group plans fall seminar
at Old Timbers Lodge
books that relate
to JPG to be published soon
(September 2005) The Jefferson Proving Grounds Heritage
Partner-ship, in conjunction with the Historic Hoosier Hills Resource,
Conservation and Development Inc. umbrella group headquartered in Versailles,
Ind., is busy organizing several fall programs and initiatives to further
expand and preserve the history of the former U.S. Army base that spans
three Indiana counties Jefferson, Ripley and Jennings.
for the JPG Heritage Partnership fall history seminar are $20
if purchased by Oct. 11 and $25 thereafter and the day of the
To order tickets, call Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D
office at (812) 689-6410, Ken Knouf at (812) 273-2551 or Lilian
Carmer at (812) 873-6469.
For information, visit: www.jpgheritage.org.
The group is working to take advantage of grant money
provided to re-publish an earlier book about Old Timbers Lodge, written
by Chilton Thompson. The newer version will include several photos.
The group also is publishing A History of Magdalene Church,
written by Barbara Jachimiak, plus a book of poems by William Denny.
Another book, a pictorial and oral history of Jefferson Proving Ground,
is planned for publication and release by April 2006.
The books about Old Timbers and Magdalene Church are expected to be
available for sale by September, just in time for the JPG Heritage Partnerships
fourth annual fall history seminar. The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Old Timbers Lodge inside JPG Proving
Things are moving along very quickly for the group, and were
hoping to get these books published in time for the fall event,
said Ron Harsin, a group member who has been tasked with preparing the
Old Timbers book for publication.
The fall seminar will feature several speakers and include lunch, handouts
and a tour of the lodge, said Mike Moore, a group member who is leading
the seminar planning. The day will also cover information relating to
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge that today includes much of the former
Moore also is busy organizing the oral histories collection that has
been collected in recent years by volunteers and Ruth Turners
Hanover College students. These are interviews with those people who
once lived on the farms that were taken by the government to create
the Army base, or those employees who worked there. Harsin is putting
these oral histories onto CDs for easier access.
Moore, Harsin, Ken Knouf and Louis Munier have been meeting weekly to
coordinate and research the photos and literature available to be printed.
This group is still contacting folks for interviews. As part of this
effort, people are being contacted and asked to complete a questionnaire
about their experiences.
Incidentally, September 2005 marks the 10th anniversary of the Looking
of the Gate gathering of former employees, so a reunion is being
planned for 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Building 125 inside JPG.
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