Study hall: Steve Jones (reflected in mirror) listens to Brigette Jones, a historian and hostess at the Riley Home, describe a dining room in the Hoosier Poet's boyhood home. Steve Jones is a member of the latest class of Leadership Hancock County, which spent Wednesday touring county sites to learn more about the county's history. The day was part of the group's orientation as it begins to study leadership issues in the county. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
The Leadership Hancock County class of 2014 embarked on a fact-finding mission Wednesday for a little Hancock County history ahead of beginning projects for the upcoming year.
The 23-member class toured the James Whitcomb Riley Home and Museum in Greenfield, Tuttle Orchards and New Palestine Cemetery. The class also listened to Rosalie Richardson, co-author of “Hancock County, Indiana: A Pictorial History,” to gain a general knowledge of the county’s geography and understand its historical influences.
Wednesday’s tour was the group’s second session. The class already has been through exercises to assess personalities and learn team building and problem-solving skills, said coordinator Donieta Ross.
Leadership Hancock County is accepting project proposals from county nonprofits, schools and governments for this year’s class until Oct. 15, at which time the group will be split into four teams and assigned tasks for the year.
The groups’ projects will be presented at the organization’s graduation ceremony May 7, 2014.