Our current exhibit at the museum features a history of the local DAR chapter. Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
The roof of the museum needs to be replaced, and other structural repairs are necessary. We would be most grateful for any donation to assist us in these vital restoration efforts. Donations may be sent to: The Owen County Historical Society, 206 North Main St., Owenton, KY 40359. Please note on your check that it is a donation to replace the roof. Our thanks in advance for your support.
Our next program meeting on October 12 will feature Owen Countian, Don Crupper as guest speaker. Mr. Crupper will share his memories of the Fortner Ridge one-room school which he attended as a boy, the Lusby Mill area and happenings in the community during World War II.
The historical society has recently acquired two new books to offer for sale at the museum and on our web site.1812 Kentuck Is Coming, by members Bonnie Strassell and Christina Murphy, is dedicated to Kentuckians who fought in the War of 1812, especially patriots from the Owen County area. The biographies of 86 men are included along with accounts of important battles, reminisces of the war, personal stories and an entertaining tale about a pig who "joined" the Kentucky militia during the Battle of the Thames.
Reflections Of A Riverman is a compilation of 38 articles written by Charles Johnson and published in the Owenton News Herald beginning in the 1950's. Mr. Johnson (1896-1969) was a riverboat pilot on the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers and a charter member of the Owen County Historical Society. His articles include colorful stories of Owen County's past, family histories, Civil War stories and tales of life on the river. The book also features many colorful pictures and photographs. Please click on our Publications page for prices.