MYSTERIES IN POSEYVILLE HISTORY
Event DateJanuary 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
“MYSTERIES IN POSEYVILLE HISTORY”
Did you know Poseyville used to be known as Palestine?
Did you know that William Jennings Bryan made two whistle stops by train in Poseyville during both the 1904 and 1908 elections?
Did you know that land in the Poseyville area was just $2 an acre in gold around 1808 and had to be recorded in Vincennes, Indiana?
Those are only three of the many stories Chad Williams will address in his presentation, “Mysteries In Poseyville History.” One long-time librarian wrote of Poseyville, “nothing ever happened.” That is far from the truth; these small stories of Poseyville tell volumes about the town, the times; and its citizens.
Chad Williams grew up in Poseyville and graduated from North Posey Sr. High School in 1988. He also graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 1993 with a double major in business administration and advertising. Nearly 20 years ago, he had just started researching his family’s history when he realized there was no official written history of Poseyville, Indiana. Chad then decided to start collecting stories from local newspapers, court records from the Posey County courthouse, and vast amounts of land records from the Posey County recorder’s office which he used to piece together a history. He even found Poseyville memorabilia such as picture postcards on eBay. Unsure of when an official history would be written, Chad started a Facebook page called “History of Poseyville, Indiana” over four years ago to tell those stories of the town. Today, his Facebook page has over 1900 followers, which is more than the population of Poseyville! In June 2017, the Town Board of Poseyville officially recognized Chad Williams as the Official Town Historian.
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