Center is staffed entirely by volunteers and currently,
there are only two who are working. Thus, until further
notice, the History Center will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons only. Other days may be
available if requested in advance. Sometimes, due to other
commitments, a volunteer is not available on a particular
day; thus, to confirm the days open or to schedule a
research appointment, please e-mail either
Other times available by appointment, please email and request a volunteer assist you.
Our current (rev. 2015) research fees
are as follows:
$10.00 – basic research fee for non-members of Historical
Society (No charge for members)
$ .25 – additional fee per copy made at History Center
(applies to everyone)
$ 5.00 – additional fee if personal scanner, iPad, iPhone,
camera, is allowed and used
$ 3.00 – additional flat fee if materials are requested
to be mailed
The Henry County Historical Society has custodial care of
marriage records in Henry County starting in 1800. (The earliest
birth records for the state are 1852 and then only sporadically
until 1911 when it became mandatory to record all births.)
Henry County Historical Society is a qualifying 501
Donations to the Historical Society
may* be deductible on your income taxes.
(Membership fees and purchases are not "donations" and
are not deductible. But we do appreciate your
membership dues and purchases.)
County Historical Society has a responsibility to
protect and preserve historic documents reaching back in
our history to the 18th century. We have already
undertaken many of the duties involved but there are so
many fragile documents and we need more ARCHIVAL
SUPPLIES are specific to prevent damage and our storage
format, and they are expensive.
requesting and welcoming funding contributions from
members and non-member so we can further our mission of
protecting these delicate documents. All donations to
this cause are appreciated and deductible as we are a
recognised 501 3(C).
checks to: Henry County Historical Society, PO BOX 570,
New Castle, KY. 40050
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Gift for any Henry County History
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Volunteerism helps the Historical Society fulfill it's
mission. Volunteer hours may be useful in
acquiring grants for projects and improvements.
Volunteers meet many people and forge new
friendships...and that's just for starters! There
are numerous volunteer opportunities, there's certain to
be one just for you.
Volunteer, and be a part of History! email:
"Henry County" written by Mae Elliston, Read
by Dr. Norvell First time heard in decades!
SAVE OUR HISTORY
Join us, this event is being
sponsored by the New Castle Main Street program to
save and restore the Historic Odd Fellows Building!
6:00 pm Thursday, August 13, 2015, we will gather at
the Historic Odd Fellows Building at 32 South Main
Street in New Castle, Kentucky to hear the following
Former Gov. &
Univ. of Pikeville Pres. Paul Patton
Representative Rick Rand
Preservation Officer Craig Potts
Street Program Administrator Kitty Dougoud
spokesperson plus others
pm: Reception with light food and refreshments in
“The Locker” next to Odd Fellows Building.
hope you are able to attend this important event
prior to the Odd Fellows Homecoming as it is
imperative this building be saved and restored.
It is not only a significant part of African
American history in New Castle and the Commonwealth
of Kentucky, it is a national treasure that must be
Historic Odd Fellows Building!
In March of this year, a heavy
snowstorm caused a collapse of the roof of the
Historic Odd Fellows Building. This particular Odd
Fellows Chapter is unique as it became home to the
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge
#1513 in 1886. This organization was founded by
Former slaves in 1872 just following the end of the
Civil War. This lodge is the only remaining active
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Kentucky
and possibly the oldest African American fraternal
organization in the state. On August 15th the Odd
Fellows will be celebrating their 143rd Homecoming
and Parade in downtown New Castle.
For more information please contact
New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke at
502-645-5421, New Castle Preservation Board Chairman Joe
Yates at 502-845-4441, President of Odd Fellows
Washington Lodge #1513 Richard Smith at 502-330-4908, or
Friend of the Odd Fellows Sandra Smith at 502-232-0929.
Unless otherwise announced, all program
meetings are held on the third Tuesday of April,
June, September and October @ the Henry County
Extension Office just outside of New Castle, at 6:30
p.m.. Board meetings are the first Tuesday of
March, June, September and November in the Henry
County History Center at 6:30 p.m., but check here;
times and dates are subject to change!
(Potluck Dinner Programs: The Historical Society
provides the meat dish, and beverage; attendees are
asked to carry-in a side dish or dessert to share.
You may choose to bring a recipe card too, we've
discovered some new favorite recipes that way! If
you don't have a chance to make something ahead, a
store bought is acceptable too.)
recommend you also subscribe to the
opt-in news announcements,
Henry County Historical Society will create, maintain, and
manage for the benefit "of all people," who are interested in
history and genealogy of Henry County:
A physical presence
An organizational structure
A strong financial base
A staff and volunteers
A library of documents, books and files of historic
A collection of items with Henry County connections
Exhibits of historic interest
Educational programs, Activities and special events
A publication program.
Did you know that oil test holes were drilled in Henry County?
Caution Gentlemen, or you may be fined for whipping your wife!
Eminence had an Ice Factory and the Western Military Institute
had a "double barreled" shooting accident!