Highlights in History

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian A question that I get asked occasionally as Hamilton County Historian is, “Who is the county’s biggest celebrity?”. Obviously, this is very open to debate. It depends on how you define who is or was an A-list celebrity. We did have...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian (originally published in Noblesville Magazine, a Towne Poste Network publication) While Hamilton County currently produces many quality authors, it has had a long history of literary endeavors. The list includes fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights and poets, and a few unique...

By Tori Rumschlag, Public Services Librarian Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the many achievements of women and the impact they have made in our world. Hamilton East Public Library is highlighting the ones that took Hollywood by storm with “The Women Who Built...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian For Women’s History Month, we’re going to be looking at two local women who took a different path than many women of their era and decided to delve into science and engineering. [caption id="attachment_26159" align="alignright" width="214"] Dr. Joyce HobsonImage courtesy of...

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian   It’s interesting to see how marginalized communities often develop their own forms of artistic expression. A common example is that of Black communities and music. Sometimes, there are visual arts, like painting and sculpture. Here, in Hamilton County, the Black...

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...