A tour de history

The class of 2018-19 enjoyed a busy History Day in December, with a morning of presentations on the county’s past and an afternoon bus tour that touched all four corners of the county.

The morning session, held at the Hancock County Public Library, featured presentations by Tom Strickland and Rosalie Richarson of Greenfield Historic Landmarks,

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

who discussed historic photos of Greenfield captured by Mayor Ora Myers around 1910; Deana Hudson of the Hancock County Cemetery Commission, who talked about the county’s 92 pioneer cemeteries; and Paul McNeil, a librarian who talked about the county’s collection of genealogy records.

In the afternoon, the class boarded a bus — donated for the afternoon by Greenfield-Central schools — for a rolling tour. Narrated by Brigette Jones, a historian and the county tourism director, the tour offered a trove of trivia and other interesting facts about county history. The tour stopped at four places: the Octagon House in Shirley; the Fortville-Vernon Township Library; the New Palestine museum; and Nameless Creek Youth Camp.

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