Ice cream social set at Hamacher Hall


An all-you-can-eat ice cream social is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hamacher Hall, 211 E. Howard St., Crothersville.

The cost is a freewill donation, and the public is invited. Proceeds have been designated to help pay for repairs to one of the historic facility’s stained glass windows.

Hamacher Hall, Crothersville’s historical and cultural arts center, existed as the Presbyterian church in town. Among those founding members were John Hamacher, who surveyed and founded the town which is now Crothersville, and Preston Rider.

The petition requesting approval to organize a Presbyterian church in Crothersville was forwarded to the New Albany Presbytery in 1885. Guidance was provided from Presbyterian elders from Brownstown and Seymour.

In 2001, the Greater Crothersville Heritage Foundation purchased the building and its annex. It was renamed Hamacher Hall in honor of John Hamacher.

The foundation later sold the two buildings to the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, and the facility has continued to host a number of public activities. The group’s mission is to encourage interest in the history of Crothersville and promote visual and performing arts.

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