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 Historical Society Museum now has a new roof, and repairs to the porch will begin soon. 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 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.
The historical society is offering a $5.00 discount on the price of membership between now and January 1, 2018. A single membership is $20 and a family membership is $30. Please remit to the Owen County Historical Society, 206 N Main St, Owenton, KY 40359. Please join us in our efforts to preserve the history of Owen County for future generations.
Our annual Christmas celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14, at the museum. We will offer a variety of finger foods, music, fellowship and of course a delightful gift exchange game. Mark your calendars and bring along a $5 gift if you would like to join in the fun.