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Visit the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history.






Please stop by the National Library Bindery Company table to see examples of our work. We would be glad to discuss making new books, such as a family genealogy, or restoring and repairing old books, such as a family Bible handed down for generations.

At our table, you will also find a collection of Civil War postcards and posters by Russell D. Chu. The following are just a few examples of this talented artist’s work.

Thundering Iron

A Union artillery team prepares to fire another round at the enemy.

The Fighting Irish

One of the most celebrated units of the Civil War was the Union Army of the Potomac’s famed Irish Brigade.

Battle Lines

Union and Confederate forces are drawn up in classic 19th century linear battle formations prevalent in many Civil War engagements.

The above images are copyright, 2010 by Russell D. Chu and published by The Literary Garden Publishing Company, a division of National Library Bindery Company of Indiana, Inc.

A Handmade Book for the Happy Couple

Dear National Library, I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for the amazing job you guys did on the wedding book. I see what you mean when you say that it will last a century or more. The craftsmanship is top notch and the pages turned out even better than I had hoped. Overall, you can count me as a truly satisfied customer. You guys have been great and I appreciate you.


P.S. Here’s a photo of two people you made very happy!

A Cemetery Log is a Splendid Gift for a Family History Researcher

Standard2Our exclusive cemetery log was released last October at the Indiana State Library’s annual Genealogy Show. The log features 34 pages including log sheets to record the genealogical findings during cemetery visits. The log also contains a symbols guide to aid in decoding tombstone symbols you may find as well as a reference to the common tombstone styles you’ll encounter out in the field.

You can order a copy by clicking on ‘The Marketplace’ tab above and scrolling down to the Cemetery Log.

We are excited to announce that National Library Bindery Company Brand Cemetery Logs are now available for purchase at the Indiana Historical Bureau’s Gift Shop located at 140 North Senate Avenue.

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