Andrews Library gathering town’s history to be preserved in scrapbook and DVD

Nancy Disbro, librarian for the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, stands beside a display case of Andrews memorabilia at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The library is seeking historic photographs of the town for a scrapbook.
Nancy Disbro, librarian for the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, stands beside a display case of Andrews memorabilia at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The library is seeking historic photographs of the town for a scrapbook. Photo by Matt Murphy.

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library is collecting photographs and memorabilia from Andrews and Dallas Township for a scrapbook for the library and for a DVD the library is putting together as a fund-raiser.

The scrapbook will go along with a display in the bottom level of the library that holds some memorabilia from Andrews, which was recently donated to the library by the Andrews Lions Club.

Andrews Library Director Nancy Disbro says this project is not designed to compete with research facilities like the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The Andrews library "has very little historic archives," Disbro says. "This is not meant to be a research resource, just something for us to have here in the library for people to look at."

Disbro says the idea began when the library board was planning the DVD fund-raiser. The DVD will feature a 1937 film of Andrews, segments from the PBS show "Across Indiana" pertaining to Andrews and, now, historic photographs of the town. The disc will be sold by the library as early as the end of October to benefit the library's expansion project.

Photographs for the scrapbook and DVD will only be copied by the library, and the originals will be returned to the owner.

"There aren't many places where (Andrews historic items are collected," Disbro says.

Pictures may be dropped off at the library during normal hours-Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library at 786-3574.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. (the intersection of Madison and Main Streets) in Andrews.