Historical Society Fundraiser to Benefit Building Renovations

The Starke County Historical Society plans to move into this building on South Heaton Street over the summer months.
The Starke County Historical Society will use proceeds from the raffle to renovate this building on South Heaton Street.

The Starke County Historical Society is offering its supporters a shot at owning a piece Hoosier history. They’re raffling off the Indiana 200th Statehood Shotgun and NRA Indiana Hunting Tradition Rifle next month. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the New Museum Building Fund to help with renovation expenses for the former medical office building on South Heaton Street in Knox. Continue reading

Area Historians Gather in Starke County

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl
Starke County Historian Ed Hasnerl

The Starke County Museum and county historian Ed Hasnerl recently hosted a roundtable meeting of county historians. Jeanette Rooney is the Assistant Director for local history services at the Indiana Historical society. She says each of Indiana’s 92 counties has an appointed volunteer historian as part of a program co-sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau. Continue reading

Appointments Still Available for Historic Christmas Photos

Schricker Living Room TreeThere are a few appointment spaces available for photographs to be taken in the beautiful, historic home of former Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker on South Main Street in Knox.
The home, built in 1915, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next month with an open house. However, the living room has already been decorated for the Christmas season. It’s a perfect setting for a Christmas card picture, or a special keepsake photo.

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Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration Planned in San Pierre

Abraham LincolnThe unique event of a train stopping in San Pierre in 1865, which carried the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, will be remembered in that community with a program this afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Starke County Historical Society will also place a rock monument with an appropriate bronze plaque on the grounds near where the Monon Line railway, which carried the President’s body through northwestern Indiana, once operated. Continue reading

Historical Society Buys Knox Family Practice Building

Seated: Dr. and Mrs. Walter Fritz; standing, Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society.
Seated: Dr. and Mrs. Walter Fritz; standing, Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society.

Dr. and Mrs. Walter Fritz transferred ownership of the former Knox Family Practice building and parking lot at 1520 South Heaton Street in Knox to the Starke County Historical Society  yesterday in a signing ceremony at the 1st Source Bank in Plymouth.

The property is to be developed as additional display and storage space for the Starke County Museum now located at 401 South Main Street in Knox. The Main Street building, the home of former Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker, will continue to be a major area attraction. Continue reading

Starke County Historical Society Building Fund Gets a Boost

Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society, accepts a check for $5,000 from Blanche Richardson, President of the Starke County Genealogical Society, while other members of the Genealogical Society look on,  Front Row:  Ron Vendl, Alice Dolezal, Blanche Richardson, Ida Kennedy, Susie Szynalski,  Back Row:  Audrey Kinezian and Patty Williams.
Ron Vendl, president of the Starke County Historical Society, accepts a check for $5,000 from Blanche Richardson, President of the Starke County Genealogical Society, while other members of the Genealogical Society look on, Front Row: Ron Vendl, Alice Dolezal, Blanche Richardson, Ida Kennedy, Susie Szynalski, Back Row: Audrey Kinezian and Patty Williams.

The Starke County Historical Society received a check for $5,000 from the Starke County Genealogical Society on Sunday at the annual museum open house on Sunday. The gift will be added to the museum’s building and acquisition fund. The museum is currently using only the Main Street home of former Gov. and Mrs. Henry F. Schricker. Continue reading

Celebrate the Season at the Starke County Museum

Schricker Living Room Tree
This traditional Christmas tree is in the Schricker living room at the Starke County Museum.

The home of former Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker is ready for the Christmas season. A “memory tree” is at the front door on the outside, and the old fashioned Christmas tree stands fully decorated the the Schricker living room.

The Starke County Museum, which is housed in the home, will be open at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec.7th. to observe the Christmas holiday. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Visitors will also have time to make a short visit to all three floors and see the exhibits of Starke County history. Continue reading

Starke County Historical Society Announces Museum Capital Campaign

Starke County Historical Society
The Starke County Historical Society Museum is currently located in the former Gov. Henry F. Schricker home at 401 S. Main St. in Knox.

The Starke County Historical Society hopes to move its museum into a new building within the next three years. It’s currently located in the home of former Indiana Gov. Henry F. Schricker at 401 South Main Street in downtown Knox. Historical Society President Ron Vendl says the home is “jam packed with items of historical significance.” He adds there is no space left to store or display things. Family physician and longtime historical society benefactor Dr. Walter Fritz has offered to sell the historical society his medical office building at 1520 South Heaton St. to use as an additional museum. The 2,550 square-feet of space on the main floor is equal to that of the Schricker home, with an additional 2,100 square feet of storage space in the the basement. Continue reading

Studebaker to Be Featured at Annual Starke County Historical Society Meeting

StudebakerThe 40th annual meeting of the Starke County Historical Society, tonight, will feature as guest speaker, author Patrick J. Furlong, whose presentation will be “The rise and fall of the Studebaker Corporation.” Business includes the election of officers and 11 members to the board: one from each township in the county and two at-large members. The Knox schools also name representatives to the Society’s board. Continue reading