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April 05, 2014

Job Opening

Eckhart Public Library is now accepting applications for an Assistant Genealogy Supervisor position.

More information about the position and how to apply can by found here.


March 19, 2014

Bird Woman of Indiana

Terri Gorney of Fort Wayne will talk about Jane Hine on Wednesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

Hine is a DeKalb County legend, who wrote about and photographed nature, especially the birds she saw at her home, Birdlawn, and the adjoining farm, called Meadow Lark, in Richland Township.

Hine’s most famous writing is “Game and Land Birds of an Indiana Farm,” a 175-page piece published in the Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Fisheries and Game for Indiana in 1911. She also wrote articles for other publications and was one of four women to contribute to “Birds of Indiana” by Amos Butler. She also was given credit for the first sighting of a bobolink in Noble County, and for seeing the rare Olive-sided Flycatcher.

In 1914, Hine was invited to the summer home of President Woodrow Wilson for a party called Bird Masque, which called attention to the destruction of birds for their feathers.

Hine died in 1916, just shy of her 85th birthday, and is buried in Waterloo Memorial Cemetery.

Gorney has researched northeast Indiana’s early conservationists, and is also a volunteer for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources; a member of several nature organizations; and president of the Friends of the Limberlost.

February 19, 2014

The Voice of Indiana’s 44th Regiment

Margaret Hobson will share stories about the brave men who served in this regiment. Hobson has published two books on the 44th Regiment, and aims to “keep the memory alive of the ordinary soldier whose faith, sense of duty and love of country carried him through the rain, mud, snow, cold, sickness, boredom, death and desertions going on around him,” according to her second book, The Voice of Indiana’s 44th Regiment Part 2: Formation and Photos.  

An ancestor of Hobson’s, Lewis Griffith, served in the 44th Regiment, which was mustered out of Fort Wayne and fought in major campaigns in Tennessee at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stones River and Chickamauga. Books will be available for purchasing and to be signed by the author.

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