Inventory

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

Goals:    

  • 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)

1998-1999

 

 

 

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

TREES, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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

Y.W.C.A.

 

 

 

 

Folder 32

Zorah Shrine Temple

 

     
     
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