Events & Public Workshops
INvestigate + Explore Summer Programs at the Indiana State Library
Join us this summer for exciting programs combining Indiana investigations and explorations of cool themes like art, culture, and history. Programs are open to children who have completed 3rd grade up through middle school and do require advanced registration. Programs are as follows:
- Next Great Architects | Wednesday, June 13, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | History Reference Room - Children will use problem solving and their imaginations to explore architectural planning processes, as well as learn about the design of the Indiana State Library. Register here.
- Gifts from the Earth: Native American Effigy Pottery | Wednesday, June 20, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Artist Robin McBride Scott will lead children in creating an effigy vessel they can take home after they learn about treaties and see the library’s own copy of St. Mary’s Treaty. Register here.
- The Writerly Life | Wednesday, June 27, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will lead children in applying strategies for developing ideas into stories that others want to read. Children will also decorate notebooks so they can practice the writerly life at home. Register here.
- Jazz Drum Dialogues | Wednesday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Children will learn about the rich history in the Indiana Avenue corridor and learn the basics of jazz drumming from local musician Lawrence Clark. Register here.
- Comic Creation | Monday, July 16, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Jingo de la Rosa will lead children in drawing comics after hearing about some of Indiana’s great illustrators like Norman Bridwell, Jim Davis, Ben Hatke, Keiko Kasza and Troy Cummings. Register here.
- Sitting Still Like a Poet | Wednesday, July 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will help children quiet their minds and pay attention to the “story worthy” material around them. Children will also learn about different types of poetry and Indiana poets. Register here.
Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
Indiana State Library, Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 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 “Digging Up the Dead,” how to examine, decipher, and interpret death records, death research, and other interesting facets of mortality in history.
Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors.
Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Lisa Alzo and Amie Bowser Tennant, will present.
In addition, Sarah Halter, Executive Director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, will give a brown bag lunch lecture.
LEUs available. Registration required for LEUs. Register via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One-on-One Family History Consultations Second Saturday of Every Month
Do you need help getting started? Have you hit a brick wall? Need information about what we have and how it can help you with your genealogy research? The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is offering 30 minute individual consultation sessions with one of our reference librarians on the second Saturday morning of every month.
Email GenMail@library.in.gov to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the second Saturday of the month. Please include topics and questions you would like to have addressed. If you have completed any research please bring it with you.
Free orientation tour enable researchers to learn where the genealogical tools they need are located. Learn what resources the Indiana State Library holds for genealogists, and where to find them in the building.
Second Saturday One-on-One DNA Testing Consultations with the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) at the Indiana State Library
DNA testing has become an important resource for genealogists looking to solve genealogy puzzles by comparing DNA matches. Genealogists are incorporating DNA Testing along with the traditional genealogical research methods to discover new family members.
Have you considered taking a Genetic DNA test but not sure which test is the best for you? Do you have questions about your test results? The Central Indiana DNA Group (CIDIG) staff will be available to assist you with your DNA questions in one-on-one 15-minute consultation sessions on the second Saturday of every month.
To schedule an appointment for a free DNA consultation, please send your request to CIDIG Specialist, Denise Anderson-Decina, at the following e-mail: CIDNAgroup@gmail.com. All appointment requests must be submitted five (5 ) business days before the second Saturday of the month. Please include in your email the DNA questions and related information that you would like to have addressed. For more information about Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, go to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CIDNAGroup/
DISCLAIMER: The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) is not affiliated with the Indiana State Library (ISL) in any way. ISL does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of information, opinions, advice, statements, or services provided by CIDIG representatives.
Family History Tours
This is NOT a how-to-research session. Instead, this is your opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the facility's genealogical holdings.
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 and family historians. Tours are available by request. Request a tour for as little are two people or a larger group. We can accommodate most request or appointments, to schedule your orientation tour please call 317-232-3689.
Indiana State Library Speaker's Bureau
Looking for fun, historical and educational programming for your next group gathering or event? The State Library provides local programs on dozens of Indiana history, genealogy, preservation and literary-related topics. Contact Monique Howell at 317-234-7270 or email@example.com to learn more about how we can enhance your next event.
Public Notice: The State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy State Library programs, services, and activities.
Updated LM 5-25-2018