Every Yearbook Is A Window Into The Past

yearbookYearbook – a book published by the graduating class of a high school or college, containing photographs of class members and commemorating school activities.

You will usually find yearbooks hidden in an attic or basement but did you know you can also find a collection at your Local History Library @ The Depot. Did you ever wish to see what your grandpa looked like as a freshman or what activities your grandma participated in while in high school?  Enjoyment is not the only reason to view an old yearbook.  Yearbooks are one of those resources many people do not think of as a history resource.  Yearbooks do not provide information about the vital events usually associated with genealogy research, yet they do provide other information about individual lives.

Here are some examples of how a search through an old yearbook may help you in your family history:

*It pinpoints a person in a particular time and/or place

*Class lists usually include a photo (grandpa & grandma)

*Family linkage (siblings, students with the same last name – they could be relatives)

*History (The history of the school or town may be included)

*General history (world events, advertisements, fads, cultures, fashion)

*What world events concerned and/or influenced students?

The next time you find yourself in your basement or attic look up your old yearbooks.  If you decide they are simply occupying space and collecting dust, you might consider donating them to The Local History Library.  Our collection includes 1912 through 2016 and is in search of volumes/years 1925, 2000, and 2003. to make our collection complete.

After you journey down memory lane cruising through your yearbooks, come in and cruise through ours.  While visiting The Depot, we guarantee you will find many resources available to you to assist your research into local history and genealogy.

Our hours are:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Third Saturday of the Month:                 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone:  812-926-4363


Depot Dispatch


Local author Richard W. Block will be visiting The Depot on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 PM to present his new book Life As I Lived It: Small Town Country Living.  Mr. Block will share stories from his book, enlighten us with how his ideas were conceived, and entertain questions from all our guests.  Take a moment to add this invitation to your calendar and join Roy, Kim, and Mr. Block at The Depot for an enjoyable and informative evening.  The book will be available for purchase after the program and Mr. Block has  kindly offered to autograph your personal copy of his book.  We can not wait to spend time with you at The Depot on the 19th at 6:30!

National Pet Day


National Pet Day is a day to paws and celebrate the joy our furry friends bring into our daily lives!  There is a BIG reason why this day has been created.  There are approximately 16,000 pets dying in U.S. shelters on a daily basis, this adds up to 667 animals per hour.

Think about all the things that you buy – shoes, bags, coffee – the things that are unnecessary when you think about the change you would make by foregoing just one of these items to donate money to help these poor animals.  Such little effort, with maximum results!  In general, you do not think how one small change can make a real difference.  Now’s your chance!!!

Are you thinking you would like to help – how you can get involved?  Volunteering to donate to our local shelter, P.A.W.S., would be fantastic.  You volunteering to take part will raise awareness among the group of people you know.  You never know how effective the domino effect can be in raising awareness.  It is great to involve your children too.  Teaching children to be compassionate towards animals from a young age should carry on into their adulthood.  Above all, the aim is to stop animal cruelty as much as possible.

P.A.W.S. (Partners For Animal Welfare) Humane Center is a place in our community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and the abandoned are given care and love.  Saving animal lives, ending animal suffering and homelessness, and eliminating cruelty and violence toward animals is not just the responsibility of any one group of people, it takes a concerted effort by many.  Take a moment to visit their website, www.pawsofdearborncounty.org,  to find all the ways you can lend your paws to make a difference.

Spread the word to your friends and family that there are dozens of healthy, loving, adoptable pets waiting to share their love with a furr-ever family.  After you or someone you know have adopted a new family member, visit the Library to browse our collection of books to assist in the care of  your new pet.


Between The Lines

Do you like to read?  Do you like to discuss what you have read?  Between The Lines is for you!  Between The Lines is a relaxed gathering of our readers who enjoy sharing comments and questions about a common book they have read.  Our February selection is Circling The Sun by Paula McLain.  The group will meet on Thursday, February 25th, at 1:00 PM at The Aurora Public Library and Friday, February 26th at 1:00 PM at The Dillsboro Public Library.  Stop by either library today to pick up your copy of the book, read at your leisure and come share your comments with us.