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June 2010  

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 Family History Orientation Tours

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday,  July 6, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday,  August 3, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
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The State Library is now doing programs every Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30. There will be additional programs during the week at various times.

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

State vs. Federal Documents
Wednesday, June 2, Noon-1:00 pm, Indiana Author's Room
Learn the similarities and differences between state and federal documents as well as how they can be used. Participants will get an overview of the Federal and State Depository Programs here at the Indiana State Library.  

What Can Cemetery Records Tell Us?

Thursday, June 3, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room

Learn how to locate and utilize cemetery records when doing family research, the types of cemetery markers and symbols used, and how to access cemetery resources available at the State Library. – Beyond the Databases

Tuesday, June 8, 11:00 am-Noon, History Reference Room

Come explore some of the additional information which can be found on that will help those researching their family history. 

Carnegie Libraries in Indiana

Thursday, June 10, 5:30-6:30 pm, 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.

Common Problems with Electronic Records

Thursday, June 17, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room

Electronic records have unique characteristics that are very different from their paper counterparts. Come explore the various challenges associated with the creation, retention, storage and use of electronic records.

Indiana’s Big Top

Wednesday, June 23, Noon-1:00 pm, Indiana Author’s Room

Come one, come all!  From a traveling circus set up in a field to one that fills a stadium, circuses have a rich history in Indiana.  Learn about the circuses that wintered in Peru and about the circus-related items at the State Library.

Genealogy Internet Links

Thursday, June 24, 5:30-6:30 pm, History Reference Room

Find out how to use the Indiana State Library webpage to find your family history using internet links.  We will explore how to access valuable genealogy information with the click of a mouse.

Researching Family History, Part 1

Tuesday, June 29, 11:00 am-Noon, History Reference Room

Get an introduction to the beginning elements of genealogy research and overview of the basic documents and resources used in tracing your family tree.

Made by Hand

Thursday, July 1, 5:30-6:30 pm, Indiana Author’s Room

Telling stories mostly with pictures is not a new idea. Printed books used to be made from carving pictures into wood blocks. Learn about the process and see some of the wood block printed books found at the Indiana State Library.

Indianapolis Air Show

The Indiana State Library will be part of History Encampment at the 14th Annual Indianapolis Air Show Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. The Library’s exhibit will feature just a sampling of our WW II aircraft related materials including many federal documents. Also featured in the History Encampment will be the USS Indianapolis Survivors and many other Veterans who will be signing autographs and selling books.

The Indianapolis Air Show featuring The Horsemen will be packed full of amazing aerial performances as well as many other displays, hot air balloons, car show, children’s village, exhibits and plenty of static display ranging from Warbirds and other historic aircraft to heavy jets and helicopters.

For more information about the Indianapolis Air Show including ticket information visit here.