News and Events

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 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.