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Our Mission

The purpose of the Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society is to preserve the history of Owen County, including the history of the county's people, families, places, communities, towns, villages, schools, churches, businesses, buildings, events, organizations, natural environment, and more.

All of these things weave the fabric of Owen County and tell our story.

Furthermore, the mission of the historical society is to study all aspects of the history of Owen County and promote the interchange of knowledge concerning such information.

OCHGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

Contact Us

You can send an email to a member of the Board:

President: Jason Kinney

Vice-P: Mary Frances Hochstetler

Secretary: Nancy Hanger

Treasurer: Al Tinsley

Or write to the address below:

Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS)
P.O. Box 569
Spencer, IN 47460

Gib Young as President Theodore Roosevelt


The program will focus on Conservation
Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Spencer
Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

The Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS) will sponsor "an evening with President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt". Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is freewill donation, with proceeds benefitting OCHGS. The program will include a 35 to 45 minute presentation by Gib Young as Teddy Roosevelt, plus a question and answer session, and an opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with Mr. Young.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, serving from 1901 to 1909. He was a very active and energetic president, with accomplishments in several areas including conservation, social and economic justice, health, safety, consumer affairs, foreign policy, and more. A New York police captain remarked upon Roosevelt's death, "It was not only that he was a great man, but, oh, there was such fun in being led by him." Roosevelt's greatest legacy is in the field of conservation, which will be the focus of this program. As president, he set aside 150 National Forests, the first 55 Federal Wildlife Refuges, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects, placing under federal protection nearly 230 million acres.


Gib Young, who lives in Huntington, Indiana, has been a lifelong admirer of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Roosevelt's personality, intellect, and zest for life have been an irresistible call to him. Fritz Klein, the foremost Abraham Lincoln interpreter in America today, convinced Young to become a professional interpreter, feeling that his Theodore Roosevelt impression was the strongest he had seen. Besides the physical resemblance, Young has developed the vocal and movements of Roosevelt to a strong degree. He is well-known nationally for his Theodore Roosevelt portrayal and has performed across the country, including national and state parks, national monuments, historic sites, the White House, JFK Library, Smithsonian Museum of American History, state and county museums, and many more.

Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the only President to be awarded the Medal of Honor? Mr. Young will portray former President Roosevelt circa 1915. The historic Tivoli Theatre is located at 24 N. Washington Street, Spencer, IN 47460. Plan to spend a very enjoyable evening learning about one of our most fascinating Presidents, and our National Parks, National Monuments, and more.

For more information about Gib Young, visit

Publications for Sale

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We carry a wide selection of books, back issues of our Quarterly Magazine since its inception, in 1992, and historical data CDs available for mail order. Click here to browse throu the list, you may find something for yourself or a gift for a special someone!

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For a search of early county records stored in the Owen County Archives contact Owen County Historian and Archivist Tony Neff.


Celebrating 25 Years of Telling the Story of Owen County and its People


We publish a wide variety of Owen County history and genealogy material, including stories, memories, family history, photographs, poetry, news, notes, current events of local history interest, history of people, places, towns, villages, communities, schools, churches, cemeteries, businesses, buildings, events, organizations, nature, country living, traditions, and more. We feature both old and new articles and photographs about Owen County. This material may be in the form of new, original work, or material which has already been published, including interesting old newspaper and magazine articles, excerpts from books, etc.

The magazine also provides a forum for readers to ask questions about Owen County history and genealogy and receive answers from other readers. Are you looking for a picture of an old schoolhouse, wanting to identify people in an old photograph, etc.? If so, please consider submitting a query for publication in the magazine.

The magazine is one of the ways in which the Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society preserves and shares the history of Owen County.

We Encourage Our Readers to Submit Articles and Photos

A special feature of the magazine is that our readers contribute much of the content. We welcome items of local interest from the early history of the county up to the present. If you have stories, memories, articles, photos, comments or queries that you would like to share for publication in the magazine, or if you would like to discuss an idea for an article, please contact us. You may send your items to us by email or as hardcopy in the mail. We appreciate all correspondence. Please email Jason Kinney or write to OCHGS:

Email: Jason Kinney

Mail: Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS)
P.O. Box 569
Spencer, IN 47460

A note about photographs: copies of photos may be mailed to the address above or submitted by email. You are also welcome to loan original photographs to us for high quality scanning and duplication. We will return original photos to you in a timely manner.


Would You Like to Receive the Owen County, Indiana Magazine of History & Genealogy? If so, please join today. The magazine is sent free to members.

Each 24-page issue is full of interesting articles and photographs that tell the story of Owen County. Our magazine is printed on high-quality natural-color paper and delivered to you by the United States Postal Service. So, take a break from your electronic devices. Relax and enjoy reading the Owen County, Indiana Magazine of History & Genealogy. If you would like to receive our quarterly magazine, please see the membership information below.


Members receive the quarterly Owen County, Indiana Magazine of History & Genealogy. Your membership dues not only cover the cost of printing and mailing the magazine, but also help fund OCHGS projects and activities that preserve the history of Owen County and benefit the community. We appreciate your support.

Membership is $15 per year. If you would like to become a member, please send a note with your name, mailing address, and email address(*), or click here to fill out and print our convenient membership form, and your annual dues (check or money order) to: Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS), P.O. Box 569, Spencer, IN 47460.

(*)Providing your email address is optional. Please include email address if you would like to receive occasional email announcements about OCHGS educational programs.

Who We Are

OCHGS was founded in 1976 as the Owen County Historical Society. The Society was reorganized in 1990 as the Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society and began the process of applying for incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Genealogical was added to the name to reflect the organization’s supporting role of increasing the Owen County Public Library’s local history and genealogy collection. 501(c)(3) status was granted in 1992.

A major project of OCHGS was publishing Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994. It is the first updated history of the county in 110 years. The 368-page hardcover book is exceptional quality and includes county, township, and family histories. The general county history section covers government, roads and utilities, land use, natural beauty, railroads, cemeteries, veterans, organizations, and more. Each township section includes history of towns, villages, communities, businesses, schools, and churches, as well as personal sketches. Historic pictures are featured throughout the book. The extensive family history section features 583 family stories.

Since our founding, we have made significant contributions of material to the public library’s history and genealogy department, which helped establish Owen County as an important research library. For over 25 years, OCHGS has overseen the preservation of the Owen County Archives. Since 1992, we have published Owen County, Indiana Magazine of History & Genealogy. We strive to make the county’s history accessible to the public. Over the years, we have published and reprinted numerous publications and made them available at affordable prices. We currently offer 20 books and 5 CDs. The Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society is a community-oriented organization and we contribute to several local projects and organizations, including 4-H.

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