Attention Historians and Geneologists!

eneologistsThe Orange County Historical Society and Paoli Friends Meeting are sponsoring a free event featuring speaker John Allen.  Refreshments will be served following the event.

John Allen is a Quaker genealogist who specializes in Quakers who migrated  from North Carolina to Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in the early nineteenth century. He has extensive knowledge of family trees and connections. He will be making a special presentation, entitled “From Orange Co., NC to Orange Co., IN…A Quaker Odyssey” at Paoli Friends Meeting on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm.

When John speaks to people who have compiled family genealogies for years, he knows more off the top of his head about their families than they know. John was born and raised in Alamance County (formally Orange County) North Carolina and is a retired dairy farmer. He is a birthright and life-long Quaker. He is a direct descendant of Thomas Lindley, the brother of Jonathon Lindley, who arrived in Orange County, Indiana in 1811.


Finishing touches are being made to the library.  Carpet is scheduled for installation on Friday, May 26th.  The movers will be here on May 31st to bring back all of our books and furniture that have been in storage.  We are hoping to open the week of June 5th if we are able to get all the bookshelves installed and the books back on the shelf.  We will keep you posted!



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The Orleans Library will close beginning April 17th until our renovation and expansion is complete.  We will be moving everything from the old library into storage so the contractors can renovate our current building.  While that is occurring the employees will be working in the new addition to get it set up and ready for use.

If you have one of the green Evergreen Indiana cards you may use any Evergreen library in the state.   The Evergreen libraries closest to us are Mitchell, Paoli and French Lick.  If you would like to order books online through Evergreen you can still have them delivered to our library and we will notify you when they are ready for pick up.  Orangeville and North East residents may call us during this transition and we will order books for you and notify you when they are ready to pick up.

Our apologies for the inconvenience to our community but we believe the finished project will be well worth it.  We look forward to being able to serve you with our new facility soon!

Magazines for check out

New Magazine Selections for you!

Mother Earth News, Indiana Preservationist, Consumer Reports, People, Midwest Living, Popular Photography, American Patchwork & Quilting; Smithsonian, Country Living, Seventeen, Country Gardens, HGTV Magazine. Magazines may be checked out for one week.



We are beginning to box up books in the children’s department for our anticipated move. There will be a selection of the most popular books that can still be checked out during this process. If you have anything in particular that you are looking for this would be a good time to call and request that we hold it for you.

Demolition in the children’s department will begin soon! Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.demolition

Evergreen Indiana

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