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

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. 

Yearbooks

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. 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.

 

Discover your family’s story through historical records.

U.S. Major Dailies provides access to a large variety of major publications and archives back to 1985.

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 help@laportelibrary.org

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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