Celebrate the Century: Historical Surveys, Part 3 of 3
Dates:  1998-2000
Accession Number:  20001231; Sm. D.C. 26
Description:  Four document cases and one small document case

Project History

In 1998, a "Celebrate the Century" steering committee was formed to develop a year-long series of programs, events, and special projects in 1999 to celebrate the end of the 20th century. The steering committee was comprised of community leaders from various local institutions and organizations and included Betty Martin, Chris Schellenberg, and board member Dorothy Jerse from the Vigo County Public Library.

The mission and goals developed for the entire project are as follows:

Mission:  Celebrate the past, enjoy the present and meet the wave of change in our future


  • Show the importance of history.

  • Add to local historical resources

  • Make residents aware of their successes and the advantages their area offers

  • Open a dialogue: past into the future

  • Explore the potential for the future

The Historical Survey Project was developed as one major component of "Celebrate the Century." Susan Dehler (Special Collections Archivist, Vigo County Public Library) drafted three separate questionnaires or surveys to be sent to local churches, businesses, and organizations. The objective was to obtain historical information about community institutions that could be deposited in the Community Archives at the Vigo County Public Library as a valuable resource for future generations.

The steering committee finalized the format of the questionnaires to be sent out. Institutions were encouraged to donate original materials, photographs, and printed histories to complement the information provided by the survey.

Approximately 800 surveys were sent to local businesses; the mailing list was developed from the 1998 membership directory of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 316 surveys were sent to local clubs and organizations; the mailing list was developed from the Vigo County Public Library's clubs and organizations database maintained in the Community Services Department. Approximately, 208 surveys were sent to local churches; the mailing list was donated by community member, Dick Pierard.

Additional surveys were distributed by some steering committee members to a few random local organizations not on any of the mailing lists. Some institutions (such as, Gibault School for Boys and Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council) were on both the business and organization mailing lists and received two surveys, but there is very little redundancy in the collection beyond this.

A total of 233 surveys were returned to the Vigo County Public Library (23 churches, 133 businesses, and 77 organizations). These historical surveys along with some of the original material donated with them have become a permanent collection in the library's Community Archives. Throughout the year 1999, a Timeline of Vigo County History was displayed in the main lobby of the Vigo County Public Library. Historical information for the timeline was based on the information provided by the historical surveys, additional material in the Community Archives, and data supplemented by local historian Dorothy Jerse.

The Timeline has become a part of the Vigo County Public Library's WEB page and the information and materials that were part of the original Timeline display have been deposited at the Historical Museum of the Wabash Valley.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains the 233 returned historical surveys and any additional historical material included with them by the responding church, business, or organization. The survey includes the name, title, and date of the person who filled out the form and the amount of information submitted by each institution varies widely. Some forms contain scant information while others are fairly complete and include printed institutional histories, original programs or brochures, company logos and graphics.

The surveys are arranged by type (church, business, organization) and within each category are presented in alphabetical order by name of organization. Also included with the collection are the master mailing lists, the inventory lists of surveys as they were received, and the working file of Susan Dehler, Project Archivist.

Document Case 4

Organization Surveys





Folder 1

Inventory list of returned Organization surveys
(Total = 77)





Folder 2

American Business Women's Association,
Sycamore Chapter



American Ex-Prisoners of War,
West Central Indiana Chapter

American Legion John E. Heyen Post #501

American Legion Krietenstein Post 104

American Society of Women Accountants

Antique & Classic Automobile
Club of the Wabash





Folder 3

American Legion Pioneer Post #340





Folder 4

Beta Sigma Phi, Indiana Eta Master Chapter



Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Iota Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Omicron Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Gamma Omega Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Gamma Psi Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Theta Tau Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Alpha Mu Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Beta Chi Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Epsilon Psi Chapter

Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Eta Zeta Chapter





Folder 5

C.S. Lewis Society



Carpe Diem Club





Folder 6

Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council, Inc.





Folder 7

Daughters of the American Revolution,
Fort Harrison Chapter



Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Delta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International





Folder 8

Daughters of the Nile, Badoura Temple #23





Folder 9

Eugene V. Debs Foundation





Folder 10

Eastern Star (Order of the),
Pimento Chapter #516



Eastern Star (Order of the),
Riley Chapter #22



Eastern Star (Order of the),
Terre Haute Chapter #43



Eastern Star (Order of the),
West Terre Haute Chapter #428





Folder 11

Francis Vigo American-Italian Club





Folder 12

Freemasons: Ancient Accepted


Scottish Rite Lodge


Freemasons: Banks of the Wabash,
York Rite College #72



Freemasons: Edward C. Etchinson
Council #326, Allied Masonic Degrees



Freemasons: Euclid Lodge No. 573, F. & A.M.



Freemasons: Terre Haute Chapter #11,
Royal Arch Masons, York Rite



Freemasons: Terre Haute Commandery #16,
Knights Templar, York Rite



Freemasons: Terre Haute Council #8,
Cryptic Masons, York Rite



Freemasons: Terre Haute Preceptory No. VI,
Yeomen of York



Freemasons: West Terre Haute
Masonic Lodge #687, F. and A.M.





 Folder 13

Gideon International





Folder 14

Gibault School for Boys





Folder 15

Honey Creek Garden Club



Hoosier Heritage Spinners' and Weavers' Guild
       (Parke County)





Folder 16

Hungarian Lodge of Terre Haute





Folder 17

Leadership Terre Haute



Lost Creek Community Club





Folder 18

National Society of Colonial Dames of
the XVIIth Century,
Nathaniel Foote Chapter





Folder 19

P.E.O. Sisterhood, AW Chapter



P.E.O. Sisterhood, B.N. Chapter



P.E.O. Sisterhood, K Chapter



P.E.O. Sisterhood, Z Chapter



Professional Secretaries International,
Heart of the Nation Chapter





Folder 20

Rotary Club of Terre Haute





 Folder 21

Retired Railroad Men's Association





Folder 22

Sigma Kappa Alumnae, Terre Haute Chapter



Sons of the American Revolution



Swinging Mates Squaredance Club



Sycamore A Region Model "A" Restorers Club





Folder 23

Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Terre Haute Chapter




Folder 24

Terre Haute Children's Choir



Terre Haute Choral Society



Terre Haute Day Nursery Association



Terre Haute Miss Softball America



Terre Haute Welcome Club



Terre Haute Women's Club





Folder 25

Terre Haute Sinfonietta "Pops" Orchestra





Folder 26

The Travelers Protective Association of America





Folder 27






Folder 28

United Way of the Wabash Valley, Inc.





Folder 29

Vigo County Quilter's Guild



Vigo County Veterans Council



Volunteer Action Center





Folder 30

Wabash Valley Art Guild



Wabash Valley Ducks Unlimited



Wabash Valley React, Inc.



Wabash Valley Stamp Club



Western Indiana Grotto





Folder 31






Folder 32

Zorah Shrine Temple


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