Digital History: Are You Ready to Research Indy’s Past?
Campus Center 305 (third floor)
Kristi Palmer, Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship, IUPUI University Library
The IUPUI University Library is one of many Indianapolis cultural heritage organizations working to provide digital access to historic resources about Indianapolis. Satisfy your personal curiosity about how to research Indianapolis’s past by reviewing local and national digital resources such as the Indianapolis Sanborn Maps and Baist Atlases, city directories, images from newspapers, and much more.
Written in Stone: Cemetery Research in Central Indiana
Campus Center 307 (third floor)
Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Little is carved in stone in life aside from our tombstones. Grave markers and other components of cemeteries reveal family and community histories in surprising ways. Piecing together a family history through cemetery research can be a starting point for using web resources to journey through Indianapolis’s past and your own.
If Walls Could Talk: Architectural and Neighborhood Histories in Indianapolis
Campus Center 309 (third floor)
Jordan Ryan, Architectural Archivist, Public Historian, Indiana Historical Society
Every building has stories to tell, but how do you uncover their secrets? Architectural histories connect historical tales about race and heritage to current-day structural and planning choices. Various online resources and in-house collections at historic institutions make these discoveries easily available.