Tuesday, May 31, 2016

706. GSMC Seeking Lots More IPS Materials

The Genealogical Society of Marion  County is adding many Indianapolis Public Schools resources, but they are only scratching the surface so far. Do you have an old class list or photograph? Contact the Society and let them scan the item and make it available for genealogists. Yes, you!
[Below is a post card image of IPS School No. 50.]

Friday, May 27, 2016

705. Indiana Constitution Connection at Crown Hill, June 8

Marion County has the burial site of a signer of the original Indiana Constitution. There will be a ceremony at Crown Hill to recognize Robert Hanna, Jr. I plan to be there; how about you?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

704. Be A Plank Owner For The USS Indiana

In this Bicentennial Year what better gesture could we make than to help launch a brand new ship named Indiana? The first USS Indiana (BB1) was a class-leader boat that served in both the Spanish-American War and World War One.
The second USS Indiana (BB58) was one of the storied battleships of World War Two, who fought throughout the Pacific Theater. She was commissioned a couple of weeks before Pearl Harbor and was a major component in America's carrier war against Japan.
Soon we will have a third USS Indiana in the U.S. Navy, prowling the seas and guarding the nation, as SSN789, an attack submarine, will be joining the fleet.
Go to USSIndiana.org and see how you can help this process along. On this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, what better way could you honor our state and all the guys who served on the first two ships named Indiana.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

702. Wanna Buy A School? Wanna Find Some School Records?

When I was an administrator for IPS between 1977-2002, I must have helped close over 40 school buildings. We removed supplies, textbooks, and all manner of materials. What I wonder is what happened to all the historical materials from those schools? I know where a few things are now (see below), but most things seem to have just vanished. Hopefully, we will be able to track down some of those lost items, but I'm not holding my breath. Prove me wrong, someone, anyone!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

701. John Philip Colletta in Fort Wayne June 8

After talking to several members of the Allen Co. Gen. Society, their special presentation of John Colletta is already a roaring success, with attendees coming in from all over Indiana and several surrounding states. There are still seats available, and you can combine the day with a smidgen of research at that little old library up there. A special occasion that you should jump onto!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

700. IPS Enrollment Goes Backward

     One of the bits of information that has turned up in the GSMC IPS-SIG project is that the Indianapolis Public Schools are about the same student size now that they were in 1920. For comparison, in the late 1960's, student enrollment peaked at about 106,000.
     Lots of genealogy information may be located, unless the administration tossed it in the dumpster.

Friday, May 6, 2016

699. GSMC Delves Into Indiana's "Gore"

A great number of central Indiana families had ancestors and relatives who migrated into and through the triangular slice of southeast Indiana called the "Gore." Join the Genealogical Society of Marion County and see if your folks were among them.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

698. Going To Fort Wayne This Summer?

If you are planning a research trip to the Allen County Public Library to do genealogy research (and who isn't?), you might go for a two-fer and wrap your trip around one of these interesting free workshops. I'm seriously thinking about the Land Records one myself. So many things to do; so little time to do them...sigh!

Monday, May 2, 2016

697. GSMC Introduces IPS-SIG Project

The Genealogical Society of Marion County 
introduces the:

Indianapolis Public Schools-Special Interest Group (IPS-SIG)
                “A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize workshops.”
                We would like to facilitate the discovering, gathering, preserving, and disseminating of historical and genealogical materials about and by the Indianapolis Public Schools, since the founding of the school system in 1853.
                If you would like to be a part of and participate in this effort, please come to the initial meeting of IPS-SIG on 
Wednesday, May 4, at 10 am 
in the GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. 

Some of us will be members of GSMC, the sponsoring group, but membership is not required.
We encourage you to bring any IPS material you may have to show and tell about. We have recently reorganized the IPS collection in the GSMC Library, and we will talk a little about that. We also welcome any ideas about further tactics and strategies for furthering the goals of IPS-SIG.
                See you there!