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CANCELLED: Genealogy Help (Tuesday, February 27)

Genealogy volunteer Pat Harris will not be here on Tuesday, February 27. Thank you for your understanding! Please ask at the Reference Desk with any questions.

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Belle Gunness Mystery

Saturday, March 2
2:00 PM

Join local historian Bruce Johnson in examining a notorious part of our county’s history!

The Gunness Mystery is a documentary detailing the life of one of the most prolific female serial killers in history. In the late 1800s, Belle Gunness emigrated from a small town in Norway to the bustling city of Chicago. Following the death of her first husband, she moved with several of her foster children to a farm in La Porte, Indiana. Belle began reaching out to men across the Midwest through a series of want ads in Scandinavian newspapers. Those who answered her ads were promised a bright future as a partner in her farm. They were also told to sell their belongings, bring only cash, and not tell anyone where they were going. Those who came were never seen alive again. Written and narrated by Bruce Johnson, and directed by Stephen Ruminski, The Gunness Mystery is the most accurate documentary film chronicling the life and crimes of the mysterious Belle Gunness.

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Sign Up Now for the Genealogy Bus Trip to Allen County Public Library!

Register now for the genealogy bus trip to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne taking place on Wednesday, April 17. The center has an extensive collection of North American genealogy resources, and all books are available in open stacks. The cost is just $35 per person. Please send the signed reservation form and check/money order, payable to the La Porte County Genealogical Society, to: La Porte County Genealogical Society, PO Box 365, La Porte, IN  46352. Paid reservations are due by March 25. Find the reservation form here.

Pick-up is available at Marquette Mall in Michigan City and Kabelin’s Ace Hardware in LaPorte. The bus will pick up in front of the former Marquette Theatre at Marquette Mall at 7:00 am. The bus will pick up at Kabelin’s Ace Hardware in LaPorte at 7:30 am.

The bus will leave Allen County Public Library for the return trip at 4:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Michigan City Public Library and the La Porte County Genealogical Society.

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