Floyd County Historical Society

August Meeting - Live!

Elizabeth Grennan Browning, curator of Hoosier Lifelines will present "Environmental & Social Change Along the Monon" 1847-2020.
7pm Tuesday August 24th at the Carnegie Center, 201 East Spring Street, New Albany
Visit the museum exhibits about the Monon from 5pm to 7pm before the talk

Masks and/or Vaccinations are highly recommended

Meeting schedule for 2021 - 2022 now posted at FCHSIN.org.

Stay Well!

Floyd County Historical Society History
assembled from the minutes
by Ann Baumgartle, recording secretary

Padgett Museum Now Open!

The Padgett Museum operated by the Floyd County Historical Society, located at 509 West Market Street, New Albany, Indiana, is now open.

The museum will be open every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., into December.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, artifacts from The White House, New Albany's Dept. Store are on display.
Please stop by and rekindle your interest in our great city and county.  Admission is free.
Masks and/or Vaccinations are highly recommended.

For more information, call Bob Sterrett at 812-590-2798.
Visit the society's website at FCHSIN.org.

Donations Needed


September Meeting

Tim Allen and Pam Peters will present "Freedomland Cemetery, a perspective"
7pm Tuesday September 28th in the Elsa Strassweg Auditorium,
of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library at 180 West Spring Street, COVID permitting.

From the mid-1800s to approximately 1915, the "Colored People's Burial Grounds" (as it was known on the deed records) in Floyd Co. Indiana was the primary burial place for Floyd Co.'s Black population.
The site, in excess of 4 acres in size, is literally covered with ancient graves.  A conservative estimate is that there are 300 people buried here.  Because of the enormous size of the cemetery and the density of field stone markers, some believe the actual number is a good deal higher.

Collecting Dues for 2021.  Dues are now $10 Individual, $20 Family.
Donation / Membership form

Our Community 2021 $$$

This is Our Community is given to all third graders in the county and is used to satisfy the Indiana History course requirement for all students in private, parochial, and public schools.

The 2021 version is at the printer!  Above all, we need donations to cover printing costs.  Editorial comments are welcome. 

Final 2021 document as a PDF.             web view of Our Community 2021





Other Events

Falls of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Kraig McNutt, Civil War history blogger,
will present via ZOOM: "Civil War Jeffersonville"

Mr. McNutt runs the largest Civil War history page on Facebook.  His research extends not only to the great deeds of the Civil War, but into his own family.  He is the descendant of several Union veterans.  His presentation for Falls of the Ohio Genealogical Society and Jeffersonville Township Public Library will focus on Civil War sites in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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6:30pm Thursday September 2nd

Genealogy Resources in the Maker Space (JTPL) / "The Boone Trail in Indiana" presented by Viki Harolovich
Respond to: info@FallsGenealogy.org

FOGS anticipates continuing the First Family Program for 2021.  Get started!  Get the fillable PDF Application form.     Contact: Donna Kepley Foster at 812-923-3492.   FirstFamilies@FallsGenealogy.org
2021 Brochure (First families brochure containing the pioneer surnames through the 2019 event)

Recorded Programs
Recording of FOGS August 5th program " 1849 Cholera Epidemic"
Cholera swept the country in 1849.  Mortality was great.
St Louis lost 4,557, Cincinnati 5,969, and Detroit 700.  That year, a group of young men set out from Jeffersonville, Indiana, determined to join other "Miner 49ers" in making their fortunes panning for California gold.  Their luck took a turn for the worse when they boarded a steamship at St. Louis, Missouri.  An outbreak of cholera forced the boat ashore at Jefferson City, Missouri, where the sick and dying crew and passengers were discovered by an area teenager.
presented by Gary Elliot, history writer from Jefferson City, MO.  Mr. Elliot reveals the fates of the men from Jeffersonville, some of whom have descendants in this area to this day.

Recording of FOGS July 1st program
" Louisville's Bloody Monday"
August 6, 1855, Protestant mobs attacked German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods. 22 dead, many injured and much property damage.
presented by Jim Tomes, Archivist at the Diocese of Louisville; John O'Dwyer, Ancient Order of Hibernians; and Gerald McDaniel, author of "AINDREAS the Messenger"

Recording of FOGS May 6th program
" General Washington Johnston (1776-1833)"
Indiana Pioneer, Lawyer, Politician, Free Mason, Militia-man, Anti-slavery proponent
presented by Diane Stepro, Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Recording of Harrison County Public Library's April 20th program
" From Amanda to Zerelda: Hoosier Suffragists Who Raised A Ruckus"
presented by Marsha Miller, Indiana Humanities - Speaker's Bureau

Recording of FOGS April 1st program
" Discover Indiana Tours"
presented by Diane Stepro,, Jeffersonville Township Public Library
Focusing especially on two new tours of Clark County: African American History in Clark County and Orphans of Clark County.
In the tours, you'll meet some of the most heroic, tragic, and memorable characters of Clark County's past.
More: https://publichistory.iupui.edu/tours/browse/

Recording of FOGS March 4th program
"The US Army Corps of Engineers at Louisville"
presented by Brandon Brummett, P.E., PMP, US Army Corps of Engineers

Recording of FOGS February 4th program
"Davis Floyd and the anti-slavery struggle in Southern Indiana 1802-1809"
by Bill Smith, retired lawyer, historian
transcripts: part1   the rest of the story         Davis Floyd in-depth

Recording of FOGS January 7th program
"The Burr Conspiracy"
by Zachary Distel, Curator & Program Exhibit Director at Sons of the American Revolution

Recording of FOGS November 5th program
"The Sexual and Gender Rhetoric of War: Manliness in Massachusetts during the Imperial Crisis"
by Dr. Kelly Ryan, executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University Southeast

Recorded Program: Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
"Motors and Mass Rallies" Women's suffrage program September 3rd
by Dr. Anita Morgan, IUPUI Senior Lecturer in History

Jefferson Township Library Genealogy & History Links