Whether you are just starting your genealogy project or want to add a few branches, research assistance will be available at the Night Owl Prowl. The Preble County Room's genealogy lock-in is from 4-9 PM on Saturday, October 1.
Take advantage of the many historical research documents in the Preble County Room. Enjoy access to the Ancestry.com library edition, available at any computer inside the eight PCDL locations.
Bring a snack to share with your fellow genealogists and get free research help at the Night Owl Prowl!
This event will be by registration only. Please register by calling (937) 456-4970.
*Please note - The Preble County Room will open for regular business at 2 PM on this day.
The West Alexandria Archive, over the decades, has conducted historical research and printed publications, assisted individuals with research, encouraged historic preservation and more. Now, the Archive is dissolving and will be turning over its collection — from historic West Alexandria artifacts and photographs to genealogies and original publications — to Preble County District Library's Preble County Room.
"We are confident that this is the best path to ensure our resources and history are preserved and available to the public in the future,” states Ron Dafler, Director of the West Alexandria Archive. “The Preble County Room provides the much-needed space to house these historical records.”
“The Preble County Room is honored to be the beneficiary of this wonderful collection,” says Angie Getter, Director of the Preble County Room. “We are committed to preserving the history of Preble County and the surrounding areas. This collection will be a great addition for our patrons looking to further enhance their genealogical and local history research.”
All West Alexandria area yearbooks, the large class pictures, books pertaining to West Alexandria, and items already in the library's reference section are staying at the West Alexandria Branch of Preble County District Library. All other books, photos, and items, including the Twin Valley News newspapers, will go to the Preble County Room.
The Preble County Room is scanning all pictures from the West Alexandria Archives. Once complete, the library will bind copies into books housed at the West Alexandria Branch, and the originals will remain in the Preble County Room. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with these or other projects is asked to contact the Preble County Room at (937) 456-4970.
PCDL Offices and Branches CLOSED on Monday, October 10
The Preble County District Library Office and Branches will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Training Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 11.
We are pleased to introduce a new adult discussion event called Talk of the Town! Do you love the Village of West Elkton as much as we do? Are you interested in or know any history about the Village of West Elkton? If so, please join us for coffee and a group discussion at the West Elkton Branch on the first Monday of every month from 1:30 – 2:30 PM (except holidays), starting in November.
We may be small, but we are mighty in history here! Did John Dillinger really hide out in West Elkton for the evening? What part did West Elkton play in the Underground Railroad?
Do you have any pictures, yearbooks, or items of interest that pertain to the West Elkton area? We’d love for you to share these items at our group discussion!
The West Elkton Branch is located at 135 North Main Street, Town Hall, West Elkton, Ohio 45070.