Thursday, June 27, 2013

285. Day Trips: Academy of Hoosier Heritage, Mooresville



            If some of your ancestry runs through the northeastern Morgan County area, you should take a day trip to Mooresville, and especially to the Academy of Hoosier Heritage.
            Located in the Academy Building at 250 N. Monroe St, the A.H.H is a great little local museum and genealogy source for the area. The Academy Building, erected in 1861, housed the first high school in central Indiana. [Students from Marion County took the interurban down to Mooresville to attend high school. Perhaps one of yours?]
            Museum manager Julie Kyle-Lee gave us a guided tour and pointed out some of the holdings, including an extensive collection of Mooresville High School yearbooks and other school artifacts. Local residents and descendants have donated numerous other materials about the area. The Museum has a small library and photos galore, plus a recreated classroom.
            You can check all this out prior to your visit by going to their website www.academymuseum.org or by contacting Julie at academymuseum@comcast.net. Open hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 7 and second Saturdays 11 to 3. Phone 317-831-9001 or 317-402-5321.
            As do all small museums and historical facilities in Indiana, the A.H.H. could use donations of cash and materials and could use volunteer time to sort, catalog, data enter, and do all those thing so necessary to operate efficiently. Consider doing some of that if you get a chance.
            While in the area, also check out the Indiana Room genealogy materials at the Mooresville Public Library a couple of blocks south of the Museum at 220 W. Harrison St. Website: mooresvillelib.org. Get a two-fer!
The Academy Building

Lots of info on local residents

The cabinets in the middle house school materials

I actually sat in classrooms like this, How about you?

The Indiana Room at the Library

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