RCHS is a 501c3 non-profit organization
focused on preserving the history
of Randolph County, Indiana.
1861: Beginning of Randolph County Old Settlers meetings.
1901, August 28th: The Randolph County Historical Society was organized and ceased regular activity in 1906.
1953, February 23rd: RCHS was reorganized.
1959, February 17th: RCHS was incorporated.
1968, May 11th: RCHS purchased a home at 416 South Meridian Street, Winchester, Indiana on and established a museum.
1979, October 8th: The Randolph County Genealogical Society was established.
1984, August 13th: The historical and genealogical societies merged.
1999: The RCHS genealogical collection was moved to the museum building.
2003, November 8th: Dedication of the completed addition to the historic home.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
The Randolph County Historical Society depends on memberships and donations for financial security. The museum is staffed by volunteers. Your donation helps us keep our doors open and our history alive.
Contact RCHS if you have memorabilia,artifacts, militaria, genealogy resources, school or alumni records or other Randolph County relevant items to consider for donation.
You can also click the "Our Wishlist" button below for an indication of items in need to continue preservation of items housed at RCHS.
416 South Meridian Street, Winchester, Indiana 47394, United States
765.584.1334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook public page: The Randolph County Historical Society Museum and Shop. Facebook closed group: Randolph County Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society.
Open to the public:
Thursday - 1pm to 4 pm
Appointments also available most days of the week based upon volunteer availability.
The Museum is available for club,
group, class, and private tours.
There is no charge, however,
donations to assist with
'keeping the lights on"
are greatly appreciated.
If you are researching your family and would like to make an appointment, please contact us at 765.584.1334 or send an email to: email@example.com
A tip for folks visiting RCHS who carry their own hand sanitizer to use on site.
"While washing hands with soap and water is the best way to
remove viruses and other germs from our hands,
if the museum does choose to offer hand sanitizer in research areas,
aim for water-based over alcohol-based
to provide at least some level of protection for objects.
Also, refrain from touching materials
until after the hand sanitizer has completely dried."
-Library of Congress recommendations.
Water-based hand sanitizer is the best choice to keep
artifacts and paper items around for generations to come!
Parking is available on Meridian Street in front of the original home entrance.
Additional and handicapped accessible parking is in the parking area behind the home,
via the alley that runs just to the south of the building.
Overflow parking is available in an ample parking lot located behind the Museum.
Board of Directors
Personal Interest in Randolph County history. I have lived on the same block in Winchester for 73 years. The Holloway family arrived in Randolph County about 1822 in Stoney Creek Township.
President, Board of Directors
A first-generation Hoosier, lifelong resident of Randolph County, genealogist for over 30 years.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board Meetings are held
at the Randolph County Historical Society Museum
on the 3rd Thursday each month at 6:30pm.
(Subject to cancellation due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.)
To be added to the agenda, contact a current Board Member at least two weeks in advance.
Memberships directly support the museum operating/utility costs, the preservation of collections, and supporting "The Next 50 Years" vision
for RCHS, Inc.
Annual membership is $25.
Lifetime membership is $300.
Click the link below, "Become a Member" to send electronic payment.
Note in the communication the funds are to be directed towards a membership, your name, address, email etc.
To drop off a cash or check when The Museum is open or to mail a check made out to RCHS the address is: 416 South Meridian Street, Winchester, Indiana 47394