Legacy Projects



Celebrate Our Hoosier State!

Melton Public Library offers and actively promotes programs and guest speakers that “celebrate our Hoosier state.” A small book, documenting those events, is being created for patrons to enjoy in the future and as a lasting memento of Indiana’s Legacy.

The Head of Youth Services will incorporate the Bicentennial themes into the Summer Reading Program with Indiana authors, books, and other programs.

A 3 foot by 5 foot replica of the State of Indiana was cut out by Orange County wood carver, Ferrell Wells.  The natural wood shelves on the painted-blue display make it possible to highlight new and older books about Indiana.  And, the display is now a permanent part of the library.  (Come in and see it!)

In partnership with the Melton Public Library, the French Lick West Baden Museum will have commemorative displays to celebrate the history of Indiana from the Buffalo Trace to the present day.

The Friends of Melton Public Library provide refreshments for all events and  have commemorative t-shirts available, for sale, celebrating the Bicentennial.

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 The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will have a discussion about the Underground Railroad of Indiana.  Tuesday,  March 8, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.


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Travis Tarrants, Director of the French Lick West Baden Museum, will be at the library to discuss Orange County’s historic Stagecoach home (circa 1841) and the stories told of it.  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.


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Archaeology and Native Americans of Indiana will be the discussion by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.



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The library will be hosting “An Evening of Hoosier Poetry”  on Thursday, April 28th  at 5:30 P.M.  Anyone who would like to participate is urged to do so!  Please call the library or stop by to choose your Hoosier Poet before the event!


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Cemeteries of Indiana and Orange County will be explored through discussion with a Indiana Department of Natural Resources representative on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at  5:30 P.M.


Indy 500


Mark your calendar for Monday, May 9th AT 11 a.m. when the library welcomes Mike Harmless, Chairman of Statewide Engagement of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He will be speaking on the history of the Speedway and presenting the library with “The Official history of the Indianapolis 500” book.




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Landmarks of Indiana will be at the library to discuss famous landmarks of Indiana and Orange County on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.


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Join Chuck Franz at the library as he leads the discussion on the first travel-way across southern Indiana known as the Old Buffalo Trace on Thursday, July 28th at 5:30 P.M.


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Patrick J. O’Brian, author of the West Baden Murders series and Pluto in the Valley, will be at the library on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 P.M. to discuss his books and host a book signing.



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Storyteller, Stephanie Holman, weaves the connected story of Indiana artists Ada Walter Schulz, Alberta Rehm Schulz, and Marie Goth into a 50 minute narrative of the struggle to become a professional artist at that time, the setting, the local people, and the scandal that was just a small part of their story.  Join us to hear her story on Thursday, October 6th at 5:30 P.M.




Living Historian Lori Roberts will bring  you into the life of Mrs. Ann Hay Jennings, the First Lady of Indiana. You’ll be taken from Ann’s early life, to her life on the frontier, and her journey with husband, future Governor Jonathon Jennings, to Washington City in 1811.  Lori will host a book signing afterwards.