Crescent Valley History Newsletter


Vanderburgh Co. Historical Society Annual Dinner
One of the region’s best historical events will take place Thurs., November 15th when the Vanderburgh Co. Historical Society (VCHS) hosts it annual dinner at the Evansville Museum. The event will feature a reception from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., a dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a presentation by renowned historian Bill Bartelt beginning at 7:45 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Cooke Saves Historic Headstone
James Bethel Gresham is a well-known World War I veteran who many consider to be the first American to be killed in the conflict. Military headstones are typically replaced every fifty years, but due to its historical significance Gresham’s was hidden away. Fortunately, Evansville’s Superintendent of Cemeteries, Chris Cooke, discovered the headstone and immediately realized its historic importance. The old headstone is being donated to the Evansville Museum where it will become a permanent part of the World War I exhibit. Click here for local media coverage. Mr. Cooke will discuss the history of the Oak Hill Cemetery at a presentation on October 30th at the EVPL central branch. Click here for details.

Restoration Continues at Greyhouse Bus Station
As visitors to downtown Evansville may have noticed, the Greyhound Station’s blue panels have been removed for restoration. The exposed red brick that was left behind has since been covered with a black vapor barrier and stabilizer. This will protect the interior walls from moisture penetration. Before the blue enameled steel panels go back up in about a month, high-tech insulation will be applied inside the panels. The insulation will help ensure against warping that can be caused by heat and will further protect the brick. The building won’t be quite as bright a blue in the future. The baby blue paint that covered the exterior panels is being removed to return the building to the subtle and elegant original scheme pictured here.

Galvanized Yankee Presentation Planned
The Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable will feature James A. Goecker at its November 20th meeting. He will discuss “Galvanized Yankees,” Confederate soldiers in the Northern Army. Mr. Goecker will discuss who they were and how they were used in the North during the Civil War. Click here for more details.