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From the introduction to the book: "For Jefferson County and Madison, history oftens means the town's Golden Era of the late 1840's and early 1850's. Stories, such as the Swedish singer Jenny Lind's concert at a pork-packing house, have been repeted endlessly. But there are other stories. And there were important men in Madison other than James F. D. Lanier, who becames an admittedly great businessman, although his most prosperous years were after he moved to New York. Average residents did not meet men like Lanier. They were concerned with earning a living, attending church and providing an education to their children. I have covered thses trends, balancing them out wtih the accomplishments (and failures) of the leaders."
The book includes an index of people and a separate index of "other than people."
$15.00 A History of Jefferson County by Robert W. Scott
262 pages, soft cover, comb bound
$12.00 A History of Jefferson County by Robert W. Scott
262 pages, downloadable PDF
"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".
A great way for kids to learn about the history of Jefferson County with hands-on activities. A cardboard suitcase full of fun and learning is available at the History Center.
The suitcase includes:
Needle, thread, pins, 9 quilt squares, 1 piece quilt backing, 2 sewing practice squares.
Tic Tac Toe Game Bag:
Fabric, yarn for drawstring, buttons for playing pieces.
Cardboard loom, yarn, plastic needle.
Quilt Block Puzzle Kit:
9 wooden blocks, crayons, paper patterns.
Kit (varies), paint, paintbrush.
Rocks and Fossils Info:
Fossil ID chart, where to find local fossils, modeling clay for making imprints.
Butterfly ID chart.
Buy one, get one free ice cream cone from Scoops Ice Cream.
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Created by JCHS Eduction Department, JoAnne Spiller, Director
“Fire” is the history and stories of Madison’s volunteer fire companies and fires they have battled.
Compiled and edited by Bob Thomas in 2009. Comb bound, 31 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 compilation of newspaper articles entitled Reminiscences of a Jefferson County Pioneer that were published in The Madison Courier in the 1870’s. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 81 pages.
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″
DVD of the story of the Jefferson Proving Ground.
Creator: Historic Hoosier Hills.
Compilation of the writing of local historian and Hanover College Professor.
Creator: Frank Baker
Comb-bound, 192 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″
Invaluable for early railroad history.
Creator: Phil Anderson, 2005
Comb-bound, 69 pages, 8 1/2″ 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″
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.
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 is a soft-cover, comb-bound book of 194 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 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 transcription of oral history interviews that were conducted with Marcella Modisett, MD, by Meredith Gregg and Lee Rogers between April and September of 2006. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 95 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.
This is the history of the sixth Indiana regiment in the three months’ campaign in western Virginia. A personal recollection of the campaign by A. J. Grayson. Comb bound, 52 pages.
This is a history of the 6th regiment, Indiana volunteer infantry in the Civil War from April 25, 1861 to September 22, 1864. Comb bound, 65 pages. Written by William H. Doll and published in 1903.
This is a photographic journal of the Madison, Indiana, Bicentennial Celebration 1809 – 2009. The soft cover, 104 page book, was produced by “RoundAbout Madison”. The book and photo editor was Donald L. Ward.
Map book of Madison, Indiana, dated 1854. The maps were originally surveyed and published by Hart & Mapother and show the parcel outlines as well as building footprints. The book is 24 pages, comb-bound, 11″ x 17″.
Sanborn fire insurance maps for Madison, Indiana, dated 1886. The maps show the building footprints on the parcels in the City of Madison. The map book is 9 pages, comb-bound, 11″ x 17″.
Sanborn fire insurance maps for Madison, Indiana, dated 1892. The maps show the building footprints on the parcels in the City of Madison. The map book is 13 pages, comb-bound, 11″ x 17″.
Sanborn fire insurance maps for Madison, Indiana, dated 1897. The maps show the building footprints on the parcels in the City of Madison. The map book is 20 pages, comb-bound, 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″
1927 plat map book for Jefferson County, Indiana. Organized by township and shows the number of acres, towns, range, section and owner’s name. Includes the map and index. Comb-bound, 12 pages, 11″ x 17″.
1933 plat map book for Jefferson County, Indiana. Organized by township and shows the number of acres, towns, range, section and owner’s name. Includes the map and index. Comb-bound, 12 pages, 11″ x 17″.
Sanborn fire insurance maps for Madison, Indiana, dated 1948. The maps show the building footprints on the parcels in the City of Madison. The map book is 22 pages, comb-bound, 11″ x 17″.
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.