Darrel Radford has been appointed the new county historian in Henry County. Radford replaces Richard Ratcliff, who retired earlier this year after serving 40 years as Henry County historian.
Radford has been a journalist for 46 years and served in editor roles in New Castle, Knightstown, Winchester and Hartford City. His column, “Historically Speaking,” has been honored by the Hoosier State Press Association.
He has co-authored two books with history teammate Doug Magers — “New Castle: A Pictorial History” and “Images of America: New Castle.” He also worked as senior writer and editor for the Indiana Senate Majority Communications Office from 2006-2012.
Recently retired from full-time newspaper duties, Radford lives in New Castle with his wife, Becky. They have two grown children, Molly and Derek, along with one granddaughter, Claire.
The Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau thank all Indiana county historians for their service and dedication to local history.
In 1981, through an effort to improve the historical communication network in the state, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau established the Indiana County Historian Program.
County historians serve as volunteers appointed by the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau to promote local history in their counties, connect individuals and groups with history resources, promote collaboration between local history organizations and maintain connections with the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau.