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September 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. 


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, Sept. 1, 2011
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011


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


The Indiana State Library invites you to attend the 2011 Indiana Vision Expo in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The Vision Expo connects people with vision loss, as well as their families, to new technologies and services from a record number of vendors and providers. Over 700 people attended the 2010 Indiana Vision Expo.   

This year the Indiana Vision Expo welcomes a new partner Indiana VisionWalk. Already the Midwest's largest trade show connecting people with vision loss and their family and friends to assistive technology vendors and low-vision service providers, the new partnership with VisionWalk promises a unique day-long event. The VisionWalk kicks off the day's events at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) after which walkers and guests are invited to the Vision Expo at the Indiana State Library, which is located on the canal just steps from the VisionWalk headquarters tent. 

Visit http://www.indianavisionexpo.org/ or call 317-232-3684 for more information.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Remarkable Indiana Dames
Wednesday, August 31, 10:30-11:30am, History Reference Room
Learn about Hoosier women who worked to change life in Indianapolis and Indiana during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Women such as: May Wright Sewall, Gene Stratton Porter and Madame C.J. Walker.

Most Likely to Succeed: Indiana Yearbooks
Thursday, September 1, 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.

Politics meets Art—Murals in Indiana
Wednesday, September 7, Noon-1:00pm, History Reference Room
What do Herman B. Wells, the Senate Chamber, McCarthyism and the Post Office have in common? They have each played a fascinating roll in the rich history of murals and mural painting in Indiana.  This program will look at the varied resources in the State Library available for researching this controversial topic.

But they weren’t from Indiana: Researching Southeast Genealogy at the Indiana State Library
Thursday, September 8, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
This program is fourth in a series on the genealogy materials for states other than Indiana that are at the Indiana State Library.  The states covered in this program are:   Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Indiana Data about Children
Wednesday, September, 14, Noon-1:00pm, Room 425
The Indiana State Library has a wealth of resources for current and historical demographic data about children in Indiana. Resources will include household data from the 2010 Census, social and economic data from the most current American Community Survey, and the Kids Count data book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Using Periodicals for Genealogy Research
Thursday, September 15, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Learn why periodicals are an important source for research, what information can be given, and how to find and access articles.

History of Indianapolis Breweries Prior to Prohibition, 1834 – 1919
Wednesday, September 21, Noon-1:00pm, History Reference Room
Discover Indianapolis’s oldest beers and breweries. Learn the history of Indianapolis’s oldest breweries before Prohibition forced their doors closed. The Indianapolis Brewing Company, American Brewing Company, Home Brewing Company, and the Capital City Brewing Company highlight the breweries discussed.

Prohibition in Indiana
Thursday, September 22, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Indiana has a rich brewery and winery history. Grapes planted in Vevay were the basis for the first successful commercial wine production in the U.S. Indiana was the tenth largest grape producing state in the country, however, the Hoosier State was on the forefront of prohibition and over two-thirds of Indiana counties were "dry-counties". Learn the forces that led Hoosiers to accept the ban.

Using Historical Maps Online
Tuesday, September 27, Noon-1:00pm, Room 428
Digital efforts of museums, universities and private collectors have made many historical maps available online.  Join us to learn where to find historical maps online and explore some online tools and interactive sites. Presented by Monique Howell, Indiana Collection Librarian.

Genealogy Software:  Do You Know What's Out There?
Thursday, September 29, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
If you are planning to purchase Genealogy Software for your own use at home, this program is for you. It will examine some of the most popular software available including several free ones so you can make a more informed decision.