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Lebanon, IN 46052

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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.


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.

Ralph Stark

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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.

Hours of Operation:

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


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.