The staff of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville recently received a historic photograph that they had several questions about. Thanks to the digitized newspapers available through the Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program the museum staff were able to solve their questions. You can read the entire blog post here.
Not only does this story show how helpful our digitized content can be for research, but it also illuminates another aspect about the newspapers we have digitized. Even though we don’t have any Crawfordsville newspapers digitized yet, the museum staff were still able to locate an article about the event in an Indianapolis newspaper. It is important to remember that sometimes a local event would be reported on in a newspaper not in the vicinity where the event occurred. Keep this in mind while searching for ancestors or local history happenings in newspapers. Sometimes you can find really good information in places that you would not expect.