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Chris McHenry Will Receive Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award

Dec. 6, 2010


Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award to Ms. Chris McHenry of Lawrenceburg, Ind., at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.


The Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award is made annually to a family historian for his or her distinguished service and career in Indiana family history including presentation such as articles in The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections, use of materials and preservation.


McHenry was selected by the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau as the first Dearborn County Historian, and is currently serving in that position again. She was also a founding member of the Dearborn County Historical Society and is currently a board member and secretary of that organization. She also organized and is a member of the Dearborn County Cemetery Commission.


McHenry’s writing has been a key asset to the local community, as she is a regular contributor of articles to The Journal Press concerning Dearborn County. She is author of The Best Men of Westmoreland, a comprehensive history of the Lochry expedition and battle during the American Revolution, and a history of the county presented during its 200th anniversary celebration in 2003. She has also compiled seven volumes of local historical records and prepared a successful National Historic Register application for the Vance-Tousey House.


A regular presenter of historical programs at schools, libraries and community organizations, McHenry is also a recipient of the National Genealogical Society Award of Merit. She is a past board member of the Lawrenceburg Library, Lawrenceburg Community Foundation, Hillforest Historical Mansion, Indiana State Museum, in addition to serving on the IHS’s Genealogy Advisory Committee.


For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.


Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.