Upcoming Events & Workshops

November 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, Nov. 3, 2011
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

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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.

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

See the country on a dollar a day: the American Guide Series
Wednesday, November 2, Noon-1:00pm, Indiana Author’s Room
During the Great Depression, workers in the Federal Writers Project of the WPA created the American Guide series: travel guides to several cities, regions and all 48 states. They contained history, folklore, tours and more. Come learn about these documents that create a fascinating snapshot of our country years ago.  

Hoosiers at Vicksburg
Thursday, November 3, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Learn about the family histories and regimental experiences of several members of Indiana Civil War regiments who participated in the Vicksburg Campaign.

Jazz on the Avenue:  Indiana Avenue’s Musical Heritage
Monday, November 7, Noon-1:00pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Indiana Avenue has a rich African American history. Learn about some of the musical history of the area around the Walker Theater and resources available for research at the Indiana State Library.

Collection Spotlight: John Tipton
Thursday, November 10, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Learn about the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator and Indian Agent John Tipton. The collection spotlight series highlights a particular collection of the Indiana State Library. The John Tipton collection is an 18 box manuscript collection ranging from his youth as an Indian fighter through his tenure as U.S. Senator. Learn about Tipton’s life through his own words.

Hoosiers in Hollywood, Part 1: Male Actors
Wednesday, November 16, 10:30-11:30am, History Reference Room
Join us for a discussion of the role played by male actors from Indiana in Hollywood from the silent screen era up to the present.  The program is based on the book by David L. Smith.

Embracing Change:  Navigating the New Interface of Ancestry Library Edition
Thursday, November 17, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Learn the ways to search and explore the “new” Ancestry Library Edition subscription database.

Indiana Data about Children
Tuesday, November 29, Noon-1:00pm, Room 428
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.  

Jean Jacques DuFour: America’s First Successful Winemaker
Wednesday, November 30, 11:00am-Noon, Indiana Author’s Room          A resident of Canton du Vaud, Switzerland, in 1796, Jean Jacques DuFour immigrated to America in search of land to start a vineyard. His travels brought him to Vevay where he established the country’s first successful winery. Join us at the Indiana State Library to learn more about this fascinating winemaker.

Harry O Garman: Renaissance Engineer
Thursday, December 1, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Harry Garman taught civil engineering at Purdue, served as consulting engineer for the Indiana Railroad Commission and was chief engineer to the State Public Service Commission, established in 1913.  In addition, Harry Garman created a number of eclectic maps now held in the Indiana State Library collections. Come learn more about this fascinating Hoosier.

The Orphan Trains in America, 1850-1930
Wednesday, December 7, 10:30-11:30am, History Reference Room
From the 1850s to 1930, 250,000 children were transported by train from New York City and Boston to live with families in the Midwest.  Find out the history of this social experiment and also how to trace the biological families of these orphan train riders.

Locating 2010 Data Online
Thursday, December 8, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 428      
Learn to access 2010 Census data and 2010 American Community Survey data using the Indiana Business Research Center’s Stats Indiana and the new version of the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. If you need to “drill down” to the right data for your next report or grant application, don’t miss this program.

Quilting in Indiana
Wednesday, December 14, Noon-1:00pm, Indiana Author’s Room
Indiana has a rich quilting history from the Amish in Shipshewana to southern Indiana Mennonites.  Learn about the role of Hoosier women in quilting, fabric and pattern trends, online resources, and sites around the state to visit.

But They Weren’t From Indiana: Researching Surrounding Midwest Genealogy at the Indiana State Library
Thursday, December 15, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
This program is sixth 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:  Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky.