Hayden museum plans special meeting

Pioneer Days set as theme for event; live musical entertainment, review of projects planned

Staff reports

Officials with Hayden Historical Museum will conduct a special meeting as part of the Little Hoosier Historians’ last regular meeting of the school year at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hayden pavilion.

Jennings County was established 200 years ago, and Pioneer Days will be the theme for this year’s living history day Sept. 2 at the museum.

Many of this year’s programs conducted for the students who make up the Hayden Little Hoosier Historians have been about some aspect of pioneer life.

The Sullivan family came to Jennings County more than 200 years ago and first settled along the banks of the Muscatatuck River.

The meeting will feature the Scattertack String Band, started by Clara Sullivan and her family in 1984. The name of the band is a play on the word “Muscatatuck” as many old timers were known to refer to the biggest river in Jennings County, the “Scattertack.”

Longtime band members include Patrick Sullivan, Eric Jarboe, Al Hochstetter, Trina Tracy, Penny Sullivan and Susie Barlow. While other stringed instruments are used during their performance, the pioneer-designed dulcimers give the band its distinctive sound. Patrick Sullivan plans to discuss the history of the instruments and describe the stories behind some of the old songs the group will play for the program.

Another portion of the meeting will be a brief review of the projects and programs the Hayden Little Hoosier Historians conducted during the school year. Recognition will be given to the outstanding members from the chapter. Then recognition will be given to the museum board members, Colby Vogel, Scott Tuttle, Jeff Wheeler, Melanie Geyman, Lester Tracy, Bill Kendrick, Patrick Sullivan and Rodger Ruddick.

The meeting is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served following the program, and the museum buildings will be open for visitors to browse.

Information: haydenmu@seidata.com or 812-592-8445