The annual “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” will be held at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Newlin Hall on October 6 to recognize the newest members of the “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Bicentennial Legacy Project” and honor the legacy of the tri-county settlers.
The Corydon Dulcimer Society will entertain at a drop-in pioneer social starting at 5:30 p.m. Living historian Mandy Dick will portray her First Families ancestor Elizabeth Pennington and tell of her kidnap by Indians, rescue, and her contribution to the state constitution. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome to attend dressed as pioneers.
At 7 PM, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan’s proclamation of “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties in Indiana Day” and October 2016 as “Family History Month” in the city will be unveiled. Certificates will be awarded to the 2016 First Families Honorees with proven direct descent from tri-county settlers in the area before 1841.
The celebration is co-hosted by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society and the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library’s Stuart B. Wrege Indiana Room. For more information about the Celebration of the First Families Project, please visit www.sigsweb.org/firstfamilies/ or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.