Syracuse Public Library News

Digitizing project assistant Jude Strieby-Raska is hard at work digitizing historic materials for the new Syracuse-Wawasee Digital Archives at the Syracuse Public Library. (Photo provided)

A new resource for local history is now available through a joint effort of the Syracuse Public Library and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum.

The Syracuse-Wawasee Digital Archives is a free, searchable online database of Syracuse-area history that includes thousands of historical photographs, maps, items from Syracuse’s history and more. New material from the historical collections of the library and museum, and historical items from private collections, are being added all the time by project assistant Jude Strieby-Raska, a Syracuse native and a recent graduate of IPFW.

This is a wonderful new way to research town history, genealogy, history of hotels and businesses (some of which are long gone), as well as peeking into historic collections that are not usually available for public viewing.

The database is intuitive and easy to use, and you can use search terms to narrow results down to exactly what you’re looking for. The database is to be included in Indiana Memory, a digital initiative through the Indiana State Library that allows public institutions across the state to have their online collections available through one portal.

If you have a collection of material related to this history of Syracuse and Lake Wawasee and would like to have electronic copies of your collection included in the database, please call the library at 574-457-3022 – digitizing can be done in private homes so material never need leave its owner’s possession. The link to the Syracuse-Wawasee Digital Archives is on the library’s homepage at

Neal Parks Author Event
Poet Neal Parks of Ligonier will be reading from his new work, “Battle of Grace,” at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. He will also be signing copies of his book. The book will be for sale at the event.



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