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January 17, 2014

Local filmmaker delves into Madison County’s pioneer past

Local filmmaker delves into Madison County's pioneer past

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“The people of this area that lived their lives were really no different from you and I,” observed Green. “They had the same emotions, the same dreams and goals that people possess today.”

Madison County Historian Stephen Jackson was an important resource to Green during the research. Jackson said the film is accurate, and he gives it a very favorable review.

“It’s a wonderful contribution to understanding our past through the lives of the people he depicts,” said Jackson. He also noted, “The photography is wonderful. It’s just a first-class film.”

Green is no stranger behind the lens. He was a telecom major at Ball State and Indiana universities. He was videographer for Indiana Community Action Association, creating training films and PSAs for that organization, and he continues to freelance.

Green, a prolific reader, was inspired to make “Stories in Stone” after he delved into *Historical Sketches and Reminiscences of Madison County, Indiana" by John Forkner and Byron Dyson. The more-than-1,000-pages tome dates to 1897. Green started digging deeper on certain stories he found in the book.

“It was like doing detective work,” said Green. He became a regular in the Indiana Room at the Anderson Public Library, where he was able to study actual newspaper stories with help from librarian Beth Oljace.

Finally, Green tracked down the actual gravesites of the individuals he had researched. Madison County Cemetery Commission’s website, www.cemeteries-madison-co-in.com, was very helpful in this endeavor.

Madison County Historical Society trustee Melody Hull, who developed the website, said that according to the state of Indiana, a pioneer cemetery is any cemetery that was started before 1850. For the purposes of the Madison County Cemetery Commission, it is any cemetery started by an early settler or pioneer.

Hull said that there are more than 90 pioneer cemeteries still existing in the county. That’s down from the 123 sites the county used to have.

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