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Annual Anniversary Reception and Awards Ceremony

Sunday, April 7th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Browning Gallery, Willard Library

21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710

We will have a program, awards, and refreshments.





Presented by: Harold Morgan, Mt Vernon, Indiana

Harold MorganFor our Sunday anniversary reception, we’ve asked Harold Morgan to be our featured speaker. After researching on the history of Evansville, the city’s World War II years, and its transportation history, Harold Morgan is now focusing on schools and colleges in Vanderburgh County, which will be featured in his next book, Home Town History: Schools, Parks and Important Buildings in Evansville and the Tri-State.

Harold graduated from Reitz High School in 1954 and attended Evansville College and Murray State. After a career as a structural engineer for several companies, he retired and embarked on his “second career” as local historian and popular speaker. He has previously published five books: Home Front Heroes; Home Town History; Home Front Warriors; Home Front Soldiers; and Home Town History: Trains, Automobiles. His next book, to be released in the fall of 2018, will be Home Town History: Parks, Schools and Important Buildings. Harold’s books can be found at Barnes & Noble.

For more than 40 years, the Tri-State Genealogical Society has presented programs with the goal of educating, informing and promoting proper genealogical research to beginning and advanced genealogists and to the public at large with an interest in genealogy. The programs are the featured events at the monthly meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June. Meetings are not held in July and August. The public is welcome, and while membership in TSGS is encouraged, it is not required to attend the meetings.

From its inception, TSGS has donated books, microfilms, and other research materials that are available in the Special Collections Department at Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on programs or the Tri-State Genealogical Society, contact or follow TSGS on Facebook at .

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy Christopher Padgett

Researching Harmonite Ancestors

presented by

Christopher Padgett

6:00 p.m., Browning Gallery, Willard Library, 21 First Avenue

Mr. Padgett will provide an overview of the Harmony Society and the Harmonites. His PowerPoint talk will feature:

· A brief history of the Harmony Society

· The migration of the Harmonites from Germany to America

· Research resources available for finding and learning about Harmonites

· An overview of the three Harmony settlements—

Harmony, Pennsylvania

New Harmony, Indiana

Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania

Mr. Padgett will be open to questions and answers following his presentation.

Family history storytelling, research and sharing have been part of Christopher Padgett’s life since he was exposed to genealogy by his parents, who were active researchers back in the 1980s. Chris is an eighth-generation Kentuckian. His fifth great-grandparents and fourth great-grandmother were charter members of the Harmony Society.

He serves on the board of directors of the Kentucky Genealogical Society. He is a volunteer moderator of two groups on the FamilySearch community platform: Kentucky Genealogy Research and Genetic Genealogy Research.

He is part of a small group of Harmonite descendants who convene every few years for ‘Descendant Days’ to be in community once again and learn more about Harmonist ancestors.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Evansville-Vanderburgh County Civic Center. Above photo and photos of Carpenter School, Central High School, and ISUE (now University of Southern Indiana) courtesy Willard Library Archives.

Summer Sendoff Meeting

Brief Update: Vanderburgh County Court Records

by Amber Gowen

Installation of New Officers


(To send us all off into a summer of research, learning, & meeting new ancestors!)

Amber Gowen is the archivist for the Vanderburgh County Clerk’s Office who is working to organize 40,000 cubic feet and over 200 years of county records. She spearheaded the digitization and preservation of key late 19th and early 20th century vital records.

              Amber serves on the boards of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, Willard Library, and the Society of American Archivists Local Government Records Steering Committee. Her research centers on Prohibition in the Vanderburgh County Courts and Evansville’s World War I nurses. She is also the regional co-coordinator of National History Day Indiana, bringing local history resources to more than 200 high school students and their teachers.