Current Exhibits

Preserving Our Past to Protect Our Future: Celebrating 20 Years of The Warren County Records Center and Archives

The Warren County Records Center and Archives officially celebrated our 20th Anniversary on August 29, 2022. To celebrate this milestone we compiled a history of how we came to be and combined that with how much we have grown these first two decades! This exhibit was so much fun to put together because some of our employees have worked here for a decent amount of those years. We hope you enjoy reading about how we came to be and what we have managed to accomplish.

Common Pleas Court, A History

Creating the history of the Warren County Common Pleas Court, it’s buildings, and the judges who have served within them, has been are largest exhibit to date! We were given the opportunity to create a permanent exhibit that spans 2 walls within the current Warren County Courthouse. With this exhibit we wanted to make sure we kept the design and content classic to stand the test of time. In addition to what is included in the exhibit, we left room at the end to update the exhibit as Warren County continues to grow. *SOME IMAGES IN THE EXHIBIT COURTESY OF: Warren County Historical Society, Warren County Common Pleas Court, and Judge Joe Kirby

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Exploding a Forgotten Town Into a Booming Society: Kings Mills

Creating an exhibit for Kings Mills was a huge challenge! This one time factory town may have been small but it packs a vast and fascinating history! The design of the exhibit has to be one of our favorites so far from the accordion time line to the wood stands, there is a lot to look at. When creating the panels we tried to keep the history of the factory, town, and family as concise as possible. We really needed a few cases to be able to include all of the information we found during our research. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Karen Dinsmore, The Warren County Genealogical Society, Peters & King: The Birth & Evolution of The Peters Cartridge Co. & The King Powder Co. by Thomas D. Schiffer, and the Warren County Facilities Department for all of your help!

King’s Great Western Powder Company & Peters Cartridge Company

Putting together one shelf of information on any part of Kings Mills was a huge task. For the history of the two company’s that were the reason for creation and expansion of the town of Kings Mills we condensed it into a simple timeline. We were able to take the major events on the timeline created by Thomas D. Schiffer in his book Peters & King: The Birth & Evolution of the Peters Cartridge Co. & The King Powder Co.. This book is an amazing collection of images and a comprehensive history of these two companies. There was so much rich history that we had to omit from these panels about the progression of the factory and what it was like for the workers and how the production effected the land around the factory. 

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What we were able to include is a panel detailing the explosions at the factories and what the future holds for these historic buildings. The deadliest explosion occurred July 15, 1891, killing 9 people, including women and children. 

Kings Mills Exhibit, Jenifer Baker - 8.24.2020 - 5

Tori - Large Panels - 10x13 - 3

Tori - Large Panels - 10x13Tori - Medium Panels - 9x7.5 - 1

Tori - Large Panels - 10x13 - 2Family Tree Panel 24 x 13.1 (1)Person Panels 10 x 12Person Panels 10 x 12 - 2Person Panels 10 x 12 - 3Person Panels 10 x 12 - 4Will & Inventory Panels 6 x 8 - 1Will & Inventory Panels 6 x 8 - 2

 

 


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