I have recently begun working part-time at the McGrady-Brockman House, 614 N. Seventh St., for the Knox County Public Library. I have been going there regularly for research purposes since it first opened to patrons back in 2002. I was, and still am, very impressed by the holdings within the historic structure.

The house, built in 1859 at Seventh and Hart streets, now houses, protects, and promotes, an ever-growing and diverse historical collection that is sure to impress any historically-minded individual. Every time I enter the house I feel like a kid in a candy store and time sure goes by fast when I’m there!

Patrons regularly travel great distances to dig into the fantastic collection to work on their genealogy or other research projects. Many others take advantage of the informative and enjoyable programs that the library regularly offers.

The facility is an easily accessible, well-equipped, inviting, and comfortable place to do research. The operating hours have been thoughtfully scheduled to be very convenient for patrons as well. The staff is ready, willing, and able to help you find what you are looking for as well as what resources are available there.

The holdings include but aren’t limited to the following: birth, death, cemetery, naturalization, probate, census, and marriage records; historic newspapers on microfilm; county histories; fire-insurance maps; high school yearbooks; city directories; a wealth of genealogical resources; and access to the Draper Manuscripts.

At the McGrady-Brockman House you’ll also find a vast regional history collection made up of previously completed research projects, articles, scrapbooks, ledgers, pamphlets, maps, blueprints, and other artifacts pertaining to virtually every subject imaginable.

I have recently been doing research for a future tour project that will focus on some of the lesser-known, yet very interesting places in and around the city of Vincennes. The name of the tour will be “Vincennes, Off the Beaten Path” and is being created as a part of the “Discover Indiana” statewide public history project. The following locations/topics will be among those highlighted on the tour: The McGrady-Brockman House; Adam Gimbel and Gimbel Corner; Pearl City and the Vincennes Pearl Rush; the Union Depot Train Station and Hotel; Vincennes City Cemeteries; Terrace Gardens; Streetcars in Vincennes; the Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home (Bonner-Allen Home); and the Harmony Society Clubhouse (Abner T. Ellis Home).

We’ll also explore how the evolution of the modes of transportation has impacted our community.

I have greatly enjoyed working with many others gathering the information necessary to put this tour together and I am excited to see it come to fruition! The resources available at the McGrady-Brockman House are making this project much easier to complete.

I would like to personally invite you stop by the McGrady-Brockman House and allow me or one of the other employees give you a tour of the facility and show you what it has to offer. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by email at: norbertbrown@hotmail.com or simply check out the Knox County Public Library’s Website at: www.kcpl.lib.in.us

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