CLARK COUNTY MUSEUM
Currently located at 501 East Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, Indiana, on the 4th floor of the Clark County Government building, the museum hopes to be in their new location at the old Jeffersonville High School campus on Court Avenue in October 2012. The museum’s collections include advertisements, African American photographs, small mementos, German family artifacts and baptismal certificates. The collections primarily consist of documents related to local families.
People of Interest:
Gustave Albert Schimpff, the immigrant ancestor of the Schimpff family, was born in Speyer in the Rhineland- Pfalz area of Germany in 1843. He came to America in 1854 with his widowed mother and was making candy in Louisville as early as 1858. The Schimpffs moved to Jeffersonville and opened Schimpff ’s Confectionary at 347 Spring St. in 1891. It is one of the oldest, continuously run family-owned candy stores in America. Patrick Kehoe was born in County Wexford, Ireland in 1833. He came to America in 1856 and settled at Pittsburgh, where he fought in the Civil War. By 1862, he lived above the family store at the corner of 7th and Michigan Avenue in Jeffersonville. The Kehoe family lived in the neighborhood which was known as Irish Hill, but it was always integrated with Germans and African Americans living there, too. The building predates the Civil War and was then used as a tavern with a school upstairs. Kehoe’s Market closed in the late 1970s and had been in the family over 100 years.
Fong Lee was the 1st Chinese immigrant in Clark County, and opened a laundry.
The Beutel Family published the local German newspaper.
The Howard Family was of British descent and founded the Howard Shipyards in the 1830s.
The Fischli Family was Jewish immigrants from Switzerland. John Fischli owned
Jeffersonville Springs Resort.
Clark County Museum presented by Ivy Tech Community College
Large Photograph by John Gilkey.
Carl Edward Kramer is the founder and President of Kentuckiana Historical Services, a consulting firm that deals with public history, community development, and public relations topics, such as urban development, historic preservation, and urban planning studies. As well, he is involved with the Clark County Emergency Shelter, Methodist Evangelical Hospital, the Southern Indiana Child Care Advisory Board, and the George Rogers Clark Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Kramer is also a member to several professional and learned societies, such as the American Historical Association, both the Kentucky and Indiana Historical Societies, and the Filson Club. These are but a few of the many activities that he participates in regularly.
Kramer has researched and/or taught courses in American social history, American politics, urban history, local history, religious history of the U.S., and community development. He has received a Ph.D in American History degree from the University of Toledo; an M.S. in community development from the University of Louisville; an A.M in urban education from Roosevelt University; and an A.B. cum laude in history and political science from Anderson College. As well, he has taught in the Chicago school system; in the University of Toledo's Department of History; in U of L's College of Urban and Public Affairs, Department of History, and Department of Sociology; and at Indiana University Southeast.
Kramer has received numerous awards for his activities, and has published many books, articles, papers, reports, and maps of local interest.