News From Terre Haute, Indiana


April 19, 2014

GENEALOGY: Get info on your family heirlooms at Road Show

TERRE HAUTE — Many of us have family heirlooms that we would like to know more about. What is the object? How old is it? Does it have any value? How can I repair damages to it? How do I protect it for the future? Now is the chance to find some answers to your questions about the historic items that may be in your possession.

The Indiana State History Society is sponsoring a free Preservation Week Road Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 West Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis.  

The IHS has assembled appraisal experts in the following fields to assess and evaluate items: paintings, prints, decorative arts, fine art, antiques, silver, china, historical and other works on paper, Asian antiquities, books, prints, documents, furniture, wood accessories, porcelain, Civil War diaries, letters, memorabilia, Oriental rugs, tapestries and jewelry.

Conservators, who are experts in repair and conservation, are also available for consultations on how to preserve and protect your valuable items, including documents, manuscripts, fine art on paper, paintings, photographs, parchment, books, pamphlets and textiles.

In addition, the following free programs will be offered throughout the day, presented by specialists in their particular areas: How to Use the State Library, How to Use the State Archives, How to Use Family History Resources and, To Give and to Receive, The Characteristics of Value, and The Work of a Conservator.

Guests desiring an appraisal or an appointment with a conservator are asked to pre-register for a time slot with a specific expert during the appointment times of 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. All registered guests will also be offered a free tour of the Indiana Experience, including a tour of the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab, which specializes in conserving and repairing damaged paper items.

There is no requirement to pre-register for the free informational presentations.

For additional information or to register, call 1-317-232-1882, or go online to


I am looking for any records or information of any kind on my Leith family line. James Leith, born 12/20/1845 in Ireland (town/county unknown) and died on March 11, 1918, in Brazil, Clay County, Ind. He married Sarah Jane (McKechnie) Leith, born about November 1847 in Ireland (town/county unknown) and died on about Sept. 30, 1930, I believe in Terre Haute. Their children’s names were: James L. (died 1994), Margaret, Joseph, Thomas and William. I would also like to know obituary and burial information and if their headstones can be located. I do know that James was buried in Cottage Hill Cemetery in Clay County on March 13, 1918. Thank you very much! Tim Leith at email timnmer@longlines. com.   

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