Kay Martin, Director
104 E. Washington St.
Lebanon, IN 46052
765-482-3460

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Welcome to the Heritage Center
Heritage Center

Located on the west side of the main floor of the Lebanon Public Library, the Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center occupies the original Carnegie building constructed in 1905.  The core of our collection consists of genealogical and historical resources related to Boone County, including indexes to vital records, microfilmed newspapers, family history files, and some county records.  We also house the library’s Indiana collection.


MISSION STATEMENT

The Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center promotes the collection, preservation, and interpretation of, and access to materials relating to the community, culture, heritage and history of Boone county. 


Ralph W. Stark
1901 - 1984

The local History room at the Lebanon Public Library became what is now known as the "Ralph W. Stark Heritage Room" in 1976. Mr. Stark was a Lebanon businessman for 34 years, an active conservationist and an archivist. He spent many years researching the history of Boone County which earned him the title of honorary historian of Boone County.


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The Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center Welcomes Genealogists 
 

The library welcomes family history researchers to the Heritage Center. The following is a list of suggestions for anyone planning a research trip:

•    Decide the branch of the family tree to research.
•    Bring copies of your research and leave originals at home.
•    Check for links to other record repositories in the county.
•    Search the online catalog for books and materials specific to your research.
•    Call the library (765-482-3460) and ask for Heritage Center Staff. They will provide information about other places you may plan to visit while in the area such as cemeteries, genealogical and historical societies, hotels and restaurants.  

Contacting the library prior to your arrival will enable staff to gather vital records pertaining to your research that may save time and ensure a fun, rewarding and successful trip.
 
er)Hours of operation:

Mon- Tues 9 AM - 8 PM
Wed -  Fri 9 AM - 5 PM
Sat 9 AM - 2 PM

the Heritage Center will close at 2:00 on August 19
to set
up for the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado program hosted by Bob Johns

 The
program will begin at 6:30.


Programs

Palm Sunday
Lebanon Public Library presents Author and Meteorologist Bob Johns
Author of "Palm Sunday 1965 in Central Indiana; The Montgomery, Boone and
Hamilton County Tornado"
Tuesday August 19, 6:30 p.m. in the Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center

On a warm, humid Palm Sunday in 1965, at least 61 tornadoes touched down
across the Midwest states. These are the stories of the people who survived
one of these tornadoes: a mile-wide twister that ravaged the countryside
northwest of Indianapolis. On its 46-mile rampage it produced devastating
F4 damage, killing 28, injuring at least 100, and destroying 80 homes.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.



New Digitized Publication

The W.P.A Index of Names of Persons and Firms: Boone County, Indiana is now available in our  Digitized Publications page which can be found here

The W.P.A Index of Names of Persons and Firms boone indiana is an index to Boone County Indiana county histories, atlases and other local documents which was published in the late 1930’s as a Work Projects Administration (W.P.A.) project. The index is alphabetical, with an abbreviation for the publication, and a page number.



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Boone County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Boone County Genealogical Society will meet at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center 205 West Hawthorne Street Zionsville, Tuesday August 26,
6:30 p.m. Program: "Indiana Migration" Presenter: Ron Darrah, Indiana Genealogical Society.

A brief Society meeting is scheduled prior to the program. 

The Boone County Genealogical Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.
For more information contact the Heritage Center at the Lebanon Public Library. 482.3460 ext.1261.


Heritage Center Resources

The Heritage Center resources include: local atlases, maps, and plat books, building and house histories for Boone County, Lebanon City Directories (1893-1999), Indiana histories and reference materials, local and school newspapers, oral histories, published family histories, social club scrapbooks, telephone directories (1916-2013), yearbooks, and an extensive General File.

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