same
seat, you can browse through personal scrapbooks of teenagers, young marrieds, a
saleswoman's collection, and the 1965 tornado.
The glass display cases are set at 45-degree angles so the visitor will feel invited to examine
the primary research sources. When you find a volume of interest, put on the white cotton
gloves, carefully pick up the text and take it to the reading table. You will find maps, atlases,
township trustees records, court ledgers of the various justices of the peace, and more.
Some of these texts have indexes compiled by volunteers that will give you a quick search of
names contained in the texts. The visitor can narrow down his search by using these indexes
to save a little time.