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"Honest to Goodness Indiana" Souvenirs

Tall Bistro Mug
Ocean blue ceramic mug, 16 0z.
  Order No. 1464

Insulated Tumbler
Insulated stainless steel
Order No. 1465

Canvas Tote 
Embroidered logo and pocket 12.5"x14.75"
Order No. 1468

Charm Keychain
3-charms with lobster clasp
Order No. 1466

PVC, with raised lettering, 4"
Order No. 1467

Lincoln's Funeral Train: The Epic Journey from Washington to Springfield

Robert M. Reed

The Lincoln funeral and the nearly 1,700-mile epic journey of the funeral train was the biggest single event to happen in the lives of American citizens at the time. At least seven million people--without the aid of radio, television, or internet--actually witnessed some part of the historic occasion. Eyewitness accounts from nearly 150 years ago and historic images present this remarkable journey of President Abraham Lincoln's remains, from the nation's Capitol to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois. More than 440 cities, towns, villages and byways were on the route in 1865, and each is included in this fascinating volume. The veteran author draws from reports, documents, and contemporary narratives to finally fully present the event. Long-forgotten photographs and dozens of Lincoln-handled documents are included, adding further authentic flavor to this enthrallingly detailed, true-story of the historic Lincoln Funeral Train.

157 pp / 2014 / 9780764345944 / $39.95
Order no. 1469

Greetings from Indianapolis

Robert Reed

A spectacular inland city, Indianapolis, Indiana is rich in history and charm. Over 340 vintage, hand-tinted and sepia-toned postcards dating back to the turn of the century showcase the nostalgic quality of this Hoosier city. Experience the quintessential landmark, Monument Circle, with its memorials to Civil War governor, Oliver P. Morton, and others who have died in service of their country. Go from muddy roads to bustling streets as views of Butler University and the home of President Benjamin Harrison spring to life. Consider the life of noble poet, James Whitcomb Riley, and enjoy the thrill at the great Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. It’s all here in Indianapolis! Approximate dating and postcard values will aid collectors in building their own collections of these striking images.  344 postcard images with a pricing guide.

128 pp / 2014 / 9780764326295 / $24.95
Order no. 1470

Ornaments from Hot Blown Glass

by Indiana Artisan Lisa Pelo

Order no. 1442

Round Ornaments
Small $16.00, Order No. 1443
Large$20.00, Order No. 1275

Cemetery Log Books

from the National Library Bindery

Cemetery Logs are a great way to keep track of your ancestors as you visit local cemeteries and includes a reference guide for decoding the tombstone symbols you find.

Order No. 1447

Simply Divine Cookies: New Flavors!

Simply Divine is a bakery run by the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana.  The cookies are made by hand and have the distinction of being juried in as Indiana Artisan products.  IHB's Book Shop is now offering 4 oz. packages of three new varieties:


Order No. 1446

Ingredients: Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), powdered sugar (cane sugar, cornstarch), eggs, butter, honey, baking powder (baking soda, cornstarch, sodium aluminum sulfate, calcium sulfate, monocalcium phosphate), anise oil.

Order No. 1444

Ingredients: Flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid]; sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, vanilla, peppermint oil, peppermint leaves, salt.

Chocolate Buttermint
Order No. 1445

Ingredients: Flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid]; sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, vanilla, peppermint oil, peppermint leaves, salt, dark chocolate.

Posters, Folding Cards, and Postcards

from Indianapolis artist Steve Schubert


Vintage Color
Order No. 1449
Black & White Bauhaus
Order No. 1448

Folding Cards

Broad Ripple
Order No. 1452
Fountain Square
Order No. 1453
Sun & Mantis
Order No. 1450
Vintage Script
Order No. 1451


Black & White Bauhaus
Order No. 1456

Vintage Script
Order No. 1455
Order No. 1457
Broad Ripple
Order No. 1458
Fountain Square
Order No. 1460
Cottage Home
Order No. 1459
WPA Era Skyline
Order No. 1454
Mass Ave.
Order No. 1461

Parading Patriotism: Independence Day Celebrations in the Urban Midwest

Adam Criblez

Parading Patriotism breaks new ground in revealing how Fourth of July celebrations in the urban Midwest between 1826 and 1876 helped define patriotic nationalism, bringing celebratory actions to life by demonstrating the importance of Independence Day commemorations in defining changing conceptions of what it meant to be an American. The book links two important historical genres by considering how historical memory and American nationalism coalesced on the Fourth of July as Midwesterners used the holiday as a time both to reflect on the past and forge ahead in constructing a unique national identity.

193pp / 2013 / 9780875806921/ $28.95
Order no. 1437

Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

Kevin J. Miyazaki

Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls “a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan.” Miyazaki set up his portable studio on beaches, in parks, on boat docks, and in backyards, photographing those he met along the way. From residents, environmental scientists, and artists to a Native American water rights advocate, surfers, and commercial fishermen, Lake Michigan holds a powerful place in the life of each. Many shared their thoughts with him on why this body of water is important to all.

2014 / 9780870206771/ $29.95
Order no. 1439

Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops

John David Smith

When Abraham Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, he not only freed the slaves in the Confederate states but also invited freed slaves and free persons of color to join the U.S. Army as part of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), the first systematic, large-scale effort by the U.S. government to arm African Americans to aid in the nation’s defense. By the end of the war in 1865, nearly 180,000 black soldiers had fought for the Union. Lincoln’s role in the arming of African Americans remains a central but unfortunately obscure part of one of the most compelling periods in American history.  In Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops John David Smith offers a concise, enlightening exploration of the development of Lincoln’s military emancipation project, its implementation, and the recruitment and deployment of black troops.  

156 pp / 2013 / 9780809332915 / $24.95
Order no. 1436

On the Farm Front:  The Women's Land Army in WWII

Stephanie A. Carpenter

Rosie the Riveter is an icon for women's industrial contribution to World War II, but history has largely overlooked the three million women who served on America's agricultural front. The Women's Land Army sent volunteers to farms, canneries, and dairies across the country, accounting for the majority of wartime agricultural labor. On the Farm Front tells for the first time the remarkable story of these women who worked to ensure both "Freedom from Want" at home and victory abroad.

Formed in 1943 as part of the Emergency Farm Labor Program, the WLA placed its workers in areas where American farmers urgently needed assistance. Many farmers in even the most desperate areas, however, initially opposed women working their land. Rural administrators in the Midwest and the South yielded to necessity and employed several hundred thousand women as farm laborers by the end of the war, but those in the Great Plains and eastern Rocky Mountains remained hesitant, suffering serious agricultural and financial losses as a consequence.  Carpenter reveals for the first time how the WLA revolutionized the national view of farming.

214 pp / 2003 / 9780875803142 / $44.00
Order no. 1438


Endangered Species Chocolate

The Indiana Historical Bureau now carries chocolate bars and squares from local manufacturer Endangered Species Chocolate. The company uses ethically-traded cocoa that supports sustainable farming. They also donate 10% of each purchase to organizations that support conservation, preservation and humanitarian efforts such as the African Wildlife Foundation. IHB's Book Shop currently offers 3 oz. bars of four varieties, priced at $3.99.  Bug Bites (0.35 oz) are $0.80.




3 oz. Dark Bar    
Order No. 1391

3 oz. Milk Bar
Order No. 1389

3 oz. Dark w/ Espresso
Order No. 1385



3 oz. Dark w/ Raspberry
Order No. 1387

0.35 oz. Dark w/ Mint
Order No. 1431


Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana

James H. Madison

Who are the people called Hoosiers? What are their stories? Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, they were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy. Down to the present, Hoosiers have remained wary of government power and have taken care to guard their tax dollars and their personal independence. Yet the people of Indiana have always accommodated change, exchanging log cabins and spinning wheels for railroads, cities, and factories in the 19th century, automobiles, suburbs, and foreign investment in the 20th. The present has brought new issues and challenges, as Indiana's citizens respond to a rapidly changing world. James H. Madison's sparkling new history tells the stories of these Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people.

424pp / 2014 / 9780253013088 / $35.00
Order no. 1420