175 Years of Howard County: Annual Meeting and Program

175 Years of Howard County: Annual Meeting and Program

10/17/2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Continental Ballroom

Howard County residents here have a unique opportunity to help re-write their community history story, when the Howard County Historical Alliance puts the apocryphal statement that Kokomo was named for “the orneriest Indian” on trial before an actual judge.

The “trial” will be part of the program for the Howard County Historical Society’s annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Continental Ballroom in Kokomo.  
Appearing before Judge William Menges of Howard County Superior Court, Number 1, historian Tom Tolen for the defense and writer Gil Porter for the prosecution will present evidence for and against the authenticity of the statement. Dinner attendees serving as “the jury” will then vote Yes or No as to whether town founder David Foster actually said that “Kokomo was named for the orneriest Indian.”

The Oct. 17 annual meeting program will also include a presentation from Doug Peconge, the assistant tribal historic preservation officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, a federally recognized Tribe. The Tribe has over 650 citizens living in Indiana. The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma is located in Miami, Oklahoma, with a cultural resource office in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of Howard County, the historical alliance this year is working with local Native American organizations to extensively review government records and historical documents. The result has been important new findings about the area’s origins published by the Historical Society. “Research is revealing some interesting information regarding the statement, and whether Foster actually said it,” said Dave Broman, society executive director. “We are excited to be presenting this ‘mock trial’ before Judge Menges, and invite the community to attend and be the jury.”

The price to attend is $35 for society members and $45 for non-members. Reservations can be made online at Eventbrite, by phone at (765) 452-4314, or in person at the historical society office (1218 W. Sycamore in Kokomo).