Have you ever wanted to look back at a full newspaper published on your birthdate, or your high school or college graduation day, or your wedding day?
What made the headlines that day in the Region? The stories, headlines, photographs and ads likely would spark precious memories.
Have you ever wanted clippings showing the success of family members — or even yourself — in prep sports or local activities, both covered in depth by The Times over the years?
Well this is now possible, in a most convenient way, on your own computer or on your tablet.
Our archives — a complete 110 years — now are fully searchable and readable with remarkable clarity.
It will astound anyone who has looked through microfilm to find something in a paper from the past.
Pat Kincaid, our librarian, has done her share of microfilm research and has been enjoying the online archives since she received access.
“For my eyes there is just no comparison,” Kincaid said. “It’s so much more clear. I’m not squinting anymore as I look at it.”
Kincaid has been conducting searches of some requests she receives from readers, and the information can be quickly found.
“I can see family genealogists just going crazy with this,” she said. “It will generate so much interest for them.”
I was amazed when I simply called up the paper of my birthdate. It’s so easy to read, and it’s easy to move from page to page.
Also included with The Times’ archives is The Vidette-Messenger, with just a few gaps in years. The Times acquired the Vidette-Messenger in 1995.
If this interests you, visit nwi.com/archives and play the introduction and learn how to search videos. Try a search on your own.
Access to the online archives comes with a separate subscription.
Don’t miss Wednesday’s Times, which will include three special sections offering all kinds of travel, health and wellness information — and a bit of fun.
Returning for a second year will be a 20-page Destinations section featuring off the beaten track travel ideas from around the country and the best of reader-submitted photographs in the recent Destinations contest.
Also coming Wednesday is another of our popular puzzle sections.
And the third special section on Wednesday will preview a new event, the Art of Aging Lifestyle and Wellness Expo sponsored by The Times Media Co.
The event for the 50-and-older crowd will be held next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.
Art of Aging will feature up to 60 vendors. It’s free to attend. Register this week at www.artofagingexpo.com. Walk-ins are welcome next Saturday, but those registered in advance will be eligible for prize drawings that include a trip.
The section will help you plan ahead to visit this first-time event. Hope to see you there.
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