The Historical Society Museum now has a new roof, and repairs to the porch are completed. If you would like to donate to help pay for these necessary repairs, please send your tax deductible gift to the Owen County Historical Society at 206 North Main St. Owenton, KY 40359. Please designate that your donation is for a new roof. Thanks to all who have donated to this vital renovation.
The historical society has recently acquired three 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.
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.
Kentucky River Marauders is a collection of stories and newspaper articles detailing atrocities perpetrated by gangs in Owen, Henry and Shelby counties during and after the Civil War. Also included are delightful stories of members of the Low Dutch Colony who settled on the waters of Six Mile Creek in frontier days. Please click on our Publications page for prices.
In April historical society members Bobby and Stella Gibson will be working on new displays in both the museum and the courthouse. They plan to highlight Owen County fairs of the past. If you have fair memorabilia you would like to loan the historical society for this upcoming exhibit, please contact us at 502-484-2529.
A documentary video featuring the inspiring true life story of Owen Countian, Harry Clark Karsner, and his Gospel Plane ministry is available for viewing at https://historyinyourownbackyard.com/video/karsner-air-field-monterey-kentucky.
To encourage our present members and to attract new ones, the historical society is offering a special discount. For a limited time a single membership is $20 and a membership for the entire family is $30. Please join us in our endeavors to preserve our history and traditions.
Our next program meeting on Thursday May 10 will feature guest speaker Stuart Sanders of the Kentucky Historical Society. Mr. Sanders will present a program on Emilie Todd Helm, rebel sister-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln. Join us at the Oddfellows Hall at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments. The program begins at 7:00.