Highlights in History

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian   [caption id="attachment_26096" align="alignright" width="300"] Candid photo of police officer Charles Jones[/caption] As part of Black History Month, I would like to look at two individuals who represent two important eras in Noblesville's race relations – the post-Civil War reconstruction era and...

By Jessica Layman, Local History and Genealogy Librarian   Are you interested in the Civil War? Does your genealogy journey include Civil War ancestors? Are you interested in African American history? In the Indiana Room, we make the effort to offer resources and classes that allow researchers at any skill...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and influence and in observance of MLK Day 2023, we will be looking at a local person who was an active participant in an important event of the Civil Rights movement. [caption id="attachment_25940"...

The Creation of a Myth By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In Hamilton County, as in other places in the United States, the study of Native American life can be cluttered by myths. As if the interactions between settlers and Natives were not complex enough, there are...

Written by Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway Following up on last year’s Juneteenth Day post, there is new information that has been produced.  The first comprehensive list of African American Civil War soldiers from Hamilton County was put together by Lezli Davis and myself.  It has 46...

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator Hamilton County will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2023. In preparation for this bicentennial celebration, a new book is being created! The Bicentennial Book Committee is asking for your help. Photographs capture a moment in time, preserving a part...

Written by Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway with special thanks to Lezli Davis for new information and much of the research on individuals Juneteenth Day is a unique and important day to recognize African Americans and their role in US history. Its roots lie in the...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Every Memorial Day, we look at various sites and objects that recognize the sacrifice of American soldiers. Here in Hamilton County, there is one site that is less noticeable and maybe doesn’t get attention like the monument at Veteran’s Plaza...

Written by: Nancy Massey, Indiana Room Coordinator If you are a genealogist, someone researching the history of your home, or a student researching a famous Hoosier, then you may already know that the Indiana Room houses a specialized collection of genealogical and historical resources. So what resources...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian An announcement was posted in the local newspaper, the Noblesville Plain Dealer, on December 26, 1850, which said: “NEW YEAR’S ADDRESS – Our patrons will receive a New Year’s address.  The money received for the address will be appropriated to a...