In the summer of 1996, several community members got together to discuss the history of Southport, Indiana. A History Club was formed, and in July, over 30 people came to the Southport Library to hear Keith Brown talk about “The way things used to be at Perry Schools.” This was followed by a late August meeting in the Southport shelter house, hosted by Mayor Nannette Tunget. Soon, the Perry Township / Southport Historical Society was up and running.
Since then, the group has hosted about six public meetings a year featuring guest speakers covering a wide variety of topics. Some meetings involved a field trip to see local businesses, schools, or other places of historic interest. We usually meet on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Most meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Perry Township Education Center, 6548 Orinoco Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meeting notices are published in The Southside Times and The Southsider Voice the week before the meetings.