Introduction to Genealogy - Annette M. Johnson, Researcher and Historian - This workshop is for anyone wanting to start their search or redefine their search. In the workshop, we will go over how to: 1) Research information; 2) Research tips; 3) Chart information; and 4) Value your own family history. By the end of the workshop, you will be given the tools necessary to help you start your genealogy research. Happy researching!
Historic Preservation 101 - Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) - The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission invites you to come learn about how historic preservation helps build strong places, Indy’s local historic designation process, and what local historic designation can offer communities.
Listening to Our Neighbors: Interviewing for Meaningful Community Development - John Boner Neighborhood Centers - We will discuss the Quality of Life Planning process, how we designed and implemented appreciative interviewing as an engagement tactic, how we analyzed the information collected, how it informed the development of the plan, and what we would change if we were to do it again. We will highlight how the interview process allowed neighbors to convey complex and nuanced ideas and we will share trends identified in neighbor input. This process allowed neighborhood members to directly inform the development of the Quality of Life Plan, build connections with their neighbors, and take ownership of the development of their Quality of Life Plan. Attendees will gain resources to develop their own interviewing process and learn that anyone can analyze qualitative information.
Creating and Discovering your Neighborhood History through the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis - Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Encyclopedia of Indianapolis - Learn about the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, an official legacy project of the Indianapolis Bicentennial. Based on a print version published by IU Press in 1994, the Indianapolis Public Library and the Polis Center at IUPUI, along with many of the other major cultural institutions of the city, is creating a rich, dynamic, and interactive tool that not only will offer the opportunity to learn about all facets of the city but also will provide a free, online space for neighborhoods to create and collect their histories using interactive maps, timelines, images, videos, and oral history. This session will involve a discussion of these efforts and encourage you to participate as we build this valuable resource.
Building an Online Community and Neighborhood Brand - Near East Area Renewal - Learn to harness the power of social media to build brand and community for your neighborhood. Participants will learn how to create an Instagram account, Facebook group and page, and Nextdoor accounts to engage with neighbors. You will also learn how to create a community calendar, make engaging posts, and increase engagement & leadership in real life.
Redefining Community Service: The Power of Having an Outward Mindset - ProAct Indy - Through ProAct’s signature youth programs, Kids in Action and Teens in Action, we empower youth to rise as servant leaders in order to address poverty in Indianapolis and create a proactive approach to prevent or reduce future social issues. We do this by arranging service projects and social justice training workshops where local corporations and community members serve and learn side-by-side with youth. In this facilitated workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate best practices learned from ProAct to better cross sectors and improve community engagement strategies in our city: learn about innovative ways to partner and collaborate, and walk away with a potential partner in ProAct to proactively connect people to people. Participants will also receive tools and resources to help them implement an outward mindset within their families, organizations, churches, and community.
Bringing Neighborhood History Alive! – A Story about the First Grandview Addition to the City of Indianapolis - Dolores Wisdom - Presenter shares highlights from a major research effort, examining the history of Monon Yard (formerly Friends & Neighbors) – an area bounded by 25th, 30th, College Avenue and the Monon Trail. Presenter uses excerpts from her 2014 book, What A Grandview!, to demonstrate different ways of presenting information, including use of available imagery resources, and emphasized their helpfulness in telling a neighborhood’s story. She touches on the importance of accurately documenting research conducted, including how source documents created may later be helpful to others, and describes her “free” use of Amazon’s publishing platform to create a final product.
Community Collaboration on the Far Eastside - CAFE, Far Eastside Community Council - Learn about all of the amazing projects and events that were made possible through community collaboration on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis.
Tracking Indianapolis History Through Place Names - Steve Campbell - Why is Kessler Blvd. named ”Kessler”? What is the origin of the names “Broad Ripple,” “Irvington,” and “Ransom Place”? Who named the White River and Fall Creek? These questions and many more fall under the world of toponymy, the study of “place names” – of streets, schools, parks, neighborhoods and other institutions. Every community has similar origin stories, and they often illustrate a hidden history of an area and its people. This session will explore the history of place names in Indianapolis and Marion County and what it tells us about the evolution of our city.
What Makes a Community a Healthy Community? - Health by Design, Marion County Public Health Department, Top 10 Coalition, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis - Healthy communities are those where healthy choices are the easy, accessible choice. Healthy communities have mixes of affordable housing and commercial uses; workplaces accessible by walking, biking, or public transportation; have access to medical & mental health care, affordable healthy food, and safe and connected places to walk, bike, and play; greenspaces; smoke free spaces; and a connected transit system. The Top 10 coalition, a collective group of partners working to support and build healthy communities in Marion County, will facilitate a collaborative discussion about the components of a healthy community, and how we can all work together to improve the burden of chronic disease in our neighborhoods.