Big Springs Historical Society

Big Springs Historical Society

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Archives

Genealogical Research: At present we are unable to honor e-mail requests for geneological research. On-site research assistance is available by appointment. Please check back for updates on this service.

Reference Material. The large, three-story building which is home to the Society, is a wonderful museum. Artifacts are displayed which reflect the diversity of our 210 year history.

What is less well-known, is the Museum’s archive collection. For instance there is a complete run of Caledonia newspapers from 1917 to 19XX.

The collection contains many photographic images; a few from the 1850s, more from the Civil War period, and many photograph albums featuring family members from the 1880s though the early 1900s. There are many photographs of school classes from the 1910s and 1920s, and pictures of village baseball clubs. The museum houses images of local buildings, street scenes, Civil War veterans, parades, and the destruction caused by our two village fires.

In our collection are family Bibles, and much paper ephemera on a variety of topics. Some, before the introduction of typewriters, are handwritten; but much important history has been transcribed from early manuscripts to easily-read type-script. The Museum has file folders for families for which there is considerable material. Naturally, the 19th century pioneer families are well represented. Some of the paper and photographic material is filed by subject: school, churches, farms, railroads, businesses, DAR.

Finally, there is a library of important historical reference books, period maps, black and white photographic negatives, and 35 mm color slides.

This reference material is available to those who wish to conduct their own research. We urge you to sample the Museum archives, and then perhaps offer material to expand and complete the collection. If you have important photographs you would like to retain, let us scan the images and return the originals.