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May 2011  

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 Tours
Thursday, May 5 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What’s New  

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Did you know?
The John S. Wright Memorial Library, the Indiana Academy of Science’s collection of materials, is located at the Indiana State Library. It contains an extensive collection of items from scientific organizations worldwide and is composed mostly of scientific journals. The collection can be accessed through the library’s catalog, Evergreen Indiana. Items are free to view by anyone visiting the library, and most can be borrowed by patrons of the State Library, as well as through Evergreen borrowing and traditional interlibrary loan. 

Resources from the
Indiana State Library

Federal Depository Library Program
Genealogy Collection
Indiana Collection
INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library 
Indiana Memory 
Manuscripts & Rare Books Collection
Reference & Government Services Collection

State Data Center
More Online Databases

Helpful Links for
Indiana State Library Visitors

Hours & Directions
Map of Downtown Indianapolis
Nearby Dining



Upcoming Events & Workshops

The Tippecanoe Campaign: The Road to Battleground
Thursday, May 5, 11:00am-Noon
History Reference Room
With the bicentennial approaching for the Battle of Tippecanoe, learn about the conflicts and chain of events that ultimately led to the famous battle between Tecumseh’s pan-Indian alliance and the forces of William Henry Harrison.

Most Likely to Succeed: Indiana Yearbooks
Thursday, May 5, 5:30-6:30pm
History Reference Room
The Indiana State Library has a wide variety of yearbooks from schools around the state.  Learn how to get the most out of them for researching trends, teachers and genealogy.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Land Records: A Beginning Discussion
Tuesday, May 10, 10:00-11:00am
History Reference Room
Learn about the history of land records in Indiana; public domain states; state land states; bounty land warrants; section, township, and range; metes and bounds; and other topics.

Carnegie Libraries in Indiana
Thursday, May 12, 5:30-6:30pm
History Reference 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. 

L.S. Ayres & Co., 1905-1990: Indiana's Largest Retail Company
Tuesday, May 17, Noon-1:00pm
History Reference Room
Visit the Indiana State Library for a presentation about the history of L.S. Ayres, the famous tea room, its competitors, and the impact on Indianapolis shopping.

Is your Norma listed as “Warnie” in the census?
Thursday, May 19, 5:30-6:30pm
History Reference Room
This program will show researchers how to deal with a variety of indexing errors such as mangled names and misapplied geographic identifiers, as well as other types of errors evident in many indexes.  

Let’s Face It: Cole and Linda Porter - 1940s & 1950s
Wednesday, May 25, Noon-1:00pm
Indiana Author’s Room
Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891. Learn more about his life and sometimes stormy marriage in the 1940s & 50s. Enjoy listening to some tunes from this period as well.  

Pioneer Painters of Indiana
Thursday, May 26, 5:30-6:30pm
Indiana Author’s Room
This program is based off of the book by the same title. The program will feature books in the collection that feature artists from the early days in Indiana’s history.