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February 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.  

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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 Tours
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What’s New    

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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


Upcoming Events & Workshops

Theodore Dreiser:  the Quest for Reality of Life
Wednesday, February 2, 10:00-11:00am
History Reference Room
Learn about the life and times of Theodore Dreiser, the world famous novelist from Terre Haute,
Indiana.  The program will cover Dreiser’s biography, characters and themes of his novels.

What About Your Immigrant Ancestor?
Thursday, February 3, 5:30-6:30pm
History Reference Room
The State Library has many immigration resources.  Learn about the various types of passenger
lists and their search strategies, emigration lists from Europe, ethnic book resources, and useful websites.

Camp Morton
Wednesday, February 9
11:00am-Noon, Indiana Author’s Room
Learn about the history of Camp Morton, its contributions to the Civil War and about the man,
Oliver P. Morton.

Madam C.J. Walker: The Wonderful Hair Grower
Thursday, February 10, 5:30-6:30
History Reference Room
Visit the Indiana State Library during Black History Month to learn about Madam Walker, the first
female millionaire by her own achievements, who grew her enterprise in Indianapolis.

But they weren’t from Indiana: Researching New England Genealogy
Tuesday, February 15, 11:00am-Noon
History Reference Room
This program is first in a series on the genealogy materials for states other than Indiana that are at
the Indiana State Library.  The states covered are: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut,
Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

An Indiana Favorite: Cole Porter – the 1930s
Thursday, February 17, 5:30-6:30pm
Indiana Author’s Room
Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891. Porter’s music made an impact on American
entertainment in the middle of the 20th century. Come learn about Porter’s life while listening to
his tunes from the 1930s. 

Citizens Historical Association
Wednesday, February 22, Noon-1:00pm
Indiana Author’s Room
Learn about the relationship between the Citizens Historical Association and the Indiana Historical
Bureau, and the large collection of biographies at the State Library gathered as part of this project.

Finding Female Ancestors
Thursday, February 24, 5:30-6:30pm
History Reference Room
This program will explore resources and practices in finding the women in your family tree.