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Hayner Library Audio Tour Launched

The Genealogy Local History LibraryAfter several years of planning, recording, and editing, we are happy to announce that the Hayner Library Audio Tour is now available at the Genealogy & Local History Library.

The tour includes sections on Hayner Library history, the Hayner family, the original building, our most important works of art, and stories related to the local history displays. You may recognize some familiar voices – WBGZ Radio’s Mark Ellebracht, Professor Brad Noble from SIUE, and Robert Morrissey, art appraiser and proprietor of Robert Morrissey Antiques and Fine Art in St. Louis, lent their vocal talents to us for the tour, as did several Hayner staff members.

We have ten handsets loaded with the audio tour and historic photographs. The handsets are easy to use, with adjustable volume and a printed instruction sheet. The entire tour lasts about an hour but is divided into 18 segments, so you may listen to one or all sections depending on your interests. For patrons who want to learn more about any of the topics on the tour, a bibliography of related materials in our collection is available on our spinning wooden rack. This tour is meant to be a supplement to tours we already provide; Genealogy & Local History Library staff members are still very happy to lead personalized tours for groups interested in our library and history.