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. 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.
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Please stop by the museum to view our new display featuring memorabilia from Owen County fairs of the past. If you have additional items you would like to loan the historical society for this exhibit, please contact us at the number above.
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.
Currently we are seeking volunteers to help us keep the museum open on a more regular basis. We are working on an updated brochure outlining the historic significance of each room in the Hartsough House. If anyone can spend a few hours once a month to volunteer, please contact us at 502-484-2529.
Program meetings of the historical society will not be held during the months of January and February but will begin again on March 14 as we team up with the Owen County Library for an evening of Celtic music. Join us at 6 p.m. at the library as we celebrate the Irish of Owen County. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Owen County in February of 1819. Many of our programs in 2019 will highlight Owen County's Bicentennial.