Thursday, October 19, 2017

Restoring Downtown History

The Mooresville Redevelopment Commission (RDC) has restored a vital aspect of Mooresville's history downtown and plans to restore further historical tributes to this consequential site.

In Mooresville's Bicentennial Park, currently under construction downtown on the northeast corner of Main and Indiana Streets, the RDC has incorporated into a side wall the capstone of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) buildings, which memorialized the organization's founding of local Morgan Lodge #211 on July 7, 1859.  The I.O.O.F. buildings stood on this site from 1869 to 1989.  The first, three-story structure (built in 1869) was destroyed by fire in 1881, but was replaced by a second building (1881) that was partially demolished in 1965-66, with the remnant of the first floor finally being removed in 1989.  (The capstone had been stored in the Mooresville Academy School on Monroe Street for many years.)  The I.O.O.F. buildings housed generations of local family businesses.

Recently, the "Founder Stone," a historical commemorative plaque affixed to a boulder honoring Samuel Moore (1799-1889), founder of Mooresville, was removed during construction of the new park.  Before the I.O.O.F. buildings, this was the site of Samuel Moore's first wood-frame business building (the first of its kind in Mooresville, built in 1824).  In 1989 plans were made to convert the property into a small park commemorating Paul Hadley (1880-1971), designer of the Indiana State Flag.  That park is now becoming Bicentennial Park.

The "Founder Stone"
(Photo by Shawn Stewart, February, 1998)
(click photos to enlarge)

Janet (Griffin) Buckley with the "Founder Stone"
(October 29, 2007)
(Photo by William R. Buckley)

Second I.O.O.F. Building (ca. 1885)
(Photo by J. P. Calvert)

Second I.O.O.F. Building (July 18, 1920)
(Photo by Manley Brown)

Remnant of the First Floor of the Second I.O.O.F.
Building, Demolished in April, 1989
(Photo by Jack Broyer)

In addition to the "Founder Stone" and the I.O.O.F. capstone, the northeast corner of Main and Indiana Streets was the site of an official state historical marker honoring the state flag and its designer.  This marker, too, has been removed during construction but will be relocated on-site when the project is completed.

Paul Hadley/Indiana State Flag Historical Marker
(Dedicated August 6, 2016)
(Photos by William R. Buckley)

The citizens of Mooresville placed the Samuel Moore stone and plaque downtown in 1924 as part of the town's centennial celebration.  Samuel and Eliza Moore's granddaughter, Mary Ida Fogleman, was instrumental in the creation and placement of this historical tribute.

Samuel & Eliza Moore with their daughter,
Margaret Fogleman, and their granddaughter,
(Mary) Ida Fogleman (from A Brief History of the
First Methodist Church in Mooresville, Indiana [1950])

According to reporter Lauren Carpenter, "the RDC [Mooresville Redevelopment Commission] also plans to place the Samuel Moore plaque at the corner of the park as well. [. . .]  As of right now, there are no plans on where to place the stone."  ("Odd Fellows Sign Restored," Mooresville-Decatur Times, Saturday, October 21, 2017, page A6.)

This is indeed good news.  Restoration of the "Founder plaque" to its original location preserves important historical information about the origins of the town and its early pioneer days.  It is fitting that the new bicentennial park, which is designed to commemorate Mooresville's 200th anniversary in 2024, should be situated in such a significant historical location.  As to the stone itself, that's not nearly as important--it's just a boulder left in the glacial moraine that was salvaged from a nearby field--but the plaque is historically critical.

Small communities such as Mooresville need to preserve a sense of history--of continuity--connecting current residents with their predecessors.  Those who live here now stand upon the shoulders of all those who came before, including the town's progenitor.  Without Samuel Moore, there would have been no Mooresville that so many of us now call home.

Saluting Samuel Moore at the site of his first wood-frame business, as the "Founder plaque" has done for nearly a century, emphasizes the significance of the place and what has stood there.  When Samuel Moore built that wood-frame structure for his general store among the handful of surrounding log cabins, he was saying that Mooresville would become an established town, lasting long into the future.  The wood-frame business was unlike other places where log cabins were temporary abodes later abandoned.  It was at the center--the very heart--of the community Moore had established, and he wanted everyone to see that this town would endure.  And so it has, for nearly 200 years.

Original Plat of Mooresville, Indiana (1824)
(Recorded February 21, 1825, Morgan County Recorder)

What better way to honor the pioneer who created our hometown, and all the pioneers and settlers who came thereafter, than by the "Founder plaque" placed at the core of our community?  The plaque belongs on the northeast corner of Indiana and Main Streets downtown, and I salute the Mooresville RDC in its plan to restore it to its central location so that it may continue its part in our town's historical narrative.

Having the I.O.O.F. capstone in the new bicentennial park is likewise crucial to preserving Mooresville's downtown heritage.  Once the State Flag/Paul Hadley marker is also restored, we will have strong reminders of the importance of Mooresville's past in the development of it present (and future). 

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Old Settlers Festival Library Booth

Visit the library's booth at the Old Settlers Festival (August 6-7-8, 2017) in Mooresville's Pioneer Park.  Pick-up lots of free goodies and sign-up for free tickets to the Indiana State Fair.

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2017 Old Settlers Parade Library Float

In case you missed it on Sunday afternoon (August 6), here's the library's float in the 2017 Old Settlers Parade.  Click the photos to enlarge.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Mooresville Old Settlers Festival

This year's Old Settlers Festival will be held August 6-8, 2017 at Pioneer Park, which is located at 1101 North Indianapolis Road in Mooresville, Indiana. Mooresville Public Library (MPL) will have a table in the non-profit organizations tent area.

As always, click the images to enlarge.

Old Settlers Festival
(Photo courtesy of Visit Morgan County Indiana)

The festival opens with the Old Settlers Parade through downtown Mooresville. The route begins at Mooresville High School and runs south along North Indiana Street, then turns east onto East Main Street to Samuel Moore Parkway.  MPL will have a float in the parade again this year (click here to see our previous floats).

2016 MPL Old Settlers Parade Float

Learn more about the history of the Old Settlers Picnic from our previous blog post and the following video.

History of Old Settlers Picnic (1870-Present),
by Mooresville Public Library
(MPL Treasure Trove Video #6)

Drop by our table, if you have a chance.

1919 Mooresville's "Ford Gals"
Heading to Old Settlers

Myrtle Keller (1895-1997), shown at the steering wheel in the 1919 photo above, served at various times as clerk, assistant librarian, and circulation director at Mooresville Public Library during the 1960s and 1970s, and she was on the library board of trustees during the 1980s. We've blogged about her many times before.

Watching the Old Settlers Parade (1970s)
(Allison's Amoco is in the background)
along South Indiana Street just north
of the High Street intersection

Mooresville High School Band performing in
the Old Settlers Parade (1970s)

Old Settlers rocking chair winners (for being
the oldest Mooresville residents) (1970)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Library's 2005 Addition Construction Project

In case you missed it 12 years ago, here's a video of construction of the library's 2005 addition, which was dedicated on January 27, 2006, exactly 90 years after the MPL's Carnegie building was dedicated.

MPL Dedication, January 27, 2006 Video,
by Mooresville Public Library
Thanks to Beth Hensley, MPL volunteer extraordinaire (whom we call "The Decorinator"), and her late husband, Maurice Hensley, for donating an original DVD released at the 2006 dedication ceremony, which is now part of our permanent Indiana Room reference collection.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sanborn Maps Available Online

The Library of Congress continues to digitize its Sanborn fire insurance maps for various communities across America.  These maps begin in the 1800s onward to (more or less) the present day.  They are invaluable to local history researchers, because they identify locations of local businesses and houses at various times in a town's history.

Browse the LOC Sanborn maps online, and for additional Indiana-specific Sanborn maps, visit the Indiana Spatial Data Portal.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Updated Walking Tour Handout

We have an updated handout for our self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Mooresville, Indiana.  Learn more from this brochure, or watch our program trailer below.

MPL Program Trailer #6
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic
Downtown Mooresville, Indiana

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Eiteljorg Museum Pass Now Available

The Eiteljorg Museum pass is now available to checkout at the library using your Evergreen Indiana card.  Our promo trailer explains.

Eiteljorg Museum Pass Promo Trailer, by Mooresville Public Library

The pass entitles up to four adults (and an unlimited number of youngsters age 17 or under) to:
  • Free general admission
  • Free parking

Friday, April 14, 2017

MPL Indiana Room Staff Hours

It's been awhile since we posted our Indiana Room staff schedule.  Staff will be available in our Indiana Room on the following days and times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays:  12-8 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays:  9 am-5 pm
  • 2nd & 3rd Fridays:  9 am-5 pm
If the Indiana Room is locked, please stop by the Circulation Desk to ask that the room be unlocked.  There is limited access to reference materials when Indiana Room staff is not present, however.  Items that may be checked-out, however, are always available, once the door is open.

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to checkout materials from the Indiana Room. Many items circulate from the Indiana Room.  Typically, circulating items have a spine label that reads the letter I followed by a Dewey Decimal Number and the first three letters of (usually) the author's last name (sometimes it's the first three letters of the item's title, if there is no author listed in the catalog for an item).  For example, if you wanted to checkout an audio CD recorded by the library's composer, the call number would be I 786.76 BUC, and it would be shelved in numerical sequence--in this case, along the wall shelves on the far left side, by the windows.  Go ahead and check these recordings out.  They're well worth a listen.

Reference materials (usually with a yellow "reference" label affixed to the spine) do not circulate but may be used inside the library.  Special collections, such as yearbooks, rare monographs, vertical files, microfilm, obituary cards, realia, displays, etc., do not circulate. For instance, if you see a book with the call number I REF 977.2513 MOR, then it's a reference book and does not checkout.

Please ask staff if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How Will We Transform You?

This week (April 9-15, 2017) is National Library Week.  The theme is Libraries Transform.  Our promo trailer elaborates.

Libraries Transform (2017 National Library Week Promo Trailer)
by Mooresville Public Library

How will we transform you, or you, us?  Find out on your next visit.  See our huge yellow transformer by our front entrance, where we have staff photos sharing what we love about our patrons.  (Click photos to enlarge.)

SRCS Brings You More to Checkout

Looking for something that isn't available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog? No problem! The Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS) is now available. Choose among over 30 million items to checkout. Click the logo below to get started.

Click Logo (Above) to Begin

Clifford C. Furnas: Olympic Athlete, Prominent Academic, and Famous Mooresvillian

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969) graduated from Mooresville High School in 1918. He earned his bachelor degree from Purdue University (1922), at which he excelled in track and field. He secured a position on the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the 5,000 meters event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan (1926). From 1926-31 he worked as a physical chemist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Minneapolis.  Thereafter, he became a professor of chemical engineering at Yale University.

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969)

Clifford C. Furnas as a Mooresville High School junior
(Class Photo from the ’17 Packet [MHS yearbook, 1917)
(Click Image Above to Enlarge)

In 1941, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, Furnas caused a sensation when he recommended the development of solar power as an alternative energy resource to fossil fuels.  During World War II, he directed the Curtiss-Wright airplane division.  In 1954 Furnas became chancellor of the University of Buffalo.  He served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Eisenhower administration (1955-57).  In 1962, he guided the University of Buffalo’s transition into the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), serving as its first president until his retirement in 1966.  He published many noteworthy scholarly books and articles throughout his distinguished academic and professional career.
Checkout a book describing his lifetime achievements from our Indiana Room collections. Visit our Famous Mooresvillians web page to learn more about famous folks from around these parts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Have DVD, Will Travel

Evergreen Indiana, our catalog consortium, is conducting a pilot program in which many participating E.I. libraries are allowing DVDs to transit to patrons at other E.I. libraries.  In the past, patrons had to visit the E.I. library that had a particular DVD to check it out.  Now, you may place holds on DVDs held at other E.I. libraries (at least those participating in the pilot), and the DVDs will be sent to you at your home E.I. library (i.e., the one whose name appears on your E.I. library card).  It works just like other items that transit (e.g., books, audiobooks, etc.)  Our promo trailer explains.

Evergreen Indiana DVD Transit Promo Trailer,
by Mooresville Public Library

Find a DVD you'd like to watch at our library, and, if you have an E.I. card, place a hold on it, and if it's one of our "transiting" DVDs, it will come to you!  May I make a viewing suggestion?

The Worst Movie Ever Made
(Made Funny by Rifftrax)

Rifftrax makes fun of bad movies.  There are plenty of laughs here, especially since Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) has been voted the "worst movie ever made."  Click the MANOS image above to go to our Evergreen Indiana catalog to place your hold. This is one of our transiting DVDs, so you'll be good to go.  If you're really interested in the film, we have a behind-the-scenes book (and a novelization) in our catalog, also available to checkout.  We have several other Rifftrax DVDs, as well as its predecessor, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (all will transit, by the way).

Place your DVD holds now!  Have DVD, will travel--that's our motto.

P.S.  Readers my age may recognize that I based the title to this blog post on the television series, Have Gun -- Will Travel (1957-1963), starring Richard Boone as Paladin. Here's the series' theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin," sung by Johnny Western.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thanks a Million!

The MPL YouTube Channel reached a million views this morning.

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Thanks for watching!  You've helped us reach our goal.  Next stop--two million!

We hope you've enjoyed our videos during the past seven years.  If you haven't yet watched, we might have something to interest you.  We have book trailers, promo/program trailers, music videos, children's readalouds, children's songs, nursery rhymes, video blogs (vblogs), book reviews, early literacy videos, local history videos, and more.  Over 750 videos uploaded thus far, with plenty more to come.  There's always something interesting happening at the library, and videos are a fun way to learn more about it all.  Browse our video playlists to see what's available.

Many thanks to all of our current and former staff who helped make our videos: Suzanne Walker, Michelle Peltier, Casey O'Leary, Jaymi Edwards Guy, Rachel Montgomery, Meghan Adams, Kate Meador, Sandra Osborn, Janet Buckley (a volunteer, not staff), Cauli Le Chat, and everyone who has appeared in our videos. Thanks, too, to our executive director, Diane Huerkamp, and the library board of trustees for supporting our efforts.  We especially appreciate the original music composed by Daniel E. Buckley that we use for our video soundtracks.

Update (March 25, 2017):  How do we compare to some of the largest public libraries (nationally and in Indiana) for YouTube video popularity? Here's a summary of YouTube statistics for various public libraries with popular YouTube channels [e.g., New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Seattle Public Library, Indianapolis Public Library, Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, and the Indiana State Library, although ISL is not a public library].  All of these libraries serve large populations and have enormous resources and collections.  We serve a population of about 15,000 with around 65,000 items. We're definitely hanging with some impressive company on the video frontier.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Indiana's First Female State Legislator Was a Mooresvillian

Did you know that the first woman to serve in the Indiana General Assembly was born and raised in Mooresville, Indiana?

Julia D. Nelson (née Julietta Reynolds)
First Female in the Hoosier State Legislature

Born in Mooresville on December 11, 1863, Julietta ("Julia") Reynolds attended the Mooresville Academy School until 1880, when she married Edward F. Nelson.  The couple moved to Indianapolis circa 1887.  Subsequently, in 1903 Julia and Edward moved to Muncie, Indiana, where Edward was employed as a pressman for the local newspaper.    (Pressmen operated the printing presses; not to be confused with a reporter.)  Julia served as chairwoman of the Delaware County Republican Women's Club during the 1920 elections.  She was also active in the women's suffrage movement, as well as organizations such as the Order of the Eastern Star and the State Assembly Women's Club.

Following the death of state representative J. Clark McKinley just before the November, 1920 election, Julia D. Nelson was selected as McKinley's replacement to represent Delaware County in the Indiana House.  Julia served one full term (1921-1923).  Her first speech before the General Assembly called for legislation for the care and support of poor parents by their children.  During her first year in office, she introduced five resolutions, of which the most notable were:

  • House Bill 425:  To establish private hearings in criminal cases involving rape and in determination of paternity hearings.
  • House Bill 322:  To establish an Indiana Motion Picture Board to examine, approve, and regulate movies shown in Indiana theaters.
In 1932, following Edward's death, Julia moved back to Indianapolis.  She died on May 27, 1936 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Many thanks to the Indiana Commission for Women for information about Julia D. Nelson.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay DVD

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay DVD is now available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

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The video recounts the events between September 9 to October 15, 2016, "when the Indiana Office of Tourism Development held a 3,200-mile torch relay through all 92 Indiana counties. Carried by over 2,200 Hoosier torchbearers, the torch began the journey in Corydon and concluded in Indianapolis during the Indiana Bicentennial Commission's Hoosier homecoming celebration. This documentary serves to commemorate the event for all future Hoosier generations."  (DVD insert, back cover.)

Look for the DVD (there are two copies) in our media alcove.  Maybe "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas will be there to help (click photo below to enlarge).

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Indiana State Parks Entrance Permit

The 2017 Indiana State Parks entrance permit is now available to checkout at the library for our patrons who have an MPL-issued Evergreen Indiana library card (they start with the numbers 27323...).  Click here to learn more about the library pass.  The state department of natural resources has requested users to complete a survey about this program, which you may pick-up at, and return to, the library's circulation desk.

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Click Above to Play Our Promo Trailer (Video)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Scarecrow

MPL composer Danny Buckley has just released a new music CD entitled The Scarecrow (for solo guitar).  It is available to checkout (both the music CD and the sheet music) from the library's Indiana Room collection.  To listen, click the players below.

"The Scarecrow,"
Movement I from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Black Winds,"
Movement II from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Straw Heart,"
Movement III from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Elegiac Reverie,"
Movement IV from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Getting Closer to a Million Views

The MPL YouTube Channel  is getting closer to a million viewings.  Today's Mooresville-Decatur Times had a nice article about it.

The channel has many playlists for different types of videos (book trailers, program/promo trailers, historical videos, music videos, live action, sing-alongs, readalouds, puppet shows, and much more).  Browse our playlists to watch the videos, or just trawl through our video list to pick-and-choose from among our (currently) 730 uploads.

We begin most of our videos with production logos, starting usually with the library's 100th anniversary logo, followed by our Cauli Le Chat clip.


This production clip was adapted from a share-alike video called Animal Motion Animation, by Megan Goodson (2010).

Don't know Cauli Le Chat?  Learn more about our retired feline roving reporter on her blog. It's a fun read.