The Amazing Interurban

Edgar County Genealogical Society announces its March 4 program, The Amazing Interurban, presented by Jeff Koehler at 7pm in the Historical Museum Annex.

Koehler’s presentation will cover the history of the interurban from its beginnings in Brazil, Indiana in 1893 to the last run from Indianapolis to Terre Haute in 1940. It ran between Terre Haute and Paris from 1903 to 1932. Many innovations in transportation and freight delivery resulted from the interurban’s development and operation.

Jeff Koehler is a lifelong resident of Clay County, Indiana and has been the county historian for almost 20 years. He encourages program attendees to bring any pictures, newspaper articles, and other items related to the interurban.

A brief ECGS business meeting will follow.

Winter weather closings

If the weather is too snowy or icy or it’s extremely cold, ECGL may be closed.

Please call to check before traveling to visit the library.



ECGL is 30 years old!

In conjunction with the grand opening of the Historical Museum Annex, Edgar County Genealogy Library held its opening ceremony on Sunday, November 20, 1988. For months prior to the opening, a founding committee worked to establish the library as a resource for researchers. ECGS members serving on the committee were Virginia Zimmerly, John Gibson, and A. Joyce Brown.

The new genealogy library was open 15 hours per week. Barbara Hammond was its executive director until 2000. The first library board was made up of four members from each society. ECGS members of the new board were Edythe Stephens, John Gibson, Phyllis Sutton, and Lloyd Lindsey.

Today, Edgar County Genealogy Library continues to be a valuable resource to genealogy and local history researchers. Thanks to executive director Linda Cary and the staff of volunteer librarians, the library is open 21 hours per week.

2018 Edythe Stephens Award presented

On June 4, ECGS president Judy Cash presented the 2018 Edythe Stephens Family History Award to Linda Barrett. Linda is a longtime volunteer librarian at Edgar County Genealogy Library who has shared her knowledge and experience based on her extensive family research.