Saturday, November 20, 2021

GSMC Needs Indexers For 1830's Documents

We are in the process of scanning Central Canal documents at the Indiana State Archives.
These are generally small notes like the ones at the left below. 
You would read the handwritten notes, 
and enter the individual names into an Excel file as on the right. 
Your split-screen would look similar to the sample below.
When you finish your section, GSMC will be the only website
in the nation with these unique Marion County 1830's genealogy resources.
You can do your part (carefully!) at your home at your convenience.
Contact GSMC Librarian Ron Darrah at to volunteer. 


Monday, November 15, 2021

Saturday Program Slides Online

If you missed GSMC's Saturday Military Program or just want to review, 
the slides are on our website now, courtesy of webmaster Barry Levitt. 
Just go to our homepage, open the Welcome tab at left, then open GSMC Programs. 
The handouts are at bottom right. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Donation of Warren Central Yearbooks

One of the great things about working in our library 
is that so many nice folks show up and present us with such great things.
On Wednesday longtime GSMC member Richard Haynes gifted us 
with these excellent Warren Central HS yearbooks for 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1970.
These were the years Richard and his wife attended.
 [I suspect she wasn't his wife then?]
Many thanks from all of us!


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Revisiting The Great Depression

If you are searching for your relatives in the Great Depression era of the 1930's, 
you do want to visit this site. 
It shows the effect of the Federal Government during that period. 
Check out the New Deal projects in your state, for instance. 
Google and have fun.


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Library Getting Spiffed Up

See all that woodwork around the top of our building? 
When we moved in a few years ago, 
we had just the front section scraped and painted so it would look good. 
The rest we kicked down the road. Spoiler: The road ran out!
Worker bees are now doing the other three sides. 
Thankfully, Flanner and Buchanan is splitting the cost with us, 
and soon both of us will have an attractive and well-maintained building.
F & B is a pretty good landlord--thanks, guys!


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Art Museum Records Going Online

 National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Awards $95,700 to Newfields

         The institutional records under the purview of the Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, will cast off the undesirable “hidden collections” status in the coming 18 months as record series are identified, appraised, arranged, and described.

Newfields is the recipient of a prestigious Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

This federal grant is awarded annually to institutions to significantly improve online public discovery. The $95,700 award will enable Newfields to stabilize, arrange and describe an estimated 482 cubic feet of permanent institutional records, dating 1883 to 2017.

Follow the project, Downtown, to Oldfields, to Newfields: Opening the Historical Archives of a Cultural Institution, via the Twitter account @NewfieldsHist (

[Courtesy of the Society of Indiana Archivists]