Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Outstanding Historical Organization Award to the Dubois County Museum at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Outstanding Historical Organization Award is made annually to a local or county historical society, organization or site in Indiana which has demonstrated remarkable public services and programs to its community.
The Dubois County Museum, Inc., was opened in 1999 after two years of planning by a group of citizens who desired to create a museum for Dubois County. For the first five years of its existence, the museum operated in the historic Gramelspacher-Gutzweiler Building, but more space was eventually needed.
In 2003, the museum was gifted the former Jasper Corporation building, and more than 150 volunteers set about completing the moving, rearranging and light remodeling necessary to make the 145,000-square-foot structure the museums new home. The location opened in 2004, and the number of local item donations began to increase.
Today, the Dubois County Museum is committed to the collection, preservation and interpretation of historical artifacts and information important to the citizens of the county. Museum operations, including free admission for all guests, are funded by annual memberships, donations and gifts from visitors, area residents and businesses. The museum staff consists entirely of volunteers.
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.