public is invited to attend the annual “Hoosier
History and Heritage Celebration” and meet the newest members of the
“First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Legacy Project” on
October 4 at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Newlin Hall. A drop-in pioneer social will begin at 6 PM with local history and First
Families displays and music by Indian
Creek Bluegrass Band. The Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society will exhibit regional
artifacts. Surveyor David Ruckman will show equipment used in retracing the Indiana
Wilderness Road, a route used by early travelers of the territory. Attendees are
welcome to dress as pioneers. Light
refreshments will be served.
At 7 PM, the Louisville Sons of the American Revolution Memorial Color Guard will
open the formal program. New Albany Mayor Jeff
Gahan will officially proclaim “First Families of Floyd, Clark,
and Harrison Counties in Indiana Day” and “Family History Month”
in the city. Certificates
will be awarded to the year’s honorees who have verified direct ancestors in
the tri-county area before 1841.Presenters
will be Daniel Bays, Harrison County historian; Jeanne Burke, Clark County
historian, and Melissa Wiseheart, Floyd County genealogist.
The First Families
Legacy Project is cosponsored by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society and
the Floyd County Public Library Indiana Room. For more information about the
Celebration or First Families, please visit sigsweb.org or
call Donna Kepley Foster at 812-923-3492.