View the Friday Facts Online

This Week's Facts:
  1. Online Resources Highlight Civil War Sesquicentennial

  2. Women's Program Aims to Enhance Outdoors Skills

  3. EPA Celebrates Women in Science Throughout March

  4. State Advises on Finding or Becoming a Notary Public

Fast Facts:
Women's History Month


Friday Facts Editorial Team:

Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
Documents Coordinator

Indiana State LibraryFederal Depository Library

Join the
FDLP-IN listserv for the latest government info

Online Resources Highlight Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War SesquicentennialThis coming April marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Organizations and individuals around the country are commemorating the occasion; one group that certainly should not be overlooked is the National Park Service. The NPS has a great website dealing with the Civil War and its anniversary. One really neat feature is the “Then and Now” section on the main page. It compares events that occurred during the Civil War with those on the same day in contemporary times. For example, in January of 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union. In that same month in 1961, James Meredith – who was to become the first African-American student at Ole Miss – applied to the university. It’s a really neat way to tie the past and present together! Another interesting feature is the Soldier Search that allows you to search for soldiers, sailors, regiments and more. The website is full of essays dealing with the Civil War, including Confronting Slavery and The Eve of War. It also includes lists of Civil War parks and upcoming events dealing with the anniversary. To get up-to-the-minute reports, be sure to follow the Civil War Reporter on Twitter!

Women's Program Aims to Enhance Outdoors Skills

DNR: Becoming an Outdoors WomanHave you ever wanted to experience the great outdoors but are hesitant to try?  Are you the only outdoor enthusiast in your group of friends?  If you answered yes to either these questions, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a program for you!  The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (B.O.W.) program is designed for women 18+ to learn or enhance outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment.  The workshop has a wide variety of activities such as shooting clay targets, catching fish, campfire cooking and many more exciting activities!   The Outdoors Woman Workshop is April 29-May 1 at Ross Camp in West Lafayette, IN.  Registration opens March 1st and is limited to the first 150 women.  Ladies, grab you mothers, sisters, aunts and friends and get ready for a weekend of outdoor adventures.  

EPA Celebrates Women in Science throughout March

EPA: Women in ScienceMarch is Women’s History Month! The EPA is marking the occasion by celebrating women in science. Women such as Rosalind Franklin, Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall paved the way for women today to work in the sciences. To acknowledge the contributions that women have made to the sciences over the years, the EPA is dedicating its Greenversations blog to Women in Science for the month of March. The inaugural post featured an article written by EPA Administrator Lisa P Jackson on her influences and how she got into science. Later entries will profile other women scientists, both current and historic. These women can be a source of inspiration for any budding scientist. For more information on women scientists, check out this list of sources from the Library of Congress. Don’t forget about Greenversations after Women’s History Month is over! It’s a great source of scientific information and environmental tips.

State Advises on Finding or Becoming a Notary Public

Official Indiana Notary PublicThe Indiana Secretary of State’s Office  has an online Notary Portal to help Indiana citizens search for a notary or apply to become a notary.  If you are interested in becoming a notary and want to learn about the qualifications and standards, click here.  You can also find out the functions of a notary and get the official notary guide to get more information about the duties and requirements.  The Indiana Code provides the legal statute of the duties and powers of a notary public for the State of Indiana.  Whether you’re curious about becoming a notary or performing research on someone who is or has been a notary, this portal provides a wealth of information from the comfort of the home or office.

Friday Facts is a free publication produced by the Indiana State Library, distributed weekly in an electronic format.
Past issues are archived at

2010 Indiana State Library. All rights reserved. The trademarks used herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.