Highlights in History

The Construction of the First National Bank Building By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With Key Bank closing its downtown Noblesville branch, that will be the end of 109 years of banking on that corner. However, the structure itself is unique with regard to other Noblesville buildings. There...

Indiana Fiction By: Sherri Bonham The Indiana Room at the Noblesville Library is most often thought of as providing local history and genealogy resources. However, the Indiana Room also contains a collection of fiction books by Hamilton County and Indiana authors, some old and some new. Milford Anness was...

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...