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Commemorative wooden nickels and Confederate bill facsimile

 Collection — Folder: S2228
Identifier: S2228

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three "wooden nickel" certificates created to commemorate the Wabash County, Indiana Centennial (1935) and the Decatur, Indiana Centennial (1936). The collection also contains a facsimile of a five hundred dollar Confederate note memento from the Civil War Centennial Exhibit held at the L.S. Ayres & Company auditorium in Indianapolis from April 11 to April 22, 1961.


  • 1935-1961

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The city of Decatur was founded in 1836 by Samuel Rugg in Adams County, Indiana. Residents of the city celebrated its centennial August 2-8, 1936. Wabash County, Indiana was first established in 1833, but was not politically organized until 1835. The county celebrated its centennial July 24-28, 1935. Both Decatur and Wabash counties celebrated with parades, pageants, religious services, exhibits, and other activities and also distributed "wooden nickel" souvenirs that could be redeemed for 5 cents from the respective Centennial Associations.

From April 11 to April 22, 1961, L.S. Ayres and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted the U.S. Civil War Centennial Exhibit in their auditorium. The exhibit included a section about Abraham Lincoln, Civil War weapons, a map of Morgan's Raid in Indiana, and letters, diaries, and currency from the war. Ayres distributed facsimiles of a five hundred dollar Confederate bill as a memento.


Information found within collection.

"Ayres Plans Civil War Exhibit." Indianapolis Star (IN), April 6, 1961.

"Centennial to be Opened On Wednesday." Wabash Daily Plain Dealer (IN), July 22, 1935.

"City's Greatest Celebration Opens Next Sunday; Will Run For Seven Consecutive Days." Decatur Daily Democrat (IN), July 27, 1936.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/18 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.