Welcome to the Heritage Center
Located on the west side of the main floor of the Lebanon Public Library, the Ralph W Stark Heritage Center occupies the original Carnegie building constructed in 1905. The core of the collection consists of genealogical and historical resources related to Boone County. The Indiana collection is also housed in the heritage center.
The Giving Tree
The “Giving Tree” is for patrons who wish to donate to the library in honor of or in memory of someone. Businesses,individuals and families can have their names engraved on leaves or accessories. Levels of giving are:
Bronze - $250-$500
Silver - $500 - $1000
Gold - $1000- $2000
Foundation stones and accessories may be engraved for gifts above $2000.00
Please see Heritage Center Staff for additional information.
Ralph W. Stark
1901 - 1984
The local History room at the Lebanon Public Library became what is now known as the "Ralph W. Stark Heritage Room" in 1976. Mr. Stark was a Lebanon businessman for 34 years, an active conservationist an archivist and a genealogist. He spent many years researching the history of Boone County which earned him the title of honorary Historian of Boone County.
Hours of Operation:
- Monday thru Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
- Friday: 9AM - 6PM
- Saturday: 9AM - 2PM
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News and Events
NOTE: The Heritage Center will close at 5 p.m. Wed Nov 22.
The Lebanon Public Library will be closed
Thursday Nov 23 - Saturday Nov 25
for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
THE GREAT WAR: FROM RATION LINES TO THE FRONT LINES
A traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical
Society on display in the
Heritage Center, November 20, 2017-January 9, 2018
Indiana’s contributions during the First World War went far beyond the men and women who were drafted or volunteered for overseas duty. Tens of thousands left home for European battlefields, hospitals, and training camps, and several thousand never returned. The scale of the war and the vast amount of mobilized resources unavoidably drew Hoosiers statewide into the war effort with long-lasting effects.
The exhibit explores the roots of World War I, America’s entrance into the war, Indiana’s participation in and contributions to the war effort, the evolution of warfare, the role of Hoosier women both at home and abroad, Germans in Indiana, efforts for lasting peace, the construction of the American Legion building and the Indiana War Memorial, and more. Made possible by Kroger.
The Boone County Genealogical Society (BCGS)
will have the annual meeting at
Sugar Plain Friends Church
8891 State Road 47 Thorntown, IN 46071
on Tuesday evening November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
For more details visit the BCGS website: https://bcgsin.org/
*Note: The BCGS will not meet in December.
Courthouse Record Inventory
An inventory of courthouse records available in the Heritage collection is available here pdf.
are in the heritage collection at the
Lebanon Public Library.