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Special Collections at the Library
Jim Mahle Memorial Aviation Collection

Jim Mahle Memorial Aviation CollectionThe Batesville Memorial Public Library is proud to have among its special collections the Jim Mahle Memorial Aviation Collection.  This circulating collection of fiction and non-fiction books, videos and magazines was started by Jim Mahle and Al Giesting of Batesville, Indiana, and contains materials on military, commercial and private aviation.  The collection, originally called the 352nd Fighter Group Memorial Aviation Collection after the unit that fought in Europe during WWII, was renamed following the passing of our good friend, Jim Mahle, in 2013.

The plaque, carved by Batesville's Tim Weberding of Weberding's Carving Shop, features a likeness of Jim and an image of his favorite jet along with the insignia of the Indiana Civil Air Patrol.  The text carved below his image refers to Jim's belief in our Armed Forces and "the need to support our veterans.  Jim believed in learning from history and giving this education to our children...Above all, he believed in family and loyalty to friends."

Other features of our aviation collection include two model P-51 Mustangs as flown by the 352 FG's Lt. Malcolm Pickering and Lt. McDonald Godfrey, patches from the 352nd's three squadrons, illustrations of other P-51 Mustangs from the 352nd FG, and a framed, illustrated poster and information about Major George Preddy, donated by The Preddy Memorial Foundation.

The circulating materials in this collection may be borrowed by anyone with a valid Evergreen Indiana library card.

Tim Weberding carves the Jim Mahle plaque
Batesville wood carver, Tim Weberding, working on the plaque for the Jim Mahle Memorial Aviation Collection.
Mary Jo Mahle & plaque
Mary Jo Mahle at the dedication of the aviation collection named for her late husband, Jim.
 Hillenbrand Family Collection 

Hillenbrand Family CollectionThe Batesville Memorial Public Library was built in 1974 on land that had been the location of the John Hillenbrand family home.  An addition to the library was built in 1988, doubling the library's size.  The library houses a non-circulating collection of about 1,000 books which were part of the Hillenbrand family library. Some of those books are on display at the library, along with a stained glass window from the home and busts of John and Clara Hillenbrand.

 Miriam Mason Collection 

Miriam E. Mason was born on January 23, 1900 in Goshen, Indiana. She later moved to Bloomington where she was a teacher and an assistant magazine editor. She married in 1924 to M.M. Swain, and they had one daughter. Many of Mason’s characters were inspired by her grandchildren, or by her experience of growing up on a farm. She moved to Batesville in the 1940’s and lived there until her death in 1971. She has written more than 57 children’s books in her lifetime.

The Batesville Memorial Public Library has 55 of Mason's books in this circulating collection, as well as several original manuscripts and book illustrations, plus other related correspondence on display at the library.

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    131 N Walnut St
    Batesville, IN 47006
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