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Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair

Indiana State Library, Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Haunted and Historic Indiana.”  Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.

Visit the tables in the “midway” to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.


Presenters include writer and blogger Joy Neighbors, who will be giving two presentations.  “A Grave Interest” focuses on the treasure trove of genealogical records than can be found in cemeteries.  “Reading Symbols” discusses the various symbols and images on gravestones and their meaning.

Ghost hunter Tim Poynter and local historian Al Hunter will be presenting the findings of their yearlong investigation of possible ghost sightings at the Indiana State Library. Steven Schmidt from the Indiana State Library will give a brief history of the library and surrounding property and introduce the ghost hunters.  

Parking Information

Parking will be available free of charge at a surface lot close to the state house. The address for the lot is 220 N. Capitol Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is off of New York Street. If you would like to park closer to the library, there are a few metered parking spots.

Miscellaneous Information

Plan to attend the fair early because there will be complementary donuts, bagels, muffins, tea and coffee. This is first come first serve provided by CJ’s Sweets Creation and Catering. CJ’s will also have lunch items for purchase. Door prizes will be raffled off at the end of the program.   

GEN CW 9-8-2014