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BETWEEN THE COVERS President’s Corner:


Hoosier Students Honored at Youth Literary Day

Winter 2014 STATE LIBRARIAN OF INDIANA Connie Bruder (Interim) STATE LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD Robert G. Barcus, President Dr. James P. Fadely Jonathan J. Myers, Esq. Sarah W. Otte, MLS


Exhibit: Hardship & Hope: The Life of the Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War


Indiana Memory Debuts New Look & Functionality


Newspaper Portal Delivers Rare & Historic Indiana Publications Digitally


Recovered Letter from US Grant to Hoosier VP Schuyler Colfax Returned to State Library Collection 11 Bicentennial Commission Unveils First Round of Legacy Projects




Giving Matters


EDITOR/DESIGNER Drew Griffis CONTRIBUTORS Brent Abercrombie Bethany Fiechter Drew Griffis Perry Hammock Jocelyn Lewis Chandler Lighty Connie Rendfeld Steven Schmidt Rebecca Shindel Suzanne Walker


Open for Exploration

ON THE COVER: Civil War-era photograph, manuscript and envelope from the Indiana State Library’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection.


The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 and houses vast collections with over two million volumes and three million manuscripts, as well as thousands of maps, federal documents, microfilm, and more. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about Indiana. The State Library proudly maintains two of the largest Indiana history and genealogy collections in the world. Discover the Indiana State Library and unearth centuries of historical Hoosier treasures





UNDER CONSTRUCTION: New Preservation Lab to Leave Lasting Legacy for Conservation in Indiana


he Indiana State Library has begun construction on its new Conservation Lab that will have the capability to safely provide highly specialized treatments for a variety of materials. From books to largescale maps and broadsides to simpler tasks like making customized boxes for fragile books or encapsulating fragile documents, extending the life of State Library collections is essential for researchers to continue using them for generations to come. The lab will also have the capability to assist in digitization initiatives, as some items require conservation treatment before they can be digitized if they are torn, heavily soiled, or extremely brittle. The larger space will accommodate interns from local library sciences programs and volunteers, which will make for a lasting legacy by passing on valuable knowledge about the basic preservation concerns of library collections to future librarians. In the future, it will also be a space that can be used for small workshops to help teach librarians and historians how best to safely mend their books or know when to call on expert help for more complicated treatments.

Rebecca Shindel, Indiana State Library Conservator

Conservation treatment of the Indiana State Library’s collections previously took place at the Indiana State Archives Conservation Lab, a space shared by Preservation staff at the Indiana State Archives in addition to Indiana State Library’s Conservator. Items needing treatment had to be transported out to the Indiana State Archives site and back again when treatment work was completed, increasing the time required to return items to access. In addition, the Conservator was primarily stationed off-site, which limited the ability of library staff members to discuss daily preservation issues around the Library. The mission of Indiana State Library Preservation is to improve and ensure long-term, ongoing access to the cultural and historical collections of the Indiana State Library. The department, staffed by one full-time Conservator, as well as volunteers and occasional interns, fulfills this primary goal by providing conservation treatments of collections items and implementing preventive care and administrative policies. The Conservator also provides information and training to the statewide library community and, on occasion, the general public through consultations and workshops. I look forward to sharing more exciting developments throughout the construction of the Conservation Lab in coming issues of Cornerstone. The new facility will surely invigorate the State Library’s conservation efforts and leave a lasting legacy for the future preservation of Indiana’s most vulnerable and valuable pieces of history. Best Wishes, Rebecca Shindel, Conservator, Indiana State Library


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imes are changing in the way Hoosiers access information. The days of massive bricks and mortar repositories, while still necessary, have given way to massive online gateways to digital information. It is paramount that the Indiana State Library meets the needs of digital consumers just as it has served the needs of in-house patrons for almost two centuries. The State Library’s success in sharing its collections digitally is contingent on traditional methods of preservation and conservation of its historical collections. The Library’s most historically significant and rare materials are often those most in need of special care. Because of this relationship between preservation and digitization, the Indiana State Library Foundation via the Martha Wright Historic Preservation Fund is providing financial support to construct and equip a 21st Century conservation lab. The decision to build a conservation lab on site was driven by an increasing demand for treatment work as well as the need to have the Conservator in the library full time to enable consultation with library staff whenever needed. Your contributions would greatly aide in preservation of the State Library’s historic collections. Funding for supplies, equipment, temporary staff, and interns to assist in this endeavor is of utmost importance. In preserving these invaluable, often irreplaceable, pieces of Hoosier history for future generations. Sincerely, Robert G. Barcus, President Indiana State Library Foundation

Jonathan J. Myers, Esq. * Sarah W. Otte, MLS * Dr. James P. Fadely

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INDIANA CENTER FOR THE BOOK McMullan Family Foundation Donation Provides for 2nd Annual Youth Literary Day at the State Library By Suzanne Walker, Director, Indiana Center for the Book

Over 50 young Hoosier writers had the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by notable Hoosier authors at the second annual Youth Literary Day at the Indiana State Library. The celebration of young Hoosier writers was capped off by an awards ceremony honoring Indiana semifinalists and finalists in the Letters About Literature and River of Words national contests. This unique program is made possible through the generosity of the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. Their support ensures the continued recognition and development of Indiana’s most promising writers. This year’s young writers’ workshop was led by poet and University of Evansville Creative Writing Professor Robert Griffith, award-winning young adult author and University of Evansville English Professor Margaret McMullan, and award-winning young adult author Christine Johnson. Ms. Johnson also headlined the Awards Ceremony that hosted over 250 students and proud family members. Following the ceremony, all three featured guests held an exclusive book signing for the day’s awardees who received a variety of free copies of their latest works.

vision of former State Librarian Roberta Brooker to have an educational and interactive event that corresponds with the Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony. We are extremely grateful to the McMullan Foundation and the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress for enabling the State Library to grow this special program.

RIVER OF WORDS Each year, River of Words draws out the best poetry and art talent in the nation. The contest focuses on watersheds as a central theme. This opportunity is designed to help youth express themselves through the arts, while exploring their environment and developing a sense of place and appreciation for discovery.

We greatly appreciate your help in engaging young Hoosier writers their writing pursuits. Please encourage the students in your life to take part in River of Words (current accepting applications) and Letters About Literature, which opens its entry period in late August each year. More information about each program may be found at

The prize money for the winners of River of Words was donated by poet Stacy Savage courtesy of her Rhyme Time Poetry Contest. She continually has poetry contests to raise money for charity or a good cause. She is currently having a call for submissions for a nature poetry anthology that will benefit Wolf Creek Habitat in Brookville, Indiana. Anyone is invited to submit poetry for the book. For more information on this poetry project and future contests, visit her Facebook page, Poetry Contests for a Cause, or send an email to

This unique experience was the

LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Indiana Center for the Book, annually invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. Readers are instructed to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic--explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.




CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS STATE LIBRARY’S RICH CIVIL WAR COLLECTIONS Article Contributions by Brent Abercrombie, Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection Expert


he Hardship & Hope exhibit includes a . significant collection of rare relics, correspondence and official documents from Hoosier soldiers, publishers and political leaders during the Civil War-era. The exhibit also features items from the Indiana State Library; Indiana Historical Society; Ruth Lilly Medical Library; Indianapolis Medical History Museum; and personal collections of Fred Schaefer, Nikki Schofield, and Steven Schmidt.

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection houses a vast array Civil War resources that encompasses diaries, letters, military papers, photographs, and broadsides. It also has many small collections relating to the Civil War, including regimental histories, personal diaries, and correspondence from Indiana soldiers. Guides to Civil War collections can be found on the Rare Books & Manuscripts Finding Aid Index page

Brittany Kropf, the curator of the exhibit, is a graduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. As part of college credit, Brittany completed her internship at the Indiana State Library.

Additionally, the Indiana State Library has many photographs of Indiana Civil War soldiers. The bulk of the photographs have been digitized and searchable by regiment online at

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The following are more noteworthy State Library collections not featured in the exhibit that relate to the Civil War: • Oliver P. Morton (L113 – 6 mss box collection): Indiana Governor during the Civil War. • John Wilder (L276 – 1 mss box collection): Civil War colonel, his Lightening Brigade was highly successful during the war, in large part to his unit being commissioned with Spencer repeating rifles. • Lew Wallace (L173 – 1 mss box collection): Prior to writing the book Ben Hur, Lew Wallace was a Union General. Collection focuses on defense of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in 1862. • James R. Slack (L145 – 1 mss box collection): Served as Brigadier General for the Union. Collection consists of correspondence to his wife Ann, as well as a diary written during the siege of Mobile, AL, March-May 1865. • Jefferson C. Davis (L41 – 6 mss box collection): Union officer, not CSA President, Davis was stationed at Ft. Sumter when it was attacked, and later joined the 22nd IN Reg. Collection contains military papers while Davis served as quartermaster and correspondence.

Compiled by Brent Abercrombie, Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection Expert

An opening reception kicked off the exhibit on May 8th. Among the special guests and entertainment for the evening included: • Michael Peake, Civil War Historian, presenting his latest publication, Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana. • Fred Schaefer, CSFA-OS, Civil War Medical Historian, discussing medical history and techniques on the battlefield. • Bernie O’Bryan, Mid States Living History Association & Lew Wallace interpreter. • 49th Indiana, Company F. & 18th Light Artillery reenactors portraying the common soldier’s war perspective with uniforms and special equipment on display, including a Coehorn Mortar. The opening reception was part of Civil War 150, a project organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, and funded in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Other exhibit and promotional items are courtesy of the Indiana State Library Foundation. SPRING 2014

Members of 49th Indiana, Company F. interact with exhibit goers.

A collection of rare Civil War manuscripts & photographs.



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Indiana’s Digital Library Unveils New Look & Functionality By Connie Rendfeld, Digital Initiatives Consultant, Indiana State Library


he Indiana State Library unveiled a new Indiana Memory ( web interface during a reception honoring the fifth anniversary of the program. The new Indiana Memory promises faster access to this wealth of materials centered on over centuries of Indiana history and culture. It was recently named a “2013 Best State Website” by Family Tree

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“Indiana Memory connects many of Indiana’s most historically significant collections and materials into a single search engine,” said Connie Bruder, Indiana’s State Librarian (interim). “These enhancements will enable the digital library to be a more useful resource for students, historians, or anyone else researching Indiana history and culture.” Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions from across the state that provides free access to digital collections reflecting Indiana’s heritage. Researchers can examine primary sources documenting life in the Midwest from earliest fossil records to present day. Collections encompass a wide variety of source materials including digitized books, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other media types.


Indiana Memory enables researchers to access unique materials such as correspondence from the early Northwest Territorial government officials, Civil War soldier portraits, speeches of political figures, including Robert Kennedy’s May 4, 1968 speech in Indianapolis, and memorabilia from the Mercury space program. Reflections of everyday life are also available through historic newspapers, oral histories, letters home from soldiers, and family photographs. “Indiana Memory offers free and instant access to some of Indiana’s most invaluable historical materials,” said Bruder. “The State Library is committed to adding new and existing collections to Indiana Memory and enhancing the portal’s educational and cultural resources.” The new Indiana Memory operates on enhanced keyword searches, which is initiated from the home page. New advanced options enable users to limit searches to specific collections. Buttons at the bottom of the page offer users other methods for accessing materials. “Collections Across Indiana” enables users to browse by county of collection origin while the “Indiana Newspaper Link” provides access to digitized Indiana newspapers. Also new to Indiana Memory, “Teacher Resources” links educators with suggestions for combining primary materials in Indiana Memory to support lesson plans. Additionally, the “Collection Lists” option offers alternative methods for locating individual collections by title, contributing organization or by material type.

A photograph in the Jasper Herald of Senator Robert Kennedy campaigning in Indiana. The exact location of the picture is unknown.

cultural heritage. The Indiana State Library provides grant funds to Indiana libraries and their partnering organizations that have sound plans to digitize materials and make them freely available on the internet. Indiana Memory is made possible through grant funding from the Institution of Museum and Library Services to the Indiana State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Preliminary discussions and planning for Indiana Memory began in 2003 and the portal officially launched in 2008. The program has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives to create and share their digital collections reflecting Indiana’s




Online Platform Provides Access to Historic Indiana Newspapers By Chandler Lighty, Historic Newspaper Digitization Program Manager Three weeks after unveiling the new Indiana Memory, the Indiana State Library introduced the website’s new Indiana Digital Historic Newspapers Program (IDHNP) platform. Clicking on the “Indiana Newspapers” icon on Indiana Memory or visiting Newspapers.Library. will take you to all of the Indiana newspapers digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The content on the Indiana Newspapers platform is being displayed in Veridian software, which is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U. S. Institute for Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The crowd-sourcing component of Veridian enables you to register and make corrections to the Optical Character Recognition (OCR). If you researched with any digitized content in the past, you may have discovered that the search results you received were often only as good as the OCR. The software is really exciting because users like you can correct the OCR text. For instance, if you find an individual’s name garbled in the OCR, you can 9 Cornerstone

correct it yourself, so that future users can find that person’s name in the newspapers easier. This collection contains 14,214 issues comprising 95,455 pages. Many of these titles are also available at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website. IDHNP provides free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers, links to online resources and assistance to organizations in making their collections accessible.


Indiana Memory Added to Digital Public Library of America! April 2014 marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (, a ground-breaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA announced the addition of six major new partners, including Indiana Memory. DPLA anticipates these new partners will strengthen the geographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity of DPLA’s collections. The Indiana Memory and DPLA partnership provides a built in mechanism for Indiana libraries, museums and historical societies to share their collections with the world. For the past five years, a growing number of organizations have contributed to Indiana Memory. Current plans are to begin uploading Indiana Memory Collections to DPLA later this year, bringing up to 350,000 items relating to the history of Indiana under the broader lens of DPLA. We are moving ahead with digitizing another 100,000 newspaper pages as a continuation of the NEH grant. Over the coming months and year, historic digitized newspapers from South Bend, Evansville and Vincennes will be available. Follow the IDHNP blog to learn more about this project, newspaper histories, and interesting historic events. SPRING 2014



Stolen Presidential Correspondance R eturns to the Indiana State Library Recovered Letter from US Grant to Hoosier VP Schuyler Colfax Returned to State Library Collection By Drew Griffis, Editor, Cornerstone Magazine The Indiana State Library recovered an extremely rare and valuable letter written by President Ulysses S. Grant to his former Vice President Schuyler Colfax in 1873. The document was up for sale at a Pennsylvania auction house where it was discovered by a representative of the Northern Indiana Historical Society (South Bend) who contacted the State Library to determine the provenance of the letter. Indiana State Library staff discovered, after examining content records for the Library’s collection of Schuyler Colfax manuscripts, that the letter was previously in its Manuscripts Collection and reported missing. They then contacted the owner of the auction house who connected them with the holder of the Grant-Colfax letter. Upon receiving documents verifying the State Library’s ownership of the document, the collector graciously donated the letter to the Library.

longer in office after losing the Vice Presidential nomination in 1872. Colfax was elected Vice President in 1868 and served along side Grant his first term as President. In the letter, Grant invited Colfax to join him for dinner. Later correspondence indicates Colfax declined his offer. Who was Schuyler Colfax? Colfax was born in New York City on March 23, 1823 and moved with his parents to New Carlisle, Indiana in 1836. He became interested in politics at an early age and was an avid newspaper reader. He was a supporter of the Whig Party, abolitionism, and the temperance movement. In 1845, Colfax scrapped together enough money to buy a local newspaper, The South Bend Free Press.

After losing his first election in 1851, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1854. The next election, he ran as a Republican. Colfax served in the House of Representatives until he resigned to become vice president in 1869, and he was elected Speaker of the House in 1863. Colfax as Vice President, along side General Ulysses S. Grant who was the presidential candidate, easily won the 1868 election. However, Colfax lost The letter was stolen along with other items from the Indiana State Library by Robert Bradford Murphy, who the Vice Presidential election in 1872 to Senator visited the Library sometime in 1962. Murphy was later Henry Wilson of Massachusetts. Wilson went on to serve as VP during Grant’s second term in office. apprehended in Detroit with $500,000 worth of documents he had taken from the State Library, the National Archives and other institutions. In 1963, Mrs. Vice President Colfax did not escape the scandals that plagued the Grant administration. Hazel M. Hopper from the State Library testified at In 1872, he became caught up in the Credit MoMurphy’s trial and was able to identify some of the bilier Scandal, which involved railroad companies items that were taken from the library. Many of the stolen items were returned, but the Grant-Colfax letter overcharging millions of dollars for government contracts and the company’s directors bribing was not. Presumably, the letter was sold prior to various government officials with company shares. Murphy’s apprehension by law enforcement officials. Although Colfax was never convicted of any wrongSince 2005, the Indiana State Library has made great doing, he was not cleared either, and his political career effectively ended. strides in protecting its most valuable and vulnerable collections. It locked down it’s stacks and other areas where collections were exposed and employs a full-time After stepping down as vice president in 1873, security officer. The Library’s most precious items are Colfax retired and returned to Indiana. Leaving now housed in a vault in a secret and secure location. public life, he had a successful career as a public speaker. He died on January 13, 1885. The letter was written on Grant’s inauguration of his A digital copy of the official letter (pictured on next second term. It is believed to be the first corresponpage) is available at dence between the two men after Colfax was no 11 Cornerstone


Transcription: Executive Mansion, Washington D.C. March 4th 1873

My Dear Mr. Colfax, Will you do me the favor and come over to dinner, at four, an hour near at hand. We will have no company except our own family and some of our friends who came to this inauguration. The dinner is early and will give you time to meet an early train for Baltimore. Allow me to say that I sympathize with you on the recent Congressional investigation, that I have watched them closely, and that I am satisfied now as I have ever been of your integrity, patriotism and freedom from the charges imputed. As if I knew of my own knowledge our innocence. Our official relations have been so pleasant that I would like to keep up the personal relations engendered, through life. Affectionately Yours, U.S. Grant SPRING 2014



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Bicentennial Commission announces first round of legacy projects. Seeks communities, organizations for future initiatives. By Perry Hammock, Executive Director, Indiana Bicentennial Commission


he Indiana Bicentennial Commission recently . announced the first round of officially endorsed legacy projects. “We were impressed by the first round of applications we received, but weren’t surprised to see such great things happening in our communities across the state,” said Ellen Rosenthal, President and CEO of Conner Prairie and chair of the Indiana Bicentennial The Indiana Bicentennial Commission introduced a Endorsement Committee. new section of its website aimed at engaging Hoosiers Legacy Projects are generated by community members across the world. ‘Hoosier Insights’ is an online platform from which Hoosiers can share what they love and endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission on a quarterly basis. These projects strive to leave about Indiana: Their county, about being a Hoosier, a favorite Indiana moment, historical site, state park, a lasting legacy in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial in festival or get-away destination. 2016.  Legacy projects are deemed open and accessible to the public, fundable (without Commission The aim of Hoosier Insights is to share one’s take on support) and achievable as an impactful contribution “all things Hoosier” and to gain from the insights of to Indiana’s legacy. others from across the world. Website visitors have access to the writing of fellow Hoosiers – from published Projects and partners include the Indiana Department authors – to everyday people. of Natural Resources, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a new trail honoring President Abraham The Commission hopes that a variety of Hoosiers Lincoln in Spencer County and an Indiana poetry book will take the opportunity to share their own brand of engaging all 92 counties, just to name a few. Hoosier lore. The diversity of voices can bring Hoosiers in all 92 counties closer together – ready to celebrate Projects must meet at least one of the following goals or characteristics: culturally inclusive; creates a legacy Indiana’s bicentennial. for the future; celebratory; and/or engages and Submissions can be made online for potential publicainspires youth and young adults. A full list of endorsed tion on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission’s website. Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Projects can be found Logon to to learn more. at 

Bicentennial Commission Launches Hoosier Insights

Bicentennial Commission Welcomes New Executive Director Perr y Hammock was recently appointed to head the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He spent 32 years at Ivy Tech Community College, the bulk of that time as Executive Director of Ivy Tech Foundation, the college’s fund raising arm. He has ser ved on statewide, national and international boards, notably eight years on the board of directors of CFRE International, the global credentialing body for fund raising professionals. He has a number of publications to his credit, including a 13-year stint writing a quar terly column for a national publication. Perr y holds bachelors and masters degrees from Purdue University. He was raised near Lebanon, Ind. in Boone County. He is married to Chris, a talented middle school histor y teacher, and has an accomplished adult daughter, Emily.

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Giving Matters The Indiana State Library Foundation acknowledges the great importance of gifts and donations to the Library’s operations and to its future development. The Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and contributions for the development of its collections, programs, and services. Monetary gifts are much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments and personal property. Prior to making any donation, other than via the Foundation Membership envelope inserted within this magazine, please contact: Indiana State Library Foundation 140 N. Senate Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204 Attn: Gift/Donation Coordinator PH: (317) 232-3675; Types of Gifts the Library Requests: • Monetary Donations; • Bequests/Devises; • Endowments • Personal & Real Property (items may be accepted at the discretion of the State Librarian or Foundation)

IMPORTANT DATES & UPCOMING EVENTS @ THE STATE LIBRARY Now through Aug. 29: Hardship & Hope Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit May 24-26: Memorial Day Weekend ~ State Library Closed July 4 & 5: Independence Day Weekend ~ State Library Closed Aug. 30 —Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend ~ State Library Closed September 27: Indiana Vision Expo, the Midwest’s Largest Low-Vision Tradeshow.

October 25: TOURS:

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair

The Indiana State Library accommodates groups of any size. To arrange a tour, please call the library at 317-232-3675. Tours may take place Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., but must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. The State Library also offers tours for family historians twice monthly. All tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Each tour will last approximately one and one-half hours, and is limited to 15 attendees. Pre-registration is required by calling 317-232-3675.




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Cornerstone. The official magazine of the Indiana State Library Foundation.

Cornerstone: Spring 2014  

Cornerstone. The official magazine of the Indiana State Library Foundation.