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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • 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.

  • 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.