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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • 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.

  • Owen Historical Society News:Public roads helped grow and unite Owen

    It was moving day for the Orr family.
    By early morning, the household goods had been loaded into the wagon and the cow tied to the back. The rooster was separated from the laying hens and he was none too happy about the prospect of traveling alone in his cage. The horses were hitched and it is quite likely that tears clouded Loulu Orr’s eyes as her glance skimmed the yard and house she had called home for so many years.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Kindness can still be found across America

    “The American people are amazing.”

    These words summarized the enthusiastic description of a bike trip across America. The May trek was achieved by Bro. Greg Guy, pastor of First Christian Church in Owenton, and his daughter, Judith.
    Bro. Greg was the special guest and featured speaker at the historical society Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday. His energy was contagious as the audience traveled alongside him on his rigorous yet rewarding journey through the towns, cities and countryside of our great land.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Owen countians have always answered the call

    It stands in Owenton Cemetery, and like many such war monuments that dot the American landscape, it is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served our country in war.
    The poignant words on the back of the memorial point to the sometimes terrible price we pay for our freedoms. “How sweet to rest when life is done. With battles fought and victory won.”

  • Owen Historical Society News: First version of courthouse had a drive-thru

    It stood in the courthouse yard for many years and as the city of Owenton grew and prospered, the tree spread its branches outward and settled its massive trunk on the grassy lawn. It wasn’t long before its foliage offered relief from baking summer days and in the autumn its display of brilliant colors heralded the approach of winter.
    But over the years time and the elements weakened its roots and a recent storm lifted the stalwart giant, hurling it to the ground and leaving many saddened at its demise.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Replica reflects important part of Owen history

    She was a familiar sight in Owen County during the early part of the 20th Century.