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  • Identity Theft in Hamilton County

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    Learn how this Insurance Agent Stole 3,000 Identities. Track this Noblesville fraudster from youth to the ID theft, to discovery, to prison and their post-prison life.

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  • Fraudster Red Flags

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    Keep your nest-egg safe by avoiding investment fraud schemes. This class is based on Greg’s research on actual financial fraudsters. This class will help you understand if you are likely to become a fraud victim and teach you how to recognize common red flags.

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  • Connecting youth with nature: The Bicentennial Nature Center Network at Conner Prairie’s Treetop Outpost

    Norman Burns, President and CEO, Conner Prairie

    Youth today spend less than half as much time outdoors as children did 20 years ago yet several studies have shown that children need plenty of time outdoors to live happy and healthy. Just as concerning, the average American child today spends at least 45 hours a week staring at some kind of electronic screen which has led to the appearance of what some are calling ‘nature-deficit disorder’ in many children. MORE >

    Along with expanding its outdoor programming opportunities, Cope Environmental Center, located in Centerville, Ind., has been reaching out across the state to ensure that every child in Indiana is within 60 miles of a partner nature center that will provide environmental education and creative outdoor experiences.

    Conner Prairie is a partner in the network and in July opened a new outdoor nature experience called Treetop Outpost. I'll share what this four-story treehouse surrounded by hands-on, immersive activities is, its intent to connect children and families with nature and how it fits into both the missions of the network and Conner Prairie.

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  • Is Your Financial Advisor a Crook?

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    Find out if your advisor has had his licenses suspended, revoked, had multiple consumer complaints or been charged by a regulator. The advisor may have hidden this part of his background from you. Learn how to use free internet sites when conducting a background check on financial advisors.

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  • The Underground Railroad in Indiana

    Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, DNR-DHPA

    As enslaved Africans tried to gain their freedom, many decided that their only option was to run north into states that did not allow slavery or into Canada. Many slaves escaped with no assistance, but others were helped by participants of what has become known as the Underground Railroad (UGRR). The UGRR was most active in Indiana between 1830 and 1865. MORE >

    The UGRR was neither underground nor a railroad. The UGRR refers to the network of individuals and communities that helped fugitive slaves. Sometimes the assistance was spontaneous, other times highly organized. Because aiding an escaping slave was illegal, the activity was usually carried out in secret.

    UGRR participants were diverse. Blacks and whites, slaves and freed, men and women from the North and South helped those searching for freedom. Food, clothing, shelter, guidance, and protection from slave hunters were given at a risk to everyone involved.

    Every Indiana community has oral histories about those individuals who participated in the Underground Railroad (UGRR), but the nature of the network sometimes makes it difficult to find evidence to substantiate the stories. A statewide initiative, the Indiana Freedom Trails, is working to confirm and document sites that can be definitively linked to the UGRR. Every day, researchers comb the archives in small historical societies looking for information about Indiana’s involvement in the Underground Railroad.

    Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, will discuss Indiana’s role in the events, talk about documenting stories, and offer suggestions you can use in your county.

    Jeannie, Director of Special Initiatives, has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research. She earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University, where she studied also anthropology and American Studies. She has her Masters in Urban Planning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history.

    Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach.

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  • Most Estates are Hijacked – How to Keep Yours Safe

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    Why your estate plan MAY never BE realized when assets go to unintended persons. Who are the hijackers and how to avoid them.

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  • The Future of Tomorrower

    Mike Flaherty, Professional Show & Tell, Uppydown Productions

    What aspects of American life are the same as they were 100 years? What aspects have changed drastically in the last ten years or six months or since you last checked your phone? Where does individual participation fit into the global perspective at this rate of change? MORE >

    Progress is still progressing, and it may never stop, but there are currently more opportunities than ever before to leverage technology in wholesome and innovative ways which can improve the individual and collective human experience – let’s explore the domestic and practical possibilities of introducing futuristic technologies into your present day life.
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  • Experiencing Indiana’s Past in the Present: A Look at the Indiana Historical Society

    Amy Lamb, Vice President of Marketing and Publications, Indiana Historical Society

    Learn more about how the Indiana Historical Society is making history accessible, enjoyable and relevant today. Find out how to access the IHS’s extensive archival collections, as well as how IHS collaborates with and assists local museums and historical groups. Topics covered also include IHS programs, events, publications, outreach, digital offerings and other services available to the general public—and you may be surprised by how much the IHS has to offer. MORE >

    Participants will also get a look inside the IHS’s national award-winning Indiana Experience, which is brings Indiana’s past to life in vivid detail at the IHS’s headquarters building, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
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  • Cemetery Symbolism

    Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, DNR-DHPA

    Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape and documentation vary from religious groups, time period, and location. But, all are important outdoor museums. The symbols and markings that individuals put on their stones reveal much about the individual and family. MORE >

    Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of Natural Resources’’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, the presumed meanings of markings, how pop culture affects stones, and what you need to look at when you walk through a cemetery.

    Jeannie Regan-Dinius has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research. She earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University, where she studied also anthropology and American Studies. She has her Masters in Urban Planning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history.

    Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach.

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