Hancock County’s top historians will lead the Class of 2017-18 on a tour through the county’s history during its class day on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
History Day is the first class day following the two-day team-building retreat, which was Sept. 14-15. Its purpose is to provide an overview of the county’s history. The class covers some well-known topics but also explores some more obscure ones.
Leading those discussions will be three historians who are considered the most knowledgeable experts in the county on the area’s history:
Rosalie Richardson, a former member of the Hancock County Council who has studied the county’s history for decades. She will guide the class through a discussion about the National Road and will lead a tour of the Hancock County Courthouse.
Brigette Cook Jones, the director of county tourism, who has long been active in the Hancock County Historical Society. She will lead a tour of the Old Log Jail Museum and the Chapel in the Park. The two museums, located in Riley Park, house hundreds of artifacts from the county’s early history.
Joe Skvarenina, the county historian, who has written more than a dozen books on county history. (Copies of one of them, “Also Great,” an examination of famous and near-famous people from Hancock County, will be given to class members.) Joe will ride with the class during its tour of sites and will provide rolling commentary on points of interest along the way.
Here is a complete itinerary of History Day: