Howell General Baptist is one of the oldest congregations in the Evansville area. It was founded in 1823 as Liberty General Baptist by Benoni Stinson, who established the General Baptist branch with this being the mother church.
In 1891–when Howell was still a separate town–the Liberty General Baptist congregation built a church at the northeast corner of Rose and Signal Streets, what is now Delmar Ave and Emerson St. (The streets of Howell would eventually be renamed from their railroad specific names around the turn of the century). It was situated across from the original Howell Public School that later became known as Daniel Wertz.
In 1916 the church solicited the help of famed architect Clifford Shopbell to build a new church building. The brick Neoclassical structure was erected on the same site as the old structure.
A sizable addition was built in 1955 just left (north) of the church. This too would eventually be enlarged to include a second story. The church would eventually buy the old Daniel Wertz school, which moved out to South Red Bank Rd in 1986. The vacated school was purchased the following year and for a while was used for storage until it was razed around 1990.
The Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science will sponsor a new, never before seen video of the Evansville Day Parade of June 23, 1945. The Evansville Day Parade celebrated Evansville’s contribution to the war effort during World War II.. Video footage will show military hardware and personnel, the Central High School and Lincoln High School marching bands, floats from major manufacturers in the Evansville area — Republic Aviation, Servel, Bootz Manufacturing and others — and the Evansville built USS Vanderburgh at Dress Plaza. Representatives from the VCHS and Evansville Museum will provide historical insight into this parade as part of the presentation.
This five minute color video is the first of several videos the Vanderburgh County Historical Society will be unveiling in 2016. These videos are sourced from 16 MM film donated to VCHS by the family of Janet Noelting Robinson.
The Evansville Day Parade presentation will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the Koch Immersive Theater of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science at 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098.
Seating in the Koch Immersive Theater is limited. Please make reservations at the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.
Terry Hughes, President of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society