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Marsha Williamson Mohr
With its beautiful meadows and countless meandering streams, picturesque Parke County, Indiana, is home to 31 historic covered bridges, ranging from 43 to 315 feet long. Every October, the county hosts the Covered Bridge Festival, which draws more than two million people nationwide to the courthouse lawn in Rockville. From there, tourists set off to visit the bridges and to seek out the arts and crafts fairs located in each of the festival’s nine communities. Photographer Marsha Williamson Mohr has spent years in the area, capturing spellbinding images of the bridges and nearby farms and the natural beauty of the area, season by season.
cloth / 168 pp. / 2015 / 9780253016157 / $30.00
Order no. 1544
Dan Rottenberg and Dwight W. Hoover, eds.
In Middletown, the landmark 1927 study of a typical American town (Muncie, Indiana), the authors commented, "The Jewish population of Middletown is so small as to be numerically negligible... [and makes] the Jewish issue slight." But WAS the "Jewish issue" slight? What did it mean to be a Jew in Muncie? That is the issue that this book seeks to answer. The Jewish experience in Muncie reflects what many similar communities experienced in hundreds of Middletowns across the midwest. "Middletown Jews... takes us, through nineteen fascinating interviews done in 1979, into the lives led by mainly first generation American Jews in a small mid-western city." ―San Diego Jewish Times
paper / 142 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33243-5/$12.95
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Bernard C. McFarland
The Hill and the Bottoms is the story of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood on the northeast side of Indianapolis, a neighborhood that is ninety-five percent African American. The Brightwood-Martindale Historical Society, a group of concerned community members, has documented this “community in transition” noting the significant contributions of its African American residents. Using the society’s collected records, newspaper articles, and photographs, Bernard C. McFarland takes you on a journey of historical events in Indianapolis and in his eastside neighborhood.
cloth / 112 pp / 2009 / ISBN 978-1578645381 / $25.00
Order No. 1530
In the 1880s, social reform leaders warned that the "unworthy" poor were taking charitable relief intended for the truly deserving. Armed with statistics and confused notions of evolution, these "scientific charity" reformers founded organizations intent on limiting access to relief by the most morally, biologically, and economically unfit. Brent Ruswick examines a prominent national organization for scientific social reform and poor relief in Indianapolis in order to understand how these new theories of poverty gave birth to new programs to assist the poor.
2013 / 267 pp / 9780253006349 / $37.00
Order No. 1498
George T. Blakely
From 1935 to 1942, the Indiana office of the Federal Writers’ Program hired unemployed writers as "field workers" to create a portrait in words of the land, the people, and the culture of the Hoosier state. This book tells the story of the project and its valuable legacy. Beginning work under the guidance of Ross Lockridge, whose son would later burst onto the American literary scene with his novel Raintree County, the group would eventually produce Indiana: A Guide to the Hoosier State, Hoosier Tall Stories, and other publications. Though many projects were never brought to completion, the Program’s work remains a useful and rarely tapped storehouse of information on the history and culture of the state.
2005 / 262 pp / 9780253345691 / $29.95
Order No. 656
David Leander Williams
Get into the music with David Leander Williams as he charts the rise and fall of Indiana Avenue, the Majestic Entertainment Boulevard of Indianapolis, which produced some of the nation’s most influential jazz artists. The performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare were an important stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and provided platforms for greats like Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe. Through this biography of the bustling street, meet scores of the other musicians who came to prominence in the avenue’s heyday, including trombonist J.J. Johnson and guitarist Wes Montgomery, as well as songwriters like Noble Sissle and Leroy Carr.
2014 / 208 pp / 9781626194038 / $19.99
Order No. 1505
Walk into Hinkle Fieldhouse, and you feel it-that palpable sense of history known as the Hinkle mystique. Indiana's basketball cathedral has stood in all its glory at Butler University since 1928. John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird played on its floor. Jesse Owens sprinted to a record at Hinkle, and athletes from around the globe have brought Olympic-level competition to crowds gathered under its steel arches. It was the setting for the climactic scene in Hoosiers, arguably the greatest sports movie ever made. It has hosted evangelists, ice shows, tennis matches, bike races and even roller derbies. Author Eric Angevine gets inside the paint in this complete Hinkle history, featuring archival photographs of the iconic structure and words from those who know it best.
2015 / 160 pp / 9781626196131 / $19.99
Order No. 1504
Founded in 1834 by a small group of Quakers protesting human slavery in the South, Westfield and Washington Township served as an important home station on the Underground Railroad. Shortly after black emancipation, residents rallied to promote racial equality and harmonious living, helping to curtail the clout of the Ku Klux Klan. Van Camp Company, once the largest local employer, provided pork and beans for thousands of troops entrenched in World War I, and the community’s strong agricultural tradition sustained the town through the Great Depression. Author and historian Tom Rumer chronicles the challenges of growth and change in this history of Westfield and Washington Township.
2015 / 224 pp / 9781626194021 / $19.99
Order No. 1506
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 / ISBN 9780764326295 / $24.95
Order no. 1470
Zachary Michael Jack
From yesterday’s gingham girls to today’s Farmer Janes, The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter unearths the untold history and renewed cultural currency of an American icon at a time when fully 30 percent of new farms in the US are woman-owned. From farm women bloggers, to “back-to-the-land” homesteaders and seed-savers, to rural graphic novelists and, ultimately, to the seven generations of farm daughters who have animated his own family since before the Civil War, the author travels across the region to shine new documentary light on this seedbed for American virtue, energy, and ingenuity.
260 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781557536198 / $21.95
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Every town has those dark places where the foulest of felonies once occurred, deeds so despicable that most would prefer to forget that they ever happened, and even those not so willing or unable to forget the grisly proceedings generally speak of the horrible events in hushed whispers behind closed doors with only their most trusted and closest associates. Seidl's hometown of New Albany, Indiana, snuggled along the northern banks of the Ohio River and on the downstream end of the treacherous "Falls of Ohio," is no exception.
paper / 140 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781609494629 / $19.99
Order No. 2943
Jodie Steelman Wilson et al
Montgomery County never fails to surprise the visitor with its unique and varied history. Even local residents are often unaware of some of their county heritage. Anyone who spends some time in Crawfordsville will eventually know about General Lew Wallace, author of the one-time bestseller Ben-Hur, as well as Senator Henry Lane, who helped found the Republican Party and get Abraham Lincoln nominated for the presidency. Wabash College was founded here in 1832 and is one of the two remaining all-male colleges in the nation -- with the dubious honor of having fired Ezra Pound before he went on to fame as a poet. The Hidden History of Montgomery County will touch upon such topics but will also bring to light many of the area's other deserving stories.
paper / 174 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781609495220 / $19.99
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Jim & Kathie Barron
Remember how it used to be at W & D? From its humble beginnings as a dry goods store in 1896, Wolf and Dessauer grew to provide customers with revolutionary services and previously unheard- of amenities: personal shoppers, in-store models, escalators, an open-air French café and the magical Christmas WanDerland-home to Santa and his precious elf, Wee Willie WanD. Join Jim and Kathie Barron on this glorious return to one of the most progressive department stores in history. Relax in the tearoom with one of Edith Goodyear's California Dream Bars, don elegant couture from around the world and luxuriate in this remembrance of a beloved Fort Wayne icon.
paper / 155 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781609493349 / $19.99
Order No. 2944
Anne Caudill et al
The Scribner House stands proudly on the banks of the Ohio River, a testament to the community it has seen through two centuries. Joel, Nathaniel and Abner Scribner founded New Albany when they arrived by flatboat from Pennsylvania in the early nineteenth century. Those pioneers built a thriving town—the largest in Indiana until after the Civil War. Join Piankeshaw Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on a fascinating trip through the halls of the house they preserve. These expert stewards tell the stories of the Scribner House's tenants and the history of New Albany that happened both in its halls and outside its front door.
paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781609498016 / $19.99
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When the Showers family arrived in Bloomington, Indiana, the railroad had only recently come to town and a modest university was struggling to survive. Having spent the prior 18 years moving from place to place, the family decided to settle down and invest its modest resources to start a furniture company. The business proved to be extremely profitable and a stroke of good fortune for the small community. The company’s success strengthened Bloomington's infrastructure, helping to develop new neighborhoods, and the philanthropic acts of the Showers family supported the town’s continued development. The family’s contributions helped Indiana University through difficult times and paved the way to its becoming the largest university in the state. In this detailed history of Showers Brothers, Carrol Krause tells the story of a remarkably successful collaboration between business, town, and gown.
paper / 312 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253002037 / $25.00
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Peter J. DeKever
Local historian Peter J. De Kever invites readers to meet important people from the community's past, to revisit historic sites in the Princess City, and to relive events that shaped the lives of Mishawakans.
paper / 248 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 1893270173 / $19.95
Order No. 2927
Peter J. DeKever
As a call to remember and honor the people and accomplishments of the Princess City's history, De Kever has written nine essays that vividly evoke Mishawaka s role in historically significant national events, as well as the remarkable achievements of area high school students. Stories of bravery, sacrifice, and suffering come together here with others that show Mishawakans inventiveness, dedication, and pursuit of excellence. Modern society often promotes forgetfulness and irreverence for the past, but De Kever s book encourages a history-oriented vision of how people and events from Mishawaka s past live on today. These stories form part of the inheritance shared by all who call Mishawaka home.
Included in Past to Present are the fascinating stories of: Captain James Houghton leading his men in a fatal charge at the Battle of Shiloh. Mishawaka's participation in the wondrous Chicago World s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Two local newspapermen who fought the Spanish-American War in their weekly editorials. A Mishawaka auto manufacturer that experienced tragic glory at the inaugural Indy 500. Private Paul Fechner s ultimate sacrifice in defense of the Philippine Islands. A Mishawaka man and woman who recall their roles in achieving victory during World War II. Mishawaka High School s 1988 state championship volleyball team. Two Penn High School academic teams perfect year. Mishawaka s 175th birthday celebration and a display of the city s treasures.
paper / 242 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780692015667 / $19.95
Order No. 2926
Camille Fife-Salmon and Ron Grimes
Illustrated history of Madison, Indiana. Densely illustrated with historical photographs. Limited printing.
cloth / 136 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9781578645510 / $34.95
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Alan E. Hunter and Joseph M. Jarzen
The Indiana National Road Association hopes the photographs and stories within this book will give readers an appreciation for the 200-year past of the Historic National Road, often called "The Road that Built the Nation." This federally designated All-American Road retains much of the integrity from its early days as a pioneer corridor. It is important for people to learn about these stories and about those who lived and worked along the road so that they can understand more about both themselves and the importance of preserving the highway. This volume looks at the section of the road from Richmond to Indianapolis.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738560557 / $21.99
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Join historian Julie Young in this nostalgic look at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Central Indiana, from football jamborees at CYO Stadium to fun times at Camps Rancho Framasa and Christina. Share in the recollections of senior members who matured and found their voices—and often their future spouses—through their CYO experiences. Pull the award-winning apple pie from the oven and give the kickball a good boot in this spirited celebration of the CYO, a thriving organization that has ministered to the spiritual, social, cultural and athletic needs of countless young people throughout Central Indiana.
Paper / 160 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-1-60949-206-9 / $19.99
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New Haven Area Heritage Assoc
Set near the south bank of the Maumee River, New Haven is on the route from the Great Lakes to the Central Plains. The river itself carried the first travelers upstream to the short portage to the Mississippi watershed and the West. In the early 1800s, the Wabash and Erie Canal was started to provide a more reliable and even passage. Many came to work on it and settled, hacking out farmsteads from the dense, swampy forest. A canal lock nearby made a natural stopping and shipping point. In 1856, the Wabash Railroad superceded the canal with rapid all-weather transport and commerce flourished. The old canal towpath became a road, intersecting in the middle of the community with the Lincoln Highway, bringing in the automobile era. The local commuter age was born in the early 1900s with the interurban railroad from Lima, Ohio, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, providing hourly, fast service for jobs and shopping. This small, tree-lined city still shows clear marks of the ages and stages of transportation history that have given it life and form. Now greenway trails trace the old Indian paths along the river.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738578002 / $19.95
Order No. 2827
These are not the aspects of Indianapolis history you'll see flaunted in visitors' brochures. These are the abhorrent, the grim, the can't-look-away misdeeds and miscreants of this city's past, when bicycle messenger boys peddled through the night to link prostitutes with johns and when the bigoted masses tightened their grip on the city behind mayor and Klansman John Duvall. From the unseemly to the deviant to the disastrous, Hoosier Andrew E. Stoner brings you lives as out of control as the worst wreck at the Indy 500 with a history as regrettable as it is riveting.
paper / 160 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9871609492052 / $19.99
Order No. 2820
Rockville began in 1824 as the seat of justice for the newly established Parke County. A small brick courthouse was built, and a fledgling community soon sprang up around it. Within a short time, blacksmiths, furniture builders, harness makers, grocers, druggists, and dry goods salesmen were calling the new public square home. Then over a period of 13 years, beginning in 1870, the face of Rockville was drastically altered as fires destroyed the early buildings. The newly resurrected town would look quite different. As the rebuilding occurred, an exceptional example of small-town Italianate architecture emerged. This new Rockville looked much different than its haphazard Colonial-style predecessor. Three-story brick and stone buildings replaced haphazard one- and two-story wood frame structures; concrete sidewalks replaced wooden walkways; awnings, ornate cornices, and large architectural iron and glass storefronts became the standard. It was during these years that Rockville began to resemble the quintessential American small town it is today.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738583044 / $21.99
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At the centennial of its founding by General Anthony Wayne in 1794, the city of Fort Wayne could boast prosperity and rapid growth as a leading industrial center of the Midwest. By the start of World War I, it had become the second-largest city in Indiana. With a selection of fine historic images from his best-selling book Historic Photos of Fort Wayne, Scott M. Bushnell provides a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on the growth and development of Fort Wayne. The images collected here offer a kaleidoscopic look into the history of this remarkable city, from its early days to recent times. Remembering Fort Wayne captures unique and rare scenes of the city through the lens of more than a hundred historic photographs. Published in vivid black-and-white, these images communicate the historic events and everyday life of two centuries of people building a unique metropolis. Remembering Fort Wayne is sure to captivate anyone curious about the city's past, from the student of history to the local history buff.
paper / 144 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596526495 / $16.95
Order No. 2844
By the mid nineteenth century, the city of Indianapolis was a vibrant cultural center. Through the Civil War, the early twentieth century, two world wars, and into the modern era, Indianapolis has continued to grow and prosper by overcoming adversity and maintaining the strong, independent culture of its citizens. With a selection of fine historic images from his bestselling book Historic Photos of Indianapolis, George R. Hanlin provides a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on the growth and development of Indianapolis. This volume, Remembering Indianapolis, captures this journey through still photography from the finest archives of local, state, and private collections. From the nineteenth century to the building of a modern metropolis, Remembering Indianapolis follows life, government, education, and events throughout the city's history. The book captures unique and rare scenes through the lens of more than a hundred historic photographs. Published in vivid black-and-white, the images communicate historic events and everyday life of two centuries of people building a unique and prosperous city.
paper / 144 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596526082 / $16.95
Order No. 2845
Thomas A. Adler
Bean Blossom, Indiana--near Brown County State Park and the artist-colony town of Nashville, Indiana--is home to the annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, founded in 1967 by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Widely recognized as the oldest continuously running bluegrass music festival in the world, this June festival's roots run back to late 1951, when Monroe purchased the Brown County Jamboree, a live weekly country music show presented between April and November each year. Over the years, Monroe's festival featured the top performers in bluegrass music, including Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, the Goins Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, and many more. Thomas A. Adler's history of Bean Blossom traces the long and colorful life of the Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival. Adler discusses the development of bluegrass music, the many personalities involved in the bluegrass music scene, the interplay of local, regional, and national interests, and the meaning of this venue to the music's many performers--both professional and amateur--and its legions of fans.
paper / 282 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-2520781-0-1 / $24.95
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Early-20th-century Indianapolis was developing into a major transportation center. The extension of rail lines operated by the "Big Four Railroad," the Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railway, invaded farmland 5 miles southeast of the busy Indianapolis Union Station. By 1904, the native beech trees neighbored the construction of the Big Four Shops, a facility charged with the production of steam locomotives. The shops brought jobs, an immediate draw for commercial and residential development, culminating in 1906 when the unnamed, adjacent community incorporated as the town of Beech Grove. A century later, the city of Indianapolis has grown to entirely surround the vibrant community, yet Beech Grove retains its small town atmosphere. Anchored by a vibrant Main Street, the charm of Beech Grove is found within quiet residential neighborhoods, distinguished schools, diverse churches, and major employers, including Amtrak and St. Francis Hospital.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011/ ISBN 978-0-7385835-7-0 / $21.99
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Crawfordsville, founded in the early 1820s, has a diverse history for a small town located in rural, west-central Indiana. The town was the site of an important land office, which attracted many settlers, as well as speculators, to the area. Crawfordsville became known for its intellectual and progressive atmosphere and earned the nickname of the "Athens of Indiana," especially for the numerous residents with literary accomplishments. Wabash College was established in Crawfordsville in 1832, and the institution's teachers and students have contributed greatly to the development of the town's culture and prestige. In addition to its authors and poets, Crawfordsville has had its share of musicians, artists, soldiers, and statesmen who have played a role far beyond the borders of Montgomery County, of which Crawfordsville is the seat. Images of America: Crawfordsville is a photographic tour of the people and places that have marked this town from its early days. Some 200 historical images capture the town's development, along with its interesting, and often unique, accomplishments.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-7385835-4-9 / $21.99
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Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
Cafe Indiana is both a guide to Indiana’s hometown mom-and-pop restaurants and a reclamation and celebration of small-town Midwest culture. The hungry diner looking for adventure and authenticity can use Cafe Indiana simply as a guide to the state’s quintessential eats: the best fiddlers, macaroni and cheese, soup beans, and beef Manhattan. But Stuttgen also captures the spirit of the locals, bringing to life the people whose stories give the book—and the food—its soul.
paper / 306 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-2992249-4-3 / $19.95
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Russell S. Rein
In 1914, Carl G. Fisher knew the time was right to promote the second transcontinental auto highway. Following the success of the Lincoln Highway, the Dixie Highway pushed the development of commerce and tourism for the southern states. The Dixie Highway system grew to include routes from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Chicago to Miami Beach. In Indiana, the Dixie Highway became parts of Indiana 933, US 31, Indiana 25, Indiana 29, US 421, Indiana 37, and US 150. The dogleg from Chicago to Indiana became part of US 136.
paper / 129 pp. / 2011/ ISBN 9780738583679 / $21.99
Order No. 2865
S. Paul O'Hara
U.S. Steel created Gary, Indiana. The new steel plant and town built on the site in 1906 were at once a triumph of industrial capitalism and a bold experiment in urban planning. Gary became the canvas onto which the American public projected its hopes and fears about modern, industrial society. In its prime, Gary was known as "the magic city," "steel's greatest achievement," and "an industrial utopia"; later it would be called "the very model of urban decay." S. Paul O'Hara traces this stark reversal of fortune and reveals America's changing expectations. He delivers a riveting account of the boom or bust mentality of American industrialism from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.
paper / 208 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253222886 / $19.95
Order No. 1054
The sand dunes stretched higher than many skyscrapers, with the remnants of an abandoned lumber industry at their feet. The sandy, overgrown land was nothing that Michigan City residents cared to develop, let alone visit. The area was largely forgotten until Mayor Martin Krueger decided that his town would have a park and bathing beach. In a few short years, the deserted area was transformed into a family amusement center on Lake Michigan's southern shores. These beginnings helped shape the Michigan City community. However, the lakeside park and bathing beach of today barely resemble the famous amusement area of the early 1900s. Somewhere along this town's history, its greatest asset of that early time--its amusement park--transformed into a natural beauty that is still treasured by families today, though nostalgia remains for the park of the past. Michigan City's Washington Parks traces those lost amusement years with images and the complete amazing tale, from the building of the large wooden roller coaster with a lake view to the communal turn toward a nature park.
paper / 128 pp. / 2010/ ISBN 9780738583389 / $38.00
Order No. 2826
Marty Lenzini Murray
Hanover's history is deeply intertwined with Hanover College's beginnings. Both grew from a tiny band of determined pioneers under the leadership of Williamson Dunn, who set out from Catnip Hill Road near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1809 with his wife, two children, and three slaves. Upon crossing the Ohio River, Dunn freed the slaves and founded Hanover, which was first called Dunn's Settlement. Presbyterians and Methodists played prominent roles in the fledgling community, and local historians recall a log cabin that served as an Indian trading post. At least two houses are reported to be haunted, and three others have secret hiding places, which used to lead to caves. The reader is invited to Hanover--where home seems just around the corner, and where Midwestern values of unhurried thoughtfulness set each day's pace.
paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738583358 / $21.99
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W. William Wimberly II
In late autumn 1902 a macabre scene unfolded at the original burial ground of Wabash, Indiana, which had been called both the Old Cemetery and Hanna’s Cemetery. The task at hand was the disinterment of four bodies. The newest of the four graves held whatever might be left of the corpse of Colonel Hugh Hanna who, more than any other single citizen, was the founding father and civic icon of the prospering, rather stunning little city. It might be argued that Hanna’s disinterment was a high-water mark in an outpouring of visible progress, cultural energy, and palpable optimism that his town had experienced during the preceding sixty-seven years.
cloth / 399 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-289-9 / $24.95
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Edited by Carol Stewart Longenecker and Ellen D. Swain
A heart-warming new book about early life in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson was born in 1907 in the little village of Bakers Corner, north of Indianapolis. Her detailed and poignant memoir follows her almost 100 years of life in what is now one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S. Customs like box socials, bedbug-treating, lye-soap and carpet making, along with touching life commentary and 65 photos bring farm life in a tiny town to vibrant life for today’s readers.
paper / 235 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-3-8 / $25.00
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cloth / 235 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-4-5 / $30.00
Order No. 914
by Becky Bowles with Jill Sweet Mead and Judee Sweet
In 1933, young Herb Sweet and his wife-to-be Dee began the first day camp in America. They built it into a national camping institution, which through 1977 gave over 15,000 Indiana youngsters unique experiences, teaching them to cherish nature and the planet. Herb and Dee became civic leaders in Indianapolis and were among the first live performers on pioneering TV channels. Herb’s “Try It” syndicated craft columns were enjoyed by nine million young readers. This lovingly told story recreates the tale of the lives of two people and a camp that was one of a kind and which became a template for hundreds of other day camps in the nation.
paper / 262 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-2-1 / $25.00
Order No. 915
Mary Raddant Tomlan and Michael A. Tomlan
A city's history is made visible in its buildings, structures, sites, and landscaping. In Richmond, Indiana: Its Physical Development and Aesthetic Heritage to 1920, the authors have given the reader access to Richmond's history by examining its physical nature and looking beyond to the broad range of factors involved in decades of growth and change. The text provides an introduction to the form of the city, set in the context of geographic, economic, political, technological, and cultural conditions that have helped shape it. Discussions of Richmond's historic manufacturing buildings and districts, for example, incorporate various considerations--the demand for farming implements in this agricultural region, the usefulness of the river for waterpower, the importance of transportation routes, the effect of economic conditions elsewhere, the employment of women as factory workers, the passage of legislation affecting manufacturing facilities, and the development of building materials and structural systems.
More than 130 illustrations complete the portrait of this east-central Indiana city and its primary features. Maps, subdivision plats, aerial views, and streetscapes put individual buildings in their urban setting.
cloth / 364 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-87195-159-2 / $39.95
Order No. 966
They lived "green" out of necessity—walking to work, repairing everything from worn shoes to wristwatches, recycling milk bottles and packing containers. Music was largely heard live and most residential streets had shade trees. The nearby Wabash River—a repeated subject of story and song—transported Sunday picnickers to public parks. In the form of an old-fashioned city directory, An American Hometown celebrates a bygone American era, focusing on life in 1920s Terre Haute, Indiana. With artfully drawn biographical sketches and generously illustrated histories, noted musician, historian, and storyteller Tom Roznowski not only evokes a beauty worth remembering, but also brings to light just how many of our modern ideas of sustainable living are deeply rooted in the American tradition.
paper / 264 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22129-2 / $24.95
Order No. 997
Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden’s narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family’s daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden’s stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance. Rural Free will be a source of inspiration for all who rejoice in rural virtues and the spiritual freedom of country life.
paper / 383 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22161-2 / $19.95
Order No. 991
Richard F. Nation
This book explores the lives and worldviews of Indiana’s southern hill-country residents during much of the 19th century. Focusing on local institutions, political, economic, and religious, it gives voice to the plain farmers of the region and reveals the world as they saw it. For them, faith in local institutions reflected a distrust of distant markets and politicians. Localism saw its expression in the Democratic Party’s anti-federalist strain, in economic practices such as “safety-first” farming which focused on taking care of the family first, and in non-perfectionist Christianity. Localism was both a means of resisting changes and the basis of a worldview that helped Hoosiers of the hill country negotiate these changes.
cloth / 274 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-253-34591-X / $35.00
Order No. 974
John C. Walker
Along the Way. . . is a collection of occurrences, remembrances, and stories of life growing up and living in central, rural, Indiana 1931 -2005. This period covers the Great Depression, schooling, World War II, The Walker family Business, Korean War service and several 'thoughts' that were put on paper while looking out the window . . . abstract sharing bits! Enjoy!
paper / 299 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 1-4259-0273-1 / $15.20
Order No. 970
The residents of Wayne County, Indiana, have battled about the county seat location since its formation in 1810. There have been three county seats and six courthouses. The disagreement, started between settlers from Salisbury and Centerville, was bitterly debated in the Indiana Territory legislature. Although Salisbury was the first county seat, it was moved to Centerville soon after Indiana’s ratification as a state, and Salisbury faded into a lost town. For fifty-two years, Centerville maintained power, building two courthouses and a jail, until Richmond asserted its dominance in the state legislature. The struggle for the reins of power in Wayne County was Indiana’s longest-running feud, igniting untold amounts of community pride.
Join Wayne County historian Carolyn Lafever as she shares this story of conflict and courthouses, from tumultuous beginning to peaceful end.
paper / 141 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-882-8 / $19.99
Order No. 973
Dorothy Salvo Davis and W.C. Madden
Boilermakers beware: There's a dark and secret side to Lafayette's history that is sure to send shivers down the spine. From storied specters and urban legends, like Amelia Earhart's tragic figure haunting hangar number one at Purdue University Airport and sightings of the ever-elusive Bigfoot, to haunted houses and battlefields, with a guillotine suicide in the Lahr Hotel and the Trail of Death, authors Dorothy Salvo Davis and W.C. Madden leave no stone unturned as they examine the tragic past and the haunted present of Lafayette. With stories focusing on West Lafayette and White, Carroll and Warren Counties, Haunted Lafayette is a chilling read that no ghost enthusiast should miss.
paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59629-804-0 / $19.99
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Lafayette and the surrounding communities hide a dark and violent history. Come with author W.C. Madden as he guides readers through the most lurid crimes, calamities and occurrences in the area's past. Read the last words of the men hanged in Lafayette's famous triple hanging and how a love triangle resulted in murder in Monticello. Find out why a bootlegger's body was found riddled with bullets in a strawberry patch and how Winnie Ruth Judd shot two people and stuffed their bodies into steamer trunks before carrying them onto a train. After reading these chilling accounts, you ll tread with more caution on your next trip through Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties.
paper / 126 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-899-6 / $19.99
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Fred D. Cavinder
Hear tales from the Circle City's murderous underbelly, from poor Silvia Likens, who was tortured for months by her foster mother and eventually discovered dead, to Carrie Selvage, whose skeleton was found in an attic twenty years after she disappeared from a hospital bed in 1900. Discover how housekeepers found Dorothy Poore stuffed in a dresser drawer on a July day in 1954 and the curious story of Marjorie Jackson--her body was discovered clothed in pajama bottoms and a flannel robe on her kitchen floor, and police found $5 million hidden around her house in garbage cans, drawers, closets, toolboxes and a vacuum cleaner bag. Join local historian Fred Cavinder as he recounts the gruesome tales of Indiana's capital city, from mystery to murder.
paper / 125 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-989-4 / $19.99
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Ronald L. Woodward and Gladys Harvey
Just about fifty years before lights atop the courthouse put Wabash in the record books, a gang of squirrels came marauding through the area, denuding the trees and crops. Of course, the farmers fought back with guns; the kids with clubs. This happened just about the time of the Irish canal worker infighting; those boys attacked one another with everything they had. Oh, and there are the unexplained monster sightings and things of that nature. But really, it's not all bizarre. After all, Wabash was the first electrically lighted city, and there are scores of heroes and important businesses. There's just so much to hear about. Come along with authors Ron Woodward and Gladys Harvey as they share the strange and important history of this old Indiana county.
paper / 156 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-934-4 / $19.99
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Shelby County, Indiana, was established by pioneers who carved a path enabling future generations to create cities, towns and other communities that remain a testament to the quiet strength and character of a people steeped in the core values that define America. These are the people who worked diligently, possessed vision and farmed the land that fed a nation. Join author Julie Young as she celebrates the history of these sturdy people and their community on the outskirts of the Capital City, where the American dream was created.
paper / 158 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-846-0 / $19.99
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Amy Lant Wenger
Wandered centuries ago by the Potawatomi Native Americans, Marshall County has a history as vast as the mastodons that once roamed its plains. Each town in this picturesque county has contributed to the development of Indiana, from the town of Bourbon, always on the frontier of industry, to Bremen, often praised as a perfect American town. Discover how the city of Plymouth was founded out of necessity to become the county seat and one of Indiana's treasures, and hear about the lost towns that have faded to mere memories with the passage of time. Local journalist Amy Lant Wenger chronicles the wonderful history of Marshall County, still influenced by its Native American heritage and graced with that special charm unique to Indiana.
paper / 158 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-883-5 / $19.99
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Frank P. Thomas Jr., Donald J. Thomas, and Robert E. Wildman, owners of the General Equipment Company, entered into the fast-food business by opening a 15¢ hamburger restaurant called Burger Chef in Indianapolis in 1958. General Equipment was a manufacturer of restaurant machinery and built the equipment installed in each Burger Chef store. The partners started their new Burger Chef division to sell more equipment; they never could have imagined that Burger Chef would eventually grow to become the nation’s second-largest hamburger chain and beloved by customers in towns and cities across America. Burger Chef continued in business until 1982, cooking its popular flame-broiled hamburgers and introducing its memorable advertising icons, Burger Chef and Jeff.
Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing
paper / 2009 / $21.99
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Southern Indiana depicts a distinctive place at a special time: the beginning of the modern era, 1910 to 1920. During those years, this region of 26 counties, from which Indiana and much of the Old Northwest had developed a century before, was in transition toward consumerism and mass culture, as symbolized by automobiles, road-building, movies, radio, and popular magazines. Southern Indiana celebrated the state’s centennial; political progressivism in the era contributed to, among other things, prohibition and women’s suffrage. Americans for the first time sent young men off to war in Europe. The vintage photographs included in this book, culled from 20 private and public collections, are representative of southern Indiana. They show people at work, at play, in worship and school, in clubs and organizations, in travel, and at war. Most have never before been published. Once the most populous section of the state, the area o the south became much less so. Culturally—especially in the woods, hills, and valleys of the un-glaciated center of the district—southern Indiana retained its upper South character. It remained largely rural and agricultural. Most settlements were isolated and small; many communities had been losing popularity and people because of hard times on the farm and the appeal of larger cities.
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paper / 2009 / $19.99
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Danville, created in 1824 as the county seat of Hendricks County, was the hub of government, commerce, and agriculture. Farmers sold their crops in town and shopped there. As the agricultural economy diminished, Danville became home to workers commuting to Indianapolis. Danville residents have always valued education. On May 10, 1878, at the instigation of Prof. W. F. Harper of the Central Normal School of Ladoga, 50 farm wagons from Danville arrived at Ladoga and stole the whole school, including equipment, students, faculty, and baggage. Central Normal College was then installed in the facility previously housing the Hendricks County Seminary and the Danville Academy. From 1878 to 1951, Central Normal College was a Danville institution, turning out more than 75,000 graduates destined for leadership roles in education, business, law, and politics.
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paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2780
In April 1884, Ben Wallace, the owner of the local livery, opened the season of his new circus in Peru and billed it as Wallace and Company’s Great World’s Menagerie and International Circus. It was an instant success and soon grew to be one of the largest and most renowned circuses in American history. Over the next 50 years, many circuses found a home in Peru. Under the direction of the American Circus Corporation, an industry was created in Peru that employed as many as 4,500 people. Circuses like the Hagenbeck-Wallace, John Robinson, and Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show departed Peru by rail each spring, along with some of the best acts from around the world, including Terrell "the Lion King" Jacobs; the world’s favorite clown, Emmett Kelly; and animal trainer Clyde Beatty, who played himself in 12 Hollywood movies. In 1929, Ringling Brothers purchased the American Circus Corporation. As the country sank into the Depression, fewer circuses left Peru each season. In 1941, Ringling Brothers closed its winter quarters in Peru, ending an era.
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paper / 2009 / $21.99
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With expanding Irish, Swiss, French, and German immigrant populations, the state of Indiana evolved from individual explorers, trappers, hunters, and traders into family-focused communities of farmers and craftsmen. Emerging from the former Indiana Territory, the state's early population was in need of education, health care, and social services to assist young families, the poor, the infirm, and the elderly. These needs were frequently met by Catholic religious orders, including the Benedictines, Sisters of Providence, Franciscans, Daughters of Charity, and other established organizations of dedicated religious men and women.
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paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2782
Ronald L. Baker
Folklore and history of over 4,000 places in Indiana—the lore, legends, Frontier Indiana and anecdotes that are the story of Indiana place names.
cloth / 384 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32866-7 / $29.95
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paper / 384 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-20955-2 / $15.95
Order No. 2169
David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula
The scenic town of New Albany lies along the banks of the Ohio River, opposite Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1813 and incorporated in 1839, New Albany grew to be the largest city in Indiana by the mid 1800s. Its location below the falls of the Ohio River boosted shipping and boat building and promoted the building of some of the city’s most notable residences, many of which still stand along Main Street.
Through more than 200 vintage postcards, the authors guide the reader on a tour of New Albany’s past. The images highlight the city’s early schools and churches and its first library. Others juxtapose flooding disaster and centennial celebration.
paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3386-6 / $19.99
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The Memoirs of William B. Barnes
William B. Barnes
Volume 56 of the Indiana Historical Collections
In 1989, William B. Barnes, who began work in the Civilian Conservation Corps, "began to recognize the importance of documenting information about various measures initiated by the federal and state governments to conserve our natural resources during the Great Depression." According to Barnes, "During the Great Depression, the conservation of our natural resources became a high priority. There was a great demand for professionals with college degrees in these fields of expertise. My salary of $2,700 per annum was quite sufficient for the times."
With candor, humor, and the expertise of forty years work in Indiana, Barnes details New Deal projects in Martin County and other areas of Indiana:
• the U.S. Department of Agriculture project in Martin County to remove people from submarginal farms so that the land could be converted to forestry and recreational uses;
• the Civilian Conservation Corps projects to employ out-of-work youth and measures to create the Martin and Ferdinand state forests;
• the Resettlement Administration program to improve "substandard urban and rural living conditions"--the White River Land Utilization Project for which Barnes was project forester included such major developments as Lake Greenwood;
• the closure of the project in 1940 with the creation of Crane Navel Ammunition Depot, about which Barnes concludes, "the decision to acquire and convert this marginal farmland to public use as a state forest and its subsequent transfer back to the federal government was an important action, bringing "significant advantages" to Martin County.
paper / 150 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 1-885323-56-5 / $14.95
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Oral interviews, over 20 years, produced a selection of 31 people who lived in Indiana for most of the 20th century. Included are farmers, business persons, clerks, housewives and factory workers.
cloth / 210 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-87195-149-5 / $29.95
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James L. Butler and John J. Butler
Vevay, Indiana produced the first commercially successful American wine. A history of Indiana wine making and profiles and locations of 25 active wineries are featured.
cloth / 205 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-253-34036-5 / $14.95
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Mike Capps and Jane Ammeson
Illinois may be known as the “Land of Lincoln,” but Abraham Lincoln spent the formative years from the age of 7 until he turned 21 in southwestern Indiana, living with his family on a farmstead in the rolling hills of this beautiful rural area. The Lincoln family moved from Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River and settling in an area known as Little Pigeon Creek in December 1816. Now known as Lincoln City, the town is just one of several stops on a back roads tour that takes wanderers through many historic sites, representing important moments in the life of a great man. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried here, and the cabin where his cousin lived and Lincoln spent the night still stands. Those who want to retrace Lincoln’s life in southern Indiana can do so easily by following the narrow roads that traverse the 20-mile area where he lived and traveled during those 14 years when he called Indiana home. The people of the region still claim Lincoln as one of their own.
paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738552330 / $19.99
Order No. 2717
Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway
Platted in 1808 on a strip of land between the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Whitewater River, Brookville is one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Indiana. The authors have assembled more than 200 historic postcards, contributed by local residents and collectors, that tell the story of Brookville's people and places.
paper / 27 pp. / 2008 / ISBN-13 978-0-7385-5158-6 / $19.99
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The Calumet Region: An American Place presents a series of black and white images by an insightful observer of Northwest Indiana's industrial/residential landscape. A professional architectural photographer, established fine artist, educator, and historian, Gary Cialdella found himself drawn to the region of his youth for a photographic exploration that has lasted more than twenty years and that has resulted in hundreds of rich and complex works. Nearly one hundred of those images appear in this book, reflecting the artist's sensitive, sustained vision and the changes the region has experienced through economic shifts and the general effects of time. Cialdella's Calumet pictures thoroughly examine this heavily industrialized area extending from south of Chicago to the northwest corner of Indiana, an area of the United States that is often overlooked but is vitally important to the country's history. Steel mills, tank farms, and refineries coexist with neighborhood houses in the artist's beautifully composed pieces, which please the eye with their full tonal range and crisp focus.
cloth / 160 pp. / 2009 / 9780252034565 / $39.95
Order no. 241
Richard Day and William Hopper
This unprecedented collection creates a retrospective of Vincennes’s history from the early 1900s through the 1960s. Vincennes serves as a sights and structures of yesteryear. The book’s lively commentary combines the images with colorful anecdotes, making this book both entertaining and educational.
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paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-3418-8 / $19.99
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Ohio County, the smallest county in Indiana, was carved out of Dearborn County in 1844. Colonel Abel Pepper was influential in the establishment of the new county. As a citizen of Rising Sun, he and his wife donated land and money to the building of the courthouse. This photographic documentation of Ohio County, Indiana covers the years at the close of the 1800s to the present. The small, Ohio County could throw a big party as demonstrated by the 1940 and 1950s regattas, and the 1964 sesquicentennial of the founding of Rising Sun.
paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1883-2 / $19.99
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Larry G. Eggleston
The history of Porter County goes back several centuries. The area now known as Porter County was first inhabited by several Indian tribes, primarily the Potawatomi. With the formation of the state of Indiana and the establishment of Porter County, the area grew rapidly. The natural beauty of Porter County and its scenic freshwater lakes attracted developers who erected several summer resorts around the lake area. Access to these resorts was enhanced by the construction of the interurban electric railroad, which offered visitors easy access to the area’s offerings.
Author Larry Eggleston traces the early history of Porter County’s beginning with the first settlers, the development of Porter County lakes and resorts, the influence of the interurban railroad, and the associated legends and mysteries of the area. The book covers the lakes and resorts from Lake Michigan to the Kankakee River.
paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3277-0 / $19.99
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The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Pentagon, the National Archives, the Chicago Tribune Tower- Across America and around the world, architects make use of this exceptional material, renowned for its durability, consistency, and capacity to accept and retain fine detail. When part of the Pentagon was destroyed on 9/11, an Indiana quarry and mill went to work, mining forty-six truckloads of limestone to be sent to the Washington site and enabling reconstruction to be completed ahead of schedule.
cloth / 82 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-253-34512-X / $35.00
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Carmel started as a small trading post and farming community in 1836 but has long been regarded as a gateway to Indiana's capital city. The nickname “North Gate of Indianapolis” was adopted by Carmel's centennial committee, reflecting the town's appreciation of the big-city association. Carmelites could enjoy the charm of small-town living along with the amenities of a large city the distance of a short train ride. For decades, Carmel remained nearly unchanged from its one-stoplight status. The 1950s marked the start of major changes. Affordable automobiles and better roads helped create the demise of the railroad to Carmel but enhanced the suburb's appeal to families. With the ease of transportation to Indianapolis and a reputation for excellent schools, Carmel began to witness a steady migration of new residents. By 1975, the town had experienced the beginning of a housing boom and increased its size at least tenfold by 2006. As a result, Carmel has a new persona, a city independent of its big sister to the south with its own healthy business environment and cultural attractions.
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paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN13 978-0-7385-5121-0 / $19.99
Susan E. King
Richmond lies on the eastern border of the state and is the county seat of Wayne County. The earliest settlers arrived on the banks of the Whitewater River in 1806, quickly populating the area and transforming the wilderness into farmland. By the end of the century, the National Road, the rivers, and the railroads combined to make Richmond a manufacturing, commercial, architectural, and cultural center. The images found in this book document the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Richmond was at the height of its affluence and its buildings, parks, bridges, and homes were among the finest in the state. This is also the period when postcards became a common form of quick communication and publishers produced them in great numbers. Richmond provided unlimited source material for these cards.
paper / 128 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-3994-5 / $19.99
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The county seat of Lawrence County, Bedford is in the heart of Indiana's limestone belt and is known as the "Limestone Capital of the World." Famous buildings across the nation, including the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, and the National Cathedral, feature limestone quarried and carved in Bedford. After faltering between the Depression and World War II, the limestone industry is still going strong. Today, during the early spring when the dogwood and redbud trees are in bloom, the area is particularly scenic, and tourists flock to the rolling hills of Bedford and nearby Spring Mill State Park. Through archival photographs and historic ephemera, Bedford captures the birth of a classic Midwestern quarry town and its growth into a thriving modern community.
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paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4055-2 / $19.99
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David E. Longest
In the spring of 1847, James Brooks met with six associates in Providence to forever change the face of transportation in Indiana. The New Albany and Salem Rail Road Company was born as a result of this historic meeting. Today this railroad, most often called the Monon, is only a memory of a time when trains streaked across the hills and farmland of southern Indiana. The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana examines the real purpose of railroads as movers of people and the products they devoted their lives to producing and focuses on areas from New Albany to Bloomington. It identifies the only two counties in Indiana that were a part of the Salem limestone district and gives a glimpse of how the stone was removed from the earth and eventually formed into some of the nation’s most beloved buildings and structures. It also takes a look at the history of several lumber-based industries and the famed products that they manufactured. New Albany was once known across America as a key producer of hardwood plywood, used in custom cabinetry, and the Showers Brothers Furniture Company of Bloomington was once the largest manufacturer of furniture in America. This book talks about the industries that created the cities and towns that many Hoosiers called home.
paper / 129 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738552378 / $19.99
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W.C. Madden, Introduction by Mayor Robert E. Fox
Monticello was founded by the White County commissioners in 1834 on a bluff above the Tippecanoe River. They named it after the mansion of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Today the city of Monticello is a thriving, progressive community growing in population and size. About a million tourists come to the area each summer to relax and have fun. The White County Historical Museum and City of Monticello contributed many of the images and provided much of the information for this book. W.C. Madden, an author and historian, offers a thoughtful visual essay on the growth and evolution of the city.
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paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN-13-978-0-7385-5148-7 / $19.99
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Rose Anna Mueller
Nestled on the southern most shores of the Great Lakes, Michigan City was established in 1836. An abundance of pine and hardwoods gave rise to a thriving lumber industry, and by the end of the century, Michigan City was one of the largest lumber markets in the state. The city’s harbor and the arrival of the railroad brought new industry, from the manufacture of rail cars to glassmaking and flour mills. Michigan City even pitted itself against Chicago in a race to become the major port of Lake Michigan.
The early twentieth century saw a rise in tourism as lakefront attractions sprang up. Excursionists arrived by boat and train from bathing, shooting galleries, a merry go round and roller coaster, and the Oasis Ballroom. As a result of the city’s dune preservation efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, the city continues as a haven for water sports and a resort for Chicagoans and others in the Midwest.
Images of America series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3409-9 / $19.99
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In Valparaiso, Indiana: Looking Back, Moving Forward author Lanette Mullins chronicles the history and development of the city, with its small town charm, in over 200 vintage images. The book features photographs of the historic homes that grace the city streets, the famous individuals who walked them, the influential history of Valparaiso University, and the cultural institutions throughout the city.
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paper / 128 pp. / 2002 reprinted 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2046-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2546
Garry J. Nokes
The more than 200 images tell the city's tale from the earliest days of settlement, through the boom days of the late 19th century, and on to the tragedy of the Great Flood in 1937.
paper / 128 pp. / 2002 (reprinted 2004) / ISBN 0-7385-2041-1 / $19.99
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Cynthia L. Ogorek
Once known as the Callimink River by the area’s Potawatomi Indians, the Calumet River has been home to swimmers and fishermen, steamboats and canoes, and shipyards and factories for generations. Recreation and industry have coexisted along its banks for decades. Communities along the Calumet River-from South Chicago to northwest Indiana-have long derived their life blood from the river. With abundant wilderness, many recreational activities, and a convenient transportation corridor, the Calumet River has long been an important resource for the communities along its bank. Along the Calumet River presents the history, evolution, and development of the river corridor using over 200 vintage images. Author Cynthia Ogorek helps identify and dissect the intrinsic role of the river over time, and the changes the river and area have seen through the years.
paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3344-0 / $19.99
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Cynthia L. Ogorek
Some 200 years ago when the Potawatomi Indians were still among the region’s primary inhabitants, there was a winding river that was christened ”Coeur deCerf”-the heart of a stag. Legend has it that the earliest settlers were captivated by a small island that resembled an elk’s heart. By 1832, Havilah Beardsley began to lay the foundation for what would soon be known as the village of Elkhart. There were only a few dozen lots in that first plat, but by 1858, Elkhart was incorporated as a growing and bustling new city.
Today, Elkhart is recognized as being one of northern Indiana’s most enterprising communities, as well as one of the most culturally diverse. The images in the book offer a glimpse into the events that helped shape Elkhart into the marvelous city it has become, truly, the “city with a heart’ in both name and spirit.
paper / 128 pp. / 2002 (reprinted 2004) / ISBN 0-7385-1979-0 / $19.99
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In the early 20th century, South Bend, Indiana’s population more than tripled. Established industries like Studebaker and the Singer Sewing company rose to unprecedented heights of production, new businesses took root, and immigrants flooded into the area. Photo postcards, originally a quick and inexpensive form of communication, became key documents of South Bend’s growth, recording events, businesses, landmarks, and people. Through nearly 200 vintage postcards, this book details South Bend’s story from the turn of the 20th century to the aftermath of World War II. These images give a glimpse of lost glamour, representing the city as past generations witnessed it.
paper / 128 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-3435-8 / $19.99
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Debra C. Perkins
Nestled in the midst of St. Joseph County, the area that is now Penn and Madison Townships was once heavily wooded. In the 1830s, the earliest settlers traveled routes on foot and via horseback, road cart, ox-drawn wagons, and buckboards, following winding paths in an effort to avoid the swamps. Although hardships and inconveniences were endured, one gentleman described their advantages upon arrival: “The soil of Madison and Penn Township is of inexhaustible fertility and the population is to great extent of vigorous Pennsylvania stock.” As early settlers arrived, they cut trees for lumber for their homes and to clear ground for farming. This land became some of the best farmland in the region. As the Wabash Railroad, Lake Shore Railroad, and the Grand Trunk were erected in the towns of Wyatt and Osceola, businesses sprang up, along with schools, churches, grocery stores, sawmills, gristmills, blacksmith shops, post offices, and physicians’ offices. The railroads were used to ship lumber and crops, and lumbering continued as waves of settlers built new homes and barns at a rapid pace. As dairy farming spread, creameries were established where farmers could separate their milk and cream – the farmers fed their cattle the skimmed milk, while the cream was made into butter and sold in the local general stores. This area is still some of the best farming ground in St. Joseph County. Through over 180 historical photographs, Penn and Madison Townships captures the rural way of life that has existed in this region for over 160 years. Family, farming, and tradition, the strengths of these small rural centers, are seen in the enclosed history and are still visible in the communities today.
Images of America series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4072-2 / $19.99
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History during the Wabash and Erie Canal development.
paper / 284 pp. / 1969 reprinted 1993 / ISBN 1-885323-23-9 / $13.50
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This beautiful book of color postcards shows postcards as a visual archive of days now gone. Both sides (the image and the message) are reminders of the past.
paper / 196 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21651-6 / $24.95
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A collection of 50 out of his 3,000 "Indiana's Own" television reports showcasing a variety of people and places across the state describing such stories as the simple life of an Amish family from northern Indiana to the generous soul of an outreach minister driving a van known as "The Lord's Pantry."
cloth / 143 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-87195-169-X /
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Jane Carroll Routte
Civic pride runs strong through this community where generations of families have remained in the same neighborhoods, and sometimes in the same house. Speedway was originally the dream of Carl Fischer who, in 1926, envisioned a “horseless city just opposite the Motor Speedway, an industrialized city devoted to motorization of all traffic.” He wanted to see a well-planned and comfortable city of cleanliness and pride.
Images of America series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3332-7 / $19.99
Order No. 2486
Scott Russell Sanders
Although the geography is Midwestern, the impulses of these essays are universal. In substance, they seek and describe a center that is geographical, emotional, artistic, and spiritual.
cloth / 188 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32941-8 / $25.00
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paper / 196 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21143-3 /
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Kenneth J. Schoon
The towering sand dunes along Lake Michigan not far from Chicago are one of the most unexpected natural features of Indiana. Dreams of Duneland is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the Dunes region, its history, and future prospects. This area of shifting sands is also a place of savanna, wetland, prairie, and forest that is home to a wide diversity of plant and animal species. The preserved area of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore sits by residential communities, businesses, and cultural attractions, evidence of a long history of competition for the land among farmers, fur traders, industrialists, conservationists, and urban and recreational planners. With more than 400 stunning images, the book brings to life the remarkable story of this extraordinary place.
cloth / 316 pp. / 2013 / 9780253007896 / $30.00
Order no. 2996
Until the railroads extended their steel ribbons westward, people and cargo traveling to America's frontier went by flatboat, canoe, or paddle-wheeled steamer. The falls of the Ohio River at Louisville presented a considerable obstacle to this floating traffic, and vessels traveling on this major waterway were forced to portage their cargo around the turbulent waters. In 1812, three enterprising brothers from New York, Abner, Joel, and Nathaniel Scribner, bought land at the western end of the rapids and named their new settlement New Albany in honor of the capital of their native state. Their village became the head of downriver navigation on the Ohio and evolved from a backwoods settlement into Indiana's largest city, a lively river town where steamboats, textiles, sheet music, automobiles, and pastries have all been manufactured. Natural disasters have periodically changed the face of the city, but New Albany has always recovered due to the determination of its citizens. This collection of vintage images portrays the triumphs and tragedies of these residents.
Images of America series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4063-3 / $19.99
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Rarely seen vintage photos provided by the families who own the cafeterias, wonderful shots that capture both the history of the restaurant and Indiana as well.
paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 1-57860-136-3 / $22.99
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Selected Christian Schrader drawings have been grouped in sets. Black ink on ivory paper, folded over, 5.5" x 4.5".
Indianapolis Businesses Notecards
Sharon L. Smith
An outsized, colorful volume highlighting Indiana's long association with the circus industry. Trapeze artists, clowns, animal trainers, and sideshow performers are depicted in 32 colorful posters.
cloth / 79 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-87195-151-7 /
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John Martin Smith
During the heyday of spas, two luxurious hotels, owned by flamboyant competing visionaries, attracted the rich and famous to southern Indiana. Hotel guests came from throughout the United States in search of cures and pleasure. Among the many noted celebrities visiting the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, Joe Lewis, and professional golfer Walter Hagen, and the West Baden Springs Hotel was known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. After years of neglect, the two hotels have been restored to their original splendor. Legalization of gambling and the building of a riverboat casino between the hotels have lured pleasure seekers to celebrate modern-day opulence and recreation.
Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing
paper /125 pp. / ISBN-13-978-0-7385-5133-3 / $19.99
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak
Based on vintage postcards, this new book is a unique and welcome addition to the small number of works devoted to the history of Martinsville. Captured here in more than 220 postcard images is an important chronicle of the past 100 years in the “City of Mineral Water.” This visual record showcases the sanitariums—including the glorious Home Lawn and its sibling, the Martinsville—industries and businesses, buildings and people, courthouse square, and special events that shaped the past and influenced the present. This fascinating retrospective is an indispensable companion to and expansion of Morgan County, the authors’ first book in Arcadia’s Postcard History Series.
paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN: 9780738552309 / $19.99
Order No. 2715
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak
Based solely on vintage postcards, this important new book is a unique addition to the small number of works devoted to the history of Morgan County. Captured here in more than 220 commercially produced and personal real-photo postcards is a chronicle of the past 100 years in Martinsville, Mooresville, Morgantown, Waverly, and other communities that have been imprinted on the local landscape. This visual record showcases the people, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, recreation sites, and events that shaped Morgan County—including the famous mineral water sanitariums, landmark buildings and bridges, favorite fishing holes and resorts, and disasters such as the 1913 flood of the White River.
Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing
paper / 123 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 13-978-0-7385-5120-3 / $19.99
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The Ohio River Scenic Byway, designated a national scenic byway in 1996, travels through quaint river towns, thriving cities, and beautiful countryside on its 302-mile journey through southern Indiana.
paper / 128 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 0-7385-4085-4 / $19.99
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John C. Trafny
Gary's East Side is a nostalgic look back at one of the Steel City's oldest neighborhoods. Through a captivating collection of photographs that chronicle the many aspects of life on the east side of Gary, the book presents the rich history of the community from 1906, the year of Gary's founding, to the present. From the steel mills to the churches to Gary's City Hall, Gary's East Side offers a touching look at this close-knit community. The east side of Gary was a place where people knew their neighbors, where children went to school together, and married high school sweethearts. The area has changed, but a new Gary is emerging. Gary's East Side presents the history of this area in poignant detail and points to the heartening future. Author John Trafny's skillful compilation promises to bring back fond memories of this historic neighborhood.
paper / 128 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-1953-7 / $19.99
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John C. Trafny
Though Gary was an industrial city founded by U.S. Steel, the Horace Mann neighborhood evolved into one of the most exclusive residential areas in northwest Indiana. Skilled craftsmen from the mills were able to live among doctors and lawyers as well as businessmen and supervisors from U.S. Steel. From the boom years of the 1920s through the 1960s, residents of diverse economic backgrounds sent their children to the same schools, prayed together in the same houses of worship, and shopped in Gary's popular downtown. Gary's West Side: The Horace Mann Neighborhood is a pictorial history spanning four generations of one of the Steel City's premier residential districts. Through archival photographs, family snapshots provided by former residents, and shared memories, the reader is taken on a nostalgic journey from the city's founding in 1906 through to the 21st century.
paper / 128 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-3988-0 / $19.99
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C. Warren Vander Hill and Anthony O. Edmonds
Since 1918, Ball State men's basketball has gone from a small athletic endeavor at a teachers college to a highly respected Division I program in the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA. On several occasions during the past two decades, the team has participated in post-season tournaments. Using over 200 images and insightful narrative, Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003 examines the evolution of this popular program and focuses on the coaches, players, and traditions that played a part in the development of this American pastime in Indiana.
Images of Sports
paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-3163-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2609
Connie A. Weinzapfel, Darrel E. Bigham, and Susan R. Branigin
New Harmony is a town like no other. A community that began almost 200 years ahead of its time, New Harmony was a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought the equality in communal living. It was impossible for George Rapp to realize the events he would set into motion when he purchased 20,000 acres of land on the Wabash River in 1814 and subsequently sold it to social reformer Robert Owen ten years later. This simple community came to have an immense impact on our country's art and architecture, public education system, women's suffrage movement, Midwestern industrial development, and more.
Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing
paper /125 pp. / ISBN 13-978-0-7385-0344-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2650
The story of two vastly different communal living communities that shaped the history of New Harmony, Indiana.
paper / 241 pp. / 1964 / ISBN 0-253-20326-0 / $14.95
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Founded in 1870, historic Irvington serves as a time capsule to the bygone days of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The once autonomous community along the Pennsylvania Railroad and U.S. Route 40 has a history as rich and spellbinding as the legendary tales of its namesake, Washington Irving. Featuring plenty of architectural diversity and notable citizens, Irvington served as the original home to Butler University and became known as a cultural, arts, and academic pillar of the Indianapolis landscape. Today Irvington continues to be the gem of Indianapolis’s east side with locally owned shops and businesses along with a community that is committed to the past while focusing on the future.
Images of America series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 0738552119 / $19.99
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In its early days, Indianapolis was designed to be a city of only one square mile, but as settlers flocked to the Circle City, a steady beat of progress made its way across the Eastside. Through their dedication to maintaining the character of neighborhoods like Woodruff Place, Fountain Square and Irvington, Eastsiders have banded together time and again to preserve the memories of landmarks like the Rivoli Theatre and Al Green's. Julie Young, a lifelong resident of the Eastside, celebrates one of the most culturally diverse areas of Indianapolis as she illuminates the strength and determination that would make any resident proud to call the Eastside home.
Paper / 128 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59629-683-1 / $19.99
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paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)
Brief history of grist mills: how they work; who works them; and locations in 1860.
12 pp. / 1991 SOLD OUT
The experiences of Gary, Indiana during the early years of the Great Depression
16 pp. / 1993
Order No. 7022
Early history of the soft drink industry, the Root Glass Company, Terre Haute, and the Coca-Cola bottle it designed.
16 pp. / 1995
Order No. 7033
Origins of Hog economy in Indiana; pig history timeline.
12 pp. / 1994
Order No. 7027
Radio and its impact on Indiana.
12 pp. / 1993
Order No. 7014
Public places--buildings, monuments, streets and roads, parks and open spaces--help to define a community. Shelbyville, Shelby County, is the example used.
12 pp. / 1993
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The theme of the 1994 National Historic Preservation Week was Save Outdoor Sculpture! Details statewide survey of outdoor sculpture.
16 pp. / 1994
Order No. 7026
William W. Borden, Indiana philanthropist of New Providence, whose educational goals and scientific collections have preserved his memory.
16 pp. / 1995
Order No. 7034