Thank you to the Volunteers who made the 2016 Oak Hill Cemetery Tour such a great success!
Board Member Tony Arduino portrays Marcus Towle at 2016 Oak Hill Cemetery Tour
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The Hammond Historical Society is asking its members to write some short stories about their memories of Hammond and what it was like to raise a family, go to school, work and play in the community. We hope to add these stories to our monthly newsletter...
Here is a sample of a story of attending school in 1950 at the Woodrow Wilson School at Columbia and 173rd in south Hammond.
“…I was an early reader and by the time I was in first grade, the first book I owned was “The Fix-It Man,” a Little Golden Book with a story about a “Fix-It” man who went from town to town, fixing things for people. In exchange for his fixing things, people would give him pie and cookies, or invite him to dinner with their family. To a six-year old the promise of cookies and pie was a good incentive to keep on fixing things.
When I was in second grade at Woodrow Wilson School, I would take a short cut on the walk home through Columbia Center, a government subsidized housing area in south Hammond. I lived a mile south and thought nothing of the daily hike back and forth on Columbia Avenue to my home near Riverside Park.
My older sister, Nancy, introduced me to the Hammond Library branch in the activity center at the housing complex. Best of all, she said, “It was free!” I learned that libraries were willing to loan you any books they had and all you had to do was bring the book back in good condition before the “due date”… or else!
Second graders would swap stories on the playground of what happened to their older siblings when books were not returned on time.
“Yeah,” one kid said, “the police came and knocked on our door looking for the library book that my brother checked out and didn’t return.”
Other stories about the
consequences of not observing the “due date” on library books: “You’ll never
get a job with that on your record!” and “They know where you live and
they’ll come and get you!” There were enough terrifying stories to make a
second grader more responsible when checking out library books.
Richard Barnes received his Ph.D. and successfully graduated from Edison Jr High and Hammond High School.. but only after he returned all of his library books.
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Indiana 200 Year Celebration - 1816 - 2016
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Robert M. Grant - University of Chicago
200 Members in 200 Years
Like other charitable groups, the Hammond Historical Society relies upon public support to maintain its educational programs in the community. We are a tax exempt 501(c)3 and all gifts of support are 100 % tax deductible. You can become part of Hammond's history by making a contribution today. Thank you for your support.
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