Batesville Area Historical Society


and check out the "Bride Unknown" gown ... then consider writing a short story about how you envision the gown's history - and you may win $100!

Be sure to read the Entrant Eligibility Criteria below, and then START WRITING!

The Vintage Wedding Exhibit is open in June & July:  THU & FRI - 10:00-2:00 & SAT 9:00-Noon


Bride Unknown - Entrant Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age or turn 16 during 2015.
  • Participants must not be professional writers (bulk of past or present income from writing).
  • Competition Judges are ineligible.
  • One submission per participant. Group submissions will be accepted. The group will be considered to be a participant. The group must provide a single name and email contact to the BAHS when submitting their entry. All group members must meet the entrant qualifications above.
  • Participants need not live in Batesville.

Background Facts for Entrants:

  • Dress is thought to be approximately 100 years old
  • Dress was found about 25 years ago in a dumpster
  • It is not mandatory to use these facts in the story

Composition Rules:


Entry must be typed

Length: Up to 500 words (noncompliant entries will not be judged)

Spacing: 1 ½ to double spaced

Elements of story must include:

The dress

The bride

The fact that the dress had been discarded and later retrieved.


How to Submit: 

Email to Ken Baran and to the BAHS at with a WORD version of the story attached (not in the body of the email).

Include "Bride Unknown Submission" in your email subject line.

The body of the email should include:

Entrant’s name and address

Entrant's age (must be at least 16 yrs. old sometime in 2016)

Entrant’s phone number (either home, business, cell, or all 3)

Entrant’s email address if not evident from the email used to submit the story

Entrant must include the following statement with their submission:

"I acknowledge and agree to the Competition Terms posted on the BAHS website (

The complete entry (story, items indicated above for inclusion in the body of the email, and the above acknowledgement statement) must be received no later than 11:59 pm on July 10, 2015 (based on email date stamp) or it will not be judged.


  • Mr. Jerry Bennett, co-owner of the Hickory Road Inn Bed and      Breakfast, former school board and city council member in Harrison, Ohio
  • Mr. Mike Kruse, Director of the Batesville Memorial Public Library
  • Dr. Jere Schoettmer, Batesville Intermediate School Principal
  • Dr. Stephen Stein, retired orthopedic surgeon, member of the      Batesville School Board, author of "The Oath"

Competition Terms:

  • Submissions will become the property of the BAHS.
  • BAHS is at liberty to copy, publish, reproduce the submission or have others do so on its behalf.
  • The judges’ scoring decision is final unless intervention by the story committee or BAHS Board of Directors is required.
  • Cash prize to be awarded: $100. Reporting this income for tax purposes is the winner’s responsibility.
  • BAHS strongly encourages participants visit the BAHS facility and view the dress which forms the basis of the story and the other dresses. BAHS facility is open THU & FRI - 10:00-2:00, and SAT - 9:00 - Noon.
  • Matters not provided for will be decided by the BAHS Board of Directors or the Board's delegate(s) (e.g. story committee) and their decision will be final.
  • If participation is insufficient the competition will be called off and no winner will be chosen.
  • Winner agrees that BAHS can publicize their name and be identified as the winner.
  • Winner agrees to appear for a publicity photo and interview by journalists.
  • Entrants must meet the Entrant Eligibility Criteria above.



A message from BAHS' Founder ...

They say history repeats itself…if so, we’re lookin' good! The history of the Batesville area is rich, unique, and something its residents are very proud of. As a way to preserve this wealth of information and share with present and future generations, the Batesville Area Historical Society (BAHS) was created and strives to fulfill its mission via education and preservation.

The centerpiece of the Society is its Museum, recently opened to the community to showcase thousands of items, photos, and pieces of history that represent the best that Batesville was, is, and will continue to be. Because a good thing is meant to be shared, you are invited to visit the Museum to browse, recollect, question, and converse about the people, places, and happenings that are woven so intricately into the area that many lucky residents call home.

This web site offers info that will complement the Museum experience and serve as a central location for matters pertaining to the BAHS itself, including membership info, meeting dates, upcoming events, etc. Enjoy the site. We welcome questions, concerns, and feedback.

The Batesville area is truly a gift to residents and visitors alike... but it won’t take much talking into... you’ll see for yourself!   - Jean Struewing, Founder

BAHS Announcements

on display MAY, JUNE & JULY

THU & FRI - 10:00-2:00
SAT - 9:00 - Noon

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To be held at the Batesville Community Church on George St.

JUL 30 - 8:00 - 6:00
JUL 31 - 8:00 - 6:00
AUG 1 - 8:00 - Noon - Half Price!

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2015 Meeting Dates

TUE, February 17 at the Museum
TUE, April 21 at the Museum
TUE, June 16 at the Museum
TUE, August 18 - Location TBD
TUE, October 20 at the Museum

THU - July 29 - 7:00-6:00
Rummage Sale Set-Up

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Personal Membership $15 - year
Couple's Membership $25 - year

LIFETIME Membership is $100

Mail Membership Payments to:
151 W. George Street
Batesville, IN 47006

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President - Sue Siefert
Vice President - Bill Flannery
Secretary - Ken Baran
Treasurer - Carolyn Dieckmann
Membership - Tim Dietz

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