Peabody Singing Tower

 NORTH MANCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
 North Manchester, Indiana

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  Copyright © 2009-2019
North Manchester
Historical Society
All rights reserved.


Please contact
our Center for History
if you find
inaccuracies or
inappropriate content.


     

The Website for the
 North Manchester Center for History
is accessible at --

https://northmanchestercenterforhistory.org

Photos, Programming, Calendar Information,
Special Events, Newsletters, Meetings, Exhibits,
Excursions, Donation Opportunities, Membership,
and much more are provided there. Please bookmark
that site developed  by our Center for History..

History always transitions and evolves.
The interest and need to offer updated content, with
greater participation of our volunteers
and staff members has long been recognized.

We expect to maintain our older website which originated
in 2009 with authorization by the Board of Directors
of the North Manchester Historical Society.

Primarily, local historical research analyses
and selected databases will be featured at the
current (older) website. An on-line archive of articles
 and  research studies is accessible here.
Hyperlinks direct you to the relevant pages of info.
Several new research reports on
North Manchester and Wabash County are being
uploaded at this site. Stay tuned!.

Please be patient with all of us as we work through
this transition. Thank you for understanding.
And THANKS for your continuing support!



AN ARCHIVE OF NMHS PRESS RELEASES
(2010-2019)
 
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For future press releases, please go to the website of the
Center for History.


North Manchester Center for History

Facade Changes in 2016:

Center For History-North Manchester

1960s Oppenheim's - 3 Buildings (above)

NMCH in April 2016

1920s Oppenheim's Brick Fronts Hidden by Siding

NMCH Facade Restored, August 2016

1920s Facade Restored: August 2016

The Center for History
T-F 10-4 and Sat 10-2
Other times by appointment.
Free Admission
122 E. Main St., North Manchester, IN 46962
260-982-0672
Email:
nmhistory@cinergymetro.net
Website: https://northmanchestercenterforhistory.org

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TRAVELING IHS EXHIBITS FEATURED
Make sure you see the Traveling Exhibits
at the Center for History!

Please go to the website for our Center for History
for information on any current exhibit.


A Recent Exhibition highlighted--
Hoosiers & Their Hooch-Perspectives on Prohibition

   More>>

Last Fall's exhibit (Sep 1-Oct 13) highlighted--
INDIANA'S DISASTERS
More>>

Another exhibit examined
INDIANA'S CENTENNIAL
More>>


 55 Volunteers Honored
at April 2018 Reception
LEARN MORE>>


Center for History Celebrated
Tenth Year Anniversary

Read more...



Acme One-Room Schoolhouse, West of North Manchester

See slides of the former Acme School, located
just west of North Manchester on St. Rd. 114.
READ MORE

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Grant Street House, North Manchester

Click Here to View and Read

About Recent Projects of the
Historic Homes Preservation Group


CONTEMPORARY
OPERA CURTAIN
COMMISSIONED


Contemporary Opera Curtain with Local Advertising

Major Sponsors were: Beacon Credit Union,
Manchester University, Poet Biorefining,
Shepherd Chevrolet
READ MORE 


1946 OPPENHEIM'S MONSTER SALE ON HOSIERY
2000 Pairs of Nylon Hose Sold in 2 Hours!    READ MORE

1946 Oppenheim Nylon Hose Monster Sale


PEABODY'S SINGING TOWER LISTED ON
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

Part of North Manchester's skyline since the 1930s, the Peabody Retirement Community's Singing Memorial Tower is 110-foot commanding presence. Commissioned by Thomas Peabody and designed by well-known architect Charles R. Weatherhogg, the Tower has served as a significant local landmark since 1937. The "Singing Tower" is now listed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.READ MORE


Local Pioneer Cemeteries Restored

Krisher Cemetery, Chester Twp, Wabash County

Krisher Cemetery, Chester Twp., Wabash Co.  READ MORE
Greenwood Cemetery, Chester Twp., Wabash Co.  SLIDES


THE INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECOGNIZES
NORTH MANCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY AS
“2009 OUTSTANDING
  HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION”

On December 7, 2009, the Indiana Historical Society recognized the North Manchester Historical Society as the "Outstanding Historical Organization" for the year 2009 in Indiana. We are extremely proud to have received this annual state-wide award. Everyone is to be congratulated for their hard work and continuing efforts. This special recognition is given annually to a local or county historical society, organization or site in Indiana "which has demonstrated remarkable public services and programs to its community." The awards dinner and ceremony took place in the Eli Lilly Hall of the Indiana Historical Society building in Indianapolis.

Pictured in the middle of above photo is Tom Hoback, Board of Trustees Chair of the IHS. On the left is Nancy J. Reed, Director of the Center for History, and on the right is Bill Eberly, NMHS President (2009).


 ACCESSIONS AT THE CENTER FOR HISTORY

(For information on recent accessions, go to the
Center for History website.)


 


School Teacher with Pupils Drawing
Did your ancestor teach school in 1860
in Wabash County before the Civil War?


According to the 1860 Federal Census, 65 teachers
were living in Wabash County, Indiana.

Click here
 to see names of those who were teaching here at that time in 1860.

Find out if your ancestor was teaching school in Wabash County
in 1940 (eighty years ago). Click here.


Wabash County Teachers in 1870

Wabash County Teachers in 1880

Wabash County Teachers in 1900

Wabash County Teachers in 1910

Wabash County Teachers in 1920

Wabash County Teachers in 1930


Doctor-Boy-Stethoscope
A total of 33 persons were identified as
DOCTOR or PHYSICIAN
in the 1940 U.S. Census
as living in Wabash County IN.

How many can you name?

see list


Learn about High-Wheelers
and the Early Bicycles
Click Here


Nineteenth-Century High-Wheeler


Nineteenth-century Ordinary


 
Do You Know the Difference Between
PLANK ROADS and CORDUROY ROADS?


Plank Road Construction

Five Plank Roads existed in 1860
in Wabash County IN
read more>>



North Manchester Video Now Available
"A Sense of Place"...click here for more info

SMITHSONIAN-CURATED EXHIBIT
COMING TO NORTH MANCHESTER
IN MARCH-MAY 2020

READ MORE>>


Marshall House, North Manchester

Interior Views at the Marshall House (2016)
SEE IMAGES>>            READ MORE>>






NMHS President Mary Chrastil Honored With IHS Award, December 2013

Former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Congratulates
NMHS President Mary Chrastil On IHS Award
December 2, 2013        
READ MORE>>



Covered Bridge Major Repairs
SEE "UNCOVERED" BRIDGE, OCTOBER 2013

Did You Know...
Click on this link and discover
fascinating historical facts and
other remarkable nuggets of info
relating to the North Manchester area.



2012-2013 STREETSCAPE PROJECT
North Manchester's Main & Walnut Streets
VIEWS & PROGRESS  &  FINISHED SCENES IN 2013


RARE OPERA CURTAIN WAS RESTORED
AND UNVEILED ON MAY 15, 2012
 AT THE CENTER FOR HISTORY

PROGRAM COMMENCED AT 7 P.M.
Entertainment included comic opera
given by Manchester College students.

Newly Restored Opera Curtain

With local commercial advertising, curtain is more than 100 years old!
SEE MORE


RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
FOR THE MILLER BARN ROOM
AT THE CENTER FOR HISTORY

Miller Barn Room Dedication

On April 2, 2010 the Miller Family was recognized for their generous gift to the Center for History of a remarkable collection of antique farm equipment. Gathered together for this red ribbon cutting ceremony were relatives and friends of Harold and Eleanor Miller, along with members of the North Manchester Historical Society and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Historical Society.  
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CHAMBER HONORS NMHS WITH 2009
 "SPIRIT OF THE COMMUNITY" AWARD
  


Pictured, front, l-r, Ferne Baldwin, Debbie Chinworth, Mike Mckee,
Karl Merritt; back, Joyce Joy, Darlene Bucher, Nancy Reed.

More photos and articles about the IHS and Chamber of Commerce awards
...READ MORE


                   DEWITT AUTO IN 2009 FUNFEST PARADE

Russ Reahard pilots the high-wheeling DeWitt auto replica in the 2009 FunFest parade on Main Street. Enjoying the chauffeured ride are Bill and Eloise Eberly. Bill in 2009 was President of the North Manchester Historical Society.

John Knarr, photographer.



        TWO DEWITT REPLICAS NOW ON EXHIBIT

Have you seen both replica models of the DeWitt automobile at the Center for History?
DeWitt Motor Vehicle Co.
North Manchester, IN
1908-1910.  READ MORE.


Check out more DeWitts at Egolf Auction,
Rochester IN, November 2011.
CLICK HERE
See Dolly Parton in her DeWitt at Dollywood, TN.