Batesville Area Historical Society
Tools & Woodworking Exhibit Opens
As the great State of Indiana Celebrates its Bicentennial Year, the Batesville Area Historical Society will feature four exhibits throughout 2016 highlighting some of the contributions of our local residents that help to make our Hoosier State so memorable!
BAHS' first exhibit of 2016, Tools & Woodworking will be on display from MAR 3 - MAY 7* at the Historical Center located at 15 W. George Street in Batesville.
"Almost 200 years ago, forests covered 85-percent of the State of Indiana. By the early 1900’s, most forestland had been cleared to make room for farms, industry, infrastructure, and the growing number of Hoosiers. In 1922 State Forester Charles Deam predicted that Indiana would be treeless in 15 years.  As we enter the 21st century, forests have rebounded and now comprise almost 20-percent of the State, or 4.5 million acres."    Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Visitors are welcome to view the Batesville Area Historical Society's “Tools & Woodworking” exhibit to learn about early tools of the trade used by craftsmen as they whittled and carved their way to establishing Indiana as one of the nation’s leading furniture makers.  "Many outstanding examples of local woodworkers' creations are included and are sure to amaze visitors as they discover some of the remarkable wooden works-of-art that have been created through the dedication and skills of our neighbors, noted BAHS president, Sue Siefert.  Local craftsmen whose work or tools will be featured include Bill Weberding, Sr., Frank Thrine, Paul Borchelt, Paul Fullenkamp, Huey Werner, Ron Green and Joe Greiwe. 
Historical Center curator, Carolyn Dieckmann added, "It was exciting to work with these craftsmen in creating this exhibit especially as they, or their family members as some of these individuals have passed away, shared stories of the woodworkers' love of the art.  In working with the Rotary Club, we have agreed to keep this exhibit open through May 7th to coincide with the Rotary Club's Sawdust Days event being held downtown.  To encourage Sawdust Days guests to visit the Historical Center, we are hosting a "Name that Wood" contest, and entrants will be asked to identify the three types of wood used in Joe Greiwe's pelican that he created using the intarsia method of woodworking."
Check the local media or the Batesville Area Historical Society's Facebook page for details of the openings of future exhibits this year including, "Crack of the Bat," in May, "Stitches & Thimbles," in August, and "A Magical Christmas" in November. 
The Historical Center's hours are THU & FRI - 10:00-2:00 & SAT 9:00-12:00. 
Individuals or groups are welcome at other times by contacting:
Carolyn Dieckmann, 812-934-3266. 

*  May 7th—the exhibit will be open from 9:00-3:00 for the convenience of those visiting Batesville’s Sawdust Days. Come to the History Center to enter BAHS’ “Name that Wood” Contest and identify the three types of wood used in Joe Greiwe’s Pelican intarsia woodwork.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected via a drawing from the names of all the correct entrants.




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

2016 Meeting Dates

TUE, FEB 16 at the Museum
TUE, APR 19 at the Oldenburg
TUE, JUN 21 at the Museum
TUE, OCT 18 at the Museum

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

LIFETIME Membership is $100

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

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President - Sue Siefert
Vice President - Bill Flannery
Secretary - Christy Moenter
Treasurer - Carolyn Dieckmann
Membership - Tim Dietz

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