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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.



Holiday Special

Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994
book Available at Special Discount Price of $38 (Regular Price $45) During Holiday Season

Do you have a friend or family member who enjoys local history?
If so, give them a special gift this Christmas

The Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society is offering Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994 at a special discount price this holiday season. The 368-page hardcover book, edited by Vivian Zollinger, is exceptional quality and includes county, township, and family histories. The book begins with a beautiful two-page woodland sketch by renowned Owen County wildlife artist Ken Bucklew. 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, industries, schools, and churches, as well as personal sketches. The extensive family history section features 583 family stories. The book also has an every-name index and features historic pictures throughout. Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994 was published by the Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS) and is the first updated history of the county in 110 years. The book was a major accomplishment of OCHGS and still remains one of the most important sources of information about the county's history.

Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994 is available for $38 during this holiday season, a $7 discount. This special offer expires December 31, 2016. The book can be purchased through the mail by sending your request and check or money order to:
Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society (OCHGS)
P.O. Box 569
Spencer, IN 47460

Please add $2.50 for shipping

Owen County, Indiana: a history 1994 is also available for purchase at two locations in Spencer: the Owen County Heritage & Culture Center (old Spencer Carnegie Library), and the Owen County Public Library; and one location in Gosport: Owen County State Bank.

The Owen County Heritage & Culture Center, located at 110 E. Market St. in Spencer, is open Tuesday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Heritage Center will be open special hours this Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during Downtown Spencer's Christmas at the Square event.

The Owen County Public Library, located at 10 S. Montgomery St. in Spencer, is open Monday thru Thursday 9:00 to 8:00, Friday 9:00 to 6:00, and Saturday 9:00 to 3:00.

The lobby hours of the Gosport Branch of the Owen County State Bank are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00 to 5:00; and Saturday 9:00 to noon. Closed Wednesday. The bank is located at 14 E. Main St., Gosport.

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

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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.

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./p>

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