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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Owen Historical Society News: Songs of war become part of legacy

    “When our boys have crossed the ocean. There to die in No Man’s Land
    Oh, what true and brave devotion. As we see them take their stand.
    We will pray for their returning. And we’ll keep the home fires burning;
    We will one and all be true. While our boys are nobly dying
    For the flag. Red, White and Blue.”

  • Owen Historical Society News: Poplar Grove has a history of its own

    It stands atop a slight rise facing Highway 127. Its alabaster exterior evokes a picturesque portrait of a country church waiting to usher a community of believers into a worshipful haven. Though small, the vestibule has the honor of both welcoming visitors and members; and  is a place at the end of a service for handshaking as the congregation adamantly declares approval of the sermon.
    For almost 100 years, the small, white church has faithfully served the community of Poplar Grove in northern Owen County.

  • Owen Historical Society News: History from another perspective

    They say that I am old. That is true; and yet I was not one of the first to gaze upon the land we know today as Owen County. It has been said that the McAfees were some of  the first white men to explore the area in 1773.They made camp at the mouth of Mill Creek where present day Perry Park stands.
    When other families arrived the forests were cleared, cabins were erected; and soon on every farm those like me settled on the land; and in doing so we took our place in the annals of history.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Shopping was an adventure

    Somehow the conversation always seemed to revert back to history.
    Though the occasion was a birthday party for historical society member Margaret Alice Murphy, the ghosts of Owen countians took center stage.
    Stories of hucksters and Owen County general stores brought the phantoms to life and created a lively atmosphere in which to reminisce.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Hunting was part of youth

  • Owen Historical Society News: Early photos preserved history

    They were dressed alike, and as the two young men gazed at the camera from beneath jaunty caps atop their heads, all the anticipation and zest for life was  reflected in their eyes.

  • Christmas is time to look back and forward

    It was like coming back home for Christmas. Elbow room was in short supply, and if you were lucky enough to find a seat it was wise to stay put. The lights and homemade ornaments on the tree seemed to embrace the nostalgic atmosphere and beckoned the crowd to gather round to talk, laugh and remember.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Parades remain a strong part of Americana

    Though made of iron, the horse’s silhouette seemed to wiggle with delightful anticipation. His movement may have been the result of vibrations from the flatbed trailer upon which he stood, or perhaps it was just a bit of the Christmas magic which filled the air during the Owen County Christmas Parade Dec. 2.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Students learn a lesson about Christmas past

    Each was unique. Some showed evidence of being painstakingly cut and carefully crafted by small hands. Others bore marks of well thought-out planning. Not all had been signed, but those that were revealed names such as Jasmine, Hailey, Brie, Hannah, and Rachel.
    For this Christmas season, the tree in the parlor at the historical society museum will reflect nostalgic times in Owen County when families constructed their own ornaments, made homemade gifts and despite the lack of material things, celebrated Christmas with great joy.

  • Historical Society News: Our animals play vital role in local history

    Since ancient times they have offered us transportation, companionship, and at times served as food. They worked tirelessly, expecting very little in return, and they have created a special place in the hearts of mankind.
    Through the years, the importance of animals cannot be denied, especially in  rural areas such as Owen County.
    Early settlers depended on their horses and mules to pull wagons, plow fields, and transport their owners  to visit  families and friends.