"Young Liddy and Asa White are thrilled to go on a hog drive all the way to and from Colimbus, Indiana, in 1851. Hogs were a very important commodity, providing food, jobs, and income for many local families. Along the journey, they hear stories of a famous opera singer, Jenny Lind. Wht an accomplishment it would be to have her sing in their small town! Arrangements are made with P. T. Barnum, but it will take a good hog year to bring the "Swedish Nightingale" to sing in Madison." The book is 103 pages, soft-cover, 8.5" x 11".
Plat maps for the year 1878 originally published by S. W. Briggs & Co. with maps of Jefferson County and Graham, Hanover, Lancaster, Madison, Milton, Monroe, Republican, Saluda, Shelby, Smyrna Townships, the City of Madison and historical information.
Creator: Vivian L. Shatley
The map book is comb-bound, 34 pages, 11″ x 17″.
Plat maps for the year 1900 originally published by S. W. Briggs & Co. with maps of Jefferson County and Graham, Hanover, Lancaster, Madison, Milton, Monroe, Republican, Saluda, Shelby, Smyrna Townships, the City of Madison and historical information. A land owner name index is also included.
Creator: Vivian L. Shatley
Comb-bound, 13 pages, 11″ x 17″
This is a listing of historical events, news items and interesting occurrences relating to the history of Madison, IN, collected from the files of the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Madison Courier Year in Review series and various other sources. This book was compiled by Bob Thomas for the 2009 Madison Bicentennial Celebration. It is a soft-cover, comb-bound book of 47 pages.
This is a thesis by Alexandra Edwards Curry written in 1969 for a degree of Master of Arts in History from Butler University. The thesis covers concerts, dramatic presentations, minstrel shows and miscellaneous acts, and lectures that took place in New Albany and Madison in the 1850’s. This is a soft-cover, comb-bound book of 111 pages.
This is a soft-cover, comb-bound book of 194 pages. The book is a transcription of the 1859 Madison City Directory and the 1860 U. S. Census compiled by Wayne L. Sanford. The entries are by last name and provide information such as where the person lived, occupation, spouses and other family members and in some cases how the person died.
This book, published in 2013, is a compendium of newspaper stories written by Howard Denton from 1967 to 1983. The columns are about Madison, Indiana, history. The newspaper columns were transcribed and compiled by Robert Thomas. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 86 pages.
Sixty-two stories by Andrew Jackson Grayson, mostly using the pen name Phelix Adair, that were published in the Madison Herald and the Madison Courier between 1875 and 1913. The subtitle is “stories of interesting people, places and incidents in early Madison, IN and in the civil war.” The articles were originally transcribed from microfilm by Janet Conner and were compiled and edited by Linda and Ron Roaks in 2012. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 134 pages.
This is a history of the Indian-Kentuck valley which borders Jefferson and Switzerland Counties. Written by Robert W. Scott, the book covers the early settlement of the valley. Topics include family histories, geography, migration patterns, etc. This is a soft-cover, comb-bound book of 93 pages.
A coloring book for all ages with scenes from Madison and Jefferson County, Indiana. All of the pictures are done as simple line drawings for less skilled at coloring and as rather intricate drawings for those more skilled. An identification and picture of each scene is provided so that there is a little geography lesson included. Developed by the History Center. Comb bound so it opens flat.
In the introduction to the book the author, Virginia Dyer Jorgensen, says, “It is a little known fact that Madison may well be one of the most haunted towns in America.” In this 102 page, soft cover book, she tells the stories of the ghosts of Madison with pictures and words.
Published in 2012.
In 1958 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy and director Vincent Minnelli came to Madison to film “Some Came Running”, a movie featuring a “typical” small town in the middle west. Many local Madison area people participated as extras. Author David L. Taylor has captured the story of the making of the film in words and pictures.
Soft cover, 157 pages, published 2018.
A new book about the Jefferson Proving Ground. An oral history of the dramatic contrast between Hoosiers and the War Department in Southern Indiana. This is the story of the families from Jefferson, Ripley and Jennings Counties and the establishment of the Jefferson Proving Ground.
Produced by JPG Heritage Partnership
Creator: JPG Heritage Partnership
Softback, 345 pages, 8″ x 11″
This is a multi-part publication. The first section is The Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, a 1931 thesis by Freda L. Bridenstine of Butler University. The second section is a group of historic photographs from the collection of the Jefferson County Historical Society. The third section is The Pioneer Road of the West: An Interesting Historical Review an article by Robert J. Elvin published in the Madison Courier July 26 & 27, 1888. Comb bound, 71 pages.
An important journal of one of Indiana’s earliest abolitionist organizations which centered around the Neel’s Creek Baptist Church in Jefferson County, IN.
Reproduced by: Jefferson County Historical Society
Comb-bound, 81/2″ x 11″