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The Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy

About this collection

This collection contains a variety of items, documents, and images connected with the Harrison County Agricultural Society. A group of Harrison County residents interested in agricultural pursuits began to meet as early as 1839 and became known as the Harrison County Agricultural Society by 1851. The Society officially organized in January 1860 and elected officers, created a constitution, and adopted bylaws. The group subsequently developed a fairgrounds in Corydon, Indiana, and held the first Harrison County Fair September 11-14, 1860. The Harrison County Fair has been held annually on this site since, making it the oldest continuous county fair in Indiana. This collection includes a book of the Harrison County Agricultural Society's meeting minutes from its official formation in 1860 through 1870. This record includes the organization's constitution and bylaws, yearly election of officers and directors from each township, purchase and development of the fairground property in Corydon, and detailed information about the yearly fairs, including the establishment of classes and premium awards.

 
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