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July 2009

All Indiana State Library events and workshops are free and open to the public
All events and workshops occur at the Indiana State Library. You can enter the State Library at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Programs require no registration. For more information call 317-232-3675.  

Family History Orientation Tours
Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists. Pre-registration is required; please call 317-232-3689. 
All tours take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  

Upcoming Family History Orientation Tours
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, August 20,2009 
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
What’s New  
The Indiana Collection is pleased to house all titles nominated for the Best Books of Indiana competition.  Copies of all of these titles are available to check out.

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Did you know? 
Did you know that the ceiling decoration in the Indiana North Room uses American printers' marks and  the History Reference Room uses foreign printers' marks?  The Indiana North Room houses the State Data Center and the History Reference Room houses general reference collection materials.

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DNR Needs Your Help to Preserve State Park History
Remember the hike at Clifty Falls or the awesome bike ride at Mounds State Park?  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to collect your pictures, videos, postcards and other memorabilia in preparation for a DVD about the history of Indiana’s State Parks.  The Centennial Celebration is in 2016, but the video will be released in the fall of 2009.  Indiana has a variety of beautiful State Parks as well as events that will please the entire family.  If you are willing to share some fun summer memories, please fill out the release form and get ready to be a part of history!

Upcoming Events & Workshops

American Community Survey
Monday July 6, 2:00-3:00 pm, Room 428
Many organizations – non-profits; government entities, and businesses – use data from the Census Bureau’s ACS for a timely picture of the populations they serve. Learn where to start when using ACS as well as the content, methodology and data products.  

Words on a Wire: The National School of Telegraphy
Wednesday July 8, 10:00-11:00 am, Indiana Author’s Room
Before the widespread use of the telephone, the telegraph was the principal means of communicating messages in a timely and efficient manner. The National School of Telegraphy located in Greencastle trained students to become proficient operators.

Crown Hill Cemetery   
Wednesday, July 15, 12:00-1:00 pm, History Reference Room
Crown Hill Cemetery is the country's third largest cemetery and the final resting place for a diverse group of Hoosiers.  Visit the Indiana State Library to learn about the founding of the cemetery, history, architecture, and notable persons buried.  

PERSI for Genealogists
Thursday July 16, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Use PERSI (The Periodical Source Index) to boost your genealogy research. This vast index includes citations for articles dating from the 1700’s to the present. Learn how to use the index, as well as how to access the periodical articles found.   

Mobilizing the Home Front: Hoosiers and World War I
Monday July 20, 11:00 am-noon, Indiana Author’s Room
Early in 1917, as relations between the United States and Germany became stained, Hoosiers volunteered their time and money to assist in the war effort. Learn about some of these efforts at the Indiana State Library.  

Using Google Books in Genealogy Research
Thursday July 23, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Learn about Google's digitization project and how it can help you with your at-home research.

Indiana Microbrews
Tuesday July 28, 11:00 am-noon, Indiana Author’s Room
Historical significance can be found in unusual places. Learn how the names of some of Indiana’s microbrews and breweries are tied to Indiana’s past.

Indiana State Library: a brief history
Friday, July 31, 2:00-3:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Come learn the history of the Indiana State Library, its services and mission, including a brief discussion on the architecture of the building.

New Books  

Nixonland: the rise of a president and the fracturing of America.Perlstein, Rick.
Author Rick Perlstein begins with the Watts riot of August 1965 chronicling how Nixon turned the turmoil of the liberal 1960s into a conservative political asset.  Using anti-Vietnam sentiment, racial unrest, and the new drug culture, Nixon offered the country old-fashioned American values of the 1950s creating a new dividing line of Democratic and Republican Party rhetoric.

Barack Obama, the new face of American politics. Dupuis, Martin, and Keith Boeckelman.
Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics details the account of Obama’s state senate career in Illinois, and his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. Political Scientist Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman explore the roles race, religion, and money, play in party politics. They discuss how Obama’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and his message of hope and inclusion propelled him onto the national stage.

The case of Abraham Lincoln: a story of adultery, murder, and the making of a great president. Fenster, J. M.
In 1856, the case of People v. Anderson and Anderson, the gruesome murder of a Springfield blacksmith provided the case that defined Lincoln's legal career. At a time when his political career was flagging, he was offered a spot on the prosecution side, Lincoln turned it down to become the defense lawyer which thrusts him back into the national spotlight as the crime became front page news.  Author Julie Fenster weaves Lincoln the lawyer with the ambitious politician and his newfound prominence to emerge as a figure in national politics.

Landscape of slavery: the plantation in American art. Mack, Angela D., and Stephen G. Hoffius.
This beautiful art book is a companion to a traveling exhibit organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Carolina Art Association. Through six thematic essays with eighty-nine color plates, the editors present a study of plantation images with the realities of slave life and the fiction inherent in the paintings. The essays range from a study of the romanticism of the old south and the antebellum mansions and their insensitivity to the enslaved workers, to the harsh realities of Reconstruction, and then a rebirth of African-American spirit and traditions.