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Local History

Indiana Room Collection

Explore the beautiful and historic Indiana Room at the Main Library. With bricks and keystones exposed from the original Carnegie Library, which opened in 1920, these walls are filled with state, regional, and local history connecting us all to our roots.

  • Use the digital microfilm machines to research regional newspapers dating back to the late 1800s.
  • Browse through the current collection of daily and weekly newspapers and journals.
  • Search through plat books, atlases, and historical maps


View the Library’s History

Library History

Explore Digital Resources

Similar to the collection located in the historic Indiana Room at the Main Library, customers are able to explore all types of local and genealogy history, 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the digital collection.

Browse local high school’s yearbooks dating back to 1902, uncover your family roots by using HeritageQuest online and digital obituaries, see how property lines and geographic areas have shifted with the digital maps, and read stories of local history that make up the patchwork of our community. 


Belle Gunness

Veteran Stories

LPCPL History

IHSAA Yearbooks

Archiving Your COVID-19 Stories in La Porte County

Share your experiences with COVID-19 and social distancing! By sharing your story you will leave an important historical record of what day-to-day life is like for future generations who will learn about this time period from history books. Submissions will be accepted throughout the entire year of 2021 and will be displayed in our digital local history collection. Read more about the project here. 

Click Here to Share Your Story

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records. Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. Temporarily, you can access it through your library account. Click Remote Access below and once logged in to your account on our catalog, click your name in the upper right-hand corner. Ancestry will be listed as an option. You can also access it directly while visiting the library. To access directly click At Library Access below. 

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.


Enjoy home access to census records; family history and local history books and articles; Revolutionary War records; and more.


Discover your family’s story through historical records.​

Available at the Library

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.


Available at the Library is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 151 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 14,200+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond.


Research Your Family History

Genealogy and local history resources are available in our collections. Our research staff can teach you how to use these resources to their fullest potential. The largest collection of resources is located in the Indiana Room at the Main Library. For more information please call the Information Desk at 219-362-6156 ext. 302 or email

Staff can help you with your research and locate genealogical records or obituaries. Use our online form to complete your request.

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