Feb 23, 2013

AWTHS news and updates

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, will host Historian Tom Franklin, on March 14, 7 p.m. Franklin, who has an extensive background in western fur trade and mountain men, is on the Board of Directors of Randolph County Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the Mississinawa Battlefield Society. He will be dressed in costume telling the story of trading post owner, David Conner.

The first-person presentation will recount Conner’s arrival in Greenville about 1810, his move to Ft. Recovery, an Indian territory, and the establishment of a trading post on the Mississinawa. The Pioneer Fur Trader will focus on the summer of 1812 in the Indiana Territory and share his experiences with the historical society. Conner, who moved westward with the Indians, was a gruff man who did not like trading with the white man. Later, he moved westward into Indian territory ending in Grant County, Indiana about 1825 owning about 2000 acres.

This presentation is open to the public.

In other news:

The Arcanum Wayne Trails Historical Society, 123 West George St., Arcanum, will be open March 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

This month’s feature is Random News with actual newspaper clippings from the old Arcanum Times highlighting Arcanum, Bradford, Castine, Gettysburg, Gordon, Ithaca, Laura, New Madison, Palestine, Pitsburg, Verona, and West Manchester.

Also featured are the 1925 Directory for Monroe, Franklin, Twin, & Van Buren Townships; Darke Co. Farm & Business Directory for 1949-1951; 1936 Darke County Directory; and Eldorado, New Paris & West Manchester 1957. These are good resources to see where your family lived in these time periods. Also available (and a great source for those preparing for upcoming school alumni or class gatherings), are Arcanum yearbooks and graduating class pictures from early 1900s and on CD up to the present and also F-M of 1953-2010 and certain years from Franklin School.

The AWTHS will feature local homesteads during May, which is National Historical Preservation Month. The society is seeking information, research, history, or photos of farms and homesteads in Southern Darke County to be part of the exhibit. The society’s reference library has tips on how to research your home. For information on this, call Annette Stewart, 692-6462. Documents can be e-mailed to webmaster@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org or dropped off at the AWTHS house in Arcanum during open hours.

Euchre Parties are held every first and third Friday of the month, 1 – 3:30 p.m. No partner needed is needed in advance to participate as well as no advanced reservations, just come, play Euchre and enjoy the afternoon.

The Spring Fling and Barn Siding Yard D├ęcor sale held by the Historical Society at Old Fashions Day will be the kickoff event prior to the return of the Farmers Market during the summer. The Spring Fling sale will feature chairs of all kinds, wooden, decorated, slatted back, metal chairs and more and delicious homemade goods of ready to use or freeze items.

As always, the Historical Society is accepting any donated items for use in the spring sale, garage sale and Christmas Bazaar. Items may be left on the front or back porch at any time. Continuation, and highly appreciated, is the aluminum can project for recycling. Cans may be left on the back porch.

Look for current events, historical research and membership information on the website of the society at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.


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