HENAGER-RUDISILL FAMILY MUSEUM

Located in Buckskin, Indiana (North of Evansville on State Highway 57, just
off I-64 in Gibson County in far Southwestern Indiana)

Telephone: 812-795-2230
Email: pw3623@aol.com
R.R. #2 - Box 336, Buckskin, IN 47613


The Henager-Rudisill Family Museum was offically opened in December of 1996 by Mr. James Henager. The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia. Items included equipment and other items from the family's long line of woodworking history. The family also had a collection of items of local historical interest, including photos, printed materials, automotive equipment and vehicles and military items. These items were available for public viewing at the family's historical wood shop. As time passed, the local community became interested in the museum and begin donating additional
James Henager standing next to a restored 1930 Model A Ford that's among the museum displays.
items for display in the museum. When the family made the collection available for community contributions, an overwhelming response of additional items for display was received by the museum. Currently the museum receives items for display from all accross the nation.


A framed Uncle Sam recruiting poster is included in an exhibit featuring a variety of military objects including flags, mess kits, medals, photographs, and military headgear.

Veteran's Exhibit: The Museum has been working to guarantee that our veterans are not forgotten! We are asking for help in this community museum project. In order to insure that veterans are not forgotten, we are seeking exhibit items for display. These items will be shown in conjunction with our current World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam items. If you have items or wish to help establish a display honoring our veterans, contact the Museum. We would like to make this the largest veterans display in Southern Indiana.


Exhibits include items from the Roy Rogers Collection and early juke boxes.

In 1998, the museum incorporated and applied for recognition under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). On July 3, 1998, the Internal Revenue Service granted the exemption to the museum.


Exhibits include Smokey Bear and items from the National Forestry Service.

The museum has become a recognized regional institution. The Indiana Visitors and Tourism Commission recognizes the museum as a point of interest in Southern Indiana and includes it in their listings of historical sites and points of interest. The museum is a member of the Association of Indiana Museums and the International Federation of Scouting Museums. The museum has been featured in the Indiana Historical Society's program Across Indiana produced by public television station WFYI. Several newspapers have given the museum statewide recognition. The museum has also received national recognition as the result of several magazine articles. Local television stations have routinely contacted the museum and used museum items in their broadcasts related to both local and national events.


A wide variety of collections are on display in the museum including exhibits on Roy Rodgers, the Beatles, Smokey Bear, and our Automotive Heritage.

The museum currently has displays and exhibits from the following sources:

  1. Whirlpool Corporation
  2. Hadi Shrine and National Shriners
  3. U.S. Postal Service
  4. Veterans of Foreign Wars
  5. American Legion
  6. Smokey Bear and National Forestry Service
    • Cambridge Consulting Corp. (Damiel Alvarez-Contact)
    • Smokey Bear Licensing Companies (List on Museum Exhibits)
    • Lis Boa, Inc. (Max Sarrow-Contact)
  7. Boy Scouts of America (Susan Hardin-Contact)
  8. Girl Scouts of America (Karen Selvy-Contact)
  9. City of Huntingburg (Items from movies filmed there)
    • "League of Their Own"
    • "Hard Rain"
    • "Soul of The Game"
  10. Hopalong Cassidy Fan Club (Laura Bates-Contact)
  11. Wells Fargo Company
  12. City of Evansville
  13. Warrick and Gibson County Sheriff's Departments
  14. Country Store - Newburg, IN
  15. Tom Armstrong's Marvin Comic Strip
  16. Porter-Cable Company
  17. Georgia-Pacific Company
  18. Casino Aztar
  19. Wal-Mart Company
  20. United States Marines
  21. United States Navy
  22. United States Army
  23. United States Air Force
  24. Radio Station WIKY
  25. Radio Station WJPS
  26. Roy Rogers, Jr. (Dusty) & the Roy Rogers, Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri
  27. Daviess County Chamber of Commerce
  28. Gene Autry Entertainment & Mrs. Gene Autry (Maxine-Contact)
  29. Gene Autry Museum, Gene Autry, Oklahoma (Elvin Sweeten-Contact)
  30. Gene Autry Friend's Fan Club (Rose Marie Addison-Contact)
  31. Indiana Military Museum, Inc. (Jim Osborne, Curator)
  32. Bear Creek Lumber Company, Winthrop, Washington (Joe Hammer-Contact)
  33. Ellis Park Raceway, A Churchill Downs Company (Bob Cunningham-Contact)
  34. Ponderosa Ranch, NV (David Geddef-Contact)
  35. Rex Allen Museum (Mary Leighton-Contact)
  36. Empire Publishing (Rhonda Lemmons-Contact)
  37. Mohave Museum, Andy Devine Museum (Rosanne Rosenberg-Contact)
  38. Circus Hall of Fame (Tom Dunwody-Contact)
  39. Automotive Heritage Museum (Jerry Jenkins-Contact)
  40. 8th District Congressman - John Hostettler
  41. Indiana U.S. Senator - Richard Lugar


Henager's "Memories and Nostalgia" along Indiana 57 is unlike any museum you'll find in a big city. It is filled with pop culture and historical keepsakes.

The Museum has been working to guarantee that our veterans are not forgotten! The museum is seeking exhibit items for display and has plans to make this the largest veterans display in Southern Indiana.


Displays include "Superman" and a display honoring our veterans. Items included represent World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Museum is a not-for-profit organization and maintains the following categories of membership:

  • Student $25 (must be under age 18)
  • Individual $50
  • Family $75

All memberships include free admission for members. Family membership includes free admission for immediate family members. An annual museum report and semi-annual newsletter will be sent to members.

Museum Sponsorships are available in the following categories:

  • Red Star Sponsor $200
  • White Star Sponsor $400 Blue Star Sponsor $600
  • Gold Star Sponsor $800
The higher the sponsorship category, the larger the name and star appear on the sponsorship honor wall. In addition to the Red, White, Blue and Gold Star recognition, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum recogntion's are also given for consecutive years of museum sponsorship. Consecutive years of sponsorship move the sponsor to the next level of recognition.

Checks should be made payable to the Henager-Rudisill Museum. The Museum is a not-for-profit organization and your membership dues may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax consultant.

Henager-Rudisill Family Museum
R.R. #2 - Box 336
Buckskin, IN 47613