County Indiana Historical Society
"White County Historical Society where history is no
2015 Annual Meeting on June 20th, 2PM on the
Court house lawn
South Bluff Street Monticello,
Indiana, 47960 574-583-3998
we are open
Wed. through Friday
10 a.m. to 4
Closed the month of January 2015
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
30s at the furthest point north in Alaska.
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To appreciate and encourage the connection of the past to
by collecting and preserving
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.
here for a
list of history items for sale.
Pictured: Isaac White display case in
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.
the list of family books for local research
we have collected
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
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
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
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
a longer biography of Isaac White
Isaac White display case.
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South Bluff Street Monticello,
museum is located in the old Monticello Carnegie Library
material on this site © September 2010 of the White County Historical Society