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Historical Society helps preserve history

The Corydon Democrat continues its new feature for this year, ‘Top 26 of 2006,’ that takes a look at 26 people, places or things that our readers suggested make Harrison County a great place to live or work. The remaining 16 stories will be published before the end of the year.
Persons tracing genealogy often rely on documentation provided by others. The Harrison County Historical Society is one resource for gaining information.
A group dedicated to preserving history has existed locally for many, many years. But as with many organizations, new blood is often needed to keep the work going.
The Harrison County Historical Society got a needed boost last year when Roger and Karen Gleitz became involved. The two have a strong interest in history and genealogy.
The society ‘has programs that make Harrison County a good place to live,’ said Nina Faith of Mauckport, who made the suggestion to include the Harrison County Historical Society among the Top 26.
Faith said the group’s presentations last year included programs about the Belle of Louisville, whose former names were Idlewild and Avalon. ‘The excursion boat docked at Mauckport and Leavenworth in years past,’ she said.
Also last year, the society began meeting quarterly with relevant topics (meetings are held at the Wright Interpretative Center in Corydon); members produced a calendar of historical buildings and a professional-quality booklet, ‘Historic Corydon, Indiana, From A to Z, A Guidebook to Corydon’s Historical Sites’; had eight state historic markers refurbished; installed a stone monument for Civil War soldier Joseph Lynch at Ray’s Chapel Cemetery in O’Bannon Woods State Park; found graves and markers of Civil War soldiers in local cemeteries; added interpretive signs for the Flags Over Corydon; sponsored a ‘cemetery stroll’ and obtained grants for restoration equipment.
Faith said a program on a cemetery committee was presented by Cheryl Proctor.
‘Members of this committee have listed names in various cemeteries in the county, especially veterans of various wars,’ Faith said. And, ‘they have helped restore some small cemeteries.’
A history book of Harrison County that will contain writings by several people about their family history is in the works.
For more information about the Harrison County Historical Society, call 738-2828 or e-mail [email protected]