Sue Trotman Honored For Her Years Of Dedication To The Gosport Community
Sue Trotman served as curator of the Ten O’Clock Line Treaty Museum in Gosport for 46 years. She was instrumental in the start of the museum.
The museum began in 1969 when members of the Fortnightly Club, along with Trotman, began exhibiting historical artifacts during the annual Gosport Lazy Days festival held downtown.
It wasn’t long before they realized they needed more space for the number of items they had. Space was obtained in the basement of the local bank, which became the first location of the Ten O’Clock Line Treaty Museum.
A campaign began in 1997 to raise funds to allow the group to purchase their own building to house the historical artifacts. They were able to raise $25,000. The Fortnightly Club also received a Lily Foundation grant which allowed them to purchase the former Nazarene church, which is the current location of the museum on Fourth Street.
The new building gave board members the space to expand their museum. There are more than 7,000 items at the museum, all of which Trotman has catalogued and managed.
During her time as curator, Trotman has accomplished a lot. She established history programs at Gosport Elementary School, created walking tours throughout Gosport of historical places, came up with a genealogical collection for the museum, started Story-Telling in the Park in Gosport, and wrote the booklet, “The History of My Town, Gosport, Indiana.”
In April of this year, Trotman retired as curator of the Ten O’Clock Line Treaty Museum. The new curator is Annie Arthur.
Members of the museum’s Board of Directors recently held a retirement party to celebrate the accomplishments of Trotman and to thank her for her many years of dedicated service to the community. Numerous community members turned out to join in the celebration.
“Sue is still involved with the museum as an invaluable consultant and continues to work with the museum board of directors,” Arthur said of her predecessor. “Her lifelong service to her community and the creation of the Gosport History Museum has left us all a lot richer and we honor and thank her for her many contributions.”
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