Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Indiana State Library To Hold Genealogy and Local History Fair

The Indiana State Library in Indianapolis will hold their annual Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is "Haunted and Historic Indiana."

There will be more than 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance - you can visit the tables in the "midway" to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.

There will also be presentations. Presenters will include writer and blogger Joy Neighbors, who will be giving two presentations: “A Grave Interest” focuses on the treasure trove of genealogical records than can be found in cemeteries; “Reading Symbols” discusses the various symbols and images on gravestones and their meaning.

Ghost hunter Tim Poynter and local historian Al Hunter will be presenting the findings of their yearlong investigation of possible ghost sightings at the Indiana State Library. Steve Schmidt from the Indiana State Library will give a brief history of the library and surrounding property and introduce the ghost hunters.

Parking will be available free of charge at a surface lot close to the state house. The address for the lot is 220 N. Capitol Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is off of New York Street. If you would like to park closer to the library, there are a few metered parking spots.

Complementary donuts, bagels, muffins, tea and coffee will be served in the morning (first come first serve) courtesy of CJ’s Sweets Creation and Catering. CJ’s will also have lunch items for purchase. At the end of the program, door prizes will be raffled off.

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