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Lebanon, IN 46052

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Welcome to the Heritage Center
Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is located on the second floor of the Lebanon Public Library on the west side of the original Carnegie building. The collection consists of multi-media formats and special collections that include Indiana Lincoln and Indiana Authors. The core of the collection is Boone County History and material regarding the surrounding counties of Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks and Montgomery.

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

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.

New Databases

Gale Genealogy Connect includes hundreds of authoritative resources formerly available only in print or on CD-ROM, including trusted sources from Genealogy.com and Clearfield.Intuitive searching options help researchers find information easier than ever before. Instead of spending hours scanning books for mentions of a family name, users can turn to Gale Genealogy Connect for a one-stop search across multiple volumes, identifying connections and enriching family history

For eye-witness accounts of history being made, search this unique collection! You’ll see images of newspapers just as they appeared when first printed, including not only news stories, but also advertising, cartoons, editorials, photographs, and more. 

Boone County Genealogical Society Meeting
The Boone County Genealogical Society will meet at the Lebanon Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the top floor meeting room. 
Join a panel discussion with BCGS members who have explored DNA testing. The group will share the process and discuss results. The Boone County Genealogical Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us!

Cemetery Restoration

Members of the Boone County Genealogical Society are currently restoring "The Old Cemetery" in Thorntown, IN. Revolutionary War and many Civil War Veterans are buried in this historic cemetery. There is much preservation work to be done. Please join us! For more information, please contact Jameyor Larry Truitt, Boone County Cemetery Coordinator and Cemetery Restoration Chairman for the BCGS.

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.