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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > This was Camden II (A History of Camden Indiana) This was Camden II (A History of Camden Indiana)

This Was Camden

This book is a result of several years of collecting pictures and newspaper stories about our Hoosier Heritage in the central Indiana small town of Camden, located along the banks of Deer Creek in Carroll County. From 1832 when it was a muddy tract with 5 cabins to the present it has been a warm friendly town with many concerned and hard working citizens who kept the community alive and growing with its own unique festivals and traditions. Many triumphs and tragedies are described and many, many pictures shown of the town from throughout the years, many never seen before. The book contains more than 170 pages of information and pictures of the people, churches and businesses of the town. It is our hope that our contribution to the celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial will be received by those interested in our past, young and old alike, available to all, and will be considered as a lasting legacy for times to come.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Bonnie Maxwell

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Camden Women's Literary Club was the sponsor of this second edition of the history of Camden, written by Lee Appleton. Lee came back home to host a Q&A and brought out many people interested in the book. The local volunteer fire department is selling and benefiting from the proceeds of sales.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • The follow-up event at the Camden Library resulted in numerous stories offered by attendees that supplement the book. Also, this was the first local written history to benefit from collection of memories and photos via a Facebook page.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • Camden Library holds much of the original research.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • About 15

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • About $1,000

Project Details

  • Organization: Camden Women’s Literary Club
  • County: Carroll
  • Contact: Judie Peters, 574-686-2067,
  • Type: Non-Profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-113