Rush County Fair

Rush County Fair

Booth Display

Rush County Fair

Rush County Fair

Victorian Mourning Dress

4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Preparation

4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Preparation

4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Chamber of Commerce 1st Place Trophy

4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Vintage transporation and breaking plow

Parade Flags

Parade Flags

Gowdy House Porch

Gowdy House Porch

Gowdy House Porch

Indiana State Seal

History Club City Tour

History Club City Tour

RESE and RESW

History Club City Tour

History Club City Tour

Arlington & Milroy Elementaries

Willkie Parade

Willkie Parade

Float preparation for the Willkie Days Parade.

Campaign Ready

Campaign Ready

RCHS Board Members ready for the Campaign Trail (1940's style).

Willkie Days Parade

Willkie Days Parade

A bit rainy but the campaign must go on.

The Gowdy House

The Gowdy House

Home for the Rush County Historical Society Museum.

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

Doing laundry in days gone by.

Vintage Wheels

Vintage Wheels

Gowdy House

Gowdy House

Kitchen - Cook Stove

Broom House

Broom House

Making brooms for every cleaning need.

Yellow Carriage

Yellow Carriage

For a fair weather ride.

Covered Carriage

Covered Carriage

A great ride rain or shine.

Grinding Corn

Grinding Corn

Road ready.

Road ready.

Gather your belongings for the journey.

Broom room view.

Broom room view.

Broom making supplies.

Broom making supplies.

Pumping water.

Pumping water.

Grinding corn.

Grinding corn.

Where's the fire?

Where's the fire?

Welcome to RCHS

Welcome to RCHS

We have some furry guests too.

Samuel Bigger

Samuel Bigger

Front porch greeter.

Spring

Spring

Rush County Historical Society Museum

Carriage House

Carriage House

Early steam fire engine.

Court House

Court House

Wendell L. Willkie sign rededication at Rush County Court House

Gowdy House

Gowdy House

Front Porch - Sleigh

Children's Day

Children's Day

Wil Cameron talking about items in the Education Room during Children's Day 2014.

Carriage House

Carriage House

Conestoga Wagon

Covered Bridges

Covered Bridges

E. L. Kennedy Bridge in Rush County

Gowdy House

Gowdy House

Rush County Historical Society Museum

Our Story

 

Inspired by an exhibit of early Rush County artifacts during the 1922 Centennial Celebration, the Rush County Historical Society was organized June 14, 1922. A constitution was written, and officers and township representatives were named to assist in collecting and preserving historic relics (which were stored in the Courthouse).


The Society expanded when the Clark Offutt family of Posey Township donated the red brick home of John K. Gowdy for a museum in October 1940. Gowdy served as Counsul-General to Paris under President McKinley. The gift included a brick carriage house at the rear, where many agricultrual tools are displayed. Information about horse racing in Rush County is housed there too.

 

The collection was augmented by donation of the Ripley Township collection from Henry Stenger, and a sum of money from the Sarah Newby's estate. An upstairs room was added with a gift from the Mary Sleeth estate. It contains memorabilia from the 1940 Willkie Presidential Campaign. In 1993, a lease was signed with Millfields, Inc. for upkeep of the Goddard School of Walker Township, restored by the Indiana Junior Historical society in 1974.
 

In addition to a display of various artifacts, the Society has promoted reprints of several past histories of Rush county, and compilation of a new history, titled Rush County Retrospect 1980-1920.  The Society also houses an Oral History Library. For a complete listing of this library Click Here.

All photographs on the page are property of the Rush County Historical Society Museum.

 

 

    Located at:

    619 N. Perkins St.
    Rushville, IN 46173

     

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 302 

    Rushville, IN  46173

    Hours
     
    Open ~ Year Round

    Mon-9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Thurs-9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Admission is Free

     

    By appointment call: (765)932-2492

     

    Phone/E-mail

    Office Phone: (765)932-2492


    E-mail address:

    rchs1@frontier.com

     

    Campaign Ready

    RCHS Board Members ready for the Campaign Trail (1940's style).