The Pulaski County Historical Society held its annual membership meeting Thursday (Jan. 19), at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.
Steve Morrison was re-elected president, and Kathi Thompson will serve as vice president. The remaining officers are secretary Ryan Harrison and treasurer Lin Morrison.
Fred Zahrt and Nathan Origer presented a program on "Kit Houses" in Pulaski County. In his research, Zahrt has collected an impressive amount of documentation and photos on Kit Houses, including Sears, Aladdin and many similar "catalog" homes which were popular in the early 1900s. Origer's family built two Sears homes on their farm in rural North Judson in 1913 and 1940.
About 20 persons attended the program.
Directors of the Historical Society include Karen Fritz, Brian Ledley, Jane Rausch, Natalie Federer, Alex Haschell, Janet Onken, Mary Conner, Louise Gudas and Judy Heater. Past president Chris Smith is an ex-officio director.
Karen Fritz has been named the new Pulaski County Historian, succeeding Lynda Irving. The Indiana County Historian Program is jointly sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society, which also coordinates the program, and the Indiana Historical Bureau. County historians are appointed for three-year terms.
During the business meeting, brief discussions were held on two committee reports:
- Planning has begun for a "Phantom of the Vurpillat Opera House" event to be held on Halloween weekend 2012. Committee volunteers are needed.
- Judge Mike Shurn and Natalie Federer are starting a new Junior Historical Club that will focus on the U.S. Civil War.
About the Pulaski County Historical Society
All interested persons are welcome to become members of the Pulaski County Historical Society. Dues for the Society are $25 a year. A new corporate membership has been introduced and is available for $75 annually. Participation in the Society can be as involved as each individual member chooses, but membership will directly impact the preservation of the history of Pulaski County for years to come.
Dues may be mailed to the Pulaski County Historical Society, P.O. Box 135, Winamac.
The Pulaski County Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month, at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac. All interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings.
Officers of the Pulaski County Historical Scoeity are president Steve Morrison, vice president Kathi Thompson, secretary MacKenzie Ledley and treasurer Lin Morrison. They join nine board members and two ex-officio members who are the past president and county historian.
To learn more about the Historical Society, visit its website: www.pulaskihistory.com or find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PulaskiHistory.