Highlights in History

Researching Mrs. Dr. Wheeler By: Nancy Massey Goodness! February is fast coming to a close!  Next month is Women’s History month.  What better way to celebrate than to honor your female ancestor by researching her lifestory.  Discover resources and search techniques when you attend Researching Your Female Ancestoron...

200 Years of African American History By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the newest edition of the Hamilton County Business Magazine, I’ve done an article on a special anniversary – the bicentennial of the African American experience in Hamilton County. Many of the stories that I refer to...

Early Noblesville Street Names and Numbers By: Sherri Bonham Did you know that the Noblesville street names and numbers that we rely on were not always so? There were no numbered streets in early Noblesville, only streets with names, like Conner. The north/south streets did not become numbers,...

Digitizing Family Photos By: Nancy Massey Holidays often bring families together for fun times, great meals, and opportunities to take family photos. I love photos! I love taking them, looking at them, and making sure they will last longer than my lifetime. My granddaughters inherited that gene.  I...

Noblesville Nickelodeons By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Long before the television network Nickelodeon existed, there were real places that were given this name. These were small theaters where it cost five cents to see the show, usually a silent film with some live entertainment.  Some evolved into...

Christmas a Century Ago By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian When the Christmas holiday rolled around in 1918, it was an odd sort of time, and this was pointed out in an editorial in the Ledger on Christmas Eve.  The First World War had just ended on November...

Family Stories: Fact or Fiction By: Nancy Massey I had an uncle who was not only the unofficial family historian but who told the best family stories. Each time he told a story about a family ancestor, he embellished it from the last time he told it. When I...

White River Island By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As the Riverwalk nears completion and the new White River Vision project gets underway, we are doing more exploration of the history of the river and noticing new details. For example, one would presume that the island just south...

Noblesville Music Hall By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Noblesville has seen a variety of performance venues over the years.  The first was the “City Hall” (a space above where Smith Jewelers and Noble Coffee and Tea is today) in the 1870’s.  Then Leonard Wild built his first...

Have You Visited the Indiana Room Webpage? By: Nancy Massey Well, if you are reading this blog; then the answer is yes!  However, there is more to the Indiana Room webpage than this blog. Let’s take a quick look. First, you will find a description and location of...