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December 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.  

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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. 

Upcoming Family History Orientation Tours

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Preservation for the Non- Professional
Wednesday, December 1, 10:00-11:00 am, Indiana Author’s Room
This program is for the layperson who is interested in safeguarding their own personal papers, photographs, scrapbooks and other assorted memorabilia in non-digital formats.  

L.S. Ayres & Co. at Christmastime
Thursday, December 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Join us for a presentation with a special holiday focus on L.S. Ayres, the famous tea room, its competitors, and the impact on Indianapolis shopping. Tea will be served.  

L.S. Ayres & Co. at Christmastime
Thursday, December 3, 5:30-6:30 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Join us for a presentation with a special holiday focus on L.S. Ayres, the famous tea room, its competitors, and the impact on Indianapolis shopping. Tea will be served.  

Census Data Literacy
Monday, December 7, 2:00-3:00 pm, Room 428
The Census Bureau can help you get the population number for your next report, paper, or grant application. This workshop will walk you through using Census maps online and the American FactFinder website to find data down to the neighborhood level.  

Indiana Vital Records Resources 
Thursday, December 10, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
This program is an introduction to the Indiana Birth, Death, and Marriage Indexes and other resources at the Indiana State Library.  It covers print, microfilm, and electronic resources with emphasis on the special materials within the Genealogy Collection.  

African-American Newspapers in Indiana
Monday, December 14, 12:00-1:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Patrons will learn or relearn the history of black newspapers in Indiana.  Patrons will be given a brief overview of the newspapers and be able to look at examples and ask questions about how to access them.  

Unique Genealogy Sources 
Thursday, December 17, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Come and learn about little-known sources for Genealogy research available at the Indiana State Library.  Enhance your research with these unique and useful resources and find hidden information that you never knew existed.  

Carnegie Libraries in Indiana
Tuesday, January 5, 11:00 am – noon, Indiana Author’s Room
Industrialist-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie funded over 2500 libraries in the US. Indiana built 164 Carnegie libraries, more than any other state.  Learn about some of the Carnegie libraries and a brief history of public libraries in Indiana.  

Researching Family History, part 1
Thursday, January 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Get an introduction to the beginning elements of genealogy research and overview of the basic documents and resources used in tracing your family tree.  

Researching Family History, part 2
Tuesday, January 12, 11:00 am – noon, History Reference Room
This program will discuss the various family history resource collections within the Indiana State Library.

Crossroads of Indiana: The Michigan and National roads
Thursday, January 14, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Take a trip down two historic roads through Indiana. Learn a brief history of the Michigan and the National roads and how these thoroughfares allowed Indiana towns and countryside to develop.  

The Mask of Agamemnon: Heinrich Schliemann
Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 -11:00 am, Indiana Author’s Room
Known as the Father of Modern Archaeology and founder of the ancient city of Troy, fluent in 13 languages and multi-millionaire, Heinrich Schliemann moved to Indianapolis in 1869. Learn more about this fascinating historical figure.  

Indiana’s Big Top
Thursday, January 21, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Come one, come all!  From a traveling circus set up in a field to one that fills a stadium, circuses have a rich history in Indiana.  Learn about the circuses that wintered in Peru and about the circus-related items at the State Library.

Will Hays
Wednesday, January 27, noon-1:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Will Hays Junior is the son of the “Czar of Hollywood”, Will Hays Senior. The younger Hays is a published author, Indiana mayor and an interesting Hoosier personality. Learn about his life and work at the Indiana State Library.  

Introducing Family History Research to Children
Thursday, January 28, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room
Discover project ideas and resources to introduce family history research to children in a home, library or classroom setting.