The Clay County Genealogy Library will be closed during the following dates:
- Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in order for volunteers to prepare for Thanksgiving festivities. It will reopen on Saturday, November 24th.
- Monday, December 24, 2018, through January 1, 2019. The library will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
If you are visiting the area during times that the library is closed, you may call 812-835-2891 to see if a volunteer is available to open the library for you. There is a charge of $10.00 for opening the library outside of regular hours.
We celebrated 100th Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2018. On November 11 of 1918 German and allied leaders met in a railway car in a forest near Compiegne, France. After three days of negotiations, Germany admitted defeat, and the Armistice agreement was signed in Ferdinand Foch’s personal railroad carriage. The Armistice brought an end to the Great War, World War I. There had been more than 37 million military casualties.
To learn more about Clay County’s participation in the war, stop by the library and ask to see Clay County’s Answer 1917-1919. There are photographs and biographies of the soldiers who were killed in action, died from wounds, and died of disease.
Photographs are included of most of the soldiers who returned to Clay County after the war. There are many articles about the men, women, organizations, and businesses that participated in various ways to support the war effort. Some of the articles include: “Enrollment of Women for War Service,” “Clay County Red Cross Chapter,” “Food Conservation,” “Clay County Miners and Miners,” and “Women in War Work.” This 336 page book is full of references to the people of Clay County during 1917-1919.