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North Manchester Historical Society-2018 Programs

Jan 8       Video "A Sense of Place" and Annual Members' Meeting

Feb 12     Matt Barnett, Young George Washington

Mar 5       Harold Marks Jr., Tales of Main Street from 1950s and 1960s

Apr 9       Elaine Sholty, Caroline Scott Harrison (Wife of Pres. Benjamin Harrison)

May 14     Jennifer Hotchkiss and John Knarr, Eel River & Ogan's Landing (New Canoe Launch)

Jun 11      Steve Pittman, Poet Biorefining - 10th Anniversary

July 9      South Shore Railroad Video

Aug 13     Steve Heckman, Heckman Bindery/HF Group

Sep 10     Rosemarie Felts, German Immigration & Local Schooling

Oct 8       Dr. Russ Gilliom, La Balme & Eel River

Nov 12     Pete Jones, Frontier Surveyors

Dec 10     Wabash Musicale

North Manchester Historical Society--2014 Programs

Jan 13       Annual Membership Meeting & Studebaker Video

Feb 10      Doyne Carson, Storyteller-Lincoln’s Boyhood

Mar 10      John Knarr, Indiana’s Covered Bridges

Apr 14      Jim Myers, Women in Sports in NM

May 12     Margaret Fritzel, Covered Wagon Diary

Jun 9        Shirley Glade, Icons

Jul 14       Terry Smith, Gettysburg & NM in Civil War

Aug 11     Dani Tippmann, Miami Tribal Traditions

Sep 8        Indiana’s Canals

Oct 13      Joe Krom, French in NE Indiana

Nov 10     Jerry Bolinger, Log Houses

Dec 8        Music: Silvertones

 The programs will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.  While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the presentation.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday before the program.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813, or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.

North Manchester Historical Society -- 2013 Programs

Our monthly meetings begin with an evening meal at 6 p.m. If you want meal reservations, please contact Mary Chrastil, by Friday noon before the Monday meeting. Cost of the meal is $8.50 per person. There is free admission for the program generally starting at 6:40 p.m. in the Timbercrest Assembly Room. Free-will donations are encouraged to defray program expenses. The public is invited to join us!

Date Program
January 14, 2013 Annual Membership Meeting and Video
February 11, 2013 Ron Woodward: Humor of Lincoln
March 11, 2013 Thelma Rohrer: Chautauquas
April 8, 2013 John Knarr: Pre-Civil War Correspondence
of the Thomas Marshall Family
May 13, 2013 Ferne Baldwin: North Manchester Physicians
June 10, 2013 Pete Jones: History of the Spanish American War in This Area
July 8, 2013 Video: Kankakee River & Marsh--Historical Significance
August 12, 2013 Juanita Rapp: Early Schools in Northern Wabash County
September 9, 2013 Joe Krom: William Wells
October 14, 2013 Vicki Knott: Belgian Draft Horse Registry History
November 11, 2013 Linda Kuester: women Spies of the Civil War
December 9, 2013 To Be Determined

North Manchester Historical Society -- 2012 Programs

January 9, 2012 Annual Meeting and old-time video on the building of the Peabody Mansion. Reports to membership and old-time video on building the Peabody Mansion
February 13, 2012 The Siege of Fort Wayne with Norm Gable and Sean O'Brien of Historic Fort Wayne The Siege of Fort Wayne was a critical event for the fledgling United States during the War of 1812.
March 12, 2012 Restoring the historic NM Opera Curtain with Jennifer Hein, Conservator Conservator Jennifer Hein will report on her progress, techniques and problems in restoring the rare NMHS opera curtain.
April 9, 2012 The importance of Opera Houses in Small Towns with Manchester College professor Katherine Tinsley Opera houses were important community centers in small towns.  This program is part of the celebration surrounding the restoration of NMHS opera curtain.
May 14, 2012 "West with a Harvey Girl" with Linda Kuester, who brings to life the experiences of her mother, who worked for the Fred Harvey restaurants.  Linda Kuester brings to life the experiences of her mother, who worked for the Fred Harvey series of restaurants in the Southwest..
June 11, 2012 The National Register of Area Historic Places Buildings with Paul Diebold Paul Diebold will speak on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
July 9, 2012 Local Cemeteries with Ferne Baldwin. History of various local cemeteries and the interesting people buried there.
August 13, 2012 The history of the Peabody Family and Businesses with Nancy Reed, Director of the NM Center for History. Many people do not know the history of this family, which has been very important to the history of North Manchester
September 10, 2012 Early Windmill Development in North Central Indiana with a representative from the Kendallville Windmill Museum. Presenter from the Kendallville Windmill Museum will talk about early windmills in North Central Indiana, including the Baker, Rex and Rochester Windmills made near NM.
October 8, 2012 Hollywood Designer with John Corso from Wabash will tell about his work in the movies. John will talk about his work, interesting projects in movies, and perhaps growing up in Wabash and how he got to Hollywood.
November 12, 2012 The History of the Stockdale Mill.  Speaker to be determined. Speaker has not been identified.  Presentation should cover the recent restoration of the mill.
December 10, 2012 Nostalgic Views of Christmas through Literature with Richard Livingston. Richard Livingston will present readings from "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas and other writings by Truman Capote and Robert Frost.


Timbercrest Assembly Room




Person in charge

Jan 10

Annual Business Meeting & Review of 2010 plus 1938 Film, “See Yourself in the Movies,” made in N. Manchester

Bill Eberly

Darlene Bucher

Feb 14

Past & Future of the Cigar Factory

John Knarr &
Jim Chinworth

Jeanette Lahman

Mar 14

Unknown Famous People of Wabash County

Pete Jones

Bonnie Merritt

Apr 11

Construction of Vintage Clothes for Reenactments & Movies

James Townsend

Darlene Bucher

May 9

Geological History of N. Manchester Area

Bill Eberly

Bob Nelson

June 13

Traveling the Oregon Trail

Randy Polston

Bob Nelson

July 11

Local Outdoor Photography

Ted Rose

Arlene Deardorff

Aug 8

Chronicles of Wabash County

Ron Woodward

Grace Kester

Sep 12

Activities on Wabash & Erie Canal

Susie Jones

Bonnie Merritt

Oct 10

National Register of Area Historical Places

Paul Diebold

Grace Kester

Nov 14

The Blacksmith: Top of the Tradesmen

Norman Gable

Jeanette Lahman

Dec 12

Musical Program

Lee Maloney

Arlene Deardorff

 2011 NMHS Program Committee: Darlene Bucher, Ch.; Arlene Deardorff; Grace Kester; Bonnie Dee Merritt;
Bob Nelson, Jeanette Lahman      


Month                         Topic                                             Presenter      Person in Charge

 January 11     What's New at the Center for History         Bill Eberly       Darlene Bucher 

February 8     How Early Americans Dressed & Why       Esther Ruppel  Arlene Deardorff 

March 8         Story of Lewis & Clark                                Pete Jones        Peggy Gilbert 

April 12         Appalachian Trail Adventure                       Larry Ray         Grace Kester 

May 10          Railroads of North Manchester                   Bill Eberly        Bonnie Merritt 

June 14          Silent Movie & Sing Along by                     Lee Maloney    Arlene Deardorff
                                 Chicago Organist 

July 12           The Fascinating Story of Roann                  Ellie Draper      Nancy Tiger 

August 9        100 Years of Boy Scouting                        To be named      Grace Kester 

September 13 Underground Railroad in Indiana        Jeannie Regan-Dinius  Nancy Tiger 

October 11     Modern Ku Klux Klan in Indiana             Worth Weller     Peggy Gilbert 

November 8   Tales of Early Businesses                         John Knarr         Bonnie Merritt                       

Decembe 13  The Timbercrest Choir                               Mary Coe          Darlene Bucher
  A Christmas Gift to the Community


 2010 Program Committee: Darlene Bucher, Ch.; Arlene Deardorff; Peggy Gilbert; Grace Kester;
Bonnie Dee Merritt; Nancy Tiger               


 2009 Calendar -- North Manchester Historical Society Programs

January 12 Bill Eberly, Pres., State of the Historical Society
February 9 Jerry Sweeten, Middle Eel River Watershed
March 9 Conrad Snavely, Our Sea Going Cowboys
April 13 Remembrances of High School 1930s-1970s
May 11 Bonnie Freed, Impact of Liegh & Florence Freed
June 8 Nancy Reed, History of the North Manchester Fire Department
July 13 Tom Dunwoody, History of the Circus
August 10 Shirley Willard, Potawatomi Trail of Death
September 14 Margaret Fritzel, A Pioneer Woman in First Person
October 12 Bernie Ferringer, History of the North Manchester Greenhouse
November 9 Leesa Metzger, America in Bloom & Local Flower Gardens
December 14 The Peabody Entertainers, Christmas Program--Carol Davis, Director