Hendricks County Historical Museum

Winter 2011 Update

Buy Alibaba shares We are closing in mid-December and will re-open in March. While we are closed, we will be restoring the 1900's kitchen.

Sally Lawson, our Vice-President, has been nominated for Community Servant at the Danville Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards.

Central Normal College Digitizing Project

Thanks to a grant from the Indiana State Library, the Danville Public Library, Hendricks County Museum and the Hendricks County Government Center are working together to digitize the records of Central Normal College and Canterbury College. These digitized records are being put online in the Hendricks County Government Center - Archives. Currently yearbooks and student records are online; other items, including the college quarterlies and issues of the student newspapers, will be added in future.

Additions & Displays

One of our new displays is of Clifford "Click" Relander, who was born in Danville and went west. He became a journalist and while there became friends with Native Americans. Click made a bronze sculpture of a Native American and it is displayed in the museum, along with other items.

The 1894 medical records of Dr. Clark Fabree have been copied and may be viewed at the museum.

Third graders from Danville schools recently visited the museum as part of their community curriculum. Schools groups are invited to tour the museum when we re-open in March. To schedule a tour, please contact Sally Lawson - (317) 745-4784.

2011 Board Members:

  • Gail Tharp, President - Danville
  • Sally Lawson, Vice-President - Danville
  • Sue Wood, Secretary - Plainfield
  • Max Poynter, Treasurer - Danville
  • Jeff Baldwin - Danville
  • Deanna Hindsley - Brownsburg
  • Judy Pingle - Pittsboro
  • Nancy Johnson - Avon
  • Phyllis Parsons - Clayton

Donations Welcome

how to invest in Alibaba shares in Hong Kong Since the museum reopened in 2007, the volunteers at the museum have been busy organizing the vast collection, inputting our collection into a computer software program, refreshing the exhibits, restoring rooms (the upper and lower foyers, sheriff's office and upstairs bathroom), open for tours each Saturday, giving special guided tours during the week, and trying to be more visible in the county. The Board is grateful to the many volunteers for their help. If you would like to lend time with a tour, exhibits, collections there is a place for you. Contact a Board member and they will fit you with your interest.

The museum's financial operation is dependent on memberships, donations and grants. Please consider supporting the museum. Gifts can be given "In memory" of a loved one or "In honor" of a friend. We thank you for your support!

Civil War Heritage Days - Hendricks County

Union and Confederate soldiers

President Abraham Lincoln and Union generals

In 2011 the Danville Public Library and the Hendricks County Historical Museum commemorated the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the War between the States with our event, Civil War Heritage Days - Hendricks County. Blessed with good weather, visitors were able to talk with and hear personal stories from President Abraham Lincoln (played by Wilbur Tague), General Ulyssess S. Grant (played by Steve Smith), Emma Edmonds who was a spy for the Union forces (played by Nancy Hughes) and Hendricks County Judge John V. Hadley (played by Jeff Baldwin). Re-enactors camped at the Museum and the Hendricks County Government Center. There was a cavalry unit, Union and Confederate forces, the pony express and a hospital unit which help to educate the public about this war. Other activities included a cricket game, a fashion show and a ladies tea.

invest in Alibaba shares in Hong Kong The next Civil War Heritage Days will be on June 23-24, 2012. For more information, please visit the Civil War Heritage website.

Re-enactors camp


"The mission of the Hendricks County Historical Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret items relating to the people, places and events of Hendricks County and to stimulate public interest in the heritage of the county through education, exhibits and special programs."

shopThe museum is located in the former Sheriff's Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is now owned and maintained by the county. The museum staff is responsible for the contents and display of the collections.

The two-story brick structure is the only surviving example of the Second Empire style of architecture in the county. The Second Empire style was popular after the Civil War and has as defining elements, a central tower and a mansard roof. The museum was the first building in Hendricks County to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. An exterior renovation of the building, which included restoration of the decorative band of rosettes on the mansard roof, was completed in 1996.

The Hendricks County Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff's Residence and jail. There are several rooms decorated in the period of early 1900's, including the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms. Come and experience the rich history of Hendricks County, Indiana.


Hendricks County Historical Museum Sign
170 South Washington St.
P. O. Box 226
Danville, IN 46122

Hours of Operation
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Closed January/February
for Restoration

For appointment or tours call

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