PLAINFIELD — Supporters of the Hendricks County Historical Museum gathered this week at Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield to kick off a fundraising campaign for the museum.
This was the fourth year for the fundraising dinner event, said Deanna Hindsley, president of the Friends of the Museum.
“I’m very excited about the event this year,” Hindsley said. “Last year, we had about 85 people attend and this year we have more than 130 reservations.”
The event started with a cash bar and silent auction.
“We have some great donated items for the auction this year,” Hindsley said. “I’m just so pleased.”
Retired Plainfield teacher Howard Conley served as the master of ceremonies for the event and entertained the crowd with stories of his youth.
“I recently visited the museum and it brought back memories of one summer when my brother and I were hired on as deputies,” Conley said. “I can tell you, my uniform was not a high priority. I looked much worse than Barney Fife.”
He said his uniform was about six sizes too big and once he was issued his gun he could no longer hold up his pants.
“The museum is a great place,” he said. “There are so many memories there. And just so you know, I had never been in the jail. I know a lot of you may not believe that, but it’s true. Not that I didn’t do anything, I was just a lot faster than some of my friends.”
Hindsley held the organization’s business meeting and then told patrons about some of the programming at the museum. She said the Friends of the Museum participated in several community events to promote the facility.
“This was the first year we’ve had a booth at the Hendricks County 4-H Fair and we plan on doing it again,” she said. “We were out there all week telling people about the museum.”