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Celebrating Family History’s Friends

IHS makes an annual award in the name of Willard C. Heiss to one or more family historians for their distinguished service and career in Indiana family history. At its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6, 2010, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, IHS gave awards to Chris McHenry of Lawrenceburg and Evelyn Harper Jackson of Depauw.

Ms. McHenry, pictured below left, is the Dearborn County historian, secretary of the Dearborn County Historical Society and a founding member of the Dearborn County Cemetery Commission. She contributes historical articles to the (Dearborn County) Journal Press and has authored several genealogical and historical books, including The Best Men of Westmoreland, a comprehensive history of the Lochry expedition and battle during the American Revolution.

A regular presenter of historical programs, Ms. McHenry is a recipient of the National Genealogical Society Award of Merit. She is a past board member of several local and state historical organizations and serves on IHS’s Genealogy Programs Advisory Committee.

Ms. Jackson, the IHS’s second award recipient, pictured below right, has gathered data for more than 900 area soldiers who served during the War of 1812, including service information, place of burial and genealogical details. She also instigated the replacement of gravestones that were unreadable, broken or missing.

Ms. Jackson serves the Crawford County community in the Public Library’s Genealogy Department, securing local historical markers, working on the Proctor House Restoration Project and in the Hoosier Elm Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jonathan Jennings Chapter of the Daughters of the War of 1812. She has received the Sons of the American Revolution’s National Martha Washington Award as well as the “Spirit of Generosity” Award from the Community Foundation of Crawford County.

Hoback with Evelyn Harper JacksonChris McHenry with Thomas Hoback, chair, IHS Board of Trustees




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