LAHARPE HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

LaHarpe, Illinois, USA

The LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society was organized in 1986, and several charter members are still active members. It is entirely self-supporting, and since its inception it has had a number of money-making activities, the first a Tour of Homes in Nov., 1986, and a Craft and Quilt Show in 1987.

In an effort to promote LaHarpe, a brochure with pictures of LaHarpe's historic buildings and homes was created and printed, and these were distributed over a wide area. These sparked an interest in history in the 5th grade class of the local school, and for a few years in May they had a 2-week period of time devoted to LaHarpe's history and genealogy, including a walking tour past the buildings on the brochure.

One of the society's early projects was producing a video of LaHarpe history, and many hours were spent researching all available histories and tax records to compile the information on the video.

Members felt it crucial that LaHarpe's history be preserved, and undertook the project to have the local newspapers put on microfilm, dating back to 1875. This film was presented to the library, and the Historical Society donated money to help purchase a reader-printer, and they also purchased census films.

Since many buildings on Main street are on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historical Society contacted state officials and the result was the placing of signs on the highway denoting LaHarpe's Historic District and others pointing to two Lincoln markers. Members have worked diligently to preserve historic buildings that were in danger of being abandoned, and worked to repair and paint an empty store front on Main street that was unsightly.

From 1989 through 2000 the Historical Society sponsored an Antique Show as a fund raiser. Also in 1989 the society established a museum. It has had many visitors, including tours given local grade school classes each spring. It has areas specializing in Lincoln artifacts, the Oatman family, Charles Duryea, many pictures and yearbooks of schools, churches, military items, and a variety of uniforms and artifacts from various wars. There are multiple items representing past businesses, including a Breed & Munger wooden pump, manufactured in 1875, and one of LaHarpe's first light bulbs (1895). There is also grandma's kitchen with a stove and utensils used before electricity, an Edison, hair wreathe, and a post office and items from an old general store; a miniature of the original town of LaHarpe, assembled by researching census and tax records, items from LaHarpe's Mary Davier Hospital (1923-1976), and many farm items including a corn sheller, grain cradle and milk separator.

There is a Lincoln rail in the park giving history of the President speaking in La Harpe and a reference to his ancestors in Fountain Green

Our meetings are every other month, uneven months.

In 1990 society members began work on a hand-made miniature of the City Hall, to have for sale. It was so successful that each year a new one is crafted. They are listed in our ITEMS FOR SALE.

The Historical Society has had three stamp cancellations, the City Hall, the 4-story Building, and Charles Duryea.

The Historical Society address is P. O. Box 289, LaHarpe, IL 61450. The society's membership extends across the country. The local membership does research of families (at a nominal fee) for those who visit the museum and many who correspond. Most of the local histories have been indexed, as have the scrapbooks compiled from local newspapers containing obits, weddings, and anniversaries. The museum also has many family files and card files with cross-indexing. Microfiche of Illinois marriages including Hancock county 1829-1890 are also available to those doing research, and copies of numerous township burial records. Four newsletters are published per year, and meetings are the third Monday of each month. The museum is open 9-11 a. m. and 1-4 p. m. Monday and Saturday. (Based on information provided in March 2005 - if you're planning to visit, please confirm that the musuem will be open.)

Would you like to join the LaHarpe Historical and Genealogical Society? All members receive four newsletters per year. Membership year is from November to November.

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Print the form, and mail it to:
LaHarpe Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 289
LaHarpe, Illinois 61450


Phone Contact: Darlene Bennett, 217-659-3635

The following items are offered for sale at the museum. Prices last updated April 2012. Please include postage and handling charges with your order.

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ITEMS QUANTITY PRICE
     
"My Dear Aunt Martha" by Barbara Shave; Fountain Green letters   $35.00
Banks & Beals Funeral Home Records Vol I--1933 through 1979 - Besides name of deceased, includes names of parents and spouse; maiden name; date and place of death, burial, birth, marriage; names of survivors with addresses; veteran info; occupation; cause of death if listed; any genealogical info.   $16.00
Banks & Beals Funeral Home Records Vol II--1980 through 1999 - Besides name of deceased, includes names of parents and spouse; maiden name; date and place of death, burial, birth, marriage; names of survivors with addresses; veteran info; occupation; cause of death if listed; any genealogical info.   $16.00
Dallas City Review Deaths, Marriages, Excerpts 1887 - 1937 - Contains the date of the newspaper where the birth, marriage, & death may be found. Spouses, maiden names, parents are listed if available. Birthday and anniversaries are also listed. Books range from 100-200 pages.   $12.00
Dallas City Funeral Home Records 1963 thru 2001 - Besides name of deceased, includes names of parents and spouse; maiden name; date and place of death, burial, birth, marriage; names of survivors with addresses; veteran info; occupation; cause of death if listed; any genealogical info.   $16.00
LaHarpe Cemetery Burial Records Book (thru Sept 1986)   $12.00
LaHarpe Cemetery Supplement, July 1984 - 2002 - Besides names and dates from the stone, data was taken from obits, newspapers, Internet, and Court House for complete dates, middle names, and marriage dates.   $8.00
LaHarper Births, Marriages, Deaths Oct 1875 - Jan 1890 - Contains the date of the newspaper where the birth, marriage, & death may be found. Spouses, maiden names, parents are listed if available. Birthday and anniversaries are also listed. Books range from 100-200 pages.   $12.00
LaHarpe Newspaper Births, Marriages, Deaths 1890 - 1900 - Contains the date of the newspaper where the birth, marriage, & death may be found. Spouses, maiden names, parents are listed if available. Birthday and anniversaries are also listed. Books range from 100-200 pages.   $12.00
LaHarper & Quill Births, Marriages, Deaths 1900 - 1910 - Contains the date of the newspaper where the birth, marriage, & death may be found. Spouses, maiden names, parents are listed if available. Birthday and anniversaries are also listed. Books range from 100-200 pages.   $15.00
LaHarper & Quill Births, Marriages, Deaths 1910 - 1920 - Contains the date of the newspaper where the birth, marriage, & death may be found. Spouses, maiden names, parents are listed if available. Birthday and anniversaries are also listed. Books range from 100-200 pages.   $16.00
LaHarpe Newspapers, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1920-1930   $17.00
La Harpe Newspapers, Births, Marriages, & Deaths 1930 to 1940
This publication is partially supported by a grant from the IL Arts Council, a state agency and the Two Rivers Arts Council, a regional arts organization.
  $18.00
Peyron History Book 1830 - 1930 (indexed)   $7.00
Warren's History of LaHarpe 1833 - 1965 (indexed)   $6.00
Captivity of the Oatman Girls   $14.00

The Oatman Story by Hal & Doris Clark 2002 - Story of Oatman family from LaHarpe, 1850; five out of seven were massacred by the Indians in Arizona. Two girls were taken captive; one son survived and witnessed the ordeal. Written by descendants of both Oatman and Sperry families, including information never before printed.

  $20.00

"Bits and Pieces" of LaHarpe History - DVD - One hour history of LaHarpe with 180 pictures and narration.

  $15.00
My Family Record - Room to enter 4-8 generations   $7.00
1880 Census - Volume I - Durham, Ftn. Green, Hancock, LaHarpe, Pilot Grove Twp - Complete transcript from microfilm   $11.00
(sale price)
1880 Census - Volume II - Appanoose, Dallas, Nauvoo, Pontoosuc, Rock Creek, Sonora - Complete transcript from microfilm   $11.00
(sale price)
Lincoln in La Harpe, Oct 24, 2008, DVD
This is a reenactment of Lincoln's speech in LaHarpe 150 years ago, with a tea following.
  $10.00
Cemetery Walk, 2006, 2007, 2008 DVD   $10.00
Postage for books and videos: $4.00 for first item and $1.00 for each additional item
 
 
Ornaments: circle your choice(s)
Campbell Building   $8.00 each
Legion Hall (Proceeds going to the Legion)   $8.00 each
City Hall, Hospital, School, Library, 4-Story Building, Travelers Inn, Quill, Restroom, Locke Opera, Club House, AMUS-U Theatre, Post Office, Community High School, 1st School, LaHarpe Clothing Co., The Fair Store, North Side Motors, Towler Grocery, Federated Store, T.P.& W. Depot.   $5.00 each
For mail orders of ornaments add: $1.50 for 1 and $0.25 for each additional ornament
 
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