‘Small Towns’ book available at drive-thru event
The Historical Society of Harrison County announces the arrival of its latest book, “Small Towns, Harrison County.”
The 96-page, 8-1/2- by 11-inch soft cover book includes more than 125 small towns and places in Harrison County, arranged alphabetically, from Barren to Zoar. All photos inside the book are in black and white with the front cover featuring 25 small town color photos and a Harrison County Map on the back.
The “Small Towns, Harrison County” book project was funded through a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission matched by the Harrison County Community Foundation.
“I’ve really had a lot of fun with this project,” said Karen Schwartz, president of the Historical Society of Harrison County. “I have been to all these places. In fact, the last page of ‘Small Towns, Harrison County’ includes my revamped version of the country classic ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ (in Harrison County) which includes a listing of all these place names that you can sing in rhyme.
“In the book, I included places that appeared on a map or came up during research, historic post office towns and places that someone suggested or sent information or photos about,” she said. “If a place is not in the book, no one submitted it and it didn’t come up during research.”
Schwartz said the book contains a “s’mattering of information and snippits about each of these places” but is not intended as a comprehensive history of each place. The centerfold of the book features a fictitious map showing the general location of each of the small towns.
“But such a map would never have really existed because some places were long gone before others appeared,” Schwartz said. “For example, North Hampton had disappeared before Harrison County railroad towns were founded.
“Of course, I realize some people will feel like there is not enough about their particular town,” she said. “I do hope this book will spur others to document information about their own small town, many of which deserve their own book.”
The Historical Society of Harrison County will host a safe, no-contact drive-thru pick up for “Small Towns, Harrison County” on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Posey House, located at 225 N. Oak St. in Corydon.
“Anyone who wants a book(s) can just turn off of Walnut Street onto Oak Street (one-way south) then turn right and drive through the parking lot north of the Posey House, pick up the desired number of books — please wear gloves— off the table and drop their donation in the hat,” Schwartz said.
The suggested price per book is $10.
“Please bring exact amount you want to donate because, due to the no-contact nature of the event, no change will be made,” Schwartz said.
Checks should be made out to the Historical Society of Harrison County.
“After picking up books, visitors can drive on through the back of the parking lot onto Water Street or they can stay for the Piano at the Posey House Concert by Jean Ann Parker from 2 to 4 that day,” Schwartz said.
The piano concert can also be heard wafting over the downtown area or by tuning to 89.1 FM radio. Piano Performances at the Posey House are also made possible through a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission matched by the Harrison County Community Foundation.
Both the book pick up and piano concert are practicing COVID guidelines, and everyone is asked to remain in their vehicles.
Anyone who would like to have a “Small Towns” book shipped through the mail should contact Schwartz by email at [email protected] or call 812-736-2373 and indicate the number of copies wanted and address where they should be sent. Donations (suggested $15, which includes shipping and handling) should be sent to Historical Society of Harrison County, c/o President Schwartz, 5850 Devil’s Elbow Road NW, Corydon, IN 47112. Checks should be made out to the Historical Society of Harrison County.
For more information, contact Schwartz at [email protected] or 812-736-2373.