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Campaign Aims to Help Prepare Families for Emergencies

Census Releases Income & Poverty Estimates

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources Available Online

Document of the Month: Adjutant General's Reports

DNR Hosts Annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience this Weekend

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring the Hoosier Outdoor Experience  September 17-18 at Fort Harrison State Park. The Experience is Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event.  Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned outdoors person, there’s something for everyone. The event is free but you must register. This weekend event has all types of activities  for everyone. For more information, you can download the 2011 Field Guide, which includes a coupon for a free day. Get ready for a weekend of fun outdoor activities. Enjoy the Experience!


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Campaign Aims to Help Prepare Families for Emergencies

APHA: Get Ready DayThe American Public Health Association has sponsored a Get Ready campaign since 2006 aimed at getting the facts out about being prepared for natural disasters, infectious diseases, and home emergencies. The website features resources for adults and children & free materials for library and other community events. Submissions are now open for the Get Ready Video Contest for students in 6th through 12th grades. You can use different parts of the campaign in your own organization's public announcements: Hand-washing, Stockpiling, and ideas in the Get Ready quarterly newsletters. APHA also offers a Get Ready Twitter account to follow, updated podcasts to play, and a blog with current news and fact sheets.

Census Releases Income & Poverty Estimates 

2010 US CensusTuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released national estimates for Income, Poverty & Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. This is collected using the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, sponsored jointly by the Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Summary of Key Findings is available in Tuesday's press release. Additional information on the right side of the release includes direct access to the Census Bureau's most recent Income data, Poverty data, and Health Insurance Coverage data. Presentation slides from the Census Bureau's online news conference are available in the Media Kit/Report. These include graphs using national data on income by race, sex, and disability status. If you are looking for state and local data, please stay tuned for the release of the 2010 American Community Survey, which will be released later this month. Please visit the Stats Indiana website and contact the Indiana State Data Center for help with the most current data.

Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Available Online

Hispanic Heritage MonthThursday marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The Library of Congress hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month website for your perusing pleasure. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of April 1, 2010, people of Hispanic American heritage in the United States totaled 50.5 million, making people of Hispanic American origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanic Americans remain the fastest-growing minority group, with a 43% increase since April 1, 2000. Congress passed Public Law 90-498 in September of 1968, authorizing the President to issue a proclamation for a Hispanic Heritage Week. Wednesday, the White House Press Secretary issued a press release which detailed this year's theme, “Renewing the American Dream,” and announced events scheduled for the celebratory month. This year’s proclamation can be read here.

Document of the Month: Adjutant General's Reports

Adjutant General's ReportsThis report provides an early account of Indiana’s military history. The Adjutant General’s reports, also known as Terrell’s Reports, contain correspondence from the Adjutant Generals’ Office to the Governor, President, and other dignitaries throughout the United States. In 1865 the Indiana General Assembly ordered the production of a report on the part taken by Indiana and its government in the prosecution of the war. These reports were named for W.H.H. Terrell, who was Indiana Adjutant General at the end of the Civil War (also known as the War of the Rebellion). Terrell served on Governor Morton’s staff before he became appointed as adjutant general. Terrell’s reports became an invaluable research tool and included the 28th United States Colored Troops regiment, many of which were recruited in Indiana. Also included in this document are tables with Military Company names, county the company was located, and when the commissions were ordered.   A law in 1831 divided the State into ten divisions; the divisions into twenty-four brigades; and the brigades into 85 regiments. Later laws (1842-1844) authorized the organization of independent companies by voluntary enlistment, which can be viewed as a precursor to the National Guard. The first independent companies were in Marion County; the second were in Tippecanoe County; and the third were in Cass County. These reports contain a rich history as it covers various wars in which Indiana troops have served: the Mexican-American War, War of the Rebellion (Civil War), etc. The Adjutant General’s Reports are a useful research tool for genealogists, war historians, and everyone in between. The reports can be found in the Indiana collection, I 353.6 I 385ar for the years 1844-2010.

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