White County Indiana Historical Society


"White County Historical Society where history is no mystery"


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  101 South Bluff Street Monticello, Indiana, 47960   574-583-3998   


Hours we are open
Wed. through Friday
 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free

Closed the month of January 2019


Our Society was founded 1911  


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A true story from the individual journals of Dr. Henry W. Greist, his wife Mollie, who is a trained surgical nurse, and their young son David to tell of the remarkable experiences of this family during the     1920s and 30s at the furthest point north in Alaska.

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The Present
Mission Statement:      To appreciate and encourage the connection of the past to
the future by collecting and preserving White County , Indiana's history.

White County Historical Society is a not-for-profit Society established to bring together those who share a common interest in White County Indiana's history. The Society has a Museum that has many displays recently reworked for public viewing and a variety of programs for our community.  Our new remodel building interior provides the public an opportunity to research and to share their research with others.  The current WC Genealogy Society is housed on the main floor.  Between the two societies there are many historical files available for your research needs.  We also have research services available. 
Shop WCHS  Click here for a list of history items for sale.

Isaac White display

  Pictured:  Isaac White display case in Museum

The Future

The WCHS does more than house it's history.  Our members participate in
current projects and related issues.   Several events and programs are held
annually to benefit our members and help raise funds and awareness.
Volunteers are needed in several area as well as helping with ongoing
projects. Updates have been made to the building interior that was once the
original Monticello Carnegie Public Library.   Come in and take a look at our new displays. 
See the list of family books for local research we have collected

Pictured: Indexing Obituary project 


As a member of the WCHS you will receive our newsletter which includes articles about White County history,  news of reprinted transcriptions of original document.  It will keep you informed about current events, our tours, and the latest offering of books, pamphlets, maps for sale.  For questions email the new Society Director Judy.   Dues are: Single $15.00, Family $25.00, Life $150.00, Business Annual $100.00 and Life Business $500.00 and run from January to December each year.  See our Membership form



WCHS building & displays 
Pictured: new research room      

White County Townships     

Click for area MAP     Profile of County   Census page

White County Cemetery linked on Find-A-Grave


White County Indiana was named for Isaac White


White County Indiana was formed in 1834 and is named for Colonel Isaac White, one of 13 United States Counties named in honor of fallen heroes at the historic Battle of Tippecanoe

Isaac White was born around 1776 in Prince William County, Virginia to a family of refined English origin, shortly after the Revolutionary War began. When he was 23 years old, Isaac and his brother, Thomas, left home, unhappy with their mother's second marriage. They traveled to Vincennes where Isaac met and married Sallie Leech, daughter of Judge George Leech. Their union produced three children, George Washington Leech White, Harriet Grandson White and Juliet Greenville White

He was an American frontiersman who was in charge of the salt works in Equality, Illinois. Isaac White was also a Colonel in the Illinois Militia.  He was a close friend to Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory, and to Joseph Hamilton Daviess, a U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky.  

Like Daviess, White answered Governor William Harrison's call for volunteers in 1811 to march on Tecumseh's village at Prophetstown.  Governor  Harrison declined the offer of Illinois troops. Colonel White therefore enlisted as a private  in the Indiana dragoons, which had been placed under the command of Joseph Daviess for Indiana service. At Fort Vincennes the two exchanged swords.

Both White and Daviess were killed on Nov. 7, 1811 and buried in a common grave at the Battle of Tippecanoe, just a few miles south of what is now the city of Monticello.  White's name is the last inscribed on the tablet honoring that war's dead. A rare historical attraction in White County is the Anson Wolcott House, located on U.S. 24 about 20 miles west of Monticello in downtown Wolcott. Wolcott House is one of two homes in the county listed in the National Register of Historic Places.   Historic Marker

         Read a longer biography of Isaac White   Isaac White display case.


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101 South Bluff Street Monticello, Indiana, 47960   574-583-3998 

This museum is located in the old Monticello Carnegie Library

  photo of the Kerr Lock

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