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Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

Martha Ackmann

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League by Martha Ackmann

From the time she was a girl growing up in the shadow of Lexington Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Toni Stone knew she wanted to play professional baseball. There was only one problem--every card was stacked against her. Curveball tells the inspiring story of baseball’s "female Jackie Robinson," a woman whose ambition, courage, and raw talent propelled her from ragtag teams barnstorming across the Dakotas to playing in front of large crowds at Yankee Stadium.

cloth / 274 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-55652-796-8 / $24.95
Order No. 964

Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to be the World's Fastest Human Being

Todd Balf

MajorMajor is the gripping story of a superstar nobody saw coming--a classic underdog, aided by an unlikely crew:  a disgraced fight promoter, a broken ex-racer, and a poor upstate girl from New York who wanted to be a queen. It is also the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century.  Most of all, it is the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity-- a man who transcended the handicaps of race at the turn of the century to reach the stratosphere of fame.

 


cloth / 306 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-307-23658-6 / $24.00
Order No. 2684 - out of stock
paper / 320 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0307236593 / $14.00
Order No. 788

A Slave No More

David W. Blight

A Slave No More by David W. Blight

Slave narratives are extremely rare; very few are first-person accounts by slaves who freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group. Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia.  They never met. But both saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped north, and both left remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. This book is more than their narratives: working from painstakingly acquired records and sources for the lives of heretofore unknown former slaves, the historian David W. Blight has discovered and reconstructed their lives--from slave childhood to black working-class stability in the North.

paper / 315 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-15-603451-7 / $14.95
Order No. 984

A Little More Freedom: African Americans Enter the Urban Midwest, 1860-1930

Jack S. Blocker

A Little More FreedomWhy did African Americans move from the rural South to the metropolitan North? Scholars have shown that African Americans took part in the urbanization of American society between the Civil War and the Great Depression, but the racial dimensions of their migration have remained unclear. A Little More Freedom is the first study to trace African American locational choices during the crucial period when migrants created pathways that would shape mobility through the twentieth century and beyond.
cloth / 352 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780814210673 / $24.95
Order No. 2870

 

 

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard

Rev. C. Nickerson Bolden

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard by Rev. C. Nickerson Bolden

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard is the story of how a community functioned, prospered, declined, and revitalized. It is a story with great implications. On the one hand, this story is a localized history of a subculture. On the other hand, to understand the Indiana Avenue story is to understand how similar historical communities like Harlem in New York, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and Beale Street in Memphis functioned and developed. All these communities, like many more, had similar traits and parallel histories. These communities became known nationally as stops on a Chitterlings Circuit, a network of entertainment venues made famous due to Jim Crow and separatist laws.

paper / 99 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-4389-2826-5 / $14.99
Order No. 969

Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America

 

Fergus M. Bordewich

Bound for Canaan

Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

cloth / 560 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-06-052430-8 / $27.95
Order No. 2532

Madame Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure

A'Lelia Bundles

As they watched construction of the block-long flatiron building brick by brick throughout 1927, African American residents of Indianapolis could scarcely contain their pride. This new headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, with its terra-cotta trimmed facade, was to be more than corporate offices and a factory for what then was one of Americas most successful black businesses. In fact, it was designed as a city within a city, with an African Art Deco theater, ballroom, restaurant, drugstore, beauty salon, beauty school, and medical offices. Generations of African American families met for Sunday dinner at the Coffee Pot, enjoyed first-run movies and live performances in the Walker Theatre, and hosted dances in the Casino. Today, this National Historic Landmark is an arts center anchoring the Indiana Avenue Cultural District.

paper / 128 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 978-1467110877 / $21.99
Order No. 1305

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

A'Lelia Bundles

On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as “Freedom Baby,” “Motherless Child,” “Bold Moves” and “Black Metropolis,” Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

paper / 416 pp. / 2001 / 9780743431729 / $17.99
Order no. 1584

Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson

 

Paul Finkelman

Slavery and the FoundersIn this significant revision of his acclaimed work, Paul Finkelman places the problem of slavery in the context of early American politics and the making of the Constitution. He argues that slavery was a bone of contention from the first days of the Constitutional Convention to the last, and demonstrates persuasively that the debate on slavery in national politics and the problem of fugitive slaves predated the antebellum period. Finkelman looks unblinkingly at the ways that the founders failed to resolve the fundamental contradiction between the notion that "All men are created equal" and their own personal and political involvement in slavery. In particular, Finkelman examines the case of Thomas Jefferson: how his personal beliefs made it impossible for him to come to terms with slavery. In a new chapter, Finkelman argues that the Federalists, long regarded as aristocrats, were actually a strong force for emancipation. Clear, concise, and at times controversial, Slavery and the Founders is a valuable contribution to the study of early America and the ways in which race has been at the very heart of a national dilemma from the beginning.

paper / 308 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780765604392 / $29.95
Order No. 2833

Slavery and the Law

Paul Finkelman

Slavery and the LawIn this book, prominent historians of slavery and legal scholars analyze the intricate relationship between slavery, race, and the law from the earliest Black Codes in colonial America to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision prior to the Civil War. Slavery & the Law's wide-ranging essays focus on comparative slave law, auctioneering practices, rules of evidence, and property rights, as well as issues of criminality, punishment, and constitutional law.

paper / 475 pp. / 1997, 2002 / ISBN 9780742521193 
$37.95 $19.50 / Order No. 2829

Gateway to Freedom

Eric Foner

More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom.

2015 / 320 pp / 9780198737902 / $26.95
Order No. 1495

 

Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892

Frances Smith Foster

Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892

Insightful literary analysis and historical investigation of a wide range of literature by African-American women prior to the 20th-century.

paper / 206 pp. 1993 / ISBN 0-253-20786-X / $13.95
Order No. 2132

 

 

 

 

For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit

Todd Gould

For Gold and Glory

The never-before-told story of "the Negro Speed King" and the African-American racing car circuit.

cloth / 212 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-253-34133-7 / $27.95
Order No. 2382
paper / $19.95
Order No. 2660

Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad As Told by Levi Coffin and William Still

Willene and George Hendrick, eds.

Fleeing for Freedom includes selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. George and Willene Hendrick have chosen a broad range of stories to reflect the strategies, tactics, heartbreak, and dangers―for both the slaves and the "conductors"―of the secret network. In their Introduction, they provide basic information about the scope and workings of the Underground Railroad and its impact on slaves, slaveholders, and the Northern abolitionist societies that were so heavily involved.

paper / 224 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 978-1566635462 / $14.95
Order No. 1328

Black Women in America
2 vol. set

Darlene Clark Hine, et al., ed.

Black Women in America

A gold mine of information on the leadership, courage, perseverance, and creativity of African-American women with over 450 images.

paper / 808 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-32774-1 / $49.95
Order No. 2036

 

The Black Women in the Middle West Project: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana

Darlene Clark Hine

The Black Women in the Middle West Project

This final report contains historical essays, oral histories, biographical sketches, and descriptions of document collections gathered by this project, which was headquartered at Purdue University.

paper / 238 pp. / 1986 / ISBN 1-885323-47-6 / $6.75
Order No. 4005

 

Africanisms in American Culture

Joseph E. Holloway, ed.

Africanisms in American Culture

New interpretations of the impact of African origins on North American history and culture presented in ten scholarly essays.

cloth / 249 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-32839-X / $39.95
Order No. 2163
paper / 249 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-20686-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2326

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Ellen Levine and Kadie Nelson

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom. Henry's story is similar to that of Alexander McClure.

cloth / 40 pp. / 2007 / 9780439777339 / $19.00
Order no. 1621

Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteeth-Century America (2nd Edition)

Wilma King

Stolen Childhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-century America. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. While the structure of the book remains the same, Wilma King has expanded its scope to include the international dimension with a new chapter on the transatlantic trade in African children, and the book’s geographic boundaries now embrace slave-born children in the North. She includes data about children owned by Native Americans and African Americans, and presents new information about children’s knowledge of and participation in the abolitionist movement and the interactions between enslaved and free children.

paper / 544 pp. / 2011 / 9780253222640 / $28.00
Order no. 1269

The Hill and the Bottoms: "The Story from the Thousand Yard Stare"

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

As Long as They Don't Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in American Neighborhoods

Stephen Grant Meyer

Despite the commonly held perception that most northern citizens embraced racial equality, As Long As They Don't Move Next Door graphically demonstrates the variety of methods―including violence and intimidation, unjust laws, restrictive covenants, discrimination by realtors and mortgage lenders, and white flight to suburban enclaves―used by whites to thwart the racial integration of their neighborhoods. Author Stephen Meyer offers the first full length national history of American race relations examined through the lens of housing discrimination, and he forces readers to confront and re-evaluate the deep and enduring division between the races.

paper / 352 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 978-0847697007 / $28.95
Order No. 1326

African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years

Dodie Marie Miller

The history and contributions of African Americans in northeast Indiana have been largely overlooked. This new publication, African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years, does not claim to be a definitive history of the topic. It does, however, recognize and honor the pioneers who have made the African-American community in Fort Wayne what it is today. Through diary excerpts, oral histories, and studies of social organizations, religion, and community, a rich, 200-year heritage is vividly depicted.

paper / 128 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 978-0738507156 / $21.99
Order No. 1303

One Hundred Percent American: The Rebirth and Decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

Thomas Pegram

In the 1920s, a revived Ku Klux Klan burst into prominence as a self-styled defender of American values, a magnet for white Protestant community formation, and a would-be force in state and national politics. But the hooded bubble burst at mid-decade, and the social movement that had attracted several million members and additional millions of sympathizers collapsed into insignificance. Balanced and comprehensive, One Hundred Percent American explains the Klan's appeal, its limitations, and the reasons for its rapid decline in a society confronting the reality of cultural and religious pluralism.

paper / 304 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-1566637114 / $27.95
Order No. 1324

Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis

Richard B. Pierce

This history of the black community of Indianapolis in the 20th century focuses on methods of political action -- protracted negotiations, interracial coalitions, petition, and legal challenge -- employed to secure their civil rights. These methods of "polite protest" set Indianapolis apart from many Northern cities. Richard B. Pierce looks at how the black community worked to alter the political and social culture of Indianapolis. As local leaders became concerned with the city's image, black leaders found it possible to achieve gains by working with whites inside the existing power structure, while continuing to press for further reform and advancement. Pierce describes how Indianapolis differed from its Northern cousins such as Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit. Here, the city's people, black and white, created their own patterns and platforms of racial relations in the public and cultural spheres.

2005/ 168 pp / 9780253111340 / $34.95
Order No. 1471

 

Five Plays by Langston Hughes

Webster Smalley, ed.

Five Plays by Langston Hughes

Harlem life, pictured as fresh today as it was when these plays were first written.

paper / 258 pp. / 1968 / ISBN 0-253-20121-7 / $14.95 $8.97
Order No. 2051

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. 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.  

cloth / 168 pp. / ISBN 978-0809332908 / $24.95
Order No. 1436

Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste Marie-Bernier

Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Now, as a result of the groundbreaking research of John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. The comprehensive introduction by the authors, along with headnotes for each section, an essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.―a direct Douglass descendent―provide the definitive examination of Douglass's intellectual, philosophical, and political relationships to aesthetics. Taken together, this landmark work canonizes Frederick Douglass through a form he appreciated the most: photography.

cloth / 320 pp. / 2015 / 9780871404688 / $47.50
Order no. 1623

A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans

William E. Taylor and Harriet G. Warkel, eds.

A Shared Heritage

Work ranging from impressionism and social realism to cubism and abstract expressionism.

paper / 195 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-9336260-629 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2182

 

 

The Negro in Indiana before 1900: A Study of a Minority

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana Historical Collections 37

 

Pioneering work traces the history of African Americans in a northern state from their first arrival as slaves of 18th-century French traders through the end of the 19th century.
Reissued by Indiana University Press.

cloth / 412 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-35989-9 / $31.95
Order No. 2102

 

Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century

Chronicles the growth, both in numbers and in power, of African Americans in a northern state that was notable for its antiblack tradition.

cloth / 235 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-253-33799-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2265

 

River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley

Joe William Trotter, Jr.

River Jordan

Cloth / 200 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-8131-2065-9 / $32.50
Order No. 2285
paper / 200 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-8131-0950-7 / $25.00
Order No. 2284

 

Southern Seed, Northern Soil: African-American Farm Communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900

Stephen A. Vincent

Southern Seed, Northern Soil captures the exceptional history of the Beech and Roberts settlements, two African-American and mixed-race farming communities on the Indiana frontier in the 1830s. Stephen Vincent analyzes the founders' backgrounds as a distinctive free people of color from the Old South. He traces the migration that culminated in the founding of the two communities. He follows the settlements' transformations through the pioneer and Civil War eras, and their gradual transition to commercial farming in the late 19th century.

paper / 272 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-0253213310 / $21.00
Order No. 457

Children's Books

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey

John A. Beinke

Located sixty-five miles northeast of the state capital of Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, has seen a number of notable people pass through the community, including such Indiana legends as Cole Porter and James Dean. It has also, however, been home to racial strife, including the infamous lynching of two African American men in 1930. Marion was also the hometown of a young black man who would do much to help restore harmony among blacks and whites in the community. Going over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey, written by John A. Beineke, who lived in Madison and was one of Archey's students, is the fifth volume in the IHS Press's youth biography series. The book explores the career of Archey, the first African American to be elected sheriff in Indiana. Raised in Marion, Indiana, the young Archey and his loving family lived under the cloud of the notorious 1930 lynching.

cloth / 147 pp. / 2008 / ISBN: 978-0871952608 / $17.95
Order No. 2701

By Freedom's Light

Elizabeth O'Maley

To thirteen-year-old Sarah Caldwell, everything in Indiana is dark--the bug-filled cabin, the woods engulfing the farm, and especially the future. Their widowed father has married Eliza, a young Quaker schoolteacher, and Sarah has just discovered that Eliza is an abolitionist! Sarah believes she must tell her father about the secret, unlawful activities Eliza's sewing circle performs at Levi and Catherine Coffin's home. Yet when Sarah learns her sister will be visiting Indiana with her husband and baby, happiness and anticipation overcome her concern about Eliza. Rachel's family soon arrives, bringing Polly, a slave girl about Sarah's age. Thrown together to do farm chores and look after Rachel's baby, the two girls, white and black, free and enslaved, slowly develop a friendship. Meanwhile, Sarah begins to question her beliefs about slavery. When bounty hunters nearly kidnap Polly, Sarah worries for her safety. Tensions mount within the cramped household as it appears that her brother-in-law may trade Polly's future for his family's prosperity. Ultimately, Sarah is faced with a bitter decision that could change forever the lives of her family.

paper / 188 pp. / 2009 / ISBN: 978-0871952745 / $7.95
Order No. 889
cloth / 188 pp. / 2009 / ISBN: 978-0871952738 / $15.95
Order No. 888

A Good Night for Freedom

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Two runaway slaves take refuge at Katy and Levi Coffin's home - a stop on the underground railroad. Based on historical events, this powerful story reveals the courage it took for people to run for freedom, and for one young girl to help them. Beautifully illustrated.

cloth / 32 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-8234-1709-3 / $16.95
Order No. 2455

 

Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad

Julia Pferdehirt

On July 4th, 1842, Caroline Quarlls left family, friends, and the only life she'd known behind in St. Louis, Missouri. As the child of a slave mother and a slave-owner father, her young life was one of drudgery and obedience until that fateful Independence Day when she illegally took a steamboat across the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Alton, Illinois, in the hope of reaching freedom. With the help of abolitionists, the 16-year-old traveled through Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan on the Underground Railroad, enduring long, bumpy rides in the bottom of a wagon and taking cover in everything from barrels to potato chutes. Each step of the way, Quarlls was pursued by lawyers paid to retrieve her and bounty hunters greedy for the reward money. Finally, she crossed from Detroit into Sandwich, Canada, where created a new life as a free woman, an exciting but also frightening, experience. Quarlls' story gives young readers a personal snapshot of the tension-filled journey of a runaway slave while illuminating a segment of the complicated history of race in our nation.

paper / 120 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8702038-8-6 / $12.95
Order No. 2871

Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage

Gabrielle Robinson

In 1950, a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory in South Bend met in secret. Their mission was to build homes away from the factories and slums where they were forced to live. They came from the South to make a better life for themselves and their children, but they found Jim Crow in the North as well. The meeting gave birth to Better Homes of South Bend, and a triumph against the entrenched racism of the times took all their courage, intelligence and perseverance. Author Gabrielle Robinson tells the story of their struggle and provides an intimate glimpse into a part of history that all too often is forgotten.

paper / 144 pp. / 2015 / 9781467118651 / $21.99
Order no. 1278

Frederick Douglass for Kids

Nancy I. Sanders

Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of this American hero, from his birth into slavery to his becoming a friend and confidant of presidents and the leading African American of his day. And to better appreciate Frederick Douglass and his times, readers will form a debating club, cook a meal similar to the one Douglass shared with John Brown, make a civil war haversack, participate in a microlending program, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study.

paper / 144 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781613743577 / $16.95
Order no. 2984

A Kid's Guide to African American History

Nancy I. Sanders

What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans. For parents and teachers interested in fostering cultural awareness among children of all races, this book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about the people, experiences, and events that shaped African American history. This expanded edition contains new material throughout, including additional information and biographies. Children will have fun designing an African mask, making a medallion like those worn by early abolitionists, playing the rhyming game "Juba," inventing Brer Rabbit riddles, and creating a unity cup for Kwanzaa. Along the way they will learn about inspiring African American artists, inventors, and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.

paper / 256 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 9781556526534 / $14.95
Order No. 2913

Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste Marie-Bernier

Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Now, as a result of the groundbreaking research of John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. The comprehensive introduction by the authors, along with headnotes for each section, an essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.―a direct Douglass descendent―provide the definitive examination of Douglass's intellectual, philosophical, and political relationships to aesthetics. Taken together, this landmark work canonizes Frederick Douglass through a form he appreciated the most: photography.

cloth / 320 pp. / 2015 / 9780871404688 / $47.50
Order no. 1623

Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves

Yuval Taylor, ed.

Ten slaves—all under the age of 19—tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured. But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence; teenagers will relate to accounts of slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes, and falling in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlantic—and daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small-city dwellings—to escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War. The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser-known slaves are included.

 paper / 256 pp. /  2007 / ISBN 9781556526350 / $11.95
Order No. 2912

Sister of the Solid Rock

Wilma Rugh Taylor

First settled by African Americans in 1878, Indianapolis's east-side district of Martindale had, by the early 1940s, fallen on hard times. A bleak economic outlook had helped fuel a growing crime rate among the neighborhood's young people. Into this seemingly hopeless situation stepped a forty-four-year-old wife and mother who knew something about despair, having endured the death of a child. In 1941 the woman—Edna Barnes Martin—established a day care center for the children of working mothers, offering hope and security to countless young African Americans. For thirty years Martin, the founder and director of the East side Christian Center, "reformed so-called unredeemable boys, trained girls to become competent women, clothed and fed multitudes, and found jobs for the unemployed." Martin's work in one of Indianapolis's worst ghettos helped break down negative racial attitudes and gained the spiritual and financial backing of white missionaries and philanthropists throughout the state.

cloth / 2002 / 198 pp / 978-0871951618 / $12.95
Order no. 2373

Indiana Blacks in the 20th Century

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century is the long-awaited sequel to Emma Lou Thornbrough’s classic study The Negro in Indiana before 1900. In this posthumous volume, Thornbrough (1913–1994), the acknowledged dean of black history in Indiana, chronicles the growth, both in numbers and in power, of African Americans in a northern state that was notable for its antiblack tradition. She shows the effects of the Great Migration of African Americans to Indiana during World War I and World War II to work in war industries, linking the growth of the black community to the increased segregation of the 1920s and demonstrating how World War II marked a turning point in the movement in Indiana to expand the civil rights of African Americans. Indiana Blacks describes the impact of the national civil rights movement on Indiana, as young activists, both black and white, challenged segregation and racial injustice in many aspects of daily life, often in new organizations and with new leaders. The final chapter by Lana Ruegamer explores ways that black identity was affected by new access to education, work, and housing after 1970, demonstrating gains and losses from integration.

cloth / 304 pp. / 2001 / 9780253337993 / $30.00
Order no. 476

The Civil Rights Movement for Kids

Mary C. Turck

Surprisingly, kids were some of the key instigators in the Civil Rights Movement, like Barbara Johns, who held a rally in her elementary school gym that eventually led to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court school desegregation decision, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was the first black student to desegregate elementary schools in New Orleans. In The Civil Rights Movement for Kids, children will discover how students and religious leaders worked together to demand the protection of civil rights for black Americans. They will relive the fear and uncertainty of Freedom Summer and learn how northern white college students helped bring national attention to atrocities committed in the name of segregation, and they'll be inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Activities include: reenacting a lunch counter sit-in; organizing a workshop on nonviolence; holding a freedom film festival followed by a discussion; and organizing a choral group to sing the songs that motivated the foot soldiers in this war for rights.

2000 / 208 pp / 9781613740514 / $16.95
Order No. 1490

AMERICAN INDIAN

 

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Exiles and Pioneers: Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West

John P. Bowes

Exiles and Pioneers analyzes the removal and post-removal histories of Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, and Potawatomi Indians. The book argues that the experience of these eastern Indians from the late 1700s to the 1860s was at its core a struggle over geographic and political place within the expanding United States. Even as American expansion limited the geographic scope of Indian lands, the extension of American territories and authority raised important questions about the political status of these Indians as individuals as well as nations within the growing republic. More specifically, the national narrative and even the prominent images of Indian removal cast the eastern Indians as exiles who were constantly pushed beyond the edges of American settlement. This study proposes that ineffective federal policies and ongoing debates within Indian communities also cast some of these eastern Indians as pioneers, unwilling trailblazers in the development of the United States.

paper / 272 pp. / 2007 / 9780521674195 / $29.99
Order no. 1577

The Rise and Fall of North American Indians: From Prehistory through Geronimo

William Brandon

Who were the first settlers in North America? Where did they come from? How did they survive? In this expansive one-volume account of the native peoples of North America, eminent historian William Brandon—who devoted much of his life to examining this subject—presents this revelatory history of the development and culture of the native peoples of North America, from their incipience through the late nineteenth century. Among those from Central America were the art-obsessed Mayans and Olmecs; from North America came the Ojibwa, Powhatan, Cree, Illinois, Apache, Cherokee, Natchez, Sioux, and many others. In The Rise and Fall of North American Indians, Brandon brings this world to life and chronicles ten thousand years of Indian history.

paper / 2013 / 628 pp / ISBN: 978-1570984525 / $24.95
Order No. 1322

Long Journey Home

James W. Brown and Rita T. Kohn, eds.

Long Journey Home

Through first-person accounts, Long Journey Home presents the stories of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware Tribe. These oral histories, which span the post-Civil War era to the present, are gathered into four sections and tell of personal and tribal events as they unfold over time and place. The history of the Lenape is one of forced displacement from their original tribal home along the eastern seaboard into Pennsylvania, continuing with a series of displacements in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and the Indian Territory. For the group of Lenape interviewed for this book, home is now the area around Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The stories of their long journey have been handed down and remain part of the tribe's collective memory and bring an unforgettable immediacy to the tale of the Lenape. Above all they make clear that the history of seven generations remains very much alive.

cloth / 448 pp. / 2008* / ISBN 978-0-253-34968-2 / $34.95
Order No. 2668
*Limited number of signed copies available

Pen & Ink Witchcraft

Colin G. Calloway

Indian peoples made some four hundred treaties with the United States between the American Revolution and 1871, when Congress prohibited them. They signed nine treaties with the Confederacy, as well as countless others over the centuries with Spain, France, Britain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Canada, and even Russia, not to mention individual colonies and states. In retrospect, the treaties seem like well-ordered steps on the path of dispossession and empire. The reality was far more complicated. In Pen and Ink Witchcraft, eminent Native American historian Colin G. Calloway narrates the history of diplomacy between North American Indians and their imperial adversaries, particularly the United States. Treaties were cultural encounters and human dramas, each with its cast of characters and conflicting agendas. Many treaties, he notes, involved not land, but trade, friendship, and the resolution of disputes. Far from all being one-sided, they were negotiated on the Indians' cultural and geographical terrain. When the Mohawks welcomed Dutch traders in the early 1600s, they sealed a treaty of friendship with a wampum belt with parallel rows of purple beads, representing the parties traveling side-by-side, as equals, on the same river. But the American republic increasingly turned treaty-making into a tool of encroachment on Indian territory.

cloth / 377 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780199986866 / $34.95
Order no. 3000

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Sarah E. Cook and Rachel B. Ramadhyani, comps.

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Illustrated volume of watercolors and drawings of Potawatomi Indians in northern Indiana by the artist (b.1809). Also contains two essays on Winter's life and work.

cloth / 269 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-87195-097-9 / $24.95
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Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership

R. David Edmunds

Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadersip by R. David Edmunds

R. David Edmunds’ Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership recounts a history of the United States’ westward expansion from the perspective of Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader of the Native American opposition to this movement. The book is divided into nine chapters, the bulk of which are factual narratives of publicly recorded events. Following a chapter of Shawnee tribal biography, seven chapters record Tecumseh’s failed attempt at a Native American coalition opposing the United States’ usurpation of western lands.

paper / 229 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 0-321-04371-5 / $23.20
Order No. 949
 

 

Home Before The Raven Caws: The Mystery of Indiana's Alaskan Totem Pole

Richard Feldman

Home Before the Raven Caws

The story of totem poles and the stories they tell and includes the history of a totem pole that stood in the Golden Hills neighborhood of Indianapolis from 1905 until 1939.

paper / 78 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 1-57860-126-6 / $15.95 $9.57
Order No. 2463
 

 

The Native Americans

Elizabeth Glenn & Stewart Rafert

The Native Americans by Elizabeth Glenn & Stewart Rafert

Native American ancestors inhabited the land of Indiana from around 9,500 BC. European contact with Indiana's Miami, Wea, Mascouten, and Shawnee tribes began in 1679. The history of Native Americans in the state is examined in the new Indiana Historical Society Press book The Native Americans.

paper / 130 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-87195-280-6 / $13.95
Order No. 928
 

 

Gods of Prophetstown

Adam Jortner  

It began with a total eclipse of the sun. In 1806, a Shawnee known as Lalawauthika (roughly meaning "Loudmouth") proclaimed himself Tenskwatawa ("The Open Door"), a spiritual leader in direct contact with the Master of Life. Those who disbelieved him, he warned, "would see darkness come over the sun." Not long after, the sun went black. Ironically, Tenskwatawa's resulting prestige was greatly enhanced by his mortal enemy, governor of the Indiana Territory and future American president William Henry Harrison. "If he truly is a prophet," Harrison publicly taunted, "then let him produce a miracle." And Tenskwatawa did just that. In The Gods of Prophetstown, Adam Jortner provides a gripping account of the conflict between Tenskwatawa and Harrison, who finally collided in 1811 at a place called Tippecanoe. Though largely forgotten today, he writes, it determined the future of westward expansion and influenced the impending War of 1812.

cloth / 310 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780199765294 / $27.95
Order no. 3001

An Introduction to the Prehistory of Indiana

James H. Kellar

An Introduction to the Prehistory of Indiana summarizes some of the answers to commonly asked questions about Indiana archaeology and prehistory. The impetus for it derives from the almost daily inquiries archaeologists receive from a varied public, for which archaeology and the numerous evidences of Indian occupation in the state have some attraction. Included in this booklet is a brief summary of what is currently known of the prehistoric Indian occupation of Indiana, a brief discussion concerning the history of archaeological research in Indiana, a bibliography for those desiring to pursue some of the topics in greater depth, a statement regarding university degree programs, and a list of prehistoric sites and museums accessible to the public.

paper / 1983 / ISBN: 9780871950444 / $6.95

Order No. 2778

Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians

Rita Kohn and W. Lynwood Montell, eds.

Always a People

Honors the 20th-century Native American Woodland People and their distinctive, related, cohesive cultures.

cloth / 297 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33298-2 / $35.00
Order No. 2201

paper / 297 pp. / 1997 /  ISBN 978-0-253-22001-1 / $24.95
Order No. 2689
 

 

Native American Place Names of Indiana - Out of Stock

Michael McCafferty

Native American Place-Names of IndianaIn tracing the roots of Indiana place-names, Michael McCafferty focuses on those created and used by local Native Americans. Drawing from exciting new sources that include three Illinois dictionaries from the eighteenth century, the author documents the language used to describe landmarks essential to fur traders in Les Pays d'en Haut and settlers of the Old Northwest territory. Impeccably researched, this study details who created each name, as well as when, where, how and why they were used. The result is a detailed linguistic history of lakes, streams, cities, counties, and other Indiana names. Each entry includes native language forms, translations, and pronunciation guides, offering fresh historical insight into the state of Indiana.

Cloth / 336 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-252-03268-4 / $50.00
Order no. 812

Murder in Their Hearts - The Fall Creek Massacre

David Thomas Murpy

Murder in Their Hearts - The Fall Creek Massacre by David Thomas Murpy

In March 1824, a group of angry and intoxicated settlers brutally murdered nine Indians camped along a tributary of Fall Creek. The carnage was recounted in lurid detail in the contemporary press, and the events that followed sparked a national sensation.

paper / 142 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-285-0 / $13.95
Order No. 935
 

 

Bones on the Ground

Elizabeth O'Maley

There are conflicting portraits of what happened to the Indians of the Old Northwest Territory. The answers often depend on who's telling the story, with each participant bending and stretching the truth to fit their own view of themselves and the world. Bones on the Ground, presents biographical sketches and first-person narratives of Native Americans, Indian traders, Colonial and American leaders, and events that shaped the Indians' struggle to maintain possession of their tribal lands in the face of the widespread advancement of white settlement.

paper / 2014 / 146 pp / ISBN: 9780871953629 / $17.95
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The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994

Stewart Rafert

The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994 by Stewart Rafert

The book explores the history and culture of the Miami Indians, who have fought for many years to gain tribal status from the U.S. government. This volume will appeal to a general audience as well as serious students of tribal history interested in the experience of a North American Indian tribal community over three and a half centuries.

paper / 358 pp. 1996 / ISBN 0-87195-132-0 / $16.95
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Indiana 1700-1851 Native Americans to the National Road

Indiana Historical Society and the Sanders Group

The four programs on this two-DVD set, each with a teachers' guide, enrich the study of Indiana history, helping meet Indiana's academic standards for social studies and national curriculum standards:
"Frontier Indiana (1700-1800)" explores the interaction of Native Americans, French, British, and Americans in the area that became Indiana. (30 minutes; made with support from Lincoln Financial Group Foundation)
"Pioneer Indiana (1880-1851)" emphasizes the transformation of Indiana from frontier to settled state, including the Indiana Constitutions of 1816 and 1851 and transportation developments. (45 minutes; funded by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust)
"Hoosiers All" features four students telling their family stories of musicians, farm life, military heroes, and circus heritage. (32 minutes)
"Who Do You Think You Are?" describes the ethnic groups that settled Indiana, considering where they came from and why, how they adjusted while maintaining their ethnic roots, and what contributions they made. (27 minutes)

DVD / 134 min. / $19.95
Order No. 2902

A Kid's Guide to Native American History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series)

Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder

Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present. Nine geographical areas cover a variety of communities like the Mohawk in the Northeast, Ojibway in the Midwest, Shoshone in the Great Basin, Apache in the Southwest, Yupik in Alaska, and Native Hawaiians, among others. Lives of historical and contemporary notable individuals like Chief Joseph and Maria Tallchief are featured, and the book is packed with a variety of topics like first encounters with Europeans, Indian removal, Mohawk sky walkers, and Navajo code talkers. Readers travel Native America through activities that highlight the arts, games, food, clothing, and unique celebrations, language, and life ways of various nations. Kids can make Haudensaunee corn husk dolls, play Washoe stone jacks, design Inupiat sun goggles, or create a Hawaiian Ma’o-hauhele bag. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide.

paper / 256 pp / 2009 / ISBN: 978-1556528026 / $16.95
Order No 1167
 

The Woodland Adventures series

This series is dedicated to all The Woodland People who persevere despite hardships, inhumanity, and hostility. Their spirit, like the Eagle, soars. Their integrity, like the Turtle, persists.

Celebrating Summer

Rita Kohn and Kevin Warren Smith

Celebrating Summer

The Woodland Indian traditional powwow is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades to identify and count numbers 1 through 10 in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-516-05201-2 / $15.00 $9.00
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The Fall Gathering

Rita Kohn and Winifred Barnum-Newman

The Fall Gathering

The Woodland Indian tradition of gathering to share in and give thanks for a plentiful harvest is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades the concept of quantity in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-516-05202-0 / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2363


 

 

Winter Storytime

Rita Kohn and Dorothy Sullivan

Winter Storytime

The retelling of the Lenape or Delaware Indian tale of how the first "kokolesh" (rabbit-tail) game was made is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades the concept of sequence in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / ISBN 0-546-05204-7 / $15.00 $9.00
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Spring Planting

Rita Kohn and Robin McBride Scott

Spring Planting

A family of the Miami of Indiana Indians and the traditional custom of planting gourds for the fall gathering give-away is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades number concepts in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / ISBN 0-516-05203-9 / $15.00 $9.00
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ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION

After the Harvest: Indiana's Historic Grain Elevators and Feed Mills

John Bower

After the Harvest

Join master photographer John Bower as he celebrates, in stunning black-and-white imagery, the majestic dignity of these vanishing agricultural icons along with small-town feed mills and picturesque grist mills. This latest book from Studio Indiana celebrates these magnificent, and vanishing, structures. At one time, nearly every Indiana town had a local grain elevator, or a feed mill. Towering above the landscape often taller than trees, church steeples, main street stores, and even some courthouses these stark, geometric buildings were the castles of the Hoosier heartland.

paper / 144 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-9745186-3-3 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2642

Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH Guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation

James Douet

This volume comprises the authoritative work from the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage – the international group dedicated to industrial archaeology and heritage – detailing the latest approaches to the conservation of the global industrial heritage. With contributions from over thirty specialists in archaeology and industrial heritage, Industrial Heritage Re-tooled establishes the first set of comprehensive best practices for the management, conservation, and interpretation of historical industrial sites.

256 pp. / 2013 / ISBN: 978-1629582030 / $34.95
Order no. 1488

Antique Stained Glass for the Home

Molly Higgins

Large quantities of leaded decorative windows were manufactured in the years surrounding the turn of the century. Glasses of many colors and textures were used to make elaborate windows for homes, creating spectacular presentations of light and color formerly seen only in churches. These windows are enormously popular on today's antiques market, varying widely in price and condition. This attractive book is a useful tool for anyone looking to bring the enchanting beauty of stained glass into their home.

192 pp. / 2001 / ISBN: 978-0764313110 / $39.95
Order no. 1503

A Home of Her Own

Nancy R. Hiller

For some, home is simply a place to eat, sleep, and store possessions. For others, home offers intimate and rewarding opportunities for self-expression, becoming a reflection of taste, values, and even identity. The activities of constructing and maintaining a home can provide a sense of existential purpose, of belonging to a particular place along with others who have cared for that place before.

Illustrated with more than 100 color photographs, A Home of Her Own showcases a wide variety of homes and tells the stories of their making. 

218 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223531 / $29.95
Order no. 1355

Historic Preservation in Indiana: Essays from the Field

Nancy R. Hiller

Over the last half century, historic preservation has been on the rise in American cities and towns, from urban renewal and gentrification projects to painstaking restoration of Victorian homes and architectural landmarks. In this book, Nancy R. Hiller brings together individuals with distinctive styles and perspectives, to talk about their passion for preservation. They consider the meaning of place and what motivates those who work to save and care for places; the role of place in the formation of identity; the roles of individuals and organizations in preserving homes, neighborhoods, and towns; and the spiritual as well as economic benefits of preservation. Richly illustrated, Historic Preservation in Indiana is an essential book for everyone who cares about preserving the past for future generations.

224 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253010674 / $25.00
Order No. 4109

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

Nancy R. Hiller

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen HistoryLoaded with labor and time-saving conveniences, the Hoosier cabinet was among the earliest design innovations of the modern American kitchen. This culinary workstation allowed owners to maintain an efficient and clutter-free kitchen by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients all the while providing a space in which to prepare the meals of the day. Bloomington-based cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet making and thorough knowledge of interior design to deliver an entertaining, beautiful, and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home. Illustrated with original manufacturers' advertisements and sales literature—some of which is previously unpublished—as well as color and black-and-white photos, this long-overdue book on an icon of the early 20th-century kitchen will be an invaluable resource to cabinetmakers, antiques enthusiasts, and homeowners planning a period-inspired kitchen.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-31424-6 / $34.95
Order No. 2743

Houses Without Names

Thomas C. Hubka

In countless neighborhoods across America, the streets are lined with houses representing no established architectural style. Many of the 80 million homes in the United States today have only loose-fitting, general names like ranch, duplex, bungalow, and flat. Most, however, cannot even be identified by these common names, much less by an architectural type. Current methods of interpreting common houses need not be replaced, Hubka shows, but only modified to include a broader, more complete spectrum of common dwellings. As Hubka explains, by applying an order of census and a floor-plan analysis, scholars can adequately characterize the actual homes in which most Americans live, particularly in recent times after the widespread growth of suburban homes.

Based on years of field observations, measured drawings, and surveys of regional house types, this handbook provides a working vocabulary for the study and appreciation of America¹s common houses and will prove useful to preservationists, academics, and architects, as well as owners and residents of America¹s most ubiquitous residences.

128 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781572339477 / $29.95
Order no. 1352

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia

Tactical Urbanism, written by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, two founders of the movement, promises to be the foundational guide for urban transformation. The authors begin with an in-depth history of the Tactical Urbanism movement and its place among other social, political, and urban planning trends. A detailed set of case studies, from guerilla wayfinding signs in Raleigh, to pavement transformed into parks in San Francisco, to a street art campaign leading to a new streetcar line in El Paso, demonstrate the breadth and scalability of tactical urbanism interventions. Finally, the book provides a detailed toolkit for conceiving, planning, and carrying out projects, including how to adapt them based on local needs and challenges.

paper / 256 pp. / 2015 / 9781610915267 / $25.00
Order no. 1573

Indiana Barns

Marsha Williamson Mohr

Once a dominant feature of the Hoosier landscape, these barns are fast disappearing, giving way to more efficient, but less visually appealing, metal structures. Indiana Barns presents 138 of these charming rustics, drawn from the portfolio of photographer Marsha Williamson Mohr. Mohr has been photographing barns, covered bridges, and pastoral scenes for more than 20 years. Here, she showcases barns of all shapes and sizes, captured from every angle, during all four seasons, and in various states of repair and decay. Whether you have owned a barn or just admire the craftsmanship, this lively collection is sure to delight.

Paper / 152 pp. / 2014 / ISBN 9780253015211 / $25.00
Order no. 985

 

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

Alan McPherson

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

A compilation of photographs and history of use of Indiana's Carnegie Libraries. Dates and lists of Carnegie's contributions to Indiana libraries are included.

paper / 240 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-9636978-4-6 / $24.95
Order No. 2420

The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

Dyne L. Pfeffenberger

The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

Faced with the loss of a truly beautiful and rare historical landmark, local activists joined together in the early 1970s to establish the Embassy Theatre Foundation, which purchased the theatre and faithfully restored it as a performing arts center and venue for Broadway shows. Much to the delight of patrons, "Miss Page" continues to be played at concerts, silent movies, and the theatre's Festival of Trees. Generously illustrated with color photos of the theatre and attached Indiana Hotel, this book is sure to appeal to theatre and music lovers and  architectural and urban preservationists as well as regional historians.

cloth / 98 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-31369-0 / $24.95 - OUT OF STOCK
Order No. 2752

Stillness and Light: The Silent Eloquence of Shaker Architecture

Henry Plummer

Stillness and LightShaker buildings have long been admired for their simplicity of design and sturdy craftsmanship, with form always following function. Over the years, their distinctive physical characteristics have invited as much study as imitation. Their clean, unadorned lines have been said to reflect core Shaker beliefs such as honesty, integrity, purity, and perfection. In this book, Henry Plummer focuses on the use of natural light in Shaker architecture, noting that Shaker builders manipulated light not only for practical reasons of illumination but also to sculpt a deliberately spiritual, visual presence within their space. Stillness and Light celebrates this subtly beautiful aspect of Shaker innovation and construction, captured in more than 100 stunning photographs.

cloth / 150 pp / 2009 / ISBN 9780253353627 / $39.95
Order No. 2834  

50 State Capitols: The Architecture of Representative Government

Jim Stembridge

Fifty State Capitols describes the majesty and stateliness of each capitol's exterior form and selected interior details in words and photographs. Stembridge shows how the architecture of state capitols contributes to the success of representative government. Elements common to the ideal American state capitol are a prominent site with manicured grounds; legislative chambers in opposing wings; public galleries with views of each legislative chamber; a temple-like entrance; and a central dome or tower covering a majestic central space known as the rotunda.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0983029205 / $27.95
Order no. 2914

Common Landscape of America: 1580-1845

John Stilgoe

Common Landscapes of America, by Harvard landscape scholar John Stilgoe, looks at the ways Americans have altered the landscape from the arrival of early Spanish settlers to the beginning of the country's rapid urbanization.

paper / 444 pp. / 1983 / ISBN: 978-0300030464 / $29.00
Order no. 1040

 

Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary

Douglas A. Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Crown Hill Cemetery has been a vital part of the Indianapolis community dating back to its first interment, Lucy Ann Seaton, on June 2, 1864. Since then, Crown Hill has grown from a rural cemetery into the third largest private cemetery in the nation and is a community treasure that serves a broad range of needs and stands as a monument to the memories of hundreds of famous Hoosiers and the thousands more who selected Crown Hill as their final resting place.

Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary examines the complete history of Crown Hill and places its story in a the larger historical context of the development and growth of American landscape architecture.

cloth / 400 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 0871953013 / $39.95
Order No. 1320

Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People

Susan L. Woodward and Jerry N. McDonald

Mounds and earthworks are the most conspicuous elements of prehistoric Native American culture to be found on the landscape of eastern North America. This book identifies and describes 70 extant, publicly accessible sites in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, where mounds were constructed by Woodland people beginning some 3000 years ago. This book also reviews the culture, history, and geography of the Woodland and Late Prehistoric mound building groups and the fate of their structures during the Historic period. Sources of additional information about the Ohio Valley mound building groups are provided, as is access information for the mound and earthwork sites. The revised edition of the popular guide book incorporates new information and ideas about the mound building groups that have appeared since the first edition was published in 1986, and describes almost twice as many sites as were in the earlier edition.

paper / 318 pp. / 2002 / 9780939923724 / $27.95
Order no. 1572

 

 

 

National Trust for Historic Preservation Publications:

A Layperson's Guide to Historic Preservation Law

Julia H. Miller

A Layperson's Guide to Preservation Law offers a look at the various laws and regulations that protect historic resources, as well as laws governing nonprofit organizations and museum properties.
 
paper / 45 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780891335719 / $15.00
Order No. 2915





 
 

Procedural Due Process in Plain English: A Guide for Preservation Commissions

Julia H. Miller

Procedural Due Process in Plain English: A Guide For Preservation Commissions explains procedural due process and provides guidance on topics that commonly arise in the context of local ordinance granting regulatory powers to historic preservation commissions. This new edition includes an annotated list of related case law.
 
paper / 29 pp. / 2008 / 978-0891335283 / $12.00
Order No. 2916
 

A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools

 

 
Kerri Rubman

 
 
 
Many school districts are giving America`s historic school buildings a failing grade. Case studies of successful school renovation projects demonstrate that older school buildings can successfully adapt to new technology and the latest educational mandates.
 
paper / 23 pp. / 2000 / $10.00
Order No. 2808
 

Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings

 

 
Donovan Rypkema
 
 
 
A step-by-step process to enable an assessment team to determine the feasibility of a building project and prepare a written report to support its findings. Includes a CD-ROM with sample Excel spreadsheets.
 
paper / 107 pp. / 2007 / ISBN: 978-0891335757 / $40.00
Order No. 2811
 
 

 

The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide

 

 
 
Donovan D. Rypkema
 
 
 
Since it was first published in 1994, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide has become an essential reference for any preservationist faced with convincing government officials, developers, property owners, business and community leaders, or his or her own neighbors that preservation strategies can make good economic sense. Author Donovan D. Rypkema—real estate consultant and nationally known speaker and writer—makes his case with 100 "arguments" on the economic benefits of historic preservation, each backed up by one or more quotes from a study, paper, publication, speech, or report.
 
paper / 132 pp. / 2005 / ISBN:978-0891333883 / $14.97
Order No. 1044
 

Positioning Preservation in a Green World

 

 
 
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Forum Journal 23, no. 03 (Spring 2009)

 
 
 
 
Journal issue addressing how the historic preservation can contribute to the environmental movement. 
 
paper / 60 pp. / 2003 / $8.00
Order No. 2807
 
 

ART AND MUSIC

 
 

 

  • Purchases may be made via a visit to our office, by telephone (317-232-2535), fax (317-232-3728), or e-mail (ihb @ history.in.gov). More info on purchasing here.

Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals

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. 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 / 288 pp / 2011 / ISBN 978-0252078101 / $24.95
Order No. 2875
 

Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Linda J. Baden, Ed.

Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Richly illustrated with more than 10 full-color plates, this book presents a selection of the finest works from one of the world's best university art museums.  Included are examples from the full range of world cultures collected by the museum:  Africa, the Ancient Western World, Asia, the Ancient Americas, the South Pacific, and the West before and after 1800.

362 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-21956-5
paper / $39.95  Order No. 2685 (paperback version OUT OF STOCK)
cloth / $64.95  40% off: now  $38.97 Order No. 2688

The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters

Howard Caldwell

The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters by Howard Caldwell

Opening a window on a storied past, longtime Indianapolis television journalist and lifelong theatergoer Howard Caldwell presents the story of the magnificent theaters of Indianapolis. Caldwell shares with us the pleasure these majestic spaces brought to thousands of Hoosiers during their glory days—when an outing to the theater was a special event and film was still a marvel of technology. He discusses the roles played by the greatest stars of the day and relates the origins of Indy’s famous theaters: the Murat, the Circle, the Indiana, the English, and the Lyric, to name a few. Caldwell points out which theaters featured burlesque shows and vaudeville routines, explores the traditions of regional and national theater productions, notes when the first motion pictures and talkies came to town, and highlights old time musical reviews and symphonic performances. Vividly illustrated with rare photos and anecdotes, The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters celebrates the city's rich theater tradition.

cloth / 208 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-35460-0 / $29.95
Order No. 939

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Sarah E. Cooke and Rachel B. Ramadhyani

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Illustrated volume of the watercolors and drawings of the Potawatomi Indians in northern Indiana by the artist (b.1809). Also contains two essays on Winter's life and work.

cloth / 269 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-87195-097-9 / $24.95
Order No. 2011

The Richmond Group Artists

Shaun Thomas Dingwerth

This is the untold story of a group of artists whose interest in fostering art in their community made an authentic contribution to the history of art in America. Taking for their subjects the local people, flora, and landscapes, they developed a distinctive impressionistic style, uninfluenced by other art movements in Indiana. Richmond, Indiana, became an important center for art in the Midwest, a place that nourished and inspired the artists whose work this book celebrates.

2014 / 198 pp / 9780253011985 / $40.00
Order No. 1500

Thomas Hart Benton and the Indiana Murals

Kathleen A. Foster, Nanette Esseck Brewer, and Margaret Contompasis

Decorating the Indiana hall at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago was a bold and colorful sequence of paintings by American muralist Thomas Hart Benton depicting the social, economic, and cultural history of the Hoosier state from mound building to the 1930s. In this dramatic 250-foot mural, which has been on display at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1940, Benton sought to create art that spoke to a mainstream audience in a realist style. This book features a full-color gatefold which represents the flow of the murals along with a portfolio of color reproductions of the 22 existing panels. Accompanying essays trace the history of the murals' creation and their installation at Indiana University, the visual narrative that Benton invented, the artist's method as seen in a series of preparatory drawings, and a detailed account of the conservation of the murals.

paper / 208 pp / 2001 / ISBN 978-0253337603 / $29.95
Order No. 3040

Naptown Rock Radio Wars

David Fulton

It was a fight to the death . . . well, maybe not to the death, but it was definitely a battle that would change not only the listening habits of tens of thousands of Hoosiers but also the entire culture of the Indiana state capital city. It had repercussions throughout the nation as the first major war of AM radio versus FM radio. It was Forty-fives versus album cuts and the good guys versus the bad boysand Naptown would never be the same. Two brilliant and fierce broadcasting competitors went head to head: Richard Fairbanks, who for almost two decades owned WIBC-AM 1070, the 50,000-watt radio behemoth, versus Don Burden, the young upstart broadcasting impresario who swaggered into town and launched the glitzy, promotion-oriented though relatively low-powered WIFE-AM 1310. How was the war fought? What were the strategies? Who were the personalities both in the limelight and behind the scenes? And who, in the end, would win Naptowns rock radio wars?

paper / 128 pp / 2013 / ISBN 978-0738598512 / $13.19
Order No. 1411

The Art of George Ames Aldrich

Wendy Greenhouse

A highly regarded impressionist-style artist, George Ames Aldrich drew on his years of experience living and studying in Europe to create beautiful landscape paintings. His life and work are explored in this gorgeous book. Many of the artist's finest creations, some representing French subjects and others depicting the midwestern steel industry and American landscapes, are included in this book. It features color reproductions, along with other archival and contextual images. Essays by Michael Wright and Wendy Greenhouse explore in detail Aldrich's life, influences, sources of inspiration, and art historical context. Exploiting a wide variety of sources, Wright and Greenhouse have discovered exciting new information about the artist and his times.

cloth / 104 pp. / 2013 / 9780253009050 / $35.00
Order no. 1418

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Monika Herzig

Signed by author. Includes CD.

A Living Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career―as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s "out there" sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the jazz educator’s hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.

cloth / 448 pp / 2011 / ISBN 978-0253356574 / $29.95
Order No. 2908

All Those Years Ago: Fifty Years Later, Beatles Fans Still Remember

David Humphrey

On September 3, 1964, the Beatles performed to over 30,000 fans at two shows during the Indiana State Fair. Fifty years later, many of those who saw the Beatles perform in Indianapolis still look back on that day as one of the most memorable moments of their lives. The nostalgic stories, interviews and photographs author David Humphrey shares in All Those Years Ago will capture the hearts of life-long fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo and evoke fond memories in those who will never forget their landmark visit — a half-century ago — to America's heartland.

paper / 2014 / 84 pp / 978-1935497912 / $24.00
Order No. 1405

Painting Indiana

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc

Painting Indiana

Contemporary Hoosier painters capture the beauty and diversity of Indiana's 92 counties, with a brief commentary on their work and a short history of each county.

paper / 216 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-253-21790-3 / $35.00
Order No. 2535

Painting Indiana II: The Changing Face of Agriculture

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. and Center for Agricultural Science & Heritage, Inc.

Painting II

Over the past hundred years, Indiana agriculture has evolved from family farming to a global industry using biotechnology and satellite positioning. This magnificent collection of more than one hundred works of art by ten outstanding Indiana painters tells the story of that amazing transformation, the forces that brought it about, and the impact it has had on the people, the culture, and the economy of the state. These gifted artists, selected through a competition, tackled subjects as diverse as livestock farms, lumber harvesting, meat packing, farmers' markets, and huge automated dairy operations.

cloth / 201 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-253-34819-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2613

 

Whispers to Shouts: Indiana Women Who Create Art

 

Indiana State Museum

Whispers to Shouts

Catalog for the Indiana State Museum 2005 exhibit of the same name. The book lists all of the artists, including photographs of many, and their art.

paper / 56 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-972879-3-5 / $12.95 $7.77
Order No. 2530

Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy, Revised and Expanded Edition: Gennett Records and the Rise of America's Musical Grassroots

Rick Kennedy

In a piano factory tucked away in Richmond, Indiana, Gennett Records produced thousands of records featuring obscure musicians from hotel orchestras and backwoods fiddlers to the future icons of jazz, blues, country music, and rock 'n' roll. From 1916 to 1934, the company debuted such future stars as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, and Hoagy Carmichael, while also capturing classic performances by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Uncle Dave Macon, and Gene Autry. While Gennett Records was overshadowed by competitors such as Victor and Columbia, few record companies documented the birth of America's grassroots music as thoroughly as this small-town label. In this newly revised and expanded edition of Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy, Rick Kennedy shares anecdotes from musicians, employees, and family members to trace the colorful history of one of America's most innovative record companies.

paper / 304 pp / 2013 / ISBN 978-0253007476 / $25.00
Order No. 348

Contemporary Quilt Art

Kate Lenkowsky

Contemporary Quilt ArtIn the 1970s young artists "discovered" quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide. This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making. The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere.

 

cloth / 304 pp. / 2008 / ISBN: 978-0-253-35124-1 / $34.95 $20.97
Order No. 2710

The Artists of Brown County

 

Lyn Letsinger-Miller

The Artists of Brown County

From the early 1900s through the 1940s, the scenic hill country of Brown County, Indiana was home to a flourishing colony of artists who migrated there from urban areas of the Midwest. The Artists of Brown County is the classic book on the history of this remarkable art colony.

cloth / 223 pp. /1994 / ISBN 978-0-253-33354-4 / $49.95
Order No. 2020

Mellencamp: American Troubadour

David Masciotra

Throughout his prolific career, John Mellencamp has performed more than twenty Top 40 hits, has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hits like "Jack and Diane," "Small Town," and "Cherry Bomb" are iconic American songs that have played an important role in defining midwestern music and developing the rock genre. Despite his critical and commercial success, however, the rough guy from a small town writing songs about everything he "learned about living" is often omitted from the ranks of America's songwriting elite. his thoughtful analysis highlights four decades of the artist's music, which has consistently elevated the dignity of everyday people and honored the quiet heroism of raising families and working hard. This first serious biography of the legendary musician will charm fans and music enthusiasts who are interested in the development of roots rock and Americana music.

cloth / 2015 / 288 pp / 9780813147338 / $35.00
Order No. 1553

Cole Porter

William McBrien

Cole Porter by William McBrien

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of these songs, whose life was not merely one of wealth and privilege. A prodigal young man, Porter found his emotional anchor in a long, loving, if sexless marriage, a relationship he repeatedly risked with a string of affairs with men. His last eighteen years were marked by physical agony but also unstinting artistic achievement, including the great Hollywood musicals "High Society," "Silk Stockings," and "Kiss Me Kate" (recently and very successfully revived on Broadway). Here, at last, is a life that informs the great music and lyrics through illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.

paper / 480 pp / 2000 / ISBN 978-0679727927 / $16.95
Order No. 2793

Clay Times Three: The Tale of Three Nashville, Indiana, Potteries

Kathy McKimmie

Among the many Indiana artists who have settled in Brown County, the potters of Nashville make up a distinctive group. Clay Times Three showcases industrious potters, decorators, and shop owners who have made their living in the area. Focusing on three potteries—Brown County Pottery, Martz Potteries, and Brown County Hills Pottery—the book presents local artists and their work from the Great Depression to the 1980s. Among the artists featured are Karl Martz, Becky Brown Martz, Helen and Walter Griffiths, and Claude Graham. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs of individual pieces, including historical images by famed Nashville photographer Frank Hohenberger. Pottery collectors everywhere will relish this delightful volume.

cloth / 108 pp / 2010 / ISBN 978-0253355898 / $28.95 $20.27
Order No. 918

Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana’s Historical Women Artists

Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss

Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana’s Historical Women Artists

The authors include a biographical dictionary detailing the lives of one hundred of the state’s historical women artists, and they single out nearly forty of them for further examination in detailed essays. While this first-of-its-kind book focuses on Indiana women specifically, its stories offer excellent insights into the culture and values of the greater Midwest, and the nation at large, in the decades before and after the turn of the twentieth century.

cloth / 406 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-87195-177-0 / $29.95
Order No. 2492

House of the Singing Woods: The Life and Work of T.C. Steele

Rachel Berenson Perry

First published in 1966, and now available for Indiana's 2016 bicentennial, this account of the life and work of T.C. Steele, one of Indiana's most renowned artists, includes a new essay on the life of his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele by Hoosier art authority Rachel Bereson Perry. This revised edition of what has become a classic of the painter's life and career includes approximately seventy-five Steele paintings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indiana Museum of Art, Indiana University Art Museum, and private collections. The book also includes original text by Selma Steele ("The House of the Singing Winds"), Theordore L. Steele, the painter's grandson ("The Life"), and former director of the John Herron Art Museum, Wilbur Peat ("The Work").

cloth / 236 pp. / 2016 / 9780871953988 / $39.95
Order no. 1587

Paint and Canvas: A Life of T.C. Steele

Rachel Berenson Perry

Written by author and art historian Rachel Berenson Perry, Paint and Canvas: A Life of T. C. Steele, the eighth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press's youth biography series, traces the path of Steele s career as an artist from his early studies in Germany to his determination to paint what he knew best, the Indiana landscape. Steele, along with fellow artists William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Richard Gruelle, and J. Ottis Adams, became a member of the renowned Hoosier Group and became a leader in the development of Midwestern art. In addition to creating artwork, Steele wrote and gave lectures, served on numerous art juries to select paintings and prizes for national and international exhibitions, and helped organize pioneering art associations and societies. Though known today primarily for his landscapes, Steele was an accomplished and sought-after portrait artist. In 1907 Steele and his second wife, Selma Neubacher, moved to Brown County, where they built their home, dubbed The House of the Singing Winds. From 1907 to 1921 the Steeles spent the spring season at their Brown County property and wintered in Indianapolis. In 1922 Steele became artist in residence and an honorary professor at Indiana University.

cloth / 191 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 978-0871952950 / $17.95
Order No. 2903

T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists, 1896-1914

Rachel Berenson Perry

This book chronicles the Society of Western Artists from its inception in 1896 to its last sponsored exhibit in 1914. Comprised of the top artists from Indianapolis, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, the annual traveling exhibition enhanced the stature of the work of Western artists through exposure to a wider public and by garnering reviews in the nation's art periodicals. A founding and active member of the society, Hoosier Group artist T. C. Steele executed some of his best landscape works during the years the society was active. Rachel Berenson Perry examines Steele's thoughts on plein air painting, his role as a catalyst for the development of regional Midwest impressionism and the Brown County Art Colony, his painting techniques, and his unwavering devotion to nature. The volume features 60 color reproductions of artworks by the society's major artists, complete annual catalog listings, and original exhibition reviews.

cloth / 2009 / 272 pp / 9780253352934 / $49.95
Order no. 867

William J. Forsyth: The Life and Works of an Indiana Artist

Rachel Berenson Perry

Closely associated with artists such as T. C. Steele and J. Ottis Adams, William J. Forsyth studied at the Royal Academy in Munich then returned home to paint what he knew best—the Indiana landscape. It proved a rewarding subject. His paintings were exhibited nationally and received major awards. With full-color reproductions of Forsyth’s most important paintings and previously unpublished photographs of the artist and his work, this book showcases Forsyth’s fearless experiments with artistic styles and subjects. Drawing on his personal letters and other sources, Rachel Berenson Perry discusses Forsyth and his art and offers fascinating insights into his personality, his relationships with his students, and his lifelong devotion to teaching and educating the public about the importance of art.

2014 / 172 pp / 9780253011770 / $35.00
Order No. 1502

Art Matters

Eileen Prince

Art MattersThis collection of ideas and lesson plans will help classroom and homeschool teachers integrate art into their general curriculum. These inventive and effective methods use the visual arts to inspire creative writing and drama; explore math, music, science, and history; and cultivate critical thinking skills. Art instructors will learn strategies for incorporating other areas of study into the art classroom. Ranging from thought-provoking suggestions to concrete, hands-on lesson plans, these activities include an extensive resource list for classroom teachers without an art background. 

paper / 191 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-1-569761-29-8 / $27.92 Now only $5.00!
Order No. 2831

Matter Mind Spirit

Jean Robertson

Matter Mind Spirit

The work of 12 contemporary Indiana women artists whose works blend physical, intellectual, and emotional intensity. Featured are 16 black and white illustrations and 23 color plates.

paper / 60 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-21322-3 / $19.95 $5.00
Order No. 2221

The Jazz State of Indiana

Duncan Schiedt

The Jazz State

Interviews, oral history narratives on tape, and the opening of old scrapbooks that held visual memories of long-gone days were unselfishly shared to create this history of jazz and dance music.

paper / 249 pp. / reprint 1999 (1977) / Lib of Congress 77-79202 / $24.95
Order No. 3038

Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael

Richard M. Sudhalter

Georgia on My Mind, Rockin' Chair, Skylark, Lazybones, and of course the incomparable Star Dust--who else could have composed these classic American songs but Hoagy Carmichael? He remains, for millions, the voice of heartland America, eternal counterpoint to the urban sensibility of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Now, trumpeter and historian Richard M. Sudhalter has penned the first book-length biography of the man Alec Wilder hailed as "the most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great songwriters--the greatest of the great craftsmen." Drawing on Carmichael's private papers and on interviews with family, friends and colleagues, he reveals that "The Old Music Master" was almost as gifted a wordsmith as a shaper of melodies. In all, Stardust Melody offers a richly textured portrait of one of our greatest musical figures, an inspiring American icon.

cloth / 480 pp / 2003 / ISBN 978-0195168983 / $14.00
Order No. 1321

A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans

William E. Taylor and Harriet G. Warkel

A Shared Heritage

The work of four African American artists with shared Indiana roots is shown in work ranging from impressionism and social realism to cubism and abstract expressionism.

paper / 195 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-936260-62-9 / $29.95 $17.97 - OUT OF STOCK
Order No. 2182

Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater

Marianne Williams Tobias

Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater by Marianne Williams Tobias

From operas presented in reconfigured army barracks to those mounted on a stage rivaling that of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, Indiana University Opera Theater has grown into a world-class training ground for opera's next generation. A lavishly illustrated history, Opera for All Seasons captures the excitement, hard work, and talent that distinguish each performance and that have made IU Opera Theater what it is today. More than 300 photos and drawings illustrate six decades of opera production from the inaugural "Tales of Hoffman," a legendary "Parsifal," and a performance of Martinu’s "Greek Passion" at the Met, to the 2008 "La Bohème"—the first opera streamed live on the internet from Indiana University to a worldwide audience. Opera lovers will delight in this sumptuous memento of IU Opera Theater’s glorious history.

cloth / 480 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-35340-5 / $39.95
Order No. 978

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters

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

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

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  • Books on this page organized alphabetically by last name of subject (as opposed to by author)

Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History

William Kerrigan

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard illuminates the meaning of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman's life and the environmental and cultural significance of the plant he propagated. Creating a startling new portrait of the eccentric apple tree planter, William Kerrigan carefully dissects the oral tradition of the Appleseed myth and draws upon material from archives and local historical societies across New England and the Midwest.

The character of Johnny Appleseed stands apart from other frontier heroes like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, who employed violence against Native Americans and nature to remake the West. His apple trees, nonetheless, were a central part of the agro-ecological revolution at the heart of that transformation. Yet men like Chapman, who planted trees from seed rather than grafting, ultimately came under assault from agricultural reformers who promoted commercial fruit stock and were determined to extend national markets into the West. Over the course of his life, John Chapman was transformed from a colporteur of a new ecological world to a curious relic of a pre-market one.

248 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781421407296 / $25.00
Order no. 1361

Baker

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Monika Herzig

A Living Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career—as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s “out there” sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the jazz educator’s hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.

cloth / 448 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-35657-4 / $29.95
Order No. 2908

Bowers

Spokesman For Democracy Claude G. Bowers 1878-1958

Peter J. Sehlinger and Holman Hamilton

Spokesman For Democracy Claude G. Bowers 1878/1958

A man from modest beginnings whose talents, ideals, ambitions, and limitations led him to positions of prestige and influence as a journalist, orator, political advisor, historian, and diplomat.

cloth / 358 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-87195-145-2 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2237

 

 


Bulen

Political Warrior: the Life and Times of L. Keith Bulen

Stanley A. Huseland

Political Warrior tells the story of a driven, controversial, and successful Republican leader--L. Keith Bulen--who helped awaken in the 1960s a sleepy Indianapolis, regenerate the GOP, and launch such political careers as Dick Lugar, Mitch Daniels, John Mutz, Bill Ruckelshaus, and Bill Hudnut.  Drawing on 66 interviews with both friends and adversaries, Huseland sprinkles this exhaustive biography with more than 40 sidebar anecdotes that capture the foibles of a political leader obsessing to make a difference.

cloth / 388 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-9726273-8-3 / $30.00
Order No. 2646
 

Capehart

Homer E. Capehart: A Senator's Life

William Pickett

Homer E. Capehart: A Senator's Life

Homer E. Capehart’s life is a remarkable success story. Lacking any formal education beyond high school, Capehart was a self-made millionaire by the 1930s. Turning to politics, he made a career out of opposition to big government and support for an anti-interventionist foreign policy.

cloth / 243 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-87195-054-5 / $19.95
Order No. 2005

 

 

Chanute

Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution

Simine Short

French-born and self-trained civil engineer Octave Chanute designed America's two largest stockyards, created innovative and influential structures such as the Kansas City Bridge over the previously "unbridgeable" Missouri River, and was a passionate aviation pioneer whose collaborative approach to aeronautical engineering problems encouraged other experimenters, including the Wright brothers. Drawing on rich archival material and exclusive family sources, Locomotive to Aeromotive is the first detailed examination of Chanute's life and his immeasurable contributions to engineering and transportation, from the ground transportation revolution of the mid-nineteenth century to the early days of aviation. Aviation researcher and historian Simine Short brings to light in colorful detail many previously overlooked facets of Chanute's professional and personal life.
cloth / 360 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780252036316 / $49.95
Order No. 2876


Colfax

Schuyler Colfax: The Changing Fortunes of a Political Idol

Willard H. Smith

Indiana Historical Collections 33

A Whig editor in South Bend who became a congressman and vice president of the United States.

cloth / 475 pp. / 1952 / ISBN 1-885323-12-3 / $6.50
Order No. 4075

Dean

James Dean: Rebel with a Cause

Wes D. Gehring

James Dean: Rebel with a Cause

For too long, Gehring argues, Dean has been totally confused with the troubled teenager he played in movies, most powerfully in the classic Rebel with a Cause (1955). The real Dean was a hardworking actor equipped with a clear agenda for success. The biography examines how Dean consciously posed as an angst-ridden youth. “Indeed,” notes Gehring, “it was easily his greatest and most sustained acting job.”

cloth / 323 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-87195-181-9 / $19.95
Order No. 2539

 

Debs

Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist

Nick Salvatore

In this classic book, Nick Salvatore offers a major reevaluation of Eugene V. Debs, the movements he launched, and his belief in American Socialism as an extension of the nation's democratic traditions.
"This is biography at its best."  --Eric Foner for the History Book Club
"In this stunning book, Salvatore sets Debs firmly within the central traditions of United States political and social history and depicts, as never before, the triumph and tragedy that characterized the socialist leader's personal and public life."  --American Historical Review

paper / 2007 / 480 pp / 978-0252074523 / $28.00
Order no. 1109

Dominguez

Valor: The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

Rogelio Dominguez

The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing law school after a rough start, and maturing into a successful attorney and officeholder. Yet there was more in store for Roy. Ready to start a family and embark on a career as a deputy prosecutor, he was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome. How he coped with and eventually overcame this debilitating affliction is a compelling part of his story. The experience steeled him to meet future crises with wisdom, perspective, and grit. An inspiring true story, Valor is also a significant and original contribution to the social, ethnic, and political history of Indiana.

cloth / 271 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253002327 / $38.00
Order no. 2976

Douglass

Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste Marie-Bernier

Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Now, as a result of the groundbreaking research of John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. The comprehensive introduction by the authors, along with headnotes for each section, an essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.―a direct Douglass descendent―provide the definitive examination of Douglass's intellectual, philosophical, and political relationships to aesthetics. Taken together, this landmark work canonizes Frederick Douglass through a form he appreciated the most: photography.

cloth / 320 pp. / 2015 / 9780871404688 / $47.50
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Dunn

Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924

Ray Boomhower

Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924

Documenting this historian's work during the 1880s for free public libraries, enacting a new city charter, preserving the language of the Miami Indians, and ensuring the purity of the ballot box.

cloth / 135 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-87195-119-3 / $24.95 $14.97
Order No. 2251

 

 

 

Farnsworth

The Boy Who Invented Television: A Story of Inspiration, Persistence, and Quiet Passion

Paul Schatzkin

While the great minds of science, financed by the biggest companies in the world, wrestled with 19th century answers to a 20th century problem, Philo T. Farnsworth, age 14, dreamed of trapping light in an empty jar and transmitting it, one line at a time, on a magnetically deflected beam of electrons. Philo Farnsworth was a self-educated farm boy from Rigby, Idaho, when he first sketched his idea for electronic television on a blackboard for his high school science teacher. Six years later, while competitors still struggled with mechanical television systems, Farnsworth successfully demonstrated his invention. He was 21. In 1930, Farnsworth was awarded the fundamental patents for modern television. He spent the next decade perfecting his invention, fighting off challenges to his patents by the giant Radio Corporation of America and defending his vision against his own shortsighted investors who did not share his larger dream of scientific independence. The Boy Who Invented Television traces Farnsworth's "guided tour" of discovery, describing the observations he made in the course of developing his initial invention, and revealing how his unique insights brought him to the threshold of what might have been an even greater discovery-clean, safe, and unlimited energy from controlled nuclear fusion.
 
296 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 9780976200000 / $16.00 
Order no. 1381
 

Gray

Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray

Janet Zenke Edwards

Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray by Janet Zenke Edwards

In the fall of 1915, Alice Gray traded her life in Chicago for a solitary journey in the remote sand hills of northwest Indiana along Lake Michigan. Living in a fisherman's shack, she measured herself against nature rather than society's rigid conventions. Her audacity so bewitched reporters and a curious public that she became a legend in her own time--she became "Diana of the Dunes." Nearly a century later, the story is still a popular folktale, but questions remain. Who was Alice Gray? Why did this Phi Beta Kappa scholar leave Chicago? What happened to her soul mate, Paul Wilson?  In this first-ever book about Diana of the Dunes, the mystery of Alice Gray is revealed by those who knew her and through new research. Excerpts from her dunes diary are published here for the first time since 1918. In these pages, rediscover the legend of Diana of the Dunes...and learn the truth..

paper / 157 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-977-1 / $19.99
Order No. 961

Grissom

Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut

Ray Boomhower

Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut

In this second volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press’s Indiana Biography Series, Hoosier historian and writer Ray E. Boomhower explores Grissom’s life, from his days as a child playing in the forests of nearby Spring Mill State Park to his service as a combat pilot flying missions against Communist opponents in the skies over Korea. He also delves into the process by which NASA selected its original seven Mercury astronauts, the jostling for position to be the first American in space, and Grissom’s near-fatal Liberty Bell 7 flight that haunted his subsequent space career.

cloth / 393 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-176-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2491


Guerin

Belief in Providence: a Life of Saint Theodora Guerin

Julie Young

Belief in Providence: a Life of Saint Theodora Guerin

A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin, a youth biography, explores the life of the woman who would become Indiana's first saint.

cloth / 198 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-255-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2640

 

 

 


Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Charles W. Calhoun

Benjamin Harrison

"The closer one looks at Benjamin Harrison, the less he seems to fit the stereotype of Gilded Age governance. In an age when many in public life enshrined selfishness and espoused laissez-faire, Harrison believed that government had a responsibility to act for the public good. A devout Presbyterian, he held a deep conviction that both men and nations are judged by their deeds. The national government, he believed, had an obligation to pursue policies to promote economic growth and equity. In an era when most chief executives deferred to Capitol Hill, Harrison was an engaged legislative president, working closely with Congress to fashion and enact a host of landmark laws. Similarly, he gave close personal attention to foreign affairs. He expanded trade, revitalized the navy, guided the country through a series of crises, and won new respect for America from foreign powers, great and small. The voters denied him reelection, but Harrison nonetheless left to his successors a glimpse of the great potential of presidential energy."

-Charles W. Calhoun

cloth / 206 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-8050-6952-6 / $20.00
Order No. 2626

Harrison

Mr. Jefferson's Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy

Robert M. Owens

Mr. Jefferson's Hammer

Owens traces Harrison's political career as secretary of the Northwest Territory, territorial delegate to Congress, and governor of Indiana Territory, as well as his role in military and Indian affairs. Thomas Jefferson, who was president during the first decade of the nineteenth century, found in Harrison the ideal agent to carry out his administration's ruthless campaign to extinguish Indian land titles.

paper / 344 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 9780806141985 / $20.11
Order No. 775

 

 


Hesburgh

Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record

Robert Schmuhl

For over half a century, Robert Schmuhl interviewed and wrote about the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., who served as the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 until 1987. Beginning as an undergraduate student during the 1960s, when he covered Hesburgh and Notre Dame for the Associated Press, to 2014 when he conducted his last visit with the frail ninety-seven-year-old priest, Schmuhl maintained a unique relationship with Father Hesburgh. Over time, Hesburgh’s meetings with Schmuhl evolved into a friendship, which is documented in this personal and warmhearted portrait of the man who was for decades considered the most influential priest in America.

cloth / 158 pp. / 2016 / 9780268100896 / $28.00
Order no. 1643

Hinkle

Tony Hinkle: Coach for All Seasons

 Howard Caldwell

Tony HinkleTony Hinkle was the man who shaped Butler University's athletic tradition. He served the institution for nearly half a century as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator. A Hoosier legend, Hinkle worked from 1934 to 1970 as Butler's head coach of basketball, baseball, and football. But it was for basketball that he gained the most fame, creating the Hinkle System -- a disciplined, high motion offense -- which countless other coaches have emulated. Hinkle's 560 career wins rank him among the NCAA's all-time winningest basketball coaches and his 41 years of coaching service rank sixth on the NCAA's all-time list behind legendary greats such as Phog Allen of Kansas, Ed Diddle of Western Kentucky, and Ray Meyer of DePaul. Based on numerous interviews with Hinkle and his players and associates, Tony Hinkle: Coach for All Seasons is an absorbing account of the life of a remarkable figure in the world of sport.

paper/ 206 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223333 / $21.95
Order No. 2836

Hudnut

The Hudnut Years in Indianapolis, 1976-1991

William H. Hudnut, III

The Hudnut Years in Indianapolis 1976-1991

During Bill Hudnut’s 16-year tenure as mayor of Indianapolis, the city was transformed from India-No-Place to what has been called the Miracle of the Rust Belt—and much of the credit for this renaissance belongs to Bill Hudnut. Here he reflects on the trials, tribulations, and many successes of his stint as mayor, and invites supporters and critics alike to comment on the Hudnut years. The result is an insider’s look at the politics, personalities, and problems of a major urban center.

cloth / 296 pp. 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32829-2 / $24.95
Order No. 2164



Jacobs

Slander and Sweet Judgment: The Memoir of an Indiana Congressman

Andy Jacobs, Jr.

Slander and Sweet Judgment: The Memoir of an Indiana Congressman

Andy Jacobs, Jr. was in Congress during the 1960s and was known as the "honest Congressman." His outspoken defense of good legislation and his ability to get things done, as well as his strong condemnation of several President's tendencies to get the United States into wasting warfare, make this book a real read. Jacobs has continued to be a leader in the state of Indiana and his humorous and insightful stories on the art of politics have made him well known and this book very interesting.

cloth / 448 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 1-57860-086-3 / $29.95
Order No. 3124

 

Jontz

The People's Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana

Ray E. Boomhower

The People's Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana is the first-ever biography of Jontz. The book examines his remarkable long-shot political career and lifetime involvement in local, state, and national environmental issues. As a liberal Democrat (he preferred the terms progressive or populist) usually running in conservative districts, Jontz had political pundits predicting his defeat in every election only to see him celebrating another victory with his happy supporters, always clad in a scruffy plaid jacket with a hood from high school that he wore for good luck.

cloth / 259 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780871952981 / $24.95
Order no. 2960



Kavanaugh

Finding Granddad's War

 Jeffery Badger

To discover Leo Kavanaugh, the grandfather he never knew, Jeff Badger, armed with only a handful of photographs that his deceased grandfather brought home from WII, set off to find his grandfather's war buddies.

He found and interviewed 32 elderly Army-engineer veterans from his granddad's unit, including his grandfather's four best buddies. Their firsthand accounts created an intimate and honest portrait of their war: the work of an engineering maintenance company working behind the lines to repair equipment for the infantry, retrieving damaged equipment from the front, avoiding German snipers, building bridges in Germany under enemy fire, coping with the death of a best friend. One Jewish GI said the hardest part of the war was the anti-Semitism - not from the Germans, but from his fellow GI "buddies". The author then tracked down the Jewish GI's main antagonist to get his side of the story.


paper / 342 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781593313210 / $19.95
Order No. 2857

Lilly

Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977

James H. Madison

Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977

A man whose philanthropic gifts endowed a cultural legacy for Indiana. A business leader and citizen of Indianapolis and Indiana.

cloth / 342 pp. / 1989 / ISBN 0-87195-047-2 / $32.50
Order No. 2003

paper / 342 pp. / $19.95
Order No. 2597

 

 


Lincoln

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

In a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

paper / 40 pp. / 2006 / 9781416912682 / $9.00
Order no. 1645 

Lincoln

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Russell Freedman

This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.

cloth ($20.00)/Order no. 2735

paper ($9.95)/Order no. 2738

"There I Grew Up;" Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Youth

Willia E. Bartelt

"There I Gew Up;" Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Youth"There I Grew Up": Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Indiana Youth reveals, through the words of those who knew him, Abraham Lincoln's humor, compassion, oratorical skills, and thirst for knowledge, and it provides an overview of Lincoln's Indiana experiences, his family, the community where the Lincolns settled, and southern Indiana during the years 1816 to 1830.

cloth / 256 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-263-9 / $27.95
Order No. 2699

 

 

House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War

Stephen Berry

House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War by Stephen Berry

For all the talk of the Civil War's pitting brother against brother, no book has told fully the story of one family ravaged by that conflict. And no family better illustrates the personal toll the war took than Lincoln's own. Mary Todd Lincoln was one of fourteen siblings who were split between the Confederacy and the Union. Three of her brothers fought, and two died, for the South. Several Todds--including Mary herself--bedeviled Lincoln's administration with their scandalous behavior. Their struggles haunted the president and moved him to avoid tactics or rhetoric that would dehumanize or scapegoat the Confederates. By drawing on his own familial experience, Lincoln was able to articulate a humanistic, even charitable view of the enemy that seems surpassingly wise in our time, let alone his.

In House of Abraham, the award-winning historian Stephen Berry fills a gap in Civil War history, showing how the war changed one family and how that family changed the course of the war.

paper / 255 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-547-08569-2 / $15.95
Order No. 980

Lincoln the Lawyer

Brian Dirck

Lincoln the LawyerDespite historians' focus on the man as president and politician, Abraham Lincoln lived most of his adult life as a practicing lawyer. It was as a lawyer that he fed his family, made his reputation, bonded with Illinois, and began his political career. Lawyering was also how Lincoln learned to become an expert mediator between angry antagonists, as he applied his knowledge of the law and of human nature to settle one dispute after another. Frontier lawyers worked hard to establish respect for the law and encourage people to resolve their differences without intimidation or violence. These were the very skills Lincoln used so deftly to hold a crumbling nation together during his presidency.

cloth / 244 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0252-03181-6 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2705

Abraham Lincoln: Portrayed in the Collections of the Indiana Historical Society

Harold Holzer

 Abraham Lincoln: Portrayed in the Collections of the Indiana Historical Society

In 2003 the Indiana Historical Society, with a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., acquired some eight hundred items from the Jack L. Smith Graphics Collection, the entire Daniel R. Weinberg Lincoln Conspirators Collection, and the one-of-a-kind original collodion wet-plate negative of Alexander Gardner's iconic photograph of Lincoln taken only days before the 1863 Gettysburg Address. These collections were added to the some three hundred major pieces of Lincolniana, including a handwritten page from the future president's childhood sum book, which the Society already owned.
The Smith Collection includes contemporary and later images of Lincoln with his family, generals, and cabinet members. Also included are political cartoons, illustrated sheet music, and book and newspaper illustrations of the period. The Weinberg Collection consists of photographs, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and newspapers relating to the trial and execution or imprisonment of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.

cloth / 263 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 978-0-87195-201-1 / $49.95
Order No. 2637

Abe Lincoln Grows Up

Carl Sandburg

Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg

A beautifully told story of young Abraham Lincoln's coming-of-age.
Drawn from the early chapters of Carl Sandburg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood. Growing up poor on the family farm, Abe did chores, helped his father cut down trees, and expertly skinned animals and cured hides. As a young man, he became an avid reader. When he witnessed a slave auction while on a flatboat trip down the Mississippi, he was forever changed--and so was the future of America. This is the remarkable story of Lincoln's youth, early America, and the pioneer life that shaped one of our country's greatest presidents.

paper / 222 pp. / 1926 / ISBN 978-0-15-602615-4 / $6.00
Order No. 954  Temporarily Out of Stock

 

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years

Carl Sandburg

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years by Carl Sandburg

Originally published in six volumes, Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was called “the greatest historical biography of our generation.” Sandburg distilled this work into one volume that became the definitive life of Lincoln.

paper / 762 pp. / 1954 / ISBN 0-15-602752-3 / $26.00
Order No. 965

 

Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk

In this astonishing and illuminating book, Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the deep melancholy that pervaded Abraham Lincoln's life and its influence on his mature character. Mired in personal suffering as a young man, Lincoln forged a hard path toward mental health. His coping strategies and depressive insight ultimately helped the sixteenth president find the strength that he, and America, needed to overcome the nation's greatest turmoil. Drawing on seven years of research, Shenk offers a nuanced, revelatory perspective on Lincoln and his legacy.

paper / 350 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 978-3-618-77344-2 / $14.95
Order No. 982

Lincoln's Youth: Indiana Years, 1816-1830

Louis A. Warren

Lincoln's Youth: Indiana Years, 1816-1830

Lincoln's Indiana years are highly formative, occupying the long interval between early childhood and young manhood.

cloth / 320 pp. / 1959, reprinted 2002 / ISBN 0-87195-062-6 / $24.95
Order No. 2408

paper / 320 pp. / 1959, reprinted 2002 / ISBN 0-87195-063-4 / $16.95
Order No. 2407

 

The Life of Lincoln: Video & Interactive Group Learning Tools

The Life of Lincoln: Video & Interactive Group Learning Tools

Focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s life from his early days to his assassination and its aftermath. Activities include interpreting primary sources such as Lincoln photographs and political cartoons, analyzing Lincoln speeches, studying the Civil War, and other research activities. 3-disk set includes 50 minute video, interactive DVD, and 79 page downloadable teachers guide.

DVD / 2005/$16.95
Order No. 2548


 

Lockridge

Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

Larry Lockridge

Raintree County, the first novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr., was the publishing event of 1948. Excerpted in Life magazine, it was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, won MGM's Novel Award and a movie deal, and stood at the top of the nation's bestseller lists. Unfortunately, Lockridge's first novel was also his last. Two months after its publication the 33-year-old author from Bloomington, Indiana, took his own life. His son Larry was five years old at the time. Shade of the Raintree is Larry’s search for an understanding of his father's baffling act. In this powerfully narrated biography, Larry Lockridge uncovers a man of great vitality, humor, love, and visionary ambition, but also of deep vulnerability. The author manages to combine a son's emotional investments with a sleuth's dispassionate inquiry. The result is an exhilarating, revelatory narrative of an American writer's life. With a new preface by the author, this 2014 paperback edition marks 100 years since the birth of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

2014 / 544 pp / 9780253012982 / $25.00
Order No. 1497

Lugar

Richard D. Lugar: Statesman of the Senate

John T. Shaw

Two-time chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard G. Lugar has been one of the most widely respected foreign policy experts in Congress for over three decades. In this illuminating profile, John T. Shaw examines Lugar’s approach to lawmaking and diplomacy for what it reveals about the workings of the Senate and changes in that institution. Drawing on interviews with Lugar and other leading figures in foreign policy, Shaw chronicles Lugar's historic work on nuclear proliferation, arms control, energy, and global food issues, highlighting the senator’s ability to influence American foreign policy in consequential ways. The book presents Lugar’s career as an example of the role Congress can play in the shaping of foreign policy in an era of a strong executive branch. It demonstrates the importance of statesmanship in contemporary American political life while acknowledging the limitations of this approach to governance.

 
cloth / 280 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253007117 / $28.00
Order no. 2974

Maclure

Maclure of New Harmony

Leonard Warren

Maclure of New Harmony

Maclure of New Harmony follows the twists and turns of William Maclure's intriguing life. A native Scotsman, Maclure (1763–1840) became a merchant, made a fortune, and retired in his early thirties. Then his life became interesting. Fascinated by the study of geology, Maclure did fieldwork throughout Europe before traveling to the United States, where he completed the first geological survey of his adopted nation and published a detailed, color geological map—one reason he is known as the Father of American Geology.

cloth / 343 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-35326-9 / $27.95
Order No. 2756

 

McNutt

Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

Dean Kotlowski

In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be presidential candidate. Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR explores McNutt’s life, his era, and his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt. It sheds light on the expansion of executive power at the state level during the Great Depression, the theory and practice of liberalism as federal administrators understood it in the 1930s and 1940s, the mobilization of the American home front during World War II, and the internal dynamics of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. McNutt’s life underscores the challenges and changes Americans faced during an age of economic depression, global conflict, and decolonialization.

cloth / 600 pp. / 2015 / 9780253014689 / $45.00
Order no. 1638

McQueen

Steve McQueen: The Great Escape

Wes D. Gehring

Steve McQueen: The Great Escape by Wes D. Gehring

Nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores how McQueen rose from his days as a troubled youth into one of Hollywood's top box-office stars of the 1960s and 1970s, and how he attempted to ease the lives of other troubled youth.

cloth / 272 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-87195-279-0 / $19.95
Order No. 923

 
 
 
 

Mellencamp

Mellencamp: American Troubadour

David Masciotra

Throughout his prolific career, John Mellencamp has performed more than twenty Top 40 hits, has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hits like "Jack and Diane," "Small Town," and "Cherry Bomb" are iconic American songs that have played an important role in defining midwestern music and developing the rock genre. Despite his critical and commercial success, however, the rough guy from a small town writing songs about everything he "learned about living" is often omitted from the ranks of America's songwriting elite. his thoughtful analysis highlights four decades of the artist's music, which has consistently elevated the dignity of everyday people and honored the quiet heroism of raising families and working hard. This first serious biography of the legendary musician will charm fans and music enthusiasts who are interested in the development of roots rock and Americana music.

cloth / 2015 / 288 pp / 9780813147338 / $35.00
Order No. 1553

Meredith

The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith

Fred Whitford

Virginia Claypool Meredith's role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late-nineteenth century America. Her status allowed her to campaign for the education of women in general and rural women in particular. While striving to change society's expectations for women, she also gave voice to the important role of women in the home. A lifetime of dedication made Virginia Meredith the most remarkable woman in Indiana and the Queen of American Agriculture. Meredith was also an integral part of the history of Purdue University. She was the first woman appointed to serve on the university's board of trustees, had a residence hall named in her honor, and worked with her adopted daughter, Mary L. Matthews, in creating the School of Home Economics, the predecessor of today's College of Consumer and Family Sciences. Virginia Claypool Meredith was a woman well ahead of her times and left a legacy for the women of Indiana and the nation.

434 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781557535122 / $39.95
Order no. 1209

Miner

Surviving Hell: The Journey of a WWII POW in the Pacific, 1942-1945

Lt. Col. William D. Miner

Surviving Hell is a harrowing account of Lieutenant Colonel William Miner, taken prisoner for 39 months after his unit surrendered to the Japanese on the island of Cebu, Philippines, during World War II. Despite losing every friend in his unit and suffering from torture and deprivation that would warp men's souls, Bill Minor professed, "I am lucky. People fell beside me and people were blown apart beside me. Anywhere I went as a prisoner, I tried to be aware of the situation and use it the best I could to survive." This fascinating and arresting true story features excerpts from Bill Minor's personal prison diary, which he kept despite the accompanying risk of torture or even death, along with photos and post-war recollections.

paper / 292 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596527683 / $19.95
Order No. 2862


Minton

Sherman Minton

Linda C. Gugin and James St. Clair

Sherman Minton

Authors Gugin and St. Clair explore the forces and events that shaped Minton's political style and judicial character. Chief among the influences on Minton were his southern Indiana roots, his childhood adversity, his attraction to populism and its foremost proponent, William Jennings Bryan, and his involvement in the partisan politics of Indiana. Out of this mixture was born a political philosophy that was neither liberal nor conservative, but pragmatic. As both New Deal senator and Cold War justice Minton acted in harmony with his long-held views of democracy. From an early age Minton longed to be in public service. The road to this goal, however, as the authors chronicle, was marked with detours and bumps. But Minton, drawing upon the strength acquired during the difficulties of his youth, was doggedly determined. His fascinating journey, therefore, stands as an inspirational testimony to will and perseverance. Minton's life, too, is testimony to the value of wit and humor.

cloth / 370 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-87195-116-9 / $29.95
Order No. 2216

Nicholson

Meredith Nicholson: A Writing Life

Ralph D. Gray

 Meredith Nicholson: A Writing Life

The first biography on writer Meredith Nicholson (1866–1947), an important figure in Indiana's "Golden Age" of literature, which extended roughly from 1880 to 1920. He was one of the "Big Four" writers—with James Whitcomb Riley, George Ade, and Booth Tarkington. Nicholson authored twenty-eight books.

cloth / 282 pp. / 2007 / ISBN-978-0-87195-257-8 / $19.95
Order No. 2659

 

 

A Meredith Nicholson Reader

Ralph D. Gray

 A Meredith Nicholson Reader

This is an introduction to the writings of one of the so-called Big Four in Indiana's Golden Age of Literature.  Meredith Nicholson, however, is the least known of that quartet, which includes James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington, and George S. Ade.  Nicholson (1866-1947) was a talented, versatile, and remarkably prolific writer.  This reader is designed to restore writings by Nicholson to bookshelves in homes, schools, and public libraries, and revive memories of the man himself in the people of the state and nation that he loved so deeply.

paper / 354 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-1-4343-2151-0 / $21.99
Order No. 2676 

O'Bannon

Legacy of a Governor: The Life of Indiana's Frank O'Bannon

Andrew E. Stoner, Foreword by Judy O'Bannon

Legacy of a Governor: The Life of Indiana's Frank O'Bannon

"I reasoned if a book was to be written about Frank, it must be researched by someone who understands the complexities of policies and sees government service as a unique calling for public service. Frank's story needed to be recounted by a person who shared Frank's commitment to servant leadership in today's world. Andrew Stoner is that writer. He felt comfortable and confident that he knew and understood Frank O'Bannon, the public and private person. He was trained and experienced in his research and his writing. The greatest strength Stoner brought to the book's creation was his ability to connect with people in the private interviews he had with family, friends and others involved over the years with Frank. His writing brought back so much that had gotten pushed aside in my mind by more current and immediate pressures. Legacy of a Governor captured quotes and revealed events and people I had never known well."

-Judy O'Bannon

paper / 445 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 1-60008-017-0 / $19.95
Order No. 2616

cloth / 445 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 1-60008-012-X / $24.95
Order No. 2617

Peet

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

Bill Peet

"Fans who grew up with any of Peet's more than 30 books--Pamela the Camel; Zella, Zack and Zodiac; Chester the Worldly Pig among them--or with any of the Disney movies he worked on--such as Cinderella, Dumbo, Pinocchio, 101 Dalmatians--will welcome this inside look at the creative process. Peet wryly tells the story of his life, from his boyhood in Indianapolis to his years working at the Disney studios. He started as an "in-betweener," who had the "tedious, painstaking job of adding hundreds of drawings in between hundreds of other drawings to move Donald or Mickey from here to there." The job lasted until the day a stack of Donald Duck drawings caused Peet to run from the office, shouting "NO MORE DUCKS!!! NO MORE LOUSY DUCKS!" Promoted to the story department, he was often the imaginative force behind ideas for which story editors claimed credit in front of Walt Disney; his work at the studio lasted 27 years, during which time his children's book career took off. Readers will come away with a Peet's-eye view of the Depression, and also of the drudgery and politicking of office life--and he completely demystifies the glamour side of working in Hollywood. The illustrations--samples from his Disney sketches and pictures of him involved in nearly every facet of human experience--offer a humorous guide to adult life that readers of all ages will surely respond to. Toward the end, Peet spells out for readers what he believes has been the course of his life, and these pages are a little too baldly introspective compared to what has come before. Nevertheless, he offers an ebullient invitation to survey his life, a dip into an inkpot of entertaining facts. And the format could inspire a whole new kind of autobiography--since an illustrator "thinks" visually, using pictures to tell his life story seems positively inspired."  -Publisher's Weekly

paper / 192 pp. / 1994 / 9780395689820 / $18.50
Order no. 1625

Purdue

The Midas of the Wabash: A Biography of John Purdue

Robert C. Kriebel

A biography of noted businessman John Purdue (1802-1876), whose donations of time and money led to the founding of Indiana's land grant university, Purdue University, in 1869. Purdue also contributed to economically-important bridge, railroad, and cemetery construction, the existence of the Lafayette Savings Bank and the Battle Ground Collegiate Institute, cattle farming, Lafayette's public school system, and countless other worthy enterprises. To date, there has been no published full-length study of Mr. Purdue's life and work beyond casual street talk that portrayed Purdue as a difficult individual with whom to work. This biography incorporates research efforts by previous writers with facts gleaned from newspaper coverage, official documents, and a few rare samples of Mr. Purdue's letters. In this way, a complete picture of the man and myth is generated.

paper / 182pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781557532879 / $14.95
Order No. 2952

Pyle

The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle

Ray E. Boomhower

To the millions of Americans on the home front during World War II, Ernie Pyle’s column in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle’s popularity and readership was worldwide, with his column appearing in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers.

cloth / $17.95
Order No. 2624

 




Ernie Pyle's War: A Documentary on Ernie Pyle World War II Correspondent

Produced by Todd Gould, WFYI Productions, and the Indiana Historical Society

Ernie Pyle’s War traces the life and works of one of the most popular American writers of the 20th century. This documentary features rare, historic film and photographs, as well as revealing interviews with historians, veterans and others who knew and served with Pyle including Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney and Charles Osgood.

DVD / 30 minutes / 2012 / $19.95
Order No. 1521

 

 



Rande

The Brilliant Bandit of the Wabash: The Life of the Notorious Outlaw Frank Rande

Mark Dugan

The Brilliant Bandit of the WabashThis fast-paced biography tells the violent story of a man who had delusional dreams of becoming a celebrated desperado along the lines of Jesse James or his hero, Sam Hildebrand, yet he was ultimately forgotten by history. In the latter part of the 1870s, Charles Scott, alias Frank Rande, made headlines across Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri for his murderous crime spree and publicity-seeking bravado. But, unlike the dime novel heros he idolized, Rande did not die in a blaze of gunsmoke; rather, he was captured, tried for murder, sentenced to life in prison, and found hanged in a lonely prison cell in Joliet Penitentiary. Dugan and Vasconcelles delved deep into old newspaper archives, state prison records, and other archival material to recreate Rande's brief, brutal career, chasing his faint trail through nearly four decades, multiple aliases, and several states. Rounding out this raw tale of a most heinous criminal, The Brilliant Bandit of the Wabash features dozens of compelling historical images, including Rande's self-commissioned publicity photos and macabre excerpts of his original poetry that had been published in newspapers of the day. This engaging volume is sure to fascinate fans of outlaws and the Old West, as well as those interested in learning more about this previously untold chapter in Midwestern history.

cloth / 219 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8758042-4-8 / $22.95
Order No. 2689

Redenbacher

Just Call Me Orville

Robert W. Topping

Based on extensive interviews and archival research, this book traces the career of Orville Redenbacher, the “popcorn king,” from his agricultural studies at Purdue University to his emergence as an American advertising icon. Born in Brazil, Indiana, in 1907, Orville began his lifelong obsession with the development of new strains of seed at Purdue, where he earned a degree in agronomy while also playing in the All-American Marching Band. After experimenting with thousands of varieties, Orville and his partner Charlie Bowman launched Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn in 1970. Through a combination of shrewd marketing and a notably superior product, the partners controlled a third of the market for popping corn by 1976, when their Chester Hybrids business was sold to Hunt Wesson Foods. While the company gradually became absorbed into the food giant ConAgra, Orville Redenbacher prospered as a larger-than-life brand spokesperson and a symbol of wholesomeness and fun until his death in 1995.

paper / 182 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557535955/ $16.95
Order No. 2950

Pyle

At Home With Ernie Pyle

Owen V. Johnson, Editor

As anyone who has read his legendary WWII reporting knows, Ernie Pyle had an uncanny ability to connect with his readers, seeking out stories about the common people with whom he felt a special bond. A master of word painting, Pyle honed the skills that would win him a 1944 Pulitzer Prize for his battlefront reporting by traveling across America, writing columns about the people and places he encountered. At Home with Ernie Pyle celebrates Pyle’s Indiana roots, gathering for the first time his writings about the state and its people. These stories preserve a vivid cultural memory of his time. In them, we discover the Ernie Pyle who was able to find a piece of home wherever he wandered. By focusing on his family and the lives of people in and from the Hoosier state, Pyle was able to create a multifaceted picture of the state as it slowly transformed from a mostly rural, agrarian society to a modern, industrial one. Here is the record of a special time and place created by a master craftsman, whose work remains vividly alive three quarters of a century later.

cloth / 424 pp. / 2016 / 9780253019059 / $30.00
Order no. 1585

Riley

James Whitcomb Riley: A Life

Elizabeth J. Van Allen

James Whitcomb Riley:  A Life

An investigation of the overwhelming popularity of the poet at the turn of the century and his importance as a cultural figure and definer of his times.

cloth / 352 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-33591-4 / $29.95
Order No. 2230

 

 

 


Ross

Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer

Jerry L. Ross and John Norberg

The majority of the book is an insider’s account of the US Space Shuttle program, including the unforgettable experience of launch, the delights of weightless living, and the challenges of constructing the International Space Station. Ross is a uniquely qualified narrator. During seven spaceflights, he spent 1,393 hours in space, including 58 hours and 18 minutes on nine space walks. Life on the ground is also described, including the devastating experiences of the Challenger and Columbia disasters.

For readers who have followed the space program from Mercury through the International Space Station and wonder what comes next, this book provides fascination; for young people interested in space exploration and reaching for their dreams, whatever they might be, this book provides inspiration. Full of stories of spaceflight that few humans have ever experienced, told with humor and honesty, Spacewalker presents a unique perspective on the hard work, determination, and faith necessary to travel beyond this world.

320 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781557536310 / $29.95
Order no. 1370

Sewall

Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall

Ray E. Boomhower

A biography aimed at young readers, Fighting for Equality showcases Sewall's important contributions to the history of Indianapolis, Indiana, the United States, and the world. A woman who had the "organizing touch," Sewall helped to establish such Indianapolis institutions as the Girls' Classical School, the Indianapolis Woman's Club, the Contemporary Club, the Art Association of Indianapolis (today known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art), and the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-253-0 / $17.95
Order No. 2675

 


Small

John Small of Vincennes: Gunsmith on the Western Frontier

Jim Dresslar and Jeff Jaeger

The aim of this book is to make known the life and work of a master craftsman - a master artist - John Small of  Vincennes, Indiana. This book represents the product of a labor of love by three individuals over a thirty-year period.

cloth / 120 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 0965103927 / $49.95
Order No. 2945

Steele

 

House of the Singing Woods: The Life and Work of T.C. Steele

Rachel Berenson Perry

First published in 1966, and now available for Indiana's 2016 bicentennial, this account of the life and work of T.C. Steele, one of Indiana's most renowned artists, includes a new essay on the life of his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele by Hoosier art authority Rachel Bereson Perry. This revised edition of what has become a classic of the painter's life and career includes approximately seventy-five Steele paintings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indiana Museum of Art, Indiana University Art Museum, and private collections. The book also includes original text by Selma Steele ("The House of the Singing Winds"), Theordore L. Steele, the painter's grandson ("The Life"), and former director of the John Herron Art Museum, Wilbur Peat ("The Work").

cloth / 236 pp. / 2016 / 9780871953988 / $39.95
Order no. 1587


Studebaker

Studebaker

Donald T. Critchlow

Studebaker

Studebaker automobiles are now history, but the company, which produced distinguished cars that still enjoy a loyal following, left a mark on community, employees, and the corporate consciousness.

cloth / 228 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33065-3 / $39.95
Order No. 2188

 

 

 



Taggart

Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss, 1856-1929

 

James Philip Fadely

Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss 1856-1929

Biography of one of Indiana's legendary political figures and most successful early entrepreneurs who came from a humble immigrant background to become one of the state's wealthiest men.

cloth / 267 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-87195-115-0 / $27.95
Order No. 2208

 

 

 


Taylor

Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to Be the World's Fastest Human Being

Todd Balf

MajorMajor is the gripping story of a superstar nobody saw coming--a classic underdog, aided by an unlikely crew:  a disgraced fight promoter, a broken ex-racer, and a poor upstate girl from New York who wanted to be a queen. It is also the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century.  Most of all, it is the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity-- a man who transcended the handicaps of race at the turn of the century to reach the stratosphere of fame.

 


cloth / 306 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-307-23658-6 / $24.00
Order No. 2684 - out of stock
paper / 320 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0307236593 / $14.00
Order No. 788

Thompson

Colonel Dick Thompson: The Persistent Whig

Charles Roll

Indiana Historical Collections 30

Served as a legislator from Lawrence County, in Congress with Abraham Lincoln, and was Secretary of the Navy in the cabinet of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

cloth / 315 pp. / 1948 / ISBN 1-885323-11-5 / $10.00
Order No. 4011

Vonnegut

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

Charles J. Shields

While millions know Vonnegut as a counterculture guru, antiwar activist, and satirist of American culture, few outside his closest friends and family knew the full arc of his extraordinary life. And So It Goes changes that, painting the portrait of a man who made friends easily but always felt lonely, sold millions of books but never felt appreciated, and described himself as a humanist but fought with humanity at large. As a former public relations man, Vonnegut crafted his image carefully―the avuncular, curly-haired humorist―though he admitted, "I myself am a work of fiction." The extremely wide and overwhelmingly positive review coverage for And So It Goes has been nothing less than extraordinary and confirm it as the definitive biography of Kurt Vonnegut.

paper /  515 pp. / 2012 / 9781250012180 / $17.99
Order no. 1581

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Introduction by Dan Wakefield

This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. Vonnegut’s unmediated observations on science, art, and commerce prove to be just as inventive as any found in his novels—from a crackpot scheme for manufacturing “atomic” bow ties to a tongue-in-cheek proposal that publishers be allowed to trade authors like baseball players. (“Knopf, for example, might give John Updike’s contract to Simon and Schuster, and receive Joan Didion’s contract in return.”) Taken together, these letters add considerable depth to our understanding of this one-of-a-kind literary icon, in both his public and private lives. Each letter brims with the mordant humor and openhearted humanism upon which he built his legend. And virtually every page contains a quotable nugget that will make its way into the permanent Vonnegut lexicon.

paper /  480 pp. / 2014 / 9780385343763 / $20.00
Order no. 1579

We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek: The Young Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis and Beyond

Majie Alford Failey

We Never Danced Cheek to CheekKurt Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis affected his life and writing in significant ways, from settings in books to viewpoints and speech patterns. Certainly his attitude towards his hometown and state evolved. Vonnegut went through phases of appreciation for his home and high school in nostalgic moments to distrust and distaste for everything Hoosier at moments when he felt his writing had been rejected.

Hawthorne’s new release We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek: The Young Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis and Beyond by Majie Failey is a journey through the life of this member of the Class of 1940—with all of its carefree existence and its abrupt graduation into war. This book by one of Kurt’s lifelong, closest friends digs deeply into intimate moments, days, and years of the famous writer’s youth. Here are stories and photos never before seen from scrapbooks, issues of the Shortridge Echo where Kurt was an editor, childhood art and writing pieces, journals from his Owls Club road trips to the far west and Florida, and insights into his family. And beyond high school, this is the story of the consistent, kind concern of this Pulitzer-Prize winning author for his old friends, the support he gave as the Class of ’40 all grew older, and bittersweet moments as he himself confided his concerns over career and aging to his friends.

Paper / 160 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-8-3 / $18.00

Order No. 2877

Walker

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

A'Lelia Bundles

On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles. On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as “Freedom Baby,” “Motherless Child,” “Bold Moves” and “Black Metropolis,” Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

paper / 416 pp. / 2001 / 9780743431729 / $17.99
Order no. 1584

Wallace

The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace

Ray E. Boomhower

The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace

The ups and downs of Lew Wallace’s amazing days are told in this new biography for young readers. Written by award-winning Hoosier historian and author Ray E. Boomhower, The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace includes numerous photographs and illustrations of Wallace and the people he met and events he participated in during his lifetime.

The son of an Indiana governor, Wallace became passionate about books and combat. He tried to win lasting fame though service for the Union cause on the battlefield during the Civil War, but instead won honor and glory through a quieter pastime: writing. His novel Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ became one of the country’s best loved books and was made into two successful Hollywood films.

At various times in his life, Wallace also was a lawyer, an Indiana state senator, vice president of the court-martial that tried the conspirators behind the assassination of President Lincoln, governor of New Mexico Territory during the days of outlaw Billy the Kid, and a diplomat who represented the United States in Turkey.

Wallace dreamed always of glory and lived a life full of adventures, triumphs, and tragedies. He remains one of the most colorful and important figures in the Hoosier State's history.

cloth / 176 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-87195-185-1 / $15.95
Order No. 2573

Walsh

View from the State House: Recollections and Reflections, 1961-1965

Matthew E. Welsh

Indiana Historical Collections 54

Democrat Governor Welsh relates how he campaigned and was elected (with a separately elected Republican lieutenant governor). A valuable book for students of Indiana government and for anyone who is thinking about going into politics or government service.

cloth / 290 pp. / 1981 / ISBN 1-885323-55-7 / $24.95
Order No. 4091

paper / 290 pp. / reprint 1992 (1981) / ISBN 1-885323-32-8 / $16.95
Order No. 4092


Wells

Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University

James H. Capshew

Energetic, shrewd, and charming, Herman B. Wells was the driving force behind the transformation of Indiana University—which became a model for American public higher education in the 20th century. A person of unusual sensitivity and a skilled and empathetic communicator, his character and vision shaped the structure, ethos, and spirit of the institution in countless ways. Wells articulated a persuasive vision of the place of the university in the modern world. Under his leadership, Indiana University would grow in size and stature, establishing strong connections to the state, the nation, and the world. His dedication to the arts, to academic freedom, and to international education remained hallmarks of his 63-year tenure as President and University Chancellor. Wells lavished particular attention on the flagship campus at Bloomington, expanding its footprint tenfold in size and maintaining its woodland landscape as new buildings and facilities were constructed. Gracefully aging in place, he became a beloved paterfamilias to the IU clan. Wells built an institution, and, in the process, became one himself.

cloth / 488 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253357205 / $35.00
Order No. 2932

Being Lucky: Reminiscences and Reflections

Herman B Wells

In this absorbing autobiography, Herman B Wells, the legendary former president of Indiana University, recalls his small-town boyhood, the strong influence of his parents, his pioneering work with Indiana banks during the Great Depression, and his connection with IU, which began as a student when the still provincial school had fewer than 3,000 students. At the end of his 25-year tenure as president, IU was a university with an international reputation and a student body that would soon exceed 30,000. Both lighthearted and serious, Wells's reflections describe in welcome detail how he approached the job, his observations on administration, his thoughts on academic freedom and tenure, his approach to student and alumni relations, and his views on the role of the university as a cultural center. Being Lucky is a nourishing brew of the memories, advice, wit, and wisdom of a remarkable man.

 
paper / 493 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253006134 / $25.00
Order no. 2973

White

The Quiet Hero: The Life of Ryan White

Nelson Price

In 1985 the eyes of the world turned to the Hoosier State and the attempt by Ryan White, a thirteen-year-old Kokomo, Indiana, teenager, to do what seemed to be a simple task—join his fellow classmates at Western Middle School in Russiaville, the school to which his Kokomo neighborhood was assigned.
Ryan White, however, had been diagnosed with AIDS from contaminated blood-based products used to treat his hemophilia. His wish to return to school was met with close to hysteria by members of the school board, parents, and teachers alike.
White won the right to return to school, but with concessions. At school, White became the target of slurs and lies, and his locker was vandalized. Although the White family received support from citizens and celebrities around the world, the situation grew so bad in Kokomo that they moved to Cicero, Indiana—a community that greeted them with open arms.

2015 / 151 pp / 9780871953070 / $17.95
Order No. 1515

Willkie

Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist

James H. Madison

Indiana's Wendell Willkie burst upon the national political scene in 1940 when, apparently out of nowhere, he won the Republican nomination for the presidency and ran against Franklin Roosevelt. After his defeat, he traveled widely and returned to write ÂOne World, which had a tremendous impact on the then-isolationist United States. "There was about him," the ÂNew York Times editorialized, "a warm and winning sincerity... a natural straightforwardness which left untouched no one who knew him." These essays by a distinguished group of historians recognize one of the state's most famous native sons and reassess his impact on history one hundred years after his birth.

1992 / 184 pp / 9780253336194 / $28.95
Order No. 1501

Wise

Robert Wise: Shadowlands

Wes D. Gehring

Wes D. Gehring explores Wise’s life from his days in the Hoosier State to the beginning of his movie career at RKO studios working as the editor of Orson Welles’s classic movie Citizen Kane. Wise is best known for producing and directing two of the most memorable movie musicals in cinema history, West Side Story (co-director Jerome Robbins) and The Sound of Music, for which he won four Academy Awards—two Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. But, as Gehring notes, other than Howard Hawks, Wise was arguably Hollywood’s most versatile director of various celebrated genre films. For example, his roots in horror go back to a tutelage under the great producer Val Lewton, with Wise directing Boris Karloff’s chilling The Body Snatcher (1945) for Lewton. Years late Wise brilliantly adapted a Shirley Jackson novel as a homage to Lewton, The Haunting (1963). No less a horror aficionado than Stephen King later gave both Jackson’s novel (originally entitled The Haunting of Hill House) and the film his highest praise in his nonfiction study of horror, Danse Macabre

cloth / 322 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780871952967 / $24.95
Order No. 2938

Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Foreword by UCLA Basketball Coach Steve Alford

John Wooden helped define college basketball in the twentieth century and became an icon of American sports. His name is forever identified with the University of California, Los Angeles, where in the 1960s and 1970s he built a basketball dynasty and coached Bruin teams to unprecedented success: ten national championships in twelve years, seven national titles in a row, four perfect seasons, and an eighty-eight-game winning streak all NCAA men's records that remain unrivaled. In this tenth volume of the Indiana Historical Society Press's celebrated Youth Biography Series, Barbara Olenyik Morrow traces the path of Wooden s career. Full of archival photos, this biography also shows how Wooden s story is inseparable from major events and social currents in the twentieth century, from the Great Depression to civil-rights struggles to campus unrest during the Vietnam War.

cloth / 256 pp / 2014 / 978-0871953612 / $17.95
Order No. 1520

Biographies Featuring More Than One Person

The Dean's Bible: Five Purdue Women and their Quest for Equality

Angie Klink

Like pearls threaded one-by-one to form a necklace, five women successively nurtured students on the Purdue University campus in America’s heartland during the 1930s to 1990s. Individually, each became a legendary dean of women or dean of students. Collectively, they wove a sisterhood of mutual support in their common—sometimes thwarted—pursuit of shared human rights and equality for all.

While focused on changing attitudes on one college campus, The Deans’ Bible sheds light on cultural change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the deans participated nationally in the quest for equality. The story rolls through the “picture-perfect,” suppressive 1950s; explores the awakening 1960s of women’s liberation; describes the challenging 1980s, with AIDS and alcohol epidemics; and sails into the twenty-first century as a United States Coast Guard cutter is named after Dorothy Stratton and commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama.

As each woman succeeded the other, forming a five-dean friendship, they knitted their bond with a secret symbol—a Bible. Originally possessed by Purdue’s first part-time Dean of Women Carolyn Shoemaker, the Bible was handed down from dean to dean with favorite passages marked. The lowercase word “bible” is often used in connection with reference works or “guidebooks.” The Deans’ Bible is just that, brimming with stories of courageous women who led by example and lived their convictions.

 504 pp. / 2014 / ISBN 9781557536761 / $29.95
Order no. 1373

Divided Paths, Common Ground

Angie Klink

In the early 1900s, Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis forged trails for women at Purdue University and throughout Indiana. Mary was the first dean of the School of Home Economics. Lella was Indiana's first state leader of Home Demonstration. In 1914, Mary hired Lella to organize Purdue's new Home Economics Extension Service. According to those who knew them, Lella was a "sparkler" who traveled the state instructing rural women about nutrition, hygiene, safe water, childcare, and more. "Reserved" Mary established Purdue's School of Home Economics, created Indiana's first nursery school, and authored a popular textbook. Both women used their natural talents and connections to achieve their goals in spite of a male-dominated society. As a land grant institution, Purdue University has always been very connected to the American countryside. Based on extensive oral history and archival research, this book sheds new light on the important role female staff and faculty played in improving the quality of life for rural women during the first half of the twentieth century. It is also a fascinating story, engagingly told, of two very different personalities united in a common goal.

paper / 249 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557535917 / $16.95
Order No. 2948

Heartland Serial Killers

Richard Lindberg

Lindberg, an accomplished local historian and true crime writer, presents a fascinating story of two contemporaneous serial killers, both weaving marriage and murder in and around Chicago during the 1890s and 1900s. Johann Hoch was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a “scientific technique” to romance and seduction. Belle Gunness was a nesting “Black Widow” whose sprawling farm in Northwest Indiana was a fatal lure for lonely bachelors seeking the comforts of middle-age security by answering matrimonial advertisements placed by Gunness.
Notorious in his own day, Hoch had faded into the dark background of Chicago crime history. But, in Heartland Serial Killers, Lindberg brings back vividly the horrors of one of Chicago’s first celebrity criminals and uncovers new evidence of a close connection between Hoch and H.H. Holmes, the “Devil in the White City.” Unlike Hoch, Belle Gunness, likely the most prolific and infamous female serial killer of the 20th century, has remained fascinating to the public. Here, Lindberg presents the most comprehensive and compelling study of the Gunness case to date, including new information regarding ongoing DNA testing of remains found at the site of Gunness’s farm in LaPorte, Indiana, which may serve to resolve once and for all the mystery surrounding Gunness’s death.

cloth / 274 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780875804361 / $28.95
Order No. 2868

Indiana's 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State

Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair (editors)

This volume recognizes the people who made enduring contributions to the state of Indiana in its 200-year history. Written by historians, scholars, biographers, and independent researchers, the biographical essays will enhance the public s knowledge and appreciation of those who made a difference in the lives of Hoosiers, the country, and even the world. While the essays contain standard biographical information, emphasis is placed on what these people accomplished and the resulting impact of their lives on the state and elsewhere.

Subjects profiled in the book include individuals from all fields of endeavor: law, politics, art, music, entertainment, literature, sports, education, business/industry, religion, science/invention/technology, as well as the notorious.

cloth / 436 pp. / 2015 / 9780871953872 / $39.95
Order no. 1519

Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman

Nelson Price

Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman by Nelson Price

This 4th edition of Indiana Legends features more than 160 famous Hoosiers, with new material and updated profiles. Look for Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback; Mother Theodore Guerin, recently made a saint by the Catholic Church; Reggie Miller, former Indianapolis Pacers star; Jeff Gordon, Nascar champ; Florence Henderson, TV actress; Nancy Noel, artist; Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield; David Wolf, astronaut; and John Mellencamp, musician, among the stars from all fields in this book.

paper / 336 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 1-57860-186-X / $24.99
Order No. 2538

  

Forgotten Hoosiers: Profiles from Indiana's Hidden History

Fred D. Cavinder

Forgotten Hoosiers: Profiles from Indiana's Hidden History by Fred D. Cavinder

Vowing to overcome the sin of seriousness, Indiana-born humorist Don Herold lived up to his promise. Gifted with a droll sense of humor and a vivid imagination, he was one of the most widely read, if least remembered, Hoosiers. In Forgotten Hoosiers, journalist Fred D. Cavinder presents a collection of biographical sketches charting the lives of noteworthy Hoosiers who have been overlooked, as well as acclaimed figures whose Hoosier origins have been obscured. From Harland David Sanders, the pioneering Kentucky colonel who developed the world-famous chicken franchise, to Samuel G. Woodfill, whom many have called the greatest hero of World War I, Hoosiers - both known and unknown - have continued to make their marks across the country and the world.

paper / 188 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59629-746-3 / $19.99
Order No. 960

Gentlemen from Indiana: National Party Candidates,1836-1940

Ralph D. Gray, ed.

Indiana Historical Collections 50

Essays deal with twelve men who ran either for president or vice president of the United States; five were successful in their quests.
William Henry Harrison, George W. Julian, Schuyler Colfax, William H. English, Thomas A. Hendricks, Benjamin Harrison, Charles Warren Fairbanks, John W. Kern, Thomas R. Marshall, J. Frank Hanly, Eugene V. Debs, Wendell Willkie.

cloth / 338 pp. / 1977 / ISBN 1-885323-28-X / $11.00
Order No. 4023

paper 338 pp. 1977 / ISBN 1-885323-29-8 / Close out $3.95
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Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

In a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

paper / 40 pp. / 2006 / 9781416912682 / $9.00
Order no. 1645 

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

John Coy, Illustrated by Joe Morse

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy or someone's going to get hurt. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

cloth / 32 pp. / 2013 / 9780761366171 / $19.00
Order no. 1646

Steel Town

Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Terry Widener

In Steel Town, the mills blaze all day and all night, making steel and even more steel to be shipped over the Magic Mountains, down the Pitch-Black River, and far, far away. The men who work in the mills work as hard as the machines that make the steel, never stopping. But when the men go home at night, a different side of Steel Town emerges -- one filled with music and neighbors, pierogies and spaghetti, churches and front porches. This gritty yet poetic world is brought to life through Jonah Winter's lyrical, rhythmic text and Terry Widener's luscious, nocturnal illustrations, whose massive figures glow with the few lights that shine through this darkness. This is a portrait of an imaginary town derived from the very real American steel towns of the 1930s, when the sky was often black as night all day and the cavernous mills belched out fire and smoke.

cloth / 40 pp. / 2008 / 9781416940814 / $22.50
Order no. 1647

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Ellen Levine and Kadie Nelson

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom. Henry's story is similar to that of Alexander McClure.

cloth / 40 pp. / 2007 / 9780439777339 / $19.00
Order no. 1621

Locomotive

Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

cloth / 64 pp. / 2013 / 9781416994152 / $17.50
Order no. 1624

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories!

Norman Bridwell

Celebrate Clifford's 50th anniversary with this collection of classic stories! The eye-catching cover design will have red foil and matte and spot gloss. Celebrate Clifford's 50th anniversary with this collection of six classic stories that were originally published beginning in 1963! This book includes: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford at the Circus, Clifford Gets a Job, Clifford Takes a Trip, Clifford's Good Deeds, and Clifford's Tricks. Also included in the book is an original letter from Norman Bridwell to the reader, information about the creation of Clifford--including an image of Norman's 1962 painting that inspired the Clifford series, the story behind the real Emily Elizabeth, and more!

cloth / 192 pp. / 2012 / 9780545450133 / $14.99
Order no. 1640

Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs and Lasagna

Jim Davis

When the world’s most famous feline hits the three-decade milestone it’s time to celebrate! 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is a tribute to this tremendous achievement. Organized by decade, each with an introduction by Jim Davis, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than four hundred strips, including thirty of Jim Davis’s all-time favorites–with informative remarks from Jim on why they made the grade. Packed with early sketches, enlightening quotes, and fun facts (did you know that the Garfield comic was originally titled Jon?), this book shows how Garfield evolved from a witty kitty to a world-renowned fat cat. Of Jim Davis’s “little hobby,” Blondie cartoonist Dean Young writes: “Every one of [these] little treasures is an exquisite menagerie of comic timing, writing, and cartoon art. It’s easy to see why his strip is continually voted one of the best on our planet by readers everywhere.”

cloth / 288 pp. / 2008 / 9780345503794 / $35.50
Order no. 1620

Raggedy Andy Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Andy first appeared in print in 1920, he has delighted millions of readers with his adventurous spirit and compassionate nature. Now he returns to captivate a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance. All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Andy arrives in the mail at Marcella's father's office, displays his cheery smile, and is eagerly reunited with his sister, Raggedy Ann. After a warm welcome from the other dolls, Raggedy Andy adds to their fun with a dance, a pillow fight, and a taffy pull. His merry escapades frequently show his generosity in helping others, as he bravely ventures into the gutter to find the penny dolls, "cures" the French doll, and encourages the wooden horse. Other stories also include Raggedy Andy and the other dolls' encounters with the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, and a beautiful seashell. Johnny Gruelle's delicate illustrations are the perfect companion to the well-loved stories in this American classic, the only edition authorized by the Gruelle family. A brief biography of the author-artist by his grandson, Kim Gruelle, makes this edition especially valuable.

cloth / 96 pp. / 1993 reissue / 9780027375862 / $20.00
Order no. 1644

Raggedy Ann Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Ann first appeared in print in 1918, she has charmed millions of readers with her always warm and optimistic outlook and calm approach to difficulties. Now she returns to delight a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance.
All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Ann comes to Marcella's nursery and quickly becomes the leader of the dolls. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann's adventures show her striving to be good -- and succeeding. She and the other dolls rescue Fido, the family dog, from the dogcatcher. When, in one adventure, Raggedy Ann has to have her stuffing replaced, she gets her famous "I LOVE YOU" candy heart. Raggedy Ann also goes up in a kite, teaches two new dolls to be tolerant, and shares the excitement of a baby brother for Marcella, among several other tales.

cloth / 96 pp. / 1993 / 9780027375855 / $19.50
Order no. 1622

Race Car Count

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

This charming race car story reinforces the concept of the numbers one through 10 in rhyming text. It begins, "Race car 1 honks, Look at me!/He zooms in front with the turn of a key." Each car in the story is a different color and style reflecting its unique personality. A visual winner, the illustrations are brightly colored and drawn in a cartoon style that will appeal to fans of the "Cars" movies. The text is clear and simple and conveys the fast-paced story. Cars overcome rain, a pile-up, and even chomping gators in this race. But the fun does not come to an end quite yet. At the end of the race, they line up to do it all over again. At the back of the book there is also a page called Meet the Race Cars! In addition to each race car having a separate picture, there is other "vital" information. For example, race car number 9, named Comet, loves milk shakes and collects hubcaps. VERDICT This popular transportation-themed book is sure to be a crowd pleaser. —Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA, School Library Journal

cloth / 32 pp / 2015 / 978-1627790093 / $14.99
Order No. 1599

H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet

Cynthia Furlong Reynolds

Indiana is called the Hoosier State and its people are known as Hoosiers, although historians don't really know why. They do, however, have several ideas about the origins of the famous nickname. Children can learn these origins and other facts about the Hoosier state in H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet.

cloth / 40 pp / 2001 / 978-1585360413 / $17.95
Order No. 483

All-American Girl

Meg Cabot

According to Hoosier author Meg Cabot, Samantha Madison is just your average disenfranchised sophomore gal living in D.C. when, in an idle moment sandwiched between cookie-buying and CD-perusing, she puts a stop to an attempt on the life of the president. Before she can say "MTV2" she’s appointed Teen Ambassador to the U.N. and has caught the eye of the very cute First Son.

paper / 398 pp / 2008 / 978-0-06-147989-2 / $8.99
Order No. 1598

Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Foreword by UCLA Basketball Coach Steve Alford

John Wooden helped define college basketball in the twentieth century and became an icon of American sports. His name is forever identified with the University of California, Los Angeles, where in the 1960s and 1970s he built a basketball dynasty and coached Bruin teams to unprecedented success: ten national championships in twelve years, seven national titles in a row, four perfect seasons, and an eighty-eight-game winning streak all NCAA men's records that remain unrivaled. In this tenth volume of the Indiana Historical Society Press's celebrated Youth Biography Series, Barbara Olenyik Morrow traces the path of Wooden s career. Full of archival photos, this biography also shows how Wooden s story is inseparable from major events and social currents in the twentieth century, from the Great Depression to civil-rights struggles to campus unrest during the Vietnam War.

cloth / 256 pp / 2014 / 978-0871953612 / $17.95
Order No. 1520

The Carter Journals: Time Travels in Early U.S. History

Shane Phipps

When fourteen-year-old Cody Carter’s grandfather gives him a box of dusty leather journals written by their Carter ancestors, even the history-loving Cody could not have predicted the adventure he was about to take. Journal by journal, Cody is physically transported back in time to experience the lives of Carters on the frontier in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Indiana as the family moved ever westward in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He hunts with Daniel Boone, huddles in a frontier fort under siege, makes friends with Native Americans in the Indiana Territory, operates a lock on the Whitewater Canal, hides slaves on the Underground Railroad, and experiences defeat at the Battle of Corydon. Ultimately, Cody confronts the difficult questions of war, westward expansion, and slavery while living the history of everyday people. Written by an eighth-grade history teacher determined to bring the past to life for his students, The Carter Journals reminds us that history is all around us---and that we daily make history of our own.

2014 / 207 pp / 978-0871953643 / $9.95
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The American Revolution for Kids

Janis Herbert

Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the Revolution and the Constitution, and these 21 activities make it fun and memorable. Kids create a fringed hunting shirt and a tricorn hat and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. They will learn how to make their voices heard in I Protest and how Congress works in There Ought to Be a Law. A final selection including the Declaration of Independence, a glossary, biographies, and pertinent Web sites makes this book a valuable resource for both students and teachers.


2002 / 160 pp / 9781613740507 / $16.95
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The Civil Rights Movement for Kids

Mary C. Turck

Surprisingly, kids were some of the key instigators in the Civil Rights Movement, like Barbara Johns, who held a rally in her elementary school gym that eventually led to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court school desegregation decision, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was the first black student to desegregate elementary schools in New Orleans. In The Civil Rights Movement for Kids, children will discover how students and religious leaders worked together to demand the protection of civil rights for black Americans. They will relive the fear and uncertainty of Freedom Summer and learn how northern white college students helped bring national attention to atrocities committed in the name of segregation, and they'll be inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Activities include: reenacting a lunch counter sit-in; organizing a workshop on nonviolence; holding a freedom film festival followed by a discussion; and organizing a choral group to sing the songs that motivated the foot soldiers in this war for rights.

2000 / 208 pp / 9781613740514 / $16.95
Order No. 1490

Natural Wonders Coloring Book

Patrick Hruby

Natural Wonders is a beautiful new coloring book by Patrick Hruby that features forests, flora and fauna. Patrick's colorful and intricate illustrations are gracefully translated here into 32 black-and-white line drawings for young, budding artists to interpret in their own color palettes.   Each drawing is printed on white paper one one side only so that markers don't bleed through to another image. Each page is also perforated at the top for easy removal to place your young artist's artwork on the wall or refrigerator.

2011 / 32 pp / 9781934429716 / $9.95
Order No. 1492
 

The U.S. Congress for Kids

Ronald A. Reis et al

With a focus on dramatic stories, personalities, and turning points, The US Congress for Kids examines the major milestones in congressional history, from the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African Americans and to women, and investigating misconduct in both government and private institutions. Young history buffs will love the drama, controversy, and colorful characters that have always been part of Congress's history while teachers and parents will appreciate the thorough coverage and clear discussions of Congressional purpose, structure, history, and ongoing issues. Helping kids understand why government matters, the book looks beyond the Washington "beltway" to how members of Congress interact with constituents, those citizens that put them in office.

2014 / 144 pp / 9781613749777 / $16.95
Order No. 1489

 

Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World

Susan Casey

These inspiring stories of women inventors take the reader through the process of inventing--from coming up with an idea to having it manufactured and sold.

144 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 9781569765111 / $16.95
Order no. 1357

Indiana Activity Book

Paula Ellis 

How do you make the perfect Indiana getaway even better? Give your kids the Indiana Activity Book for hours of fun! From mazes and word finds to maps and pictures to color, it's a great way to learn about the area and is ideal for car rides and quiet time.

64 pp. / $5.95
Order no. 1346

Good Night Indiana

Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. Covering many of Indiana’s most interesting places and features—including the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Colts, and activities such as ice fishing—this book is a celebrations of the Hoosier State.

board book / 20 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781602191013 / $9.95
Order no. 2987 

The Wright Brothers for Kids

Mary Kay Carson

This activity book tells the amazing true story of how two bicycle-making brothers from Ohio, with no more than high-school educations, accomplished a feat that forever changed the world. At a time when most people still hadn't ridden in an automobile, Wilbur and Orville Wright built the first powered, heavier-than-air flying machine. Woven throughout the heartwarming story of the two brothers are activities that highlight their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities as they overcame many obstacles to achieve controlled flight. The four forces of flight:  lift, thrust, gravity, and drag and how the Wright brothers mastered them are explained in clear, simple text. Activities include making a Chinese flying top, building a kite, bird watching, and designing a paper glider, and culminate with an activity in which readers build a rubber-band-powered flyer. Included are photographs just released from the Wright brothers' personal collection, along with diagrams and illustrations. The history of human flight and its pioneers, a time line, and a complete resource section for students are also provided.

paper / 146 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 9781613743157 / $18.95
Order no. 2993

The Civil War for Kids

Janis Herbert

History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Making butternut dye for a Rebel uniform, learning drills and signals with flags, decoding wigwag, baking hardtack, reenacting battles, and making a medicine kit bring this pivotal period in our nation's history to life. Fascinating sidebars tell of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, the adventures of nine-year-old drummer boy Johnny Clem, animal mascots who traveled with the troops, and friendships between enemies. The resource section includes short biographies of important figures from both sides of the war, listings of Civil War sites across the country, pertinent websites, glossary, and an index.

paper / 160 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 9781613741535 / $16.95
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Frederick Douglass for Kids

Nancy I. Sanders

Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Civil War, and, when war broke out, Abraham Lincoln invited him to the White House for counsel and advice. Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of this American hero, from his birth into slavery to his becoming a friend and confidant of presidents and the leading African American of his day. And to better appreciate Frederick Douglass and his times, readers will form a debating club, cook a meal similar to the one Douglass shared with John Brown, make a civil war haversack, participate in a microlending program, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study.

paper / 144 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781613743577 / $16.95
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A Kid's Guide to Latino History

Valerie Petrillo

Featuring hands-on activities, games, and crafts that introduce children to the diversity of Latino culture, this guide teaches them about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Hispanic American history. Broken down into sections covering descendants from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Central and South America, topics include Spanish colonial history; the missions and early settlements in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Texas; the Santa Fe Trail and the United States-Mexican War of 1848; immigration; and the plight of migrant farm workers. Sidebars focus on famous Latinos and language lessons, while projects highlight arts, games, food, clothing, unique celebrations, and folklore. Kids can fill Mexican "cascarones" for Easter, learn to dance the "merengue" from the Dominican Republic, write a short story using magical realism to learn about the literature of Colombia, make a Cuban sandwich, and create Guatemalan worry dolls. A time line, glossary, teacher's guide, and recommendations for Latino books, movies, museums, and websites round out this multicultural excursion.

paper / 208 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9781613742204 / $16.95
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The Underground Railroad for Kids

Mary Kay Carson

The heroic struggles of the thousands of slaves who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad are vividly portrayed in this powerful activity book, as are the abolitionists, free blacks, and former slaves who helped them along the way. The text includes 80 compelling firsthand narratives from escaped slaves and abolitionists and 30 biographies of "passengers," "conductors," and "stationmasters," such as Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Levi and Catherine Coffin. Interactive activities that teach readers how to navigate by the North Star, write and decode a secret message, and build a simple lantern bring the period to life. A time line, reading list, glossary, and listing of web sites for further exploration complete this activity book. The Underground Railroad for Kids is an inspiring story of brave people compelled to act in the face of injustice, risking their livelihoods, their families, and their lives in the name of freedom.

paper / 176 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 9781613740521 / $18.95
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Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote

Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Though the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal,” women and girls in the early days of the United States had few rights—their lives were controlled by their husbands or fathers. Married women could not own property, and few girls were taught more than reading and simple math. Not one woman could vote, but that would change with the tireless efforts of Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, and thousands of others across the nation.

Rightfully Ours tells of the century-long struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States. In addition to its lively narrative, this history includes a time line, online resources, and hands-on activities that will give readers a sense of the everyday lives of the suffragists. Children will: create a banner for suffrage, host a Victorian tea, stage a “readers’ theater” for women’s rights, feel what it was like to wear a corset, bake a cake from the Woman Suffrage Cook Book, and more.  Through it all, readers will gain a richer appreciation for not only the women who secured the right to fully participate in American democracy, but also why they must never take that right for granted.

paper / 130 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781883052898 / $16.95
Order no. 2991

Women Aviators

Karen Bush Gibson

From the very first days of aviation, women were there. Katherine Wright, though not a pilot, helped her brothers Orville and Wilbur so much that some called her the “Third Wright Brother.” Pioneers such as Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France ignored those who ignorantly claimed that only men possessed the physical strength or the mental capacity to pilot an airplane, and in 1910 became the first woman awarded a license to fly. A year later, Harriet Quimby was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license in the United States and in 1912 flew across the English Channel—another first.

cloth / 240 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781613745403 / $19.95
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The Civil War Handbook: How to Dress, Talk, Eat, And Command Like a Union Lieutenant

Robin Robinson

From rebel uniforms to Yankee jargon, these interactive educational tools cover all the details that kids need to authentically portray a Civil War soldier for either the Confederacy or the Union. The more than 25 activities include a myriad of Civil War topics, including the battle names used by the Southern states, the famous army and government leaders of both the Confederacy and the Union, and the proper dress and symbols associated with both sides. Fun, hands-on activities are also presented for kids' educational entertainment, from baking army victuals and learning how to load a musket to creating their very own Civil War-era currency.

paper / 60 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 9781933317717 / $12.95
Order no. 2983

The Civil War Handbook: How to Dress, Talk, Eat, And Command Like a Confederate Captain

Robin Robinson

From rebel uniforms to Yankee jargon, these interactive educational tools cover all the details that kids need to authentically portray a Civil War soldier for either the Confederacy or the Union. The more than 25 activities include a myriad of Civil War topics, including the battle names used by the Southern states, the famous army and government leaders of both the Confederacy and the Union, and the proper dress and symbols associated with both sides. Fun, hands-on activities are also presented for kids' educational entertainment, from baking army victuals and learning how to load a musket to creating their very own Civil War-era currency.

paper / 60 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 9781933317724 / $12.95
Order no. 2990

Just Your Average Teenager Who Happens to be Bald

Olivia Rusk

14 year old Olivia Rusk is totally bald due to alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. When Olivia was 8 years old she shed her custom wig and bravely marched into her 3rd grade classroom without hair. In her new book, "Just Your Average Teenager, Who Happens To Be Bald," Olivia shares her story of living with alopecia and her message that "It's Okay to be Different", anti-bullying, and teen suicide prevention. Her story is in her own words and straight from her heart. Her story will inspire teens and adults alike.

paper / 104 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 978934922729 / $15.95
Order No. 2924 

Growing Up in Slavery

Yuval Taylor, ed.

Ten slaves—all under the age of 19—tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured. But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence; teenagers will relate to accounts of slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes, and falling in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlantic—and daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small-city dwellings—to escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War. The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser-known slaves are included.

 paper / 256 pp. /  2007 / ISBN 9781556526350 / $11.95
Order No. 2912

 

A Kid's Guide to Native American History 

Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder

 Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present. Nine geographical areas cover a variety of communities like the Mohawk in the Northeast, Ojibway in the Midwest, Shoshone in the Great Basin, Apache in the Southwest, Yupik in Alaska, and Native Hawaiians, among others. Lives of historical and contemporary notable individuals like Chief Joseph and Maria Tallchief are featured, and the book is packed with a variety of topics like first encounters with Europeans, Indian removal, Mohawk sky walkers, and Navajo code talkers. Readers travel Native America through activities that highlight the arts, games, food, clothing, and unique celebrations, language, and life ways of various nations. Kids can make Haudensaunee corn husk dolls, play Washoe stone jacks, design Inupiat sun goggles, or create a Hawaiian Ma’o-hauhele bag. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide.

 paper / 256 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9781556528026 / $16.95
Order No. 2911

 

A Kid's Guide to African American History

Nancy I. Sanders

What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans. For parents and teachers interested in fostering cultural awareness among children of all races, this book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about the people, experiences, and events that shaped African American history. This expanded edition contains new material throughout, including additional information and biographies. Children will have fun designing an African mask, making a medallion like those worn by early abolitionists, playing the rhyming game "Juba," inventing Brer Rabbit riddles, and creating a unity cup for Kwanzaa. Along the way they will learn about inspiring African American artists, inventors, and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.

paper / 256 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 9781556526534 / $14.95
Order No. 2913  Temporarily Out of Stock

 

Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter by Barbara Olenyik MorrowAs a young girl growing up in the 1860s on a Wabash County, Indiana farm, Geneva Grace Stratton received a wondrous gift from her father, Mark, who had noticed his daughter's love for nature and wildlife, especially the larks, cardinals, passenger pigeons, swallows, and hawks that flew overhead. He declared that all birds on the farm belonged to her, and she was to become their protector. From these early beginnings, Gene Stratton-Porter found a purpose for her life, sharing the outdoors with others through writing and photography and working to conserve nature for the generations to come.

cloth / 192 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780871952844 / $17.95 $10.77
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Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad

Julia Pferdehirt

On July 4th, 1842, Caroline Quarlls left family, friends, and the only life she’d known behind in St. Louis, Missouri. As the child of a slave mother and a slave owner father, her young life was one of drudgery and obedience until that fateful Independence Day when she illegally took a steamboat across the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Alton, Illinois, in the hope of reaching freedom. With the help of abolitionists, the sixteen-year-old traveled through Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan on what has become known as the Underground Railroad. Each step of the way, Quarlls was pursued by lawyers paid to retrieve her and bounty hunters greedy for the reward money. She took cover in uncomfortable places from barrels to potato chutes to fields and endured long, bumpy rides in the bottom of a wagon. Finally, she crossed from Detroit into Sandwich, Canada. But that was just the beginning. In Canada, Caroline created a new life as a free woman, which was an exciting, but also frightening, experience. Caroline’s story gives young readers a personal snapshot of the tension-filled journey of a runaway slave in 1842 and illuminates a segment of the complicated history of race in our nation.

paper / 120 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8702038-8-6 / $12.95
Order No. 2871

S.O.S. Titanic

Eve Bunting

S.O.S. Titanic by Eve Bunting

Barry O’Neill is journeying to New York on the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage. He’s homesick and worried about the Flynn boys traveling in steerage who have threatened to throw him overboard. Little does Barry know that a struggle with the Flynns is the least of the dangers that await him. This suspenseful young adult adventure story is based on the true and terrible events that occurred as the Titanic sank.

paper / 246 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 978-0-15-201305-9 / $6.99
Order No. 983

Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu

Ray E. Boomhower

Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu by Ray E. Boomhower

Written by award-winning biographer Ray E. Boomhower, Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu, the sixth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press’s youth biography series, examines the daring exploits of the Hoosier flier during his wartime career. A graduate of DePauw University, Vraciu learned to fly during his college years through a government program and joined the navy before America was thrust into the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

cloth / 290 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-282-0 / $17.95
Order No. 934

Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall

Ray E. Boomhower

Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall

A biography aimed at young readers, Fighting for Equality showcases Sewall's important contributions to the history of Indianapolis, Indiana, the United States, and the world. A woman who had the "organizing touch," Sewall helped to establish such Indianapolis institutions as the Girls' Classical School, the Indianapolis Woman's Club, the Contemporary Club, the Art Association of Indianapolis (today known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art), and the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-253-0 / $17.95
Order No. 2675

The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle

Ray E. Boomhower

The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle

To the millions of Americans on the home front during World War II, Ernie Pyle’s column in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle’s popularity and readership was worldwide, with his column appearing in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers.

cloth / $17.95
Order No. 2624

Abe Lincoln's Hat

Written by Martha Brenner, Illustrated by Donald Cook

Abe Lincoln's HatIllustrated in full color. Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, started out in life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. How did he nudge his memory? He stuck letters, court notes, contracts, and even his checkbook in his trademark top hat. When he took off his hat, it was all there!

paper / 48 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-679-84977-7 / $3.99
Order No. 2728

cloth / 48 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-679-84977-7 / $11.99 $7.19
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Lincoln: A Photobiography

Russell Freedman

Lincoln: A Photobiography

A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president. A Newberry Medal Book.

cloth / 150 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-89919-380-3 / $20.00
Order No. 2735

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington

Cheryl Harness

Abe Lincoln Goes to WashingtonAbe Lincoln Goes to Washington paints a vivid picture of the Springfield, IL years, when Abe met and married a pretty Kentucky woman and made his name as a lawyer and politician. Cheryl Harness gives readers a moving account of Lincoln’s rise and the tensions that dragged the nation into conflict; brilliantly detailed maps and battle scenes deepen our understanding of the Civil War; and the book’s richly imagined illustrations recreate the life of the man who will always be regarded as one of our greatest presidents.

paper / 48 pp. / 2008 (original copyright 1997)  / ISBN 0-7922-6906-3 
$7.95 $5.79
Order No. 2729

Young Abe Lincoln

Cheryl Harness

Young Abe LincolnTen score years ago, a remarkable boy was born into a remarkable country. Young Abe Lincoln tells the story of that boy, who went on to play an historic role in the shaping of his country. Written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness, this classic picture biography is now being reissued with a bold new paperback cover to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. With vibrant artwork and carefully crafted text, Young Abe Lincoln is an appealing, insightful biography of Lincoln’s early life. With fun illustrations and a chatty narrative style, Cheryl Harness brings to life the experiences that sparked Abe to seek public office, and vividly captures the spirit of the times.

paper / 32 pp. / 2008 (original copyright 1996) / ISBN 978-1-4263-0437-8 / $7.95
Order No. 2730

Casper and Catherine Move to America: An Immigrant Family's Adventures, 1849-1850

Brian Hasler

Casper and Catherine Move to America: An Immigrant Family's Adventures, 1849-1850

Relates the adventures of Casper Hasler, a stonecutter who immigrated to Indiana in 1849, and of his children and wife, Catherine, who remained in Switzerland until their 6th child was born. Includes information about oral history and family history research.

cloth / 44 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-87195-168-1 / $17.95 $10.77
Order No. 2404

Into the Wilderness: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

James J. Holmberg

Into the Wilderness: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

By sending the Corps of Discovery to discover a way to the Pacific Ocean two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson dreamed of uncovering the mysteries of the lands beyond the Mississippi River. This book chronicles the exciting adventures, Indians, and samples of strange plants and animals the expedition encountered.

paper / 62 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-8131-0913-2 / $5.95
Order No. 2452

 

A Home in the Woods

Howard Johnson

Home in the Woods

Indianapolis of the 1820s and 1830s related in a classic account of early settler days.

paper / 133 pp. / ISBN 0-253-20616-2 / $17.95
Order No. 2064

 

Spinning through Clouds: Tales from an Early Hoosier Aviator

Max E. Knight

Spinning through CloudsAviation pioneers donned leather helmets and fur-lined goggles, climbed into open cockpits, and flew by their feelings rather than by instruments. They looped, spun, hedge hopped, and landed in farm pastures. Max Knight began flying in 1936 at the age of ten. In his book, Spinning Through Clouds: Tales from an Early Hoosier Aviator, Knight relates the flying adventures he and others enjoyed in and around his father’s airport near Lynn, Indiana. Suitable for young adult and adult readers, the book also explores stories of early state and national aviation history with characters such as Roscoe Turner and Amelia Earhart.

paper / 218 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-256-1 / $19.95
Order No. 2698

When I Crossed No-Bob

Margaret McMullan

The Sequel to How I Found the Strong

When I Crossed No-BobLife as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised.

A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?

cloth / 216 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-618-71715-6 / $16.00 $5.00
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Hoosier Heart: A Story about Hoosiers and the great state of Indiana

Written by Luke Messer; Illustrated by Jennifer Messer

Hoosier HeartHoosier Heart is a charming story that answers the time-honored Indiana question: "What is a Hoosier?" Three young Indiana natives, Emma, Ava, and Ben, learn what it means to be a Hoosier as they journey through the state learning about Indiana's special people, places and history. The young and young at heart will enjoy this delightful, educational story and learn a little more about the state that makes Hoosiers proud.

cloth / 30 pp. / ISBN 978-0-9786799-1-0 / $16.95
Order No. 2620

 

A Good Night for Freedom

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

A Good Night for Freedom

Two runaway slaves take refuge at Katy and Levi Coffin's home - a stop on the underground railroad. Based on historical events, this powerful story reveals the courage it took for people to run for freedom, and for one young girl to help them. Beautifully illustrated.

cloth / 32 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-8234-1709-3 / $16.95
Order No. 2455

Legendary Hoosier: Famous Folks from the State of Indiana

Nelson Price

Legendary Hoosier: Famous Folks from the State of Indiana

Stories of 40 legendary Hoosiers--astronauts, basketball players, a cartoon cat, a race horse, teachers, pop music performers, and Olympic gold medalists.

cloth / 189 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 1-57860-097-9 / $24.95
Order No. 2353

 

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Ashley B. Ransburg

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Young children will enjoy the tale of Evie, a little girl who tries to discover the meaning of her family tree. This illustrated storybook includes a 32’ x 24” illustrated family tree chart that children can complete using their own family information.

paper / 30 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-187-8 / $9.95
Order No 1608

The Woodland Adventures series

This series is dedicated to all The Woodland People who persevere despite hardships, inhumanity, and hostility. Their spirit, like the Eagle, soars. Their integrity, like the Turtle, persists.

Spring Planting

Rita Kohn and Robin McBride Scott

Spring Planting

A family of the Miami of Indiana Indians and the traditional custom of planting gourds for the fall gathering give-away is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades number concepts in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / ISBN 0-516-05203-9 / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2364

Celebrating Summer

Rita Kohn and Kevin Warren Smith

Celebrating Summer

The Woodland Indian traditional powwow is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades to identify and count numbers 1 through 10 in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-516-05201-2 /$15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2366

The Fall Gathering

Rita Kohn and Winifred Barnum-Newman

The Fall Gathering

The Woodland Indian tradition of gathering to share in and give thanks for a plentiful harvest is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades the concept of quantity in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-516-05202-0 / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2363

Winter Storytime

Rita Kohn and Dorothy Sullivan

Winter Storytime

The retelling of the Lenape or Delaware Indian tale of how the first "kokolesh" (rabbit-tail) game was made is the mechanism used to teach preschool and primary grades the concept of sequence in this beautiful picture book.

cloth / 32 pp. / ISBN 0-546-05204-7 / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2365

 

 

Abigail

Portia Howe Sperry

Abigal

Set in the 1830s, the story centers on a young girl and her doll Abigail, and the adventures they share while traveling by covered wagon from Kentucky to their new home in Brown County, Indiana. Recommended for young readers.

paper / 162 pp. / 1938 Reprinted 2000 / ISBN 0-87195-148-7 / $8.95
Order No. 2277

 

Georgie's Moon

Chris Woodworth

Georgie's Moon

When her father goes off to Vietnam, Georgie is obliged to keep a strong façade while he is away in order to keep the family from falling apart, but dealing with her hippy classmates and a frightened little brother becomes more difficult with every passing day as she longs for her father's safe return.

cloth / $16.00 $9.60
Order No.2648

 

Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin

Julie Young

Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin

A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin, a youth biography, explores the life of the woman who would become Indiana's first saint.

cloth / 198 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-255-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2640

Young Patriots Series

Amelia Earhart, Young Air Pioneer

Jane Moore Howe, Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Amelia Earhart, Young Air PioneerThese true-life tales of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, based on the remembrances of her sister Pidge, will inspire and thrill young readers. Kids will cheer as Amelia rescues two neighbor boys from an angry dog and when she builds her own "rolly coaster" off the roof of her grandparents' shed. Amelia's fascination at seeing her first airplane, as well as her curiosity, courage, and determination to learn, will make this portrayal of an American heroine a favorite of both children and adults.

cloth / 111 pp. / 1999 (text originally pub. 1950 & 1961) / ISBN 1-882859-02-2 / $15.95
Order No. 2733

 

William Henry Harrison, Young Tippecanoe

Howard Peckham, Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

William Henry Harrison, Young TippecanoeWhen William Henry's sister Sally fell into the river, was he able to rescue her? How did William Henry, when he was just 8 years old, capture a wounded enemy soldier? Find the answers and share many more childhood adventures of the ninth U.S. President in Volume 2 of the Young Patriots Series, William Henry Harrison, Young Tippecanoe.

cloth / 112 pp. / 2000 (text originally pub. 1951) / ISBN 1-882859-03-0 / $15.95
Order No. 2734

 

Lew Wallace, Boy Writer

Martha E. Schaaf, Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Lew Wallace, Boy WriterLew Wallace was most famous for writing the world-famous novel, Ben-Hur, but did you know that as a boy, he played hooky from school? What was the secret to Lew's "magic pencil," and can you imagine what happened when Lew saw his baby brother crawl beneath the moving wheels of a heavy carriage? In Volume 3 of the Young Patriots Series, learn the answers to these questions and join Lew Wallace as he grows up in the fields and rivers of his native Midwest.

cloth / 111 pp. / 2001 (text originally pub. 1961) / ISBN 1-882859-05-7 / $15.95
Order No. 2732


George Rogers Clark, Boy of the Northwest Frontier

Katherine E. Wilkie, Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

George Rogers Clark, Boy of the Northwest FrontierExplorer and Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark effectively doubled the size of the United States by his defeat of the British at Vincennes. He is also known for being the older brother of William Clark, one half of the legendary Lewis and Clark Expedition. But did you know that in 1783, Thomas Jefferson asked George Rogers Clark if he would be willing to head an expedition to explore the land west of the Mississippi? Clark declined, and 20 years later Jefferson asked the same question of Clark's younger brother William. William accepted and the Lewis and Clark expedition was born. Meet the young George Rogers Clark in Volume 8 of the Young Patriots Series as he grows up on the edge of the wilderness-whether he's rescuing baby raccoons from a hollow tree or rescuing his brothers from raging floodwaters, George displays the courage and determination that resulted in the hero he would become.

paper / 114 pp. / 2004 (text originally pub. 1974) / ISBN 1-882859-43-X / $15.95
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CIVIL WAR

 

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A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community

Nicole Etcheson

For all that has been written about the Civil War's impact on the urban northeast and southern home fronts, we have until now lacked a detailed picture of how it affected specific communities in the Union's Midwestern heartland. Nicole Etcheson offers a deeply researched microhistory of one such community—Putnam County, Indiana, from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction—and shows how its citizens responded to and were affected by the war.

Delving into the everyday life of a small town in one of the nineteenth century's bellwether states, A Generation at War considers the Civil War within a much broader chronological context than other accounts. It ranges across three decades to show how the issues of the day—particularly race and sectionalism—temporarily displaced economic and temperance concerns, how the racial attitudes of northern whites changed, and how a generation of young men and women coped with the transformative experience of war.

Drawing on personal papers, local newspapers, pension petitions, Exoduster pamphlets, and more, Etcheson demonstrates how microhistory helps give new meaning to larger events. A Generation at War opens a new window on the impact of the Civil War on the agrarian North.

paper / 2011 / 384 pp / 9780700617975 / $39.95
Order No. 1529

Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History

Alan Huffman

The dramatic true story of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, Alan Huffman’s Sultana brings to breathtaking life a tragic, long forgotten event in America’s Civil War—the sinking of the steamship Sultana and the loss of 1,700 lives, mostly Union soldiers returning home from Confederate prison camps. A gripping account that reads like a nonfiction Cold Mountain, Sultana is powerful, moving, rich in irony and fascinating historical detail—a story no history aficionado or Civil War buff will want to miss.

paper / 2009 / 300 pp / 9781616641962 / $14.99
Order no. 1536

A Leaf of Voices: Stories of the American Civil War

Jennifer McSpadden

During the American Civil War the Wabash Intelligencer and the Wabash Plain Dealer frequently published letters from local soldiers serving in the Union Army. In A Leaf of Voices Jennifer McSpadden has compiled the letters into a volume that gives fascinating insights into a bygone age. The letter writers are a remarkable cast of characters: young and old, soldiers, doctors, ministers, officers, enlisted men, newspaper men, and a fifteen-year old printers' devil who enlisted as a drummer.

2014 / 405 pp / 9780871953605 / $17.95
Order No. 1512

Captured! A Boy Trapped in the Civil War

Mary Blair Immel

Fourteen-year-old Johnny Ables, pressed into service in the Confederate army, is forced to participate in a major Civil War battle and ends up in an Indiana prison camp. Based on the true story of a real boy.

2005 / 153 pp / 9780871951885 / $17.95
Order No. 1514

Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland 

Stephen E. Towne

Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War represents pathbreaking research on the rise of U.S. Army intelligence operations in the Midwest during the American Civil War and counters long-standing assumptions about Northern politics and society. At the beginning of the rebellion, state governors in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois cooperated with federal law enforcement officials in various attempts—all failed—to investigate reports of secret groups and individuals who opposed the Union war effort.  Starting in 1862, army commanders took it upon themselves to initiate investigations of antiwar sentiment in those states. By 1863, several of them had established intelligence operations staffed by hired civilian detectives and by soldiers detailed from their units to chase down deserters and draft dodgers, to maintain surveillance on suspected persons and groups, and to investigate organized resistance to the draft. By 1864, these spies had infiltrated secret organizations that, sometimes in collaboration with Confederate rebels, aimed to subvert the war effort.   Stephen E. Towne is the first to thoroughly explore the role and impact of Union spies against Confederate plots in the North. This new analysis invites historians to delve more deeply into the fabric of the Northern wartime experience and reinterpret the period based on broader archival evidence.

2014 / 488 pp / 9780821421314 / $34.95
Order No. 1471

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 / ISBN 9780809332915 / $24.95
Order no. 1436

 

Lincoln's Censor: Milo Hascall and the Freedom of the Press in Civil War Indiana

David W. Bulla and Justyna Sempruch

Lincoln's Censor examines the effect of government suppression on the Democratic press in Indiana during the spring of 1863. Lincoln, who suspended the writ of habeas corpus in 1862, had some misgivings about the intimidation of Democratic newspapers, but let the practice continue in Indiana until June 1863.

190 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781557534736 / $39.95
Order no. 1374

Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage

Webb Garrison with Cheryl Garrison

There are very few, if any, guides to the language used by the generation that fought the American Civil War. Based on thirty years of research, Garrison has produced this dictionary of slang and phrases commonly used during the war. Examples and brief stories are included where necessary to illustrate meaning.

paper / 284 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0610529003132 / $18.95
Order No. 2852

 

Indiana in the Civil War: Doctors, Hospitals, and Medical Care

Nancy Pippen Eckerman

Past visitors to the famous lakes of Steuben County had a wide range of interesting images on postcards to send back home or to add to their collections. The favorite locations and activities of vacationers were chronicled in the postcards that have been passed down through generations.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780738519197 / $21.99
Order No. 2822

Myth of the Lost Cause

Gary Nolan Alan Gallagher

Nine distinguished historians debunk the myth of the Lost Cause.

paper / 239 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780253222664 / $21.99
Order No. 2843

 

The First Shot

Robert N. Rosen

This short pictorial history documents the first shot of the Civil War, the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861. Historians Robert N. Rosen and Richard W. Hatcher III have gathered, in one book, more illustrations and photographs about the "First Shot" than can be found in any other previous book. Here the reader will find the dramatic story--in words and pictures--of the leaders, personalities, soldiers, forts, and the dramatic artillery bombardment itself, all under one cover.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 9780738582429 / $24.99
Order No. 2821

Louisville and the Civil War: A History and Guide

Bryan S. Bush

Louisville and the Civil War by Bryan BushJoin renowned Civil War expert and Louisville native Bryan S. Bush as he traverses Louisville, a city bristling with Civil War history.  Learn how a thriving antebellum city became a crucial outpost for the Union army while its citizens were besieged with constant fear of guerilla warfare and swift rebel vengeance.  Trace the steps of soldiers, commanders and civic leaders on the enclosed map, which includes over thirty Union forts that once peppered Louisville's landscape, as well as long-forgotten hideaways and hotbeds of insurgence.

paper / 126 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-554-4 / $17.99 $10.79
Order No. 2814

For Duty and Destiny: The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott

Lloyd A. Hunter

For Duty and Destiny: The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott by Lloyd A. Hunter

William Taylor Stott was a native Hoosier and an 1861 graduate of Franklin College, who later became the president who took the college from virtual bankruptcy in 1872 to its place as a leading liberal arts institution in Indiana by the turn of the century. The story of Franklin College is the story of W.T. Stott, yet his influence was not confined to the school’s parameters.

Stott’s diary reveals a soldier who was also a scholar in camp and on the march, one who took every available moment to read theology, philosophy, great literary works, the classics of ancient Greece and Rome, and a few novels. He was as familiar with Burns and Byron as he was with ramrods and knapsacks. While amazingly ecumeni­cal for that era, he was nonetheless a Baptist through and through, insisting on baptism only by immersion and displaying a hatred of alcohol and its effects on his cohorts. A scion of Baptist preachers, Stott championed temperance in the army and inherited an antislavery fervor that prompted his belief that, in God’s eyes, there were no walls erected between the races.

cloth / 536 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8195-290-5 / $27.95
Order No. 2812

 

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause"

 

Edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause" by Edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta

"Resounding documentary proof that the original reasoning behind secession and subsequent myth-making was in defense of slavery and white supremacy."

Documents in this collection also show how neo-Confederates obfuscated the truth, starting around 1890. The evidence also points to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate thought even today and to the continuing importance of neo-Confederate ideas in American political life. The 150th anniversary of secession and civil war provides a moment for all Americans to read these documents, properly set in context by award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to put in perspective the mythology of the Old South.

paper / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-60473-219-1 / $25.00
Order No. 2794

Blood Shed in this War

Michael A. Peake

Blood Shed in this War by Michael A. Peake

Captain Adolph G. Metzner's stunning visual diary of sketches, drawings, and watercolors depict his world during three years of service with the First German, Thirty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry campaigning in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Metzner chronicled the day-to-day life of a soldier's world, at first with humor, and later, with a stark reality of life and death on the battlefield.

cloth / 142 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-09787167-8-3 / $30.00
Order No. 2791

Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment

Nancy N. Baxter

Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment by Nancy N. Baxter

When Gallant Fourteenth: The Story of an Indiana Civil War Regiment was first published in 1980, its Civil War Times reviewer called it one of the two best regimental histories in modern times. Since that time many fine regimental histories have come out, but Gallant Fourteenth stands as one of a handful of classics.

A new hardcover Memorial Edition, commemorating the restoration of Indiana Civil War monuments, has been released. Nancy Baxter, has spoken in the Midwest and East on the importance of keeping the Civil War in public memory.

cloth / 207 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-09787167-8-3 / $30.00
Order No. 2346

Shadow Of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace In The Civil War

Gail Stephens

Shadow Of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace In The Civil War by Gail Stephens

In Shadow of Shiloh, author Gail Stephens specifically addresses Wallace’s military career and its place in the larger context of Civil War military history. A central issue in the book is the tension between citizen-soldiers and West Pointers that occurred in the officer ranks. The general assumption in current Civil War histories is that the West Pointers were more competent at war than the citizen-soldiers. That was not true in Wallace’s case. He had a talent for battle, which he demonstrated at Fort Donelson, Monocacy, and even Shiloh. But Wallace’s disdain for military rules and protocol and his arrogance, fueled by early promotion, alienated his West Point superiors such as Grant and, especially, Henry Halleck, the general in chief of the Union armies.

cloth / 301 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-287-5 / $27.95
Order No. 972

The Civil War

Bruce Catton

The Civil War by Bruce Catton

Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton's The Civil War is one of the best-selling, most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is carefully interwoven with details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas. This new edition of The Civil War is a must-have for anyone interested in the war that divided America.

paper / 382 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-618-00187-5 / $16.95
Order No. 976

Indiana's War: The Civil War in Documents

Edited by Richard F. Nation and Stephen E. Towne

Indiana's War The Civil War in Documents by Edited by Richard F. Nation and Stephen E. Towne

Indiana’s War is a primary source collection featuring the writings of Indiana’s citizens during the Civil War era. Using private letters, official records, newspaper articles, and other original sources, the volume presents the varied experiences of Indiana’s participants in the war on both the battlefield and the home front. Starting in the 1850s, the documents show the sharp political divisions over issues such as slavery, race, and secession in Indiana, divisions that boiled over into extraordinary strife and violence in the state during the rebellion.

paper / 252 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-2141847-5 / $18.65
Order No. 922

Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family

Barbara Butler Davis

Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family

Includes transcriptions of 65 holograph letters written from 1863 to 1865 by members of the Butler family of Indianapolis, strong supporters of abolition, to their son Scot. The letters, now in the collection of the Irvington Historical Society, relate a fascinating social history of the Indianapolis community during the Civil War.

cloth / 211 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-175-4 / $27.95
Order No. 2493

Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship

J. F. C. Fuller

Grant and Lee

A compelling study not only of the two men, but also of the nature of leadership and command in wartime.

paper / 323 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20288-4 / $13.95
Order No. 2058

On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

Alan D. Gaff

On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

This is the story of one of the Civil War's most famous combat organizations, Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers of the Iron Brigade.

paper / 500 pp. /1996 reprinted 1999 / ISBN 0-253-21294-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2337

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - A Biography

William E. Gienapp

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - A BiographyIn Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America, historian William Gienapp provides a remarkably concise, up-to-date, and vibrant biography of the most revered figure in United States history. While the heart of the book focuses on the Civil War, Gienapp begins with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's early life, from pioneer farm boy to politician and lawyer in Springfield, to his stunning election as sixteenth president of the United States. Students will see how Lincoln grew during his years in office, how he developed a keen aptitude for military strategy and displayed enormous skill in dealing with his generals, and how his war strategy evolved from a desire to preserve the Union to emancipation and total war.

cloth / 239 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-0-19-515099-5 / $11.98
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The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy

Thomas Goodrich

The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy by Thomas GoodrichIt was one of the most tragic events in American history. The famous president, beloved by many, reviled by some, murdered while viewing a play at Ford's Theater in Washington. The frantic search for the perpetrators. The nation in mourning. The solemn funeral train. The conspirators brought to justice. Coming just days after the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has become etched in the national consciousness like few other events. The president who had steered the nation through its bloodiest crisis is cut down just as the bloodshed ends. It is a story that has been told many times, but rarely with the care and immediacy of The Darkest Dawn. Thomas Goodrich brings to his narrative the meticulousness of the historian and the flair of the fiction writer. The result is an engrossing account, rich with detail and as gripping as today's headlines.

cloth / 362 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-253-32599-4 / $21.95
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The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

Lance J. Herdengen

The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

No volunteers tramped with more innocent resolve on the drill fields of 1861 than the farmers, immigrants, shopkeepers, and "piney" camp boys who volunteered for the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin and the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry. The Men Stood Like Iron is the moving, often melancholy, story of how the backwoods "Calico boys" became soldiers of the celebrated "Iron Brigade."

paper / 287 pp. /1997 / ISBN 0-253-21852-X / $19.95
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A Lost American Dream

Antonius Holtmann

A Lost American Dream

Civil War Letters

paper / 103 pp. / ISBN 1-880788-15-2 / $12.95
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The Longest Raid of the Civil War

Lester V. Horwitz

The Longest Raid of the Civil War by Lester V. Horwitz

The Longest Raid of the Civil War was a grueling ride on horseback for over one thousand miles through four states beginning in McMinnville, Tennessee to West Pointe, Ohio. Gen. Morgan began his raid with 2500 calvary and surrendered in Columbiana County with about 350 very tired men remaining.

The raid was the northernmost penetration of the Confederacy into the Union North. In all, Morgan's Men raided 6,576 homes and shops north of the Mason-Dixon line (4375 in Ohio, 2201 in Indiana).

cloth / 476 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-9670267-2-5 / $34.95
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paper / 476 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-9670267-3-53 / $29.95
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Dear Sarah: Letters Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade

Coralou Peel Lassen (compiler)

Dear Sarah: Letters Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade

Letters from Corporal John Pardington paint a vivid portrait of the life of a Union soldier.

cloth / 182 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-33560-4 / $24.95 $14.97
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Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

Jacquelyn S. Nelson

Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

More than one thousand Quakers served in the military during the Civil War, while others supported the war effort at home. Conscientious objection, anti-slavery, and nonviolence are chronicled.

cloth / 298 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-87195-064-2 / $19.95
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Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade

Alan T. Nolan and Sharon Eggleston Vipond

Giants in their Tall Black Hats

Essays by some of the best-known historians of the brigade spotlight significant moments in the history of the Civil War's most celebrated unit.

cloth / 238 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-33457-8 / $27.95
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The Iron Brigade: A Military History

Alan T. Nolan

The Iron Brigade

This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the Iron Brigade. The Civil War Times Illustrated called this publication "One of the 100 best books ever written on the Civil War."

paper / 457 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-20863-7 / $19.95
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Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance

Peter S. Onuf

Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance

Shows how interpretation and application of Ordinance provisions governing the creation of new states and their boundaries and excluding slavery worked to subvert the document's constitutional authority.

cloth / 197 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-253-35482-X / $27.50
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Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880

Emma Lou Thornbrough

Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880

The History of Indiana series was begun in 1965 in honor of the sesquicentennial of Indiana's statehood.

cloth / 758 pp. / reprint 1991 (1965) / ISBN 0-253-37020-5 / $32.50
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paper / 758 pp. / reprint 1991 (1965) / ISBN 0-87195-050-2 / $19.95
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A Fierce, Wild Joy

Stephen E. Towne, Editor

A Fierce, Wild Joy

The ninety letters in this collection document the Civil War career of Col. Edward Jesup Wood, an officer of the 48th Indiana. Evocative and rich in detail, A Fierce, Wild Joy offers a view of the war from an officer's perspective and provides important insights into the day-to-day administration of a Civil War regiment.

cloth / 295 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 1-57233-599-8 / $38.00
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Democratic Opposition to the Lincoln Administration in Indiana

G. R. Tredway

The scope of this study also extends to secret societies and conspiratorial activities beyond Indiana's borders.

cloth / 433 pp. / 1973 / ISBN 1-885323-25-5 / $10.25
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Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War, Volume One

Kenneth P. Williams

Lincoln Finds a General

A history of the Union Army's generalship, based on acquaintance with terrain of operations, expert knowledge of military theory and organization, and a study of records of war.

paper / 443 pp. / 1949 / ISBN 0-253-20359-7 / $6.95
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Camp Morton, 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp

Hattie Lou Winslow & Joseph R. H. Moore

Camp Morton, 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp

Soon after Fort Sumter was fired upon on 12 April 1861 and President Abraham Lincoln's subsequent call for 75,000 volunteers, Indiana governor Oliver P. Morton, in conjunction with his adjutant general, Lew Wallace, sought a space in Indianapolis suitable for receiving the state's volunteers to the Union cause. They selected a thirty-six-acre tract formerly owned by Indianapolis's first mayor, Samuel Henderson. The land, bounded today by 19th and 22nd Streets, Central Avenue, and Talbott Street, had also served as home to the Indiana State Fair.

By the end of April 1861 the new camp - named for the governor - had shelters of sorts for six thousand men. By that fall, with supplies difficult to obtain, the federal government took over the work of feeding the troops in Indiana during their training period. New men were constantly being taken into the training units. The camp soon became a popular destination for city residents and "in the afternoon the carriages of the best people of the town might be seen appearing and disappearing in the clouds of dust that hovered over the most respectable roads." On 21 April 1861 an estimated ten thousand people visited the camp.

In February 1862 a new and imperative need appeared - prisoners of war were being taken in large numbers and had to be housed somewhere. The federal government took over Camp Morton and turned it into a place to care for Confederate prisoners.

cloth / 154 pp. / 1940 reprinted 1995 / ISBN 0-87195-114-2 / $14.95
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CONSTITUTION

 

 

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The American Presidency

Edited by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer

The American Presidency Edited by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer

The most up-to-date, incisive, and accessible reference on the American presidency, with essays by the nation's leading historians.

An indispensable resource for the curious reader and the serious historian alike, The American Presidency showcases some of the most provocative interpretive history being written today. This rich narrative history sheds light on the hubris, struggles, and brilliance of our nation's leaders.

Coupling vivid writing with unparalleled scholarship, these insightful essays from well-known historians cover every presidency from the first through the forty-third.

paper / 572 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-978-618-38273-6 / $19.95
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Constitution Making in Indiana

Constitution Making in Indiana is the definitive treatment of how Indiana's constitutional government has evolved. Volume 1 (which is out of print) contains the texts of both the 1816 and 1851 constitutions as well as a 241-page introduction explaining the process of forming these documents. Volumes 2-4 contain the legislative processes from 1851-1960 to amend the present constitution. Charles Kettleborough compiled the Historical Introduction and the first three volumes; John A. Bremer compiled Volume 4.

Historical Introduction

This work is designed as a brief, topical discussion of the subject of constitution-making in Indiana. The first part of the volume covers the period under the Constitution of 1816; as this is a closed historical episode, and as the illustrative material is relatively rarer and more inaccessible, it has been treated with greater fullness and substantially all sources of information have been drawn upon for material. The second part of the volume covers the period under the Constitution of 1851. The primary sources of information for this period are practically inexhaustible and no attempt has been made to treat the subject fully.

cloth / 530 pp. / 1916 / out-of-print
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Volume 2, 1851-1916

Indiana Historical Collections 2

cloth / 693 pp. / reprint 1975 (1916) / ISBN 1-885323-01-8 / $15.00
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Volume 3, 1916-1930

Indiana Historical Collections 17

cloth / 411 pp. / reprint 1977 (1930) / ISBN 1-885323-02-6 / $15.00
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Volume 4, 1930-1960

Indiana Historical Collections 51

paper / 343 pp. / reprint 1994 (1978) / ISBN 1-885323-03-4 / $15.00
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Historical Introduction plus the three volumes (vols 2-4) sold as a set

ISBN 1-885323-04-2 / $35.00
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A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly

 

Volume 1, 1816-1899

cloth / 610 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 1-885323-35-2 / Close out $15.95
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Volume 2, 1900-1984

cloth / 605 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 1-885323-36-0 / Close out $15.95
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Volume 3, The Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1816-1978
Justin E. Walsh

cloth / 832 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 1-885323-37-9/$26.95
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Three Volume Set

cloth / ISBN 1-885323-38-7 / Close out $49.95
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COOKBOOKS

 

 

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Home Grown Indiana

Christine Barbour and Scott Hutcheson

Home Grown Indiana is an essential guide to the foremost sources of local foods in Indiana. Highlighting more than 400 producers, restaurants, farmers' markets, winemakers, brewers, and food festivals, this book is not only an enjoyable read, but an excellent companion during a weekend drive in the country, a day out with the family, or a holiday food-shopping expedition. Recipes from chefs who put local foods at the heart of their cooking provide inspirational ideas for what to do with the bounty you bring home.  In addition to the 177 lively profiles of Hoosiers who produce fabulous food in Indiana, Home Grown Indiana discusses topical issues such as grass-fed beef, raw milk, and pastured poultry and eggs. Indiana residents who love flavorful food will want to own this insightful and entertaining guide.

2008/ 277 pp / 9780253220196 / $16.95
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Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest

David Hoppe

Writer David Hoppe and staff member Kristin Hess spent the past year traveling across the state to interview and photograph a lively cross-section of individuals — from James Beard-nominated chefs to blueberry farmers, bison ranchers to activists working to feed the hungry — all of whom are helping to make this such an extraordinary time in the history of Hoosier cuisine.

paper / 237 pp. / 2012 / 9781934922750 / $24.95
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Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics around Lake Michigan

Jenny Lewis

Discover how the Midwest refined the nation's sweet tooth through a delicious mix of immigrant traditions and American ingenuity. Chef Jenny Lewis dips a spoon into generations of homemade desserts and examines the cogs and wheels of some of the biggest brands of the baking industry. Pull your chair up to a history in which Midwest beet sugar, vanilla cream and evaporated milk are mixed into a narrative of wars, social shifts and politics. Learn how to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, witness the rise of Red Star Yeast, plumb the secrets of the Kraft Oil Method and encounter a rich medley of other true stories and irresistible recipes from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

paper / 208 pp. / 2011 / 9781609493448 / $19.99
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The Seasonal Cabin Cookbook

 

Teresa Marrone

Celebrate the change of seasons while enjoying foods that are perfect for the cabin setting! The recipes in this cookbook are organized by season, and they're designed to be prepared with minimum fuss in a kitchen that may lack some conveniences.

400 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9781885061799 / $16.95
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Cafe Indiana Cookbook

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Jolene Ketzenberger

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen’s cafe guides showcase popular regional diner traditions. In her companion book Cafe Indiana she introduces travelers to the state’s top mom-and-pop restaurants. Now, Cafe Indiana Cookbook allows you to whip up local cafe classics yourself. Breakfast dishes range from Swiss Mennonite eier datch (egg pancakes) to biscuits and gravy; entree highlights include chicken with noodles (or with dumplings) and the iconic Hoosier breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. For dessert, try such Indiana favorites as apple dapple cake or rhubarb, coconut cream, or sugar cream pie . All 130 recipes have been kitchen-tested by Jolene Ketzenberger, food writer for the Indianapolis Star.  Cafe Indiana Cookbook reveals the favorite recipes of Indiana’s Main Street eateries, including some rescued for publication before a diner’s sad closure, and documents old-fashioned delicacies now fading from the culinary landscape—like southern Indiana’s fried brain sandwiches.

paper / 169 pp. / 2010 / ISBN  9780299249939 / $24.95
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Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home Cafes

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 / 312 pp. / 2007 / 9780299224943 / $19.95
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From New Albany's Kitchens

Floyd County Historical Society

A collection of 200 recipes plus historical data to celebrate New Albany's 200 years.

hardcover / 91 pp. / 2012 / $20.00
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German Cooking – Hoosier Style

 

Steven J. and Carrie Schmidt

 

Despite what you may have seen or heard, not all Germans wear lederhosen and dine exclusively on wurst, sauerkraut, and dumplings. Admittedly, these foods are still mainstays in many Gasthauser and traditional restaurants, but modern Germans as well as their modern Hoosier descendants have also embraced new foods from other cultures. The latest publication of IGHS features over a hundred recipes, both traditional and modern.

 

paper / 144 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781880788059 / $20.00

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Operation Vittles

 

The American Women in Blockaded Berlin

 

Cookbook produced by military wives during the Berlin Airlift. Recipes signed with their facsimile signatures. Originally published by Deutscher Verlag in January 1949, reprinted by the Indiana German Heritage Society.

 

paper / 100 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-1-880788-07-3 / $10.00

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Paradise Kitchen

Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr spent years working in high-stress Manhattan kitchens before shifting gears and heading to the calm, turquoise waters of Anguilla in the British West Indies. Ever the student of world cuisine and an expert in combining the best of his local environment and global training, Orr unleashes the flavours of the island with his inspired dishes in Paradise Kitchen. Tales of island culture, local traditions, and personal discoveries add flavour to the chef's recipes for morning, midday, and evening meals, including tapas. Orr's innovative drink recipes using local fruits, spices, and herbs carry you through the day -- from morning smoothies to sunset cocktails, after-dinner teas and flavored rums. Cookbook, memoir, and travel guide, this delightful book invites home cooks to savour the culinary joys of the Caribbean.

paper / 300 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253356086 / $21.99
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A Midwest Gardener’s Cookbook

Marian K. Towne

A Midwest Gardener’s Cookbook by Marian K. Towne

This marvelous cookbook, the product of 50 years of cookery according to seasonal principles, contains hundreds of recipes for more than 90 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs (including such wild crops as mulberries, pawpaws, and violets), locally grown and used at their peak of flavor and freshness. Take it with you as you stroll through the local farmer’s market, or consult it after bringing in the harvest from your own garden.

paper / 294 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 978-0-253-21056-2 / $24.95
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FARMfood: Green Living with Chef Daniel Orr

Daniel Orr

FARMfood: Green Living with Chef Daniel Orr by Daniel Orr

For renowned chef Daniel Orr, simplicity is beauty. In his latest book, FARMfood, Orr features recipes influenced by his Midwestern roots as well as a culinary career which has spanned the globe. European-style dishes—inspired by his time in France, Belgium, Italy, and other locales—are paired with big city flavors culled from years spent as an executive chef in New York City. Add a dash of Caribbean, Indian, Japanese, or Brazilian flavor and you have yourself a plate of “real food.” Orr includes recipes for breakfast, soups, burgers, sandwiches, snacks, appetizers, suppers, and sweets; sections devoted to sauces and seasonings; beverages and FARMpies, his gourmet pizzas. He advocates the use of honest, wholesome ingredients that are locally and sustainably grown, when possible, and offers tips on wild greens, mushrooms, edible flowers, and create-your-own spice blends. Honor yourself, your community, and your table with FARMfood and take simple pleasure in the true essence and flavor of great food.

paper / 258 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22103-2 / $29.95
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Indiana Cooks!

Christine Barbour and Scott Feickert

Indiana Cooks! is much more than a cookbook. It is a tantalizing feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds as it celebrates top restaurants and great Indiana chefs and their philosophies of contemporary cuisine. Christine Barbour, who writes a food column for Bloomington’s Herald-Times, chose 15 restaurants throughout Indiana, interviewed the chefs, and procured four recipes from each chef that have been adapted for the home kitchen. Scott Feickert home-tested the recipes. The beautiful color photographs by Tom Stio will make you want to run to the store to obtain the ingredients (a helpful list of sources for some of the less common items is provided) and start cooking. Contact information for each restaurant and a convenient map are included. Indiana Cooks! is a must-have volume for the gourmet, the talented cook, and the cookbook collector.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 978-0-253-34664-3 / $29.95
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The Farmers' Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community

Jennifer Meta Robinson and J.A. Hartenfeld

The Farmers' Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community

The Farmers' Marker Book examines the growing national phenomenon of local farmers' markets through the story of the market in Bloomington, Indiana, and considers the social, ecological, and economic power of farmers' markets generally.

paper / 271 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-253-21916-9 / $19.95
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Tray Chic: Celebrating Indiana's Cafeteria Culture

Sam Stall

Sam Stall lovingly tells the stories of Indiana's cafeteria culture, its culinary and cultural history, dotes on beloved house specialties, like fried chicken, cream pies and other delectable Hoosier comfort food, and collects photos and memorabilia that recall a time gone by.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / 9781578601363 / $22.99
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EDUCATION

 

 

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Color Your Campus--Indiana University: An Adult Coloring Book

Melissa Mueller

Named by Huffington Post as one of America’s Prettiest College Campuses, the Bloomington campus of Indiana University is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque college campuses in the United States. Its Sample Gates and limestone buildings welcome students to the nearly 2,000-acre grounds that are nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, providing breathtaking scenery. This first adult coloring book in the Color Your Campus series will delight students, parents, alumni, and Hoosiers alike. Coloring hobbyists will take pleasure in transforming Melissa Mueller’s black and white masterpieces into IU’s colorful flagship campus while indulging in the comfort of a childhood pastime.

paper / 128 pp. / 2016 / 9780253024121 / $14.00
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The Dean's Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality

Angie Klink

Like pearls threaded one-by-one to form a necklace, five women successively nurtured students on the Purdue University campus in America’s heartland during the 1930s to 1990s. Individually, each became a legendary dean of women or dean of students. Collectively, they wove a sisterhood of mutual support in their common—sometimes thwarted—pursuit of shared human rights and equality for all.

Dorothy C. Stratton, Helen B. Schleman, M. Beverley Stone, Barbara I. Cook, and Betty M. Nelson opened new avenues for women and became conduits for change, fostering opportunities for all people.  The women also were respected throughout the United States as founding leaders of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS), frontrunners in the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, and as pivotal members of presidential committees in the Kennedy and Nixon administrations.While it is focused on changing attitudes on one college campus, The Deans’ Bible sheds light on cultural change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the deans participated nationally in the quest for equality. The story rolls through the "picture-perfect," suppressive 1950s, the awakening 1960s, women’s liberation, Title IX, 1980s AIDS and alcohol epidemics, the changing mores for the disabled, and ends in the twenty-first century.

cloth / 2014 / 427 pp / 978-1557536761 / $29.95
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A Pictorial History of the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University

Phillip C. Wankat and Cristina D. Farmus

This coffee-table book uses color photographs and captions to tell the story of the first one hundred years of the Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering. Formed four years after a chemical engineering curriculum was established at the University, the School grew rapidly in size and reputation. It was a leader in encouraging women and minority students to become engineers, and it produced many substantial scientific contributions. The School continues to provide expertise and solutions to the “grand challenge” problems that the world faces today, whether in energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, health care, or advanced materials. Among its thirty faculty members, five are members of the National Academy of Engineering.

cloth / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557536211/ $29.95
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Heartbeat of the University: 125 Years of Purdue Bands

John Norberg

Celebrating 125 years of Purdue Bands, this beautifully-illustrated book traces the history of Purdue University’s Department of Bands from its humble origins as a drum unit for the student army training corps to the 2010 appearance of the “All-American” Marching Band as leader of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, seen by over fifty million television viewers. It follows the lives of the organization’s members and legendary directors, such as Paul Spotts Emrick and Al G. Wright, and highlights some of the band’s iconic features, such as the “World’s Largest Drum” and its legendary twirlers; the Golden Girl; the Girl in Black; the Silver Twins; and the Goldusters.

Beyond the glitz, the story includes tragedy, such as the Halloween day train collision that claimed the lives of seventeen people in 1903, as well as groundbreaking success. But, through it all, the beat of one of the Midwest’s great treasures goes on, bringing fulfillment to its members as well as inspiration to its myriad fans.

cloth / 200 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557535962 / $49.95
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History of Education in Indiana

Richard G. Boone

Education in Indiana in the 19th century.

cloth / 454 pp. / reprint 1941 (1892) / ISBN 1-885323-46-8 / $5.00
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Ball State University: An Interpretive History

Anthony O. Edmonds and E. Bruce Geelhoed

Ball State University: An Interpretive History

A narrative and interpretive history of a major institution of higher education. This publication tells the story of Ball State by focusing on the people who inhabited the institution.

cloth / 374 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-253-34017-9 / $29.95
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The Courage to Inquire

Thomas Ehrlich

The Courage to Inquire

A university president gives his views of the goals and problems of higher education from athletics to political correctness and tenure.

cloth / 164 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32913-2 / $24.95 $5.00
Order No. 2178

Historians For The Future: A History of the Indiana Junior Historical Society 1938-1998

Kendal Gladish and Hester Ann Hale

Historians for the Future

This historical society fosters history education through a network of history clubs to explore and appreciate Indiana's history.

cloth / 144 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-87195-133-9 / $5.00
Order No. 3037

Earlham College: A History, 1847-1997

Thomas D. Hamm

Earlham College: A History, 1847-1997

Founded by Indiana Quakers in 1847, it attained collegiate rank in 1859, gaining its national position in this century as a stronghold of liberal activist and modernist Quakerism.

cloth / 448 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33256-7 / $35.00
Order No. 2200

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

Alan McPherson

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

A compilation of photographs and history of use of Indiana's Carnegie Libraries. Dates and lists of Carnegie's contributions to Indiana libraries are included.

paper / 240 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-9636978-4-6 / $24.95
Order No. 2420

 

Hoosier Schools, Past and Present

William Reese (ed.)

Hoosier Schools, Past and Present

A series of studies on public schools from the crucial decades before the Civil War to the most recent efforts to reshape local schools for a postmodern society.

cloth / 226 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-33362-8 / $29.95
Order No. 2210

paper / 226 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-21154-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2211

 

The Hill: A History of the Indiana Boy’s School

William J. Seibold

The Hill: A History of the Indiana Boy’s School

Mr. Seibold was hired to teach at the Boy’s School in 1967. His book details the history of the institution from 1867 to today, including many pictures, land diagrams, bibliographies, teachers, and activities over the years.

paper / 207 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-9724033-9-6 / $15.00 $9.00
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Leadership for the Future: Changing Directorial Roles in American History Museums and Historical Societies

Bryant F. Tolles

Leadership for the Future: Changing Directorial Roles in American History Museums and Historical Societies

Essays, aimed at executive officers of historical museums, societies, and organizations, addressing concepts of leadership, greater professionalism, and principles of organizational management.

paper / 196 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-942063-11-2 / $18.95
Order No. 3011

Butler University: A Sesquicentennial History

George "Mac" Waller

Butler University: A Sesquicentennial History

Founded in 1855 by the Disciples of Christ as North Western Christian University, Butler University was renamed in 1877 for Ovid Butler, an attorney and abolitionist who had been the chief moving force behind the school’s creation. While "Christian faith and Christian morality as taught in the sacred Scriptures," was part of the original charter, over the years the school developed along the lines of the classic collegiate university. Now with a student body of over 3,000 in its college of liberal arts and sciences and five professional schools, Butler University is an important part of Indiana’s educational, sports, and cultural landscapes.

cloth / 505 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-253-34723-8 / $35.00
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Being Lucky

Herman B Wells

Being Lucky

Herman Wells recalls his formative boyhood years in a small Indiana town, gives his views on how to run a university, and describes some of his national and international service.

cloth / 493 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 0-253-11556-6 / $29.95 $17.97
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Indiana's Main Street

Nancy Wolfe and Suzanne Stanis

Indiana's Main Street

At one time the National Road in Indiana, or what is now U.S. Highway 40, was the major thoroughfare across the state. Towns and businesses developed along the road as people moved west.

"This curriculum packet offers a look at the role the National Road played in Indiana's past and highlights important people and places vital to the road's history. Lessons will assist you in meeting the fourth grade social studies standards but can also be adapted for use at other grade levels. Throughout the lessons, primary source materials and documents will be used. It is our hope that the history of the National Road as presented here will enrich your students' understanding of this corridor of Indiana's past and inspire them to expand their understanding of Indiana's larger role in history."

paper / 129 pp. / 2003 / $10.00 $5.00
Order No. 2598

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Raggedy Ann Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Ann first appeared in print in 1918, she has charmed millions of readers with her always warm and optimistic outlook and calm approach to difficulties. Now she returns to delight a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance.
All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Ann comes to Marcella's nursery and quickly becomes the leader of the dolls. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann's adventures show her striving to be good -- and succeeding. She and the other dolls rescue Fido, the family dog, from the dogcatcher. When, in one adventure, Raggedy Ann has to have her stuffing replaced, she gets her famous "I LOVE YOU" candy heart. Raggedy Ann also goes up in a kite, teaches two new dolls to be tolerant, and shares the excitement of a baby brother for Marcella, among several other tales.

cloth / 96 pp. / 1993 / 9780027375855 / $19.50
Order no. 1622

Indy Writes Books, a Book Lovers Anthology

M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth, eds.

Indy Writes Books is an anthology of some of the wonderful and generous authors who have been a big part of the first two years of Indy Reads Books. Indy Writes Books has been made possible by a generous grant from the Margot L. Eccles Arts and Culture Fund. All proceeds from Indy Writes Books support Indy Reads’ adult literacy programs in Central Indiana.  Indy Writes Books, A Booklovers Anthology includes works by the following authors, poets, and puzzle makers! John David Anderson, Victoria Barrett,  Frank Bill,  Ray Boomhower, Mary Susan Buhner, Lorene Burkhart, Michael Dahlie, Cathy Day, Carol Faenzi, Terence Faherty, John Green, Lou Harry, Liza Hyatt, Angela Jackson-Brown, Lyn Jones, Jeff Knurek & David Hoyt,  Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Susan Neville, Will Shortz, Barb Shoup, Amy Sorrells, Gordon Strain & Dianne Moneypenny, Larry Sweazy, Dan Wakefield, and Ben Winters. It is edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth, with an introduction by Dan Wakefield. Design by Amy McAdams.

2014 / 9780692300299 / $25.00
Order No. 1479

 

 

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories

Ambrose Bierce

These original and innovative tales, most of which appeared in the 1880s and 1890s, constitute 23 examples of his best and most characteristic short fiction: anti-war satires that underscore the barbarism and futility of bloodshed; horror stories with a keenly ironic edge; and sardonic "tall tales" of the Old West.
The American Civil War was the defining experience of Bierce's life, and the battlefield ordeals from his service within the Union army contributed to his distinctive brand of cynical realism. This collection boasts the best of his Civil War tales, including "Chickamauga," "A Horseman in the Sky," and the author's much-imitated masterpiece, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Writers of mystery and suspense stories have long been influenced by Bierce's tales of the supernatural such as "The Moonlit Road," and "The Eyes of the Panther." This anthology also features "Oil of Dog," "My Favorite Murder," and other satirical fables that continue to captivate readers with their humor and ingenuity.

paper / 176 pp. / 2008 reprint / 9780486466576 / $4.00
Order no. 1552

Death Note

Thomas Black

Seventy-five years ago, John Dillinger stashed silver and gold coins in the town of Elkinsville, Indiana. His great-grandson wants the lost loot. Two catches. First, Elkinsville is now a forgotten town, sixty feet below the surface of a reservoir. Easy, blow the dam holding the water. Second, a fiery speleologist, Dr. Jenna Longstreth, has discovered his plan. Not so easy, as he finds out.

To repay a debt, Jenna agrees to explore a cave that may be linked to missing ordnance from a nearby military base. Proving the link is true, she is swept into an evil plot that forces her to fight for her sister’s life, and the lives of an entire town. Caught in it now, Jenna works to uncover the plan and learns a psychopath is going to attack a dam and wipe out a downstream town as a diversion for his real ambition: recovering a fortune. The high stakes and little time push Jenna into a cave being used for the attack. Despite booby trapped passages and a partner she’s come to distrust, she must stop the murderous plan of Dillinger’s kin.

 
 

paper / 372 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781619271883 / $12.95
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Cross this Bridge at a Walk

Jared Carter

Cross this Bridge at a Walk

This is Jared Carter's fourth collection of poems.  He continues to tell us about a place called Mississinewa County.  His poems reach out to the stories, myths, and recollections of an entire continent.

paper / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2657

 

The Hoosier School-Master

 

Edward Eggleston

The Hoosier Schoolmaster

Written with humor and candor and set in Indiana in the 1850s, the story relates the adventures of young schoolmaster Ralph Hartsook.

paper / 226 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20324-4 / $12.95
Order No. 2066
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Triple Cross

Kit Ehrman

Triple Cross

Heading for Louisville for an all-expense-paid trip culminating in the Kentucky Derby, young barn manager and aspiring private detective Steve Cline takes on the job of caring for a Derby runner for his racehorse trainer father, but he soon finds himself caught up in the greedy, vengeful world of the very rich, trying to stop a murderer before it is too late.

cloth / $24.95 $5.00
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An Abundance of Katherines

John Green

Michael L. Printz Honor Book / Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

paper / 2008 / 272 pp / 9780142410707 / $9.99
Order no. 1539

Paper Towns

John Green

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery / New York Times bestseller / USA Today bestseller / Publishers Weekly bestseller

 

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

paper / 2009 / 336 pp / 9780142414934 / $9.99
Order no. 1538

 

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

352 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781101569184 / $12.99
Order no. 1379 

The Best of Kin Hubbard: Abe Martin's Sayings and Wisecracks, Abe's Neighbors, his Almanack, Comic Drawings

David S. Hawes

Abe Martin's Sayings and Wisecracks, Abe's Neighbors, his Almanack, Comic Drawings

A collection of the best sayings, humorous essays, cartoons, and drawings of one of the most popular, fictional, cracker-barrel philosophers this country has ever known.

paper / 143 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-21007-0 / $12.95
Order No. 2256

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: A Novel

Mohja Kahf

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between “Muslim” and “American.”

When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba’s sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she’s back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother’s interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere.

Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.

paper / 2006 / 448 pp / 978-0786715190 / $15.95
Order no. 1555

 

Raintree County

Ross Lockridge, Jr.

Raintree CountyThroughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms. A number-one bestseller when it was first published in 1948, this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance today.

paper / 1066 pp. / reprint 2007 (1947) / ISBN 978-1-55652-710-4 / $19.95
Order No. 2737
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Bears of Blue River

Charles Major

The Bears of Blue River

Adventures of a young boy growing up in early nineteenth-century rural Indiana. This is a book for children or adults who love nature and tales of early pioneer life.

cloth / 277 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-10590-0 / $20.00
Order No. 2024

paper / 277 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20330-9 / $13.95
Order No. 2025

Uncle Tom Andy Bill: A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure

Charles Major

Uncle Tom Andy Bill: A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure

Relates the boisterous early-twentieth-century boyhood adventures of the narrator.

cloth / 344 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-33653-8 / $17.95
Order No. 2219

paper / 344 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-33654-6 / $10.95
Order No. 2123

 

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

Donald C. Manlove

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

A collection of best-loved poems about nature, home, and country as well as the dialect poems for which Riley is famous.

cloth / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-10610-9 / $20.00
Order No. 2192

paper / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20299-X / $11.95
Order No. 2193

 

Double-Wide

Michael Martone

Double-wide

Collected for the first time in one volume, the stories in Double-Wide span two decades and the entire state of Indiana. Martone blends history with fiction to reinvent the landscape of places like Preu, Elkhart, Indianapolis, and his hometown of Fort Wayne.

paper / 387 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 0-253-21890-2 / $22.95
Order No. 2633

The Blue Guide to Indiana

Michael Martone

Blue Guide to IndianaMichael Martone, whose trademark is the blurring of the lines between fact and fiction, has created an Indiana that almost is, a landscape marked by Lover's Lane franchises and pharmaceutical drug theme parks. Passages from this book have been published in Indiana newspapers as feature articles on what to do this weekend or as suggestions for family vacations. Tourists have been directed to visit the Trans-Indiana Mayonnaise Pipeline and the Field of Lightbulbs. They have been told about Our Lady of the Big Hair and Feet and taught the history of the License Plate Insurrection of 1979.

The book opens with a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, inviting visitors to sample "refreshing paw paw canapes and free glasses of buttermilk cider drawn from our state's native bison herbs" at state rest areas, and to considering working toward a Ph.D. within the state's picturesque borders. The book closes with a chilling Author's Note that epitomizes Martone's work: It is untrue but nearly believable; and it renders the mundane horrific and the tragic hilarious.

The Blue Guide to Indiana is an extension of Martone's previous work, in which he often composed fake essays in the voices of real celebrities. Like Jorge Luis Borges and Flann O'Brien, Martone uses parody to reveal the deeper truths about our culture.

paper / 120 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 978-1-573660-95-2 / $12.95
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Brewster's Millions

George Barr McCutcheon

Brewster's MillionsComic tale of Monty Brewster, who must completely divest himself of a small fortune by his 26th birthday to gain an even bigger fortune.

cloth / 325 pp. / reprint 1999 (1903) / ISBN 0-253-33632-5 / $25.00
Order No. 2224

paper / 325 pp. / reprint 1999 (1903) / ISBN 0-253-21349-5 / $12.95
Order No. 2225

When I Crossed No-Bob

Margaret McMullan  

The Sequel To How I Found the Strong

When I Crossed No-BobLife as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised.

A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?

cloth / 216 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-618-71715-6 / $16.00 $5.00
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Sailing the Inland Sea: On Writing, Literature, and Land

Susan Neville

Sailing the Inland SeaCalling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, Susan Neville has written a compelling collection of essays that ponder writing and the "landlocked imagination." The essays range from interviews with Indiana writers Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Sanders, Marguerite Young, and others, to discussions on techniques grounded in a Midwestern sensibility. As director of Butler University's Visiting Writers Series, Neville has had the rare opportunity to converse with such literary giants as Salman Rushdie, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison, and some of those exchanges have been incorporated into this exciting new collection.

paper / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-21902-2 / $19.95 $11.97
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Tainted

JD Phillips

Tainted

"Tainted" is JD Phillips' third book - her latest release. Great Story - as in JD's first two books - the drama, adventure and suspense in her writing gives the imagination of the reader the creative style of her writing.

paper / $15.00 $5.00
Order No. 2656

 

Terrarium

Scott Russell Sanders

Terrarium

Imaginative excursion into the future, where humanity has abandoned the outdoors for a network of cities sealed against nature. A tale of the perils of separating ourselves from the environment.

cloth / 276 pp. / 1985 / ISBN 0-253-32956-6 / $25.00 $15.00
Order No. 2271

paper / 288 pp. / reprint 1995 (1985) / ISBN 0-253-21021-6 / $14.95 $8.97
Order No. 2167

 

Love in a Small Town

Betty Jo Schuler

Love in a Small Town

Sam Champion, a math professor, is eager to sell the house he inherited in Browning Illinois, and return to Phoenix... until the redhead next door, Lily Madison, sets her house afire and moves in with him. Lily's not the flake he thought, and small towns aren't as dull as Sam expected.

Purchase of this book includes book plates signed by the author (while supplies last).

paper / $12.95
Order No. 2655

 

A Daughter of the Land

 

Gene Stratton-Porter

A Daughter of the Land

Kate Bates, the youngest female child in a large prosperous farm family, has been designated as her mother's helper in old age, but defies her parents to attain the dream of owning her own farm.

paper / 339 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21138-7 / $13.95
Order No. 2212

 

A Girl of the Limberlost

Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost

Timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp.

cloth / 479 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-13320-3 / $25.00
Order No. 2056

paper / 479 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20331-7 / $14.95
Order No. 2057

 

The Keeper of the Bees

 

Gene Stratton-Porter

The Keeper of the Bees

Stratton-Porter's last novel of a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California that restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.

cloth / 515 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-35496-X / $27.95
Order No. 2298

paper / 515 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-35496-X / $15.95
Order No. 2086

Michael O'Halloran

Gene Stratton-Porter

Michael O'Halloran

Adventures of an orphaned newspaper boy in his scuffle with life in a midwestern metropolis.

cloth / 560 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-33021-1 / $27.95
Order No. 2262

paper / 560 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-21045-3 / $14.95
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An American Tune: A Novel

Barbara Shoup

While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name, a name she has not heard in more than 25 years. Not even her husband knows that back in the ‘60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. An American Tune moves back and forth in time, telling the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she became, a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An achingly poignant account of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, An American Tune illuminates the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices come to compose the tune of our lives.

 
 
 
 
 
paper / 328 pp. / 2012 / 978-0253007421 / $19.00
Order no. 2972

 

Alice Adams

Booth Tarkington

Alice Adams

The story of a middle-class family living in the industrialized "midland country" at the turn of the twentieth century. Against this dingy backdrop, Alice Adams seeks to distinguish herself. Alice's resiliency of spirit makes her one of Tarkington's most compelling female characters.

cloth / 454 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-34227-9 / $32.95
Order No. 2425

paper / 454 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-34227-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2424

 

The Magnificent Ambersons

Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons

A delightful novel giving a view of Indianapolis' evolution from a major marketing center to a great industrial city.

cloth / 516 pp. / 1989 / ISBN 0-253-35875-2 / $25.00
Order No. 2092

 

Penrod

Booth Tarkington

Penrod

Realistic stories of a twelve-year-old boy growing up in early twentieth-century America.

paper / 306 pp. / 1985 / ISBN 0-253-20361-9 / $16.95
Order No. 2109

 

Penrod and Sam

Booth Tarkington

Penrod & Sam

The imaginative adventures of Tarkington's ten-year-old Penrod Schofield continue. Familiar characters from the earlier Penrod volume make their appearance. This is a delightfully nostalgic look at Tarkington's turn-of-the-century Indiana.

paper / 384 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21594-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2417

 

Galapagos

Kurt Vonnegut

Galápagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galápagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race. In this inimitable novel, America’s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry–and all that is worth saving.

paper / 237 pp. / 1994 reprint / B00C6P4DUA / $16.99
Order no. 1541

Going All the Way

Dan Wakefield

Bluebeard: A Novel

Kurt Vonnegut

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.

paper / 1998 / 336 pp / 9780385333511 / $16.00
Order No. 1542

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

285 pp. / ISBN 9780385333481 / $15.00
Order no. 1378 

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

This is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

cloth / 215 pp. / ISBN 9780440180296 / $17.60
Order no. 1377 

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

paper / 1991 / 215 pp / 9780440180296 / $16.00
Order no. 1377

Going All the Way

Dan Wakefield

Noted Hoosier author Dan Wakefield’s most famous novel seethes with pent-up frustration and confusion and nearly every episode bubbles with hilarity. This novel of the 1950s so perfectly captures its time and place that it transcends the specific and becomes universal—a true classic of American literature. Now a major motion picture.

“ . . . a passionate and tormented novel about the summer of 1954 as it transpired in the lives of two young Korean War veterans returning to their Indianapolis homes. . . . it is possible that the current publishing season will produce no book more urgently felt." —New York Times Book Review, August 9, 1970

paper / 320 pp. / 1997 reprint / 9780253210906 / $16.91
Order no. 337

 

Under the Apple Tree: A Novel of the Home Front

Dan Wakefield

Under the Apple Tree:  A Novel of the Home Front

A brilliantly effortless novel of the home front in World War II. It's a story of awakening and loss and growth.

paper / 342 pp. / 1993 reprint 1998 / ISBN 0-253-21196-4 / $15.95
Order No. 2342

 

Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ

Lew Wallace

Ben-Hur is one of the best selling books of all times. This poignant novel intertwines the life stories of a Jewish charioteer named Judah Ben-Hur and Jesus Christ. It explores the themes of betrayal and redemption. Ben-Hur's family is wrongly accused and convicted of treason during the time of Christ. Ben-Hur fights to clear his family's name and is ultimately inspired by the rise of Jesus Christ and his message.

paper / 564 pp. / 1880 (2012 edition) / 9780451532091 / $7.95
Order no. 1580

Leafy Rivers

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West's spirited novel—set in the Ohio Territory in the early 1880s—is a handsomely paced adventure for lovers of period romance and suspense. Leafy Rivers is a young bride caught up in emotions she does not altogether understand and cannot quite control. As she races against time to save a life and a marriage that may already be lost, a vivid assortment of characters—such as Simon Yanders, a man whose loss has taught him generosity and whose grief has made him alert to joy; Cashie Wade, irresistibly wild and free; and Leafy's husband, Reno, whose love is matched only by his ineptitude—offers challenges that threaten to waylay her at every turn.

paper / 310 pp. / 2009 (originally pub. 1967) / ISBN 978-0-253-35302-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2744

The Friendly Persuasion

Jessamyn West

The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

A quintessential American heroine, Eliza Birdwell is a wonderful blend of would-be austerity, practicality, and gentle humor when it comes to keeping her faith and caring for her family and community. Her husband, Jess, shares Eliza's love of people and peaceful ways but, unlike Eliza, also displays a fondness for a fast horse and a lively tune. With their children, they must negotiate their way through a world that constantly confronts them - sometimes with candor, sometimes with violence - and tests the strength of their beliefs. Whether it's a gift parcel arriving on their doorstep or Confederate soldiers approaching their land, the Birdwells embrace life with emotion, conviction, and a love for one another that seems to conquer all.

paper / 214 pp. / 1945 / ISBN 978-0-15-602909-4 / $13.00
Order No. 979

 

New Territory: Contemporary Indiana Fiction

 

Michael Wilkerson and Deborah Galyan

New Territory: Contemporary Indiana Fiction

Collection of eleven of the best short stories about Indiana by Indiana authors, with a cast of characters including James Dean, Johnny Appleseed, Clarence Roberts, and newcomer Jason Moss.

paper / 166 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-20595-6 / $9.95
Order No. 2104
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Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Mark Marimen et al.

Weird Indiana is here to prove that the Crossroads of America, as our state motto claims, is also the Crossroads of the Weird! There's such an abundance of weirdness here that it took three authors to showcase all the odd and offbeat wonders the Hoosier State has to offer. Our authors, Mark Marimen, Jim Willis, and Troy Taylor, set off with cameras and notepads in hand, in search of Indiana's best kept secrets, local legends, bizarre beasts, and more, and they found it—in spades!

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing picnic in Shades of Death Park; “see the light” if you're lucky enough to witness those unexplained glowing spots known as Moody's Light. Find out how a town named Santa Claus became involved in one of the fiercest rivalries in the state's history. Slap on another layer of color to the world's biggest ball of paint, and no, you're not seeing things—that really is an enormous pink-spectacled elephant drinking a martini on the side of the road! Get the time from an enormous leg sundial, and listen for the whistle of terror on the White Lick Creek Bridge, but whatever you do, don't answer an ad from La Porte's Black Widow. Make a person-to-person call from inside a tomb, and meet Indiana's most upright citizen, buried that way for almost two hundred years. Check out the ruins of Littleville, where 125 miniature buildings once stood—complete with a courthouse, and even a yacht club, all of eighteen inches tall.

253 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781402754524 / $14.95
Order no. 1360
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Ghosts of Madison, Indiana

Virginia Dyer Jorgenson

Beautifully preserved mid-nineteenth-century buildings grace the streets of Madison, Indiana, providing a concrete connection to the past. But a more ethereal, ghostly link flits about these streets when night descends. Restive spirits linger here, like the extra that may join you mid-slumber at Whitehall Bed-and-Breakfast, a residual from the Civil War hospital that was once nearby. Feel the ghostly chill of a mob bootlegger who stops by the Broadway Tavern around last call and learn of the myriad ghosts that flutter here in search of something. Dive into the shadows of Madison on this chilling journey with Virginia Jorgensen.

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781609497446 / $19.99
Order No. 2939

Amazing Tales from Indiana

Fred D. Cavinder

Amazing Tales from Indiana by Fred D. Cavinder

It's Ripley's with a Hoosier twist—Fred Cavinder has put together a group of findings and stories, some kooky and strange, some from the twilight zone, some historical oddities and fascinations, all gleaned from Indiana. Submitted for your consideration: the blind man who designed and built an automobile, the "volunteer" tree growing out of a courthouse roof, and much, much more.

paper / 158 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-20658-8 / $17.95
Order No. 769

Oddball Indiana: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

Jerome Pohlen

Oddball Indiana: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen

Square Donuts. The World's Largest Stump. Oscar the Monster Turtle. Johnny Appleseed's grave. The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. While other travel guides tell you about yet another cozy bed-and-breakfast and bike trails through Brown County, Oddball Indiana offers wacky travel destinations and little-known historical tidbits. Why is Nancy Barnett's grave in the middle of a country road? Where can you go to communicate with your dead Aunt Clara? Who invented Alka-Seltzer? How did David Letterman get fired from his first broadcasting gig? This is the guide to the real Indiana, birthplace of corn flakes, Dan Quayle, and Wonder Bread, for those who want to laugh, not lounge, on their vacation.

paper / 227 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 1-55652-438-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2736

Hoosier Folk Legends

Ronald L. Baker

Hoosier Folk Legends

Folk tales about a curious mixture of Hoosier humor and horror stories.

paper / 264 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20334-1 / $16.95
Order No. 2065

 

More Amazing Tales from Indiana

Fred D. Cavinder

More Amazing Tales from Indiana

More of the findings and stories, freaky and fascinating, kooky and strange, some historical oddities and fascinations, all told with humor.

paper / 207 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21653-2 
$14.95 $8.97
Order No. 2413

 

Folklife and Museums--Selected Readings

Patricia Hall and Charlie Seemann

Folklife and Museums

Essays trace and reflect upon the various ways that folklife, which explores and celebrates ordinary life, and museums have intersected since the 1950s.

paper / 194 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-910050-85-6 / $10.95
Order No. 3004
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Historical Celebrations: A Handbook for Organizers of Diamond Jubilees, Centennials, and Other Community Anniversaries

 

Keith Peterson

Historical Celebrations

Ethnic allegiances, religious memberships, occupational associations, community, state, and national anniversaries are some of the celebrations and festivals featured.

paper / 118 pp. / reprint 1996 (1986) / ISBN 0-931406-13-7 / $14.95 $8.97
Order No. 3101

 

Hoosier German Tales: Small and TALL

Eberhard Reichmann, editor

Hoosier German Tales: small and TALL

Stories, poems, legends, memoirs, thoughts, etc. of, by, or about Hoosier Germans.

paper / 279 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 1-880788-00-4 / $8.00
Order No. 2390
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Haunted Tales from the Region: Ghosts of Indiana's South Shore

Dorothy Salvo Davis

South Shore lights blaze through the night, warding off restless spirits that slink among the shadows.  Join paranormal researcher and author Dorothy Salvo Davis as she reveals the legends and ghouls that haunt this generally peaceful area. 

 

 

paper / 109 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59629-917-7 / $19.99
Order No. 2816

 

Haunted Hoosier Trails: A Guide to Indiana's Famous Folklore Spooky Sites

Wanda Lou Willis

Haunted Hoosier Trails

The American Indians who inhabited this region had a long tradition of stories about tragic deaths and haunting spirits. Pioneers and other early settlers told their own tales of mansions where sad deaths happened and spirits walked.

paper / 192 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 1-57860-115-0 
$15.95 $8.99
Order No. 2460

 

More Haunted Hoosier Trails: Folklore from Indiana's Spookiest Places

Wanda Lou Willis

More Haunted Hooiser Trails

Beloved Indiana folklorist Wanda Lou Willis is back with all-new ghostly tales in this hair-raising companion to her popular Haunted Hoosier Trails. In More Haunted Hoosier Trails, you can set off with Wanda as your guide to explore Indian’s hidden history in spooky locations around the state.

paper / 208 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 1-57860-182-7 
$14.99  $8.99
Order No. 2483

Folklore in the Classroom Workbook

Content essays by professional folklorists and reproducible exercises for each chapter; folklore and various subject areas and issues in education.

paper / 1985 / ISBN 1-885323-51-4 / $10.75
Order No. 4019

GENEALOGY

 

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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.

$16.55
Order No. 1447
 

 

U.S. Catholic Sources: A Diocesan Research Guide

Virginia Humling

An excellent reference book on doing Catholic research in the United States.

paper / 120 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 9780916489601 / $14.95
Order No. 2864
 

 

Finding Your African American Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

Thackery, David

Although the search for African American ancestry prior to the Civil War is challenging, the difficulties are not always insurmountable. Finding Your African American Ancestors takes you through your ancestors' transition from slavery to freedom, and helps you find them using the federal census, plantation records, and other helpful sources. The book also considers ways to locate runaway slave advertisements, to identify an ancestor's military regiment, and to access the valuable information from The Freedman's Savings and Trust records.

paper / 164 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780916489908 / $12.95
Order No. 2860
 

 

 

Finding Your Mexican Ancestors

George & Peggy Ryskamp

Finding Your Mexican Ancestors is essential to any researcher looking to trace their heritage across the Rio Grande. In it, authors George and Peggy Ryskamp show how easy Mexican American research can be, providing detailed descriptions of parish records, civil records, and other types of records common in Mexico.

paper / 224 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 9781593313074 / $16.95
Order No. 2850
 

 

 

 

Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway

Loretto Dennis Szucs

Almost half of all Americans have at least one ancestor who entered the United States through Ellis Island (also called "America's Gateway"). In Ellis Island: Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway, leading family history author and researcher Loretto Dennis Szucs explains how you can find out if your relatives were among the millions who were processed for entry at this historic landmark. This book details the immigrant experience at Ellis Island and teaches you about the records that are available to help you trace your ancestors' entry into the New World.

paper / 56 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 9780916489953 / $4.95
Order No. 2859

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records

Loretto Dennis Szucs

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using U.S. Census records, in particular those of the federal census. Aimed at the general family history audience, this book is especially useful for the beginning to intermediate researcher. Along with a description of the history and structure of the federal census, there is a guide to each decennial census. Three appendixes offer a description of major census data providers, major state and national archives with census collections, and specially designed census extraction forms. Includes a complete index.

paper / 176 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780916489984 / $16.95
Order No. 2855

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research

Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research

This book is a powerful tool, providing an overview of historical research while focusing on Indiana-specific sources. Authored by journalists, archivists, librarians, genealogists, and historians in the state's major historical and genealogical organizations, this book forms a complete guide for research in Indiana. Six model chapters show how to turn data into stories. This significant new guide will help researchers learn how to get started, where to go for the next piece of information, how to interpret the data, and how to incorporate each new fact into the stories of Indiana's ancestors.

paper / 301 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-203-5 / $29.95
Order No. 2638

 

 

 

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Ashley B. Ransburg

Evie Finds Her Family Tree

Young children will enjoy the tale of Evie, a little girl who tries to discover the meaning of her family tree. This illustrated storybook includes a 32’ x 24” illustrated family tree chart that children can complete using their own family information.

paper / 30 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-187-8 / $9.95
Order No. 1608

 

Finding Indiana Ancestors

 

Dorothy Riker, et al. compiler

Finding Indiana Ancestors

A short, introductory publication including local Indiana resources.

paper / 17 pp. / 1967 / ISBN 0-87195-057-X / $3.00
Order No. 2501

 

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor?—Genealogy for Beginners

Mona Robinson

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor

A source for locating elusive ancestors of Hoosiers and descendants of anyone who ever lived in Indiana. Describes records available, where they can be found, and how to use them most effectively.

cloth / 215 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-20731-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2128

 

 

 

An Index to Naturalization Records in Pre-1907: Order Books of Indiana Counties Courts

An Index to Naturalization Records in Pre-1907

The index to naturalization records contained in this book serves as an invaluable resource for genealogical researchers whether they are seeking a “lost” relation or are eager to document the points at which their ancestors became citizens of the United State of America. The new foreword attempts to differentiate between the records indexed for this publication—which are housed in Indiana’s ninety two county courthouses, and all other naturalization records—which are kept by law at the Indiana State Archives (part of the state’s Archives and Records Administration).

paper / 182 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-87195-156-8 / $25.00
Order No. 2510

 

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

 

  • Purchases may be made via a visit to our office, by telephone (317-232-2535), fax (317-232-3728), or e-mail (ihb @ history.in.gov). More info on purchasing here.

Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

Dean Kotlowski

In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be presidential candidate. Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR explores McNutt’s life, his era, and his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt. It sheds light on the expansion of executive power at the state level during the Great Depression, the theory and practice of liberalism as federal administrators understood it in the 1930s and 1940s, the mobilization of the American home front during World War II, and the internal dynamics of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. McNutt’s life underscores the challenges and changes Americans faced during an age of economic depression, global conflict, and decolonialization.

cloth / 600 pp. / 2015 / 9780253014689 / $45.00
Order no. 1638

Fifty State Capitols

Jim Stembridge

State governments, headquartered in their iconic capitol buildings, have been governing continuously—and largely democratically, peacefully, and openly—for more than two centuries, a record difficult to match in the history of civilization. Fifty State Capitols shows how the architecture of state capitols contributes to the success of representative government.

The formality, timelessness, and public grandeur of representative government are on public display at every one of America’s fifty state capitols. Fifty State Capitols describes the majesty and stateliness of each state capitol’s exterior form and selected interior details, in words and photographs, including a brief history of the building.

paper / 121 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780983029205 / $27.95
Order No. 2914

Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court

Edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair

Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court Edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair

From its inception in 1816 until 2010, one woman and 105 men have been members of the Indiana Supreme Court. In this multi-author volume, edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair and featuring an introduction by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, authors explore the lives of each justice, unearthing not only standard biographical information but also personal stories that offer additional insight into their lives and times. The book was published by the IHS Press in cooperation with the Indiana Supreme Court.

cloth / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-288-2 / $37.95
Order No. 2795

Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist

 

James H. Madison

Indiana's Wendell Willkie burst upon the national political scene in 1940 when, apparently out of nowhere, he won the Republican nomination for the presidency and ran against Franklin Roosevelt. After his defeat, he traveled widely and returned to write ÂOne World, which had a tremendous impact on the then-isolationist United States. "There was about him," the ÂNew York Times editorialized, "a warm and winning sincerity... a natural straightforwardness which left untouched no one who knew him." These essays by a distinguished group of historians recognize one of the state's most famous native sons and reassess his impact on history one hundred years after his birth.

1992 / 184 pp / 9780253336194 / $28.95
Order No. 1501

“Justice Shall Be Administered Freely:” State of the Indiana Judiciary 1973-1987

Chief Justice Norman F. Arterburn & Chief Justice Richard M. Givan

“Justice Shall Be Administered Freely” by “Justice Shall Be Administered Freely”

This book is a collection of State of the Judiciary addresses delivered by Chief Justice Norman F. Arterburn & Chief Justice Richard M. Givan, 1973-1987.

paper / 114 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-934922-09-5 / $11.50 [no additional discount]
Order No. 929

“Prohibition Is Here to Stay:” The Reverend Edward S. Shumaker and the Dry Crusade in America

Jason S. Lantzer

“Prohibition Is Here to Stay” by Jason S. Lantzer

"Prohibition Is Here to Stay” focuses on the Reverend Edward S. Shumaker, a Methodist minister who led Indiana’s influential chapter of the Anti Saloon League for nearly twenty-five years. Shumaker was one of the most powerful men in Indiana in the fight against demon rum, and his influence extended well beyond the boundaries of the state during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jason Lantzer uses Shumaker’s life and work to shed new light on the rise and fall of Prohibition and to better understand and appreciate the interplay of religion and politics in American culture.

paper / 306 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-268-03383-5 / $35.00
Order No. 919

The Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851

Donald F. Carmony

The Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 by Donald F. Carmony

In his 1931 master’s thesis, author and noted Indiana historian Donald F. Carmony (1910-2005) described and interpreted the events leading to the adoption of Indiana’s second state constitution.  The publication includes primary source materials identified by Carmony and an index and updated bibliography created by the editors.

paper / 258 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-93422-03-3 / $8.00
Order No. 927

 

In Memoriam: Glimpses from Indiana's Legal Past

Wendy L. Adams & Elizabeth R. Osborn

In Memoriam: Glimpses from Indiana's Legal Past

Similar to an obituary, an In Memoriam honors a public figure at death. It memorializes the deceased's deeds and accomplishments throughout his or her lifetime. Taken from Indiana Reports and Indiana Cases, these sketches include forty-two Indiana Supreme Court justices, eight Indiana Court of Appeals judges, three prominent Indiana lawyers (two of who received Presidential appointments), one President of the United Staes, one Vice-President, and one well-known trial judge.

328 pp. / 2006 / ISBN-0-9776675-1-0 / $9.95
Order No. 2666

 

The History of Indiana Law

David J. Bodenhamer and Hon. Randall T. Shepard

The History of Indiana Law

cloth / 403 pp. / ISBN 0-8214-1637-5 / $49.95
Order No. 2596

 

Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary

Ray E. Boomhower

Robert F. KennedyMarking the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's Indianapolis speech, this book explains what brought the politician to Indiana that day and explores the characters and events of the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidential primary in which Kennedy, who was an underdog, had a decisive victory.

cloth / 192 pp. / ISBN 978-0-253-35089-3 / $21.95
Order No. 2694

 

Hard News, Heartfelt Opinions: A History of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Scott M. Bushnell

Hard News, Heartfelt Opinions: A History of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazatte

Through the story of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Scott M. Bushnell presents the political history of Fort Wayne, Allen County, and Indiana's northeastern region. With an informal tone and the snappy style of a seasoned journalist, Bushnell explores just how integrally newspapers were linked to, and even shaped, political events.

cloth / 198 pp. / ISBN 978-0-253-34920-0 / $19.95
Order No.2661

 

Indiana's Constitutional Past

 

Indiana's Constitutional Past

Brent E. Dickson, Justice, Indiana Supreme Court

Describes Indiana's remarkable constitutional history and legal documents which have served as a "constitution".

paper / 8 pp. / 1997 / $.50
Order No. 6071

 

Lincoln the Lawyer

Brian Dirck

Lincoln the LawyerDespite historians' focus on the man as president and politician, Abraham Lincoln lived most of his adult life as a practicing lawyer. It was as a lawyer that he fed his family, made his reputation, bonded with Illinois, and began his political career. Lawyering was also how Lincoln learned to become an expert mediator between angry antagonists as he applied his knowledge of the law and of human nature to settle one dispute after another. Frontier lawyers worked hard to establish respect for the law and encourage people to resolve their differences without intimidation or violence. These were the very skills Lincoln used so deftly to hold a crumbling nation together during his presidency.

cloth / 244 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0252-03181-6 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2705

 

 

Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss, 1856-1929

James Phillip Fadely

Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss 1856-1929

Biography of one of Indiana's legendary political figures and most successful early entrepreneurs who came from a humble immigrant background to become one of the state's wealthiest men.

cloth / 267 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-87195-115-0 / $27.95
Order No. 2208
 

 

Federal Justice in Indiana: The History of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

George W. Geib and Donald B. Kite, Sr.

Federal Justice in Indiana

From its earliest days as a territorial court to the District Court's current composition, the people and places central to the conduct of the court's business are placed into the wider context of Indiana and American history.

cloth / 335 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-202-8 / $29.95
Order No. 2645

 

The Governors of Indiana

Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair

The Governors of Indiana

In this multi-author volume, editors Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair detail the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's governors. Each profile contains biographical information and highlights the lives and careers of each governor, with special emphasis on the events and accomplishments during his time in office. Each governor's official portrait is also included. An introductory essay discusses the evolution of the office of governor and provides an overview of the people who have been governor.

cloth / 456 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-27195-196-7 / $34.95
Order No. 2601

 

Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator, Cold War Justice

Linda C. Gugin and James St. Clair

Sherman Minton

A remarkable public servant who held top positions in all three branches of national government from the 1930s to the 1950s.

cloth / 370 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-87195-116-9 / $29.95
Order No. 2216

 

How Congress Works and Why You Should Care

 

 

 

Lee H. Hamilton

How Congress Works

This book is a guide to understanding the ways of Congress and a fervent and knowledgeable plea for every citizen to be informed and involved.

paper / 168 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-253-21695-8 / $14.95
Order No. 2454

cloth / $29.95
Order No. 2464

 

Indiana's Road to Statehood

 

Hubert H. Hawkins, comp.

Indiana's Road to Statehood

Text of important documents to Indiana statehood; also on the Indiana Historical Bureau Web site.

paper / 95 pp. / reprint 1997 (1969) / ISBN 1-885323-53-0 / $3.50
Order No. 6031

 

Political Warrior: the Life and Times of L. Keith Bulen

Stanley A. Huseland

Political Warrior: the Life and Times of L. Keith Bulen

Political Warrior tells the story of a driven, controversial, and successful Republican leader--L. Keith Bulen--who helped awaken in the 1960s a sleepy Indianapolis, regenerated the GOP, and launched such political careers as Dick Lugar, Mitch Daniels, John Mutz, Bill Ruckelshaus, and Bill Hudnut.  Drawing on 66 interviews with both friends and adversaries, Huseland sprinkles this exhaustive biography with more than 40 sidebar anecdotes that capture the foibles of a political leader obsessing to make a difference.

cloth / 388 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-9726273-8-3 / $30.00
Order No. 2646

 

 

Slander and Sweet Judgment: The Memoir of an Indiana Congressman

Andy Jacobs, Jr.

Slander and Sweet Judgment: The Memoir of an Indiana Congressman

Outrageous sense of humor and skill as a storyteller animate this personal memoir narrative, as does a sense of righteous indignation over the buying of politics.

cloth / 448 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 1-57860-086-3 / $29.95
Order No. 3124

Indiana Political Heroes

Geoff Paddock

Indiana Political HeroesGeoff Paddock’s Indiana Political Heroes takes a contemporary look at those who serve in public office as it includes essays on eight Hoosier politicians that have made a difference in Indiana and in the nation’s capital as well. Paddock profiles such distinguished Democratic and Republican lawmakers as Birch Bayh, John Brademas, Richard Hatcher, Vance Hartke, William Hudnut, Richard Ristine, J. Edward Roush, and William Ruckelshaus. In these essays readers will learn about national educational reform, opposition to the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the growth of Indianapolis into a nationally respected community.

cloth / 192 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-268-4 / $12.95
Order No. 2702

 

Homer E. Capehart: A Senator's Life, 1897-1979

William B. Pickett

Homer E. Capehart: A Senator's Life

Homer E. Capehart’s life is a remarkable success story. Lacking any formal education beyond high school, Capehart was a self-made millionaire by the 1930s. Turning to politics, he made a career out of opposition to big government and support for an anti-interventionist foreign policy.

cloth 243 pp. 1990 / ISBN 0-87195-054-5 / $19.95
Order No. 2005

 

Spokesman for Democracy: Claude G. Bowers, 1878-1958

Peter J. Sehlinger and Holman Hamilton

Spokesman For Democracy Claude G. Bowers 1878/1958

A man from modest beginnings whose talents, ideals, ambitions, and limitations led him to positions of prestige and influence as a journalist, orator, political advisor, historian, and diplomat.

cloth / 358 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-87195-145-2 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2237

 

Legacy of a Governor: The Life of Indiana's Frank O'Bannon

Andrew E. Stoner, Foreword by Judy O'Bannon

The Life of Indiana's Frank O'Bannon

"I reasoned if a book was to be written about Frank, it must be researched by someone who understands the complexities of policies and sees government service as a unique calling for public service. Frank's story needed to be recounted by a person who shared Frank's commitment to servant leadership in today's world. Andrew Stoner is that writer. He felt comfortable and confident that he knew and understood Frank O'Bannon, the public and private person. He was trained and experienced in his research and his writing. The greatest strength Stoner brought to the book's creation was his ability to connect with people in the private interviews he had with family, friends and others involved over the years with Frank. His writing brought back so much that had gotten pushed aside in my mind by more current and immediate pressures. Legacy of a Governor captured quotes and revealed events and people I had never known well."

-Judy O'Bannon

paper / 445 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 1-60008-017-0 / $19.95
Order No. 2616

cloth / 445 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 1-60008-012-X / $24.95
Order No. 2617

 

Isaac Blackford: The Indiana Blackstone

 

William W. Thornton

Douglas Fivecoat, editor

Isaac Blackford

Isaac Blackford was a prominent and well-respected jurist and public figure in his day; however, modern lawyers and historians often overlook him. This work is meant as a tribute to both Judge Isaac Blackford and to Judge William Thornton. It is the Court’s hope that through this publication, Judge Thornton’s efforts to revitalize the memory of Judge Blackford and his legacy of life and work in the 1930s can be realized today, and that Isaac Blackford will once again be recognized and celebrated for his many contributions to Indiana’s legal history.

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / $6.50
Order No. 2567

 

Hoosier Justice: A History of the Supreme Court of Indiana

Jerome L. Withered (compiler)

Hoosier Justice

This is an interesting history of Indiana Judges. It not only gives the public performance of the members of the bench but also candidly relates personal traits and incidents in their lives. This insight into the personal lives of the judges reminds one that they are fallible human beings who, prior to assuming the bench, lived as attorneys and members of their communities. It also reminds one that after assuming the bench the judges are no less members of their communities; that their spouses and children walk the same streets and drive on the same highways as other members of society. Their personal interest in civilized society is as great as any citizen. Their professional responsibility requires them to render just decisions regardless of personal views or public outcry. For the most part their years of experience afford them the ability to cope with the inevitable public ridicule with a sense of humor and a charitable understanding of the emotional source of such comment.

cloth / 155 pp. / 1998 / $19.95
Order No. 2478

 

 

Indiana Election Returns, 1816-1851

Dorothy Riker and Gayle Thornbrough, comps.

Indiana Historical Collections 40

cloth / 493 pp. / 1960 / ISBN 1-885323-17-4 / $8.25
Order No. 4041

 

Selected Public Papers

 

The following volumes present selected public papers from the administrations of governors from 1800 through 1843. The introductions are valuable resources of the periods covered.

James Brown Ray, 1825-1831

Dorothy Riker and Gayle Thornbrough, eds.

Indiana Historical Collections 34

cloth / 726 pp. / 1954 / ISBN 1-885323-13-1 / $8.25
Order No. 4062

Noah Noble, 1831-1837

Dorothy Riker and Gayle Thornbrough, eds.

Indiana Historical Collections 38

cloth / 645 pp. / 1958 / ISBN 1-885323-15-8 / $6.25
Order No. 4064

David Wallace, 1837-1840

Dorothy Riker, ed.

Indiana Historical Collections 43

cloth / 501 pp. / 1963 / ISBN 1-885323-20-4 / $8.25
Order No. 4060

Samuel Bigger, 1840-1843

Gayle Thornbrough, ed.

Indiana Historical Collections 44

cloth / 669 pp. / 1964 / ISBN 1-885323-21-2 / $8.25
Order No. 4061

 

"Justice Shall Be Administered Freely": State of the Indiana Judiciary, 1988-2004

Randall T. Shepard

 

History of the rotary jail in Crawfordsville, Indiana, timeline of jails, and treatment of prisoners.

16 pp. / 1994

INDIANA HISTORY

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Volume 1, Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period

John D. Barnhart and Dorothy L. Riker

cloth 520 pp. reprint 1994 (1971) / ISBN 0-87195-108-8 / $29.95
Order No. 2300

paper 520 pp. reprint 2016 (1994) (1971) / ISBN 0-87195-109-6 / $19.95
Order No. 2301

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Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society

Eric Mundell, Amy Belcher, Erin Kirchhoff

Although it is not known exactly when the first map found its way into the collection of the Indiana Historical Society, its acquisition could have taken place as early as 1830, the year of the organization's founding, Over the last 179 years the IHS has continued to add cartographic gems to its collection. The scope of the maps maintained by the Society ranges from several Old World views of North America to more contemporary views of Indiana counties and towns. While the focus of the map collection is broad geographically, its core subject is Indiana and the documentation of the state’s evolving history.

cloth / 322 pp. / 2015 / 9780871952776 / $59.95
Order no. 1583

Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State

Various Authors compiled by Indiana Bicentennial Commission

With the state’s 200th anniversary quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce the publication of the official bicentennial book, Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State. This collector’s book celebrates our milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The book reflects on Hoosiers’ lives today and how our 200-year history informs our present and shapes the future. The limited edition 248-page coffee table book includes an introduction and 14 chapters, each opening with a short essay by a noted Hoosier, followed by photographs; quotes and anecdotes from Hoosiers of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. Sidebars that highlight unique and surprising facts about Indiana and its 92 counties are also incorporated. The book has a full color printed hardbound cover and matching dust jacket.

2015 / 248 pp / 9781938730665 / $39.95
Order No. 1549
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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 / ISBN 9780764345944 / $39.95
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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.

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

A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era

Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana passed the world's first involuntary sterilization law based on the theory of eugenics. In time, more than 30 states and a dozen foreign countries followed suit. Although the Indiana statute was later declared unconstitutional, other laws restricting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds were still in effect in the U.S. as late as the 1970s. A Century of Eugenics in America assesses the history of eugenics in the United States and its status in the age of the Human Genome Project. The essays explore the early support of compulsory sterilization by doctors and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the legal and social challenges to sterilization; and the prospects for a eugenics movement basing its claims on modern genetic science.

251 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253222695 / $24.95
Order no. 1354

Indiana 1700-1851 Native Americans to the National Road

Indiana Historical Society and the Sanders Group

The four programs on this two-DVD set, each with a teachers' guide, enrich the study of Indiana history, helping meet Indiana's academic standards for social studies and national curriculum standards:
"Frontier Indiana (1700-1800)" explores the interaction of Native Americans, French, British, and Americans in the area that became Indiana. (30 minutes; made with support from Lincoln Financial Group Foundation)
"Pioneer Indiana (1880-1851)" emphasizes the transformation of Indiana from frontier to settled state, including the Indiana Constitutions of 1816 and 1851 and transportation developments. (45 minutes; funded by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust)
"Hoosiers All" features four students telling their family stories of musicians, farm life, military heroes, and circus heritage. (32 minutes)
"Who Do You Think You Are?" describes the ethnic groups that settled Indiana, considering where they came from and why, how they adjusted while maintaining their ethnic roots, and what contributions they made. (27 minutes)

DVD / 134 min. / $19.95
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Strange Tales of Crime and Murder in Southern Indiana

Keven McQueen
Illustrations by Kyle McQueen

Strange Tales of Crime and Murder in Southern Indiana by Keven McQueen

Prepare to take a tour of some dark, strange moments of southern Indiana's history. From the scheming wife who wanted her dull husband out of the way to make room for a young love affair and the husband who stomped his wife to death because she wouldn't stop singing an irritating song, to the man who murdered an entire family to pay off some farming equipment and the case of a mistaken-identity murder, author Keven McQueen relates the sinister (or not so) motives and gruesome details of nine murders that occurred in southern Indiana between 1880 and 1912. With a detailed, if macabre, look at each story as well as the ambiguities surrounding the criminals and punishments, McQueen illuminates the darker side of Hoosier history.

paper / 110 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59629-772-2 / $17.99
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The Indiana Way

James H. Madison

This book covers the history of the Hoosier State from prehistoric times to the present, paying particular attention to the social, economic, cultural, and political contexts in which the state's significant historical figures, both heroes and villains, played out their roles.

paper / 364 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780253206091 / $26.00
Order No. 1056

Forgotten Tales of Indiana

Keven McQueen
Illustrations by Kyle McQueen

Forgotten Tales of Indiana by Keven McQueen

Author Keven McQueen recalls a time when skunk farms, which allegedly produced a cure for rheumatism, were speckled throughout the countryside and a miserable woman tied her husband to a fence post, coated him with salt and intended to let the cows 'lick him to death.' Meet the King of the Ghouls- an accomplished grave robber and notorious murderer- and a man so convinced he was an ox that he often joined neighborhood cattle for a bite of grass, and discover ghosts, monsters, giant skeletons and more in this collection of outlandish tales from the Hoosier State.

paper / 160 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59629-771-5 / $14.99
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Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest

Jason Weems

Barnstorming the Prairies offers a panoramic vista of the transformative nature and power of the aerial vision that remade the Midwest in the wake of the airplane. This new perspective from above enabled Americans to conceptualize the region as something other than isolated and unchanging, and to see it instead as a dynamic space where people worked to harmonize the core traditions of America’s agrarian character with the more abstract forms of twentieth-century modernity. In the maps and aerial survey photography of the Midwest, as well as the painting, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose through flight, Weems also finds a different and provocative view of modernity in the making. In representations of the Midwest, from Grant Wood’s iconic images to the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright to the design of greenbelt suburbs, Weems reveals aerial vision’s fundamental contribution to regional identity—to Midwesternness as we understand it.

paper / 368 pp. / 2015 / 9780816677511 / $34.95
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IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State

Douglas A. Wissing

Fueled by an insider’s view of Indiana and the state’s often surprising connections to the larger world, IN Writing is revelatory. It is Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals. It’s about Hoosier talent and Hoosier genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; and the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. It’s about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; Indianapolis and its world-renowned Crown Hill cemetery. IN Writing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at large.

paper / 264 pp. / 2016 / 9780253019042 / $27.00
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The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration

Stephen H. Baker

The Great Indiana State Fair

Amid the tall buildings and busy streets of Indianapolis sits a quiet, beautifully wooded area now known as Military Park. In the 1820's it became the first city park and was the site of the little settlement’s first 4th of July celebration.

In the 1860s, it was a mustering ground where Hoosier farm boys came to join the Union Army. They marched out as soldiers and turned south towards their destinies.

During a warm two weeks in October 1852, this was the site of Indiana's first State Fair. Thousands of people came to the city to visit the fair's sights and sounds. Just like today, folks gawked at midway curiosities. They marveled their way through pens and stalls that held the very best “modern” husbandry had to offer. As they passed through the “Manufacturers Building,” “new-fangled” devices such as the “sewing machine” astonished them! They cheered winners of the “best” pie, cake, and pickle relish.

Stephen H. Baker’s new book, The Great Indiana State Fair at 150, captures the human experience of the Fair throughout its history. With each turn of the page, the reader recalls his or her own memories of going to the fair.

paper / 110 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-74820-08312-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2066

History of Indiana series

History of Indiana series

History of Indiana series

This series was begun in 1965 in honor of the sesquicentennial of Indiana's statehood. The series has been a joint venture between the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society.

 

Marshal Foch Day

 

Official Record of the Celebration Given in Honor of Marshal Ferdinand L. Foch, Indianapolis, November 4, 1921

Includes dedication of the American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis.

cloth / 103 pp. / $19.95
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Creating a Hoosier Self-Portrait; the Federal Writers' Project in Indiana

George T. Blakey

Creating a Hoosier Self-Portrait

The story of the New Deal program that produced the first guide to Indiana.
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.

cloth / 248 pp. 2005 / ISBN 0-253-34569-3 / $29.95
Order No. 2579

 

After the Harvest: Indiana's historic grain elevators and feed mills

John Bower

After the Harvest

paper / 144 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-9745186-3-3 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2642

 

Centennial Farms of Indiana

M. Teresa Baer and Kathleen M. Breen (eds)

Centennial Farms of Indiana

A history of Hoosier farming and a genealogical treasure trove of information about local farm families dating back to the early 19th century.

paper / 125 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-87195-16 / $24.95
Order No. 2384

 

Progress after Statehood: A Book of Readings

Pamela J. Bennett and Shirley McCord, comp.

Essays of and about Indiana. Resources available: newspapers, government documents, state agency reports, and publications.

cloth / 570 pp. / 1974 / ISBN 1-885323-26-3 / $9.95
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paper / 570 pp. / 1974 /ISBN 1-885323-27-1 / $4.95
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The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period 1815-1840

R. Carlyle Buley

History of the region northwest of the Ohio River from the beginning of the "Great Migration" to the end of the pioneer period.

cloth / 1,318 pp. (2 vol.) / 1950 / ISBN 0-253-34168-X / $41.95
Order No. 2115

 

The Indiana Book of Trivia

Fred D. Cavinder

The Indiana Book of Trivia

Compiled by former Indiana newspaper reporter and author Fred D. Cavinder, this book resists repeating commonly known Hoosier trivia such as Cole Porter was from Indiana or that Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, in favor of listing odder, less historic facts about the Hoosier state and its inhabitants.

paper / 220 pp. / 2007 / ISBN978-087195-252-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2639

 

The Indiana Book of Quotes

Fred D. Cavinder

 The Indiana Book of Quotes

From humorist and writer George Ade to professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, the numerous funny, sad, heartbreaking, and wise statements made by and about Hoosiers and the nineteenth state are featured in The Indiana Book of Quotes. Compiled by former Indiana newspaper reporter and author Fred D. Cavinder, the book includes quotes from longtime Hoosiers and those who had only a passing acquaintance with the state. Although Ambrose Bierce grew up in Indiana and fought for it during the Civil War, this noted wit and pundit, author of the hilarious Devil’s Dictionary, left the state never to return. On the opposite end of the scale is Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard, creator of crackle-barrel philosopher Abe Martin of Brown County. Born in Ohio, Hubbard worked with the Indianapolis News for years and filled book after book with the witty sayings of his creation Martin. Famous historic quotes fill the book, including some not so previously known as coming from the Hoosier state. Although he served two terms as vice president under Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Marshall is still best known today for his offhand comment during a long-winded U.S. Senate debate on the needs of America: “What this country really needs is a good five-cent cigar.” It was John B. L. Soule, editor of the Terre Haute Express, who produced in an editorial the famous advice of “Go West, young man and grow up with the country.” Unfortunately for Soule, noted New York editor Horace Greeley gets mistakenly credit for this sage advice.

paper / 340 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-87195-183-5 / $16.95
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Indiana's Believe It or Not

Fred D. Cavinder

Findings and stories, freaky and fascinating, kooky and strange, some historical oddities and fascinations, all told with humor.

cloth / 158 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-31329-5 / $25.00
Order No. 2260

 

More Amazing Tales from Indiana

Fred D. Cavinder

More Amazing Tales from Indiana

More of the findings and stories, freaky and fascinating, kooky and strange, some historical oddities and fascinations, all told with humor.

paper / 207 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21653-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2413

 

Frontier Indiana

Andrew R. L. Cayton

Frontier Indiana

Cayton’s history of the frontier period in Indiana puts the focus on people, on how they lived, how they viewed their world, and what motivated them. Here are the stories of Sieur de Vincennes, John Francis Hamtramck, Little Turtle, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison, Tenskwatawa, Calvin Fletcher―along with many more familiar (and not so familiar) early Hoosiers.

cloth / 340 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-253-33048-3 / $35.00
Order No. 2184 Temporarily Out of Stock

paper / 340 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-253-21217-0 / $22.95
Order No. 364

 

Indiana Public Opinion and the World War, 1914-1917

Cedric C. Cummins

Information garnered mainly from Indiana newspapers; how Hoosiers felt about America's participation in World War I.

cloth / 292 pp. / 1945 / ISBN 1-885323-10-7 / $5.00
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The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

Nancy R. Hiller

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen HistoryLoaded with labor and time-saving conveniences, the Hoosier cabinet was among the earliest design innovations of the modern American kitchen. This culinary workstation allowed owners to maintain an efficient and clutter-free kitchen by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients all the while providing a space in which to prepare the meals of the day. Bloomington-based cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet making and thorough knowledge of interior design to deliver an entertaining, beautiful, and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home. Illustrated with original manufacturers' advertisements and sales literature—some of which is previously unpublished—as well as color and black-and-white photos, this long-overdue book on an icon of the early 20th-century kitchen will be an invaluable resource to cabinetmakers, antiques enthusiasts, and homeowners planning a period-inspired kitchen.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-31424-6 / $34.95
Order No. 2743sdf

 

Studies on Indiana: A Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations, 1902-1977

Betty Jarboe and Kathryn Rumsey, comps.

Bibliography of 2,727 items submitted to Indiana institutions of higher education for advanced degrees.

paper / 377 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 1-885323-33-6 / $1.95
Order No. 4082

 

Solon Robinson, Pioneer and Agriculturist

Herbert Anthony Kellar

The Calumet Region, particularly agricultural improvements before the Civil War. Volume I, 1825-1845

cloth / 582 pp. / 1936 / ISBN 1-885323-07-7 / $9.95
Order No. 4078

Volume II, 1846-1851

cloth / 556 pp. / 1937 / ISBN 1-885323-08-5 / $9.95
Order No. 4079

Two volume set

ISBN 1-885323-09-3 / $17.95
Order No. 4080

 

 

Indiana's Pioneer Heritage and the End of the Twentieth Century

 

Indiana's Pioneer Heritage and the End of the Twentieth Century

James Madison

Indiana's pioneer myth and reality.

paper / 8 pp. / 1996 / $.50
Order No. 6070

 

 

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

 

Alan McPherson

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

A compilation of photographs and history of use of Indiana's Carnegie Libraries. Dates and lists of Carnegie's contributions to Indiana libraries are included.

paper / 240 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-9636978-4-6 / $24.95
Order No. 2420

Passing the Torch

James W. Merritt, Jr.

Passing the Torch

A tour of Indiana's landmarks, memorials, treasured artifacts, and the State Archives where we find the institutional memories of why monuments and memorials were built in the first place.

paper / 84 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 1-57860-008-1 / $20.00
Order No. 2209

 

Christian Schrader sketches

Selected Christian Schrader drawings have been grouped in sets. Black ink on ivory paper, folded over, 5.5" x 4.5".

Indianapolis Businesses Notecards

  • Indianapolis Circle Notecards $3.50
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  • Indianapolis Public Buildings Notecards $4.25
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History of Indiana Literature

Arthur W. Shumaker

Substantiates the assertion that "the production of Indiana writers is one of the more significant contributions to American literature made by any state or region."

cloth / 611 pp. / 1962 / ISBN 1-885323-19-0 / $13.50
Order No. 4030

Paper / 203 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-6072-678-5 / $17.95
Order No. 2768

 

"No Cheap Padding": Seventy-five Years of the Indiana Magazine of History, 1904-1979

 

Lorna Lutes Sylvester

History of the Indiana Magazine of History including 28 selections "meant to be representative of the materials published in the magazine through the years."

cloth / 558 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 1-885323-30-1 / $13.50
Order No. 4068

Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience

Robert M. Taylor Jr. (Author), Indiana historical Society (Author), Connie A. McBirney (Editor), John Bodnar (Editor)

This volume is the capstone of an ethnic history project launched by the Indiana Historical Society in 1989. The lavishly illustrated book contains thirty-one chapters touching on many of the past and present ethnicities that populated the Hoosier State, including African Americans, Germans, Greeks, Chinese, Hispanics, Hungarians, Jews, Native Americans, French, Irish, Italians, Scots, Poles, and others. Chapters represent various ethnic groups, which are presented in alphabetical order, followed by a thorough index. The book also includes historic photographs, maps, tables and charts, and detailed footnotes.

cloth / 703 pp. / 2009 reprint (originally pub. 1996) / ISBN 978-0871951120 / $49.95
Order No. 2186

 

Readings in Indiana History

 

Gayle Thornbrough and Dorothy L. Riker (comp.)

Indiana's prehistoric cultures to World War II. Provides the basic documentary sources for Indiana's establishment and early development.

paper / 625 pp. / reprinted 1991 (1956) / ISBN 1-885323-14-X / $21.95
Order No. 4072

 

Early Indiana Trails and Surveys

George R. Wilson

Early Indiana Trails and Surveys

This 114-page book by George R. Wilson, features invaluable information for those researching early Indiana paths and settlements.

paper / 114 pp. / 1919 reprinted 1991 / ISBN 0-87195-005-7 / $7.95
Order No. 2280 - OUT OF STOCK

 

Indiana in Maps: Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State

Jeffery Wilson, compiler

Indiana in Maps: Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State

Full-page maps of the state showing the usual "100 most populated places," elevation, etc. plus much more. Maps showing diversity, hydrology, tornado strength and paths, and more--a unique resource.

paper / 37 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 1-929774-21-4 / $11.95
Order No. 2412 Temporarily Out of Stock

 

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MIDWEST REGIONAL

How to Speak Midwestern

Edward McClelland

Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?".

paper / 152 pp. / 2016 / 9780997774276 / $19.00
Order no. 1641

Southern Seed, Northern Soil: African-American Farm Communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900

Stephen A. Vincent

Southern Seed, Northern Soil captures the exceptional history of the Beech and Roberts settlements, two African-American and mixed-race farming communities on the Indiana frontier in the 1830s. Stephen Vincent analyzes the founders' backgrounds as a distinctive free people of color from the Old South. He traces the migration that culminated in the founding of the two communities. He follows the settlements' transformations through the pioneer and Civil War eras, and their gradual transition to commercial farming in the late 19th century.

paper / 272 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-0253213310 / $21.00
Order No. 457

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.

193 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 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 / ISBN 9780870206771 / $29.95
Order no. 1439

Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics Around Lake Michigan

Jenny Lewis

Discover how the Midwest refined the nation's sweet tooth through a delicious mix of immigrant traditions and American ingenuity. Chef Jenny Lewis dips a spoon into generations of homemade desserts and examines the cogs and wheels of some of the biggest brands of the baking industry. Pull your chair up to a history in which Midwest beet sugar, vanilla cream and evaporated milk are mixed into a narrative of wars, social shifts and politics. Learn how to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, plumb the secrets of the Kraft Oil method, and encounter a rich medley of other true stories and irresistible recipes from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

paper / 160 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781609493448 / $19.99
Order No. 2941

At the Crossroads

Abe Aamidor

The U.S. auto industry has struck a brick wall. Can it get back on the road to recovery? At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry argues that the Obama administration missed an historic opportunity in 2009 to launch a Manhattan Project style effort to save not only Detroit, but the entire manufacturing base in Middle America. Abe Aamidor and Ted Evanoff explain how Washington's intervention fell short and how it is holding back American economic recovery. The authors take a thoughtful look at the root causes behind the auto industry's crash, including disastrous labor contracts such as the 1950s' 'Treaty of Detroit', which set the stage for crushing legacy costs; Wall Street's predatory financial practices ushered in under the Reagan administration; and a largely unregulated free trade regime that undermined the competitiveness of American manufacturing. At the Crossroads tells the story of Detroit's collapse and a failed national industrial policy from the point of view of those most affected by it; the factory workers, small business owners, and mayors of small manufacturing towns like Kokomo, Marion, and Bedford in Indiana, the number two auto manufacturing state after Michigan and the number one manufacturing state overall based on a percentage of population. Washington could debate the pros and cons of a national industrial policy and an auto industry bailout ad nauseum, but it was the people in small towns in Middle America who would live or die by the policy decisions of their distant national leaders. 

cloth / 402 pp / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-1550229-04-2 / $24.95
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Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871

Jeremy Black

Fighting for America by Jeremy BlackPrize winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernán Cortés in modern Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. In this wide-ranging narrative, Black makes clear that the process by which America gained supremacy was far from inevitable. The story Black tells is one of conflict, diplomacy, geopolitics, and politics. The eventual result was the creation of a United States of America that stretched from Atlantic to Pacific and dominated North America. The gradual withdrawal of France and Spain, the British accommodation to the expanding U.S. reality, the impact of the American Civil War, and the subjugation of Native peoples, are all carefully drawn out. Black emphasizes contingency not Manifest Destiny, and reconceptualizes American exceptionalism to take note of the pressures and impact of international competition.

Cloth / 496 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-35660-4 / $39.95
Order No. 2880

 

Writing From the Center

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
Order No. 2272

paper / 196 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21143-3 / $12.95 $11.97
Order No. 2218

 

 Cities of the Heartland: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Midwest

 

Jon C. Teaford

Best available study of midwestern cities of the U.S. from the 1830s to the 1980s for all who want to learn about the origins of the contemporary urban crisis.

paper / 300 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-20914-5 / $15.95
Order No. 2043

 

 

 

 

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WAR OF 1812
CIVIL WAR
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II

One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi

Ray E. Boomhower

Written by Hoosier historian and writer Ray E. Boomhower, and featuring an introduction by Indiana University professor of history James H. Madison, "One Shot": The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi examines the life of this son of Sicilian immigrants who worked in Gary’s steel mills for a time to earn enough money to buy his first camera. The book features Bushemi’s work, from his early days photographing soldiers training at the Field Artillery Replacement Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to his frontline assignments among the grizzled American forces who engaged in the bitter fighting against the Japanese. It also tells the story of his friendship with best-selling author Marion Hargrove, whose book See Here, Private Hargrove made Bushemi a well-known figure to the home-front audience and GIs around the world.

cloth / 152 pp. / 2004 / 9780871951748 / $5.00
Order no. 637

Ernie Pyle's War: A Documentary on Ernie Pyle World War II Correspondent

Produced by Todd Gould, WFYI Productions, and the Indiana Historical Society

Ernie Pyle’s War traces the life and works of one of the most popular American writers of the 20th century. This documentary features rare, historic film and photographs, as well as revealing interviews with historians, veterans and others who knew and served with Pyle including Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney and Charles Osgood.

DVD / 30 minutes / 2012 / $19.95
Order No. 1521

The Last Lieutenant: A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima

John C. Shively

The 36-day assault on the small volcanic island known as Iwo Jima resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead. Of the 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 1,083 survived. The Marines’ efforts secured what would become a vital emergency landing strip for crippled B-29s returning from bombing runs. Twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines and sailors, many posthumously, more than were awarded for any other single operation during the war.

Jim Craig was a platoon commander with the Marines on Iwo Jima. This book presents his story, as told to his nephew, John C. Shively. A particularly vivid and exciting account of some of the most intense fighting of the Pacific War, the immediacy of the story is heightened by the detail that Shively’s research has added to Craig’s recollections. The result is one of the most realistic depictions of combat ever written.

cloth / 121 pp. / 2006 / 9780253347282 / $27.95
Order no. 809

VIETNAM WAR
KOREAN WAR
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Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

Helen Thorpe

“In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Richard Rhodes, and other masters of literary journalism, Soldier Girls is utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable” (The Boston Globe). Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is “a breakthrough work...What Thorpe accomplishes in Soldier Girls is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history...Thorpe triumphs” (The New York Times Book Review).

cloth / 2015 / 432 pp / 9781451668117 / $28.00
Order no. 1556

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Indiana State Parks: A Centennial Celebration

Matt Williams

From the icy toboggan run at Pokagon State Park to fireworks on a balmy night at Versailles State Park, the splendid images by nature photographer Matt Williams record the seasonal landscapes and the variety of activities that make these parks so exceptional. As Hoosiers observe the centennial of their state park system, this beautiful and informative book marks the occasion with a visual celebration of the parks’ scenery, wildlife, recreation, and history.

cloth / 216 pp. / 2015 / 9780253016072 / $45.00
Order no. 1545

101 Trees of Indiana: A Field Guide

Marion T. Jackson & Katherine Harrington

101 Trees of Indiana contains all you need to identify a tree in the Hoosier State, whatever the season. Not since Dr. Charles Deam’s Trees of Indiana was published in 1953 has the subject been covered so thoroughly. Ecologist Marion T. Jackson has selected approximately 101 species of trees, mostly native to the state but also others that are widely naturalized or planted extensively. Jackson’s comments about individual trees alone are worth the price of the book. Illustrations by Katherine Harrington provide clear and accurate botanical details. Ron Rathfon’s vivid color photographs make identification in the field a breeze. Further aiding in identification are text descriptions and species keys for both summer and winter conditions. Distribution maps indicate the counties in which each tree has been found and recorded. These maps have been updated to include more than 2,000 new county records discovered by scientists, foresters, and naturalists since the publication of Deam’s work. Naturalists, hikers, landscapers, and students will thoroughly enjoy this lovely and authoritative book.

paper / 2004 / 392 pp / 9780253216946 / $22.00
Order no. 542

Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds

Mariette Nowak

Go beyond bird feeders! Learn how to create outstanding bird habitats in your own yard with native plants that offer food, cover, and nesting sites for birds. This guide is packed with color photographs, sage advice, detailed instructions, and garden plans. It features nine different habitat gardens for hummingbirds, bluebirds, wintering birds, migrant birds, and birds that frequent prairies, wetlands, lakes, shrublands, and woodlands, along with advice about maintaining your plantings and augmenting them with nest boxes, birdbaths, misters, and perches. The information on recommended plant species includes their native ranges in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin; the birds they attract; their visual characteristics; and their cultivation. Mariette Nowak also describes how gardeners featured in this book have gone beyond their own garden gates to work for the protection and restoration of bird habitat in their neighborhoods and communities. Birdscaping in the Midwest provides many sources of further information, including publications, websites, organizations, and native plant nurseries.

paper / 2012 / 350 pp / 9780299291549 / $34.95
Order no. 1535

Wildflowers of Holliday Park

Norma Bangel Wallman

A new field guide, Wildflowers of Holliday Park, is now available at the Nature Center. This pictorial guide (botany not needed!) is organized by blooming season and is geared toward the beginning enthusiast. Pictures of more than 300 wildflowers found along the trails, paths, and river are included

2013 / 193 pp / $21.95
Order No. 1548

 

Wetland Plants of Indiana

Steve W. Chadde

Wetland Plants of Indiana is the first field guide to all the vascular plants found in the wetland and aquatic habitats of Indiana. Included are plants found in Indiana's bogs, fens, swamps, marshes, wet meadows, and floodplain forests, plus the aquatic plants of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.  Fully illustrated with line drawings and many photographs, this book is an essential reference for botanists, natural resource managers, environmental consultants, students, educators, and anyone simply wanting to learn more about these fascinating places.

2011 / 610 pp / 9781466374164 / $30.95
Order No. 1493

Butterflies of Indiana

Jeffrey E. Belth

This field guide to Indiana’s rich butterfly fauna covers all 149 species of butterflies and their close relatives, the skippers. Over 500 color photographs illustrate the undersides and uppersides of most species and highlight the variations found among them, both seasonally and between males and females. For beginners and experts, Butterflies of Indiana also offers an introduction to the natural history of butterflies. The simple and intuitive design of this guide and its wealth of features make it a faithful companion for butterfly watchers, collectors, gardeners, birders, and naturalists.

paper / 344 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253009630 / $20.00
Order no. 2980

Louisville and Southern Indiana

Valerie Askern

Known as the City of Parks, Louisville has long valued the natural landscape and the provisioning of outdoor recreation. In 1891 Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, was commissioned to develop an extensive park system for Louisville that eventually included 18 parks and 6 interconnecting parkways. Since that time, Louisville has continued to invest resources to build a first-class park system. Nestled within the Ohio Valley, and bordered by the knobs region to the south and the heavily forested areas of Indiana to the north, Louisville lies at the heart of an endless array of hiking opportunities.

paper / 265 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780897326254 / $15.95
Order no. 2981

Got Sun

Carolyn A. Harstad

Are you looking for more butterflies and birds in your yard? Do you enjoy seasonal color and beauty? Are you concerned about environmental issues such as water conservation and pollution control? Do you yearn for simple, maintenance-free gardening? Arranged in a question-and-answer format, Got Sun? showcases native trees, shrubs, ground covers, ferns, vines, grasses, and over 100 sun-friendly perennials for your home garden. Illustrated with detailed drawings and beautiful color photographs, this is a book to keep close at hand as you plan and plant your garden.

paper / 208 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253009401 / $28.00
Order no. 2979

Shrubs Large and Small: Natives and Ornamentals for Midwest Gardens

Moya L. Andrews & Gillian Harris

This beautifully illustrated book on landscape gardening addresses shrubs and how to determine which you should plant among your perennials and where. Shrubs provide the foundation for a pleasing, yet low-maintenance garden. They are long-lived, have the ornamental appeal of perennials, and provide variety in color, size, shape, and texture, as well as shelter and berries for birds. Shrubs can make attractive arrangements indoors and provide seasonal variation through the entire year. Gillian Harris’s illustrations are botanically correct works of art that make this book absolutely irresistible.

paper / 168 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253009142 / $28.00
Order no. 2978 

Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest

Sally S. Weeks and Harmon P. Weeks, Jr.

As the definitive identification guide to the shrubs and woody vines of Indiana, this book provides coverage of approximately 90 percent of the species that are found in surrounding Midwestern states. As well as covering indigenous species, it also includes all currently known invasive shrubs and woody vines. Written by two leading experts on woody plants and their myriad values, the guide is prepared in the same attractive, easy-to-use format as their best-selling Native Trees of the Midwest. Descriptive text explains how to identify every species in any season, and original color photographs (generally six per species) taken by Sally Weeks detail all important characteristics. The authors provide practical guidance concerning the potential ornamental value of each species for those interested in landscaping and also evaluate the potential cover and food value for wildlife. The volume includes distribution maps, identification keys, and an index of both common and Latin names.

paper / 400 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557536105 / $45.00
Order No. 2946

Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening

B. Rosie Lerner & Beverly S. Netzhammer

One of the latest trends in home horticulture is regional gardening, but most popular garden books and syndicated columns are written by authors on the East or West coasts. Possum in the Pawpaw Tree is aimed at the heartland of the United States, where "normal" weather means bitter winters, torrential spring rains, and summer drought. The material here is arranged to provide a handy month-by-month guide for indoor and outdoor gardening activities, both for the novice and the more experienced gardener.

cloth / 308 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 9781557530530 / $24.95
Order No. 2951

Habitats and Ecological Communities of Indiana

John O. Whitaker, Jr. and Charles J. Amlaner, Jr., eds.

In Habitats and Ecological Communities of Indiana, leading experts assess the health and diversity of Indiana’s eight wildlife habitats, providing detailed analysis, data-generated maps, color photographs, and complete lists of flora and fauna. This groundbreaking reference details the state’s forests, grasslands, wetlands, aquatic systems, barren lands, and subterranean systems, and describes the nature and impact of two man-made habitats—agricultural and developed lands. The book considers extirpated and endangered species alongside invasives and exotics, and evaluates floral and faunal distribution at century intervals to chart ecological change.

cloth / 512 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253356024 / $35.00
Order No. 2934

An Unreal Estate: Sustainability & Freedom in an Evolving Community

Lucinda Carspecken

In An Unreal Estate, Lucinda Carspecken takes an in-depth look at Lothlorien, a Southern Indiana nature sanctuary, sustainable camping ground, festival site, collective residence, and experiment in ecological building, stewardship, and organization. Carspecken notes the way fiction and reality intertwine on this piece of land and argues that examples such as Lothlorien have the power to be a force for social change. Lothlorien's organization and social norms are in sharp contrast with its surrounding communities. As a unique enclave within a larger society, it offers to the latter both an implicit critique and a cluster of alternative values and lifestyles. In addition, it has created a niche where some participants change, grow, and find empowerment in an environment that is accepting of difference—particularly in areas of religion and sexual orientation.
 

paper / 272 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-22349-4 / $24.95
Order No. 2907

Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests

Michael A. Homoya

This beautifully illustrated guide identifies nearly 300 common plants in Indiana’s most prominent ecosystem—the Eastern Deciduous Forest. For ease of identification, the plants are arranged by flower color or growth form, providing a convenient way to distinguish a great majority of plants in any given woodland. Generous treatment is given to all major vascular plant groups of the forest, such as wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees, grasses, and sedges. Michael A. Homoya not only helps with identification, but also offers information on a plant’s habitat, flowering period, familial relationships, biology, and connections to Indiana. For the garden enthusiast and habitat restorer, there is a section on landscaping and natural community restoration using native forest plants.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale of this book go to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for land protection and stewardship.
 

paper / 464 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-22325-8 / $22.95
Order No. 2905

Treasures in Your Own Backyard Insert

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Outdoor Indiana inserts highlight the history and nature of each Indiana state park and reservoir.  The series runs through 2016, the 100th anniversary of our state parks.  Outdoor Indiana subscribers receive these 8-page inserts as part of the magazine, or individual inserts can be purchased from IHB!  See below for inserts available by order number.

 

 

 Insert Title Order No
 Harmonie State park: Utopia on the Wabash, Take III    6112 
 Raccoon State Recreation Area: Hooked on Fun 6113
 Turkey Run State Park: A Different World, Saved by Lusk and Lieber 6114
 Charlestown State Park: Future Flagship Already Sails True 6115 
 Lincoln State Park: A Historic Kick 6116 
McCormick's Creek State Park: Pioneering a Lasting Legacy 6117
Chain O'Lakes State Park: The Glacier's Gift 6118
Pokagon State Park: Real Up North Feel, Eh? 6119
Prophetstown State Park: See the Difference Grow 6120

 

Wild Plants in Flower-Wetlands and Quiet Waters of the Midwest

Anne and Robert O. Petty

This lovely and thoughtful volume pays tribute to the native plants characteristically found in the Midwest's quiet waters, as distinct from its flowing streams. While most of the species populate broad ranges, all are part of the familiar display that may greet a summer visitor to lakes and wet grounds in the Great Lakes region.  Wild Plants in Flower -- Wetlands and Quiet Waters of the Midwest features color photographs of 45 species; delightful and engaging species notes for each plant, its habitat, appearance, and range; and perceptive mini-essays that describe the evolution of wetlands and botanical plants and the dangers they face. This field guide will help nature lovers identify and treasure the delicate flora of upland swamp forests, floodplains, wet prairies, marshes, fens, and bogs, and perhaps help preserve their dwindling numbers.

 

Fishes of Indiana

Thomas Simon

Indiana has more fish species than any other state north of the Ohio River. This rich variety of fish fauna is on display in this informative and beautifully illustrated guide. From the large freshwater species like the Paddlefish, Lake Sturgeon, and Mooneye, to Great Lakes species like the whitefish, Lake and Brook trout, and Longnose sucker, this book has them all -- plus lesser-known species and a few thought to have disappeared from the state. Each species is represented by a descriptive entry containing diagnostic information, conservation status, habitat preferences, diet, reproductive biology, and other facts to assist in identification; a map showing the geographical distribution of the species across Indiana; and a taxonomically accurate and precise illustration.

paper / 366 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223081 / $21.95
Order No. 1055

A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath

Nathan Strange

One of the most beautiful footpaths in the country, the Knobstone Trail offers a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek through 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A comprehensive guide to this scenic footpath, A Guide to the Knobstone Trail provides readers with all they need to know to make the best of hiking this challenging trail. Charts indicate camping and water locations, while up-to-date maps provide topographical information, elevations, and where horse trails intersect hiking trails. First-person accounts, trip diaries, local lore about trees, wildflowers, and animal life, plus the latest GPS information and elevation data are included. Well illustrated with more than 60 photographs and 19 maps, this easily portable guide is an essential backpacker's tool for a safe and memorable adventure.
paper / 152 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253222978 / $19.95
Order No. 2840

 

The Wilderness World of John Muir

John Muir, edited by Edwin Way Teale

The Wilderness World of John Muir by John Muir, edited by Edwin Way Teale

During John Muir's extraordinary life as a conservationist, he traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag. In 1903, while on a three-day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is given major credit for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona's Petrified Forest. Muir's writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of an America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago. Edwin Way Teale has collected here the best of Muir's writing, selected from all of his major works, including MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA and TRAVELS IN ALASKA.

paper / 332 pp. / 1954 / ISBN 978-0-618-12751-1 / $15.95
Order No. 986

Mammals of Indiana: A Field Guide

John O. Whitaker, Jr.

Mammals of Indiana: A Field Guide by John O. Whitaker, Jr.

This pocket-sized field guide to native Indiana mammals offers color photos, skull close-ups, and range maps, along with descriptions and clues to finding and identifying all mammals indigenous to the area—and even a few that are not, but can now be found in the state. In addition to detailing Indiana's wild, mostly small, secretive, and nocturnal mammals, John O. Whitaker, Jr., describes the region's habitats, climate, and vegetation. Mammals of Indiana: A Field Guide precisely identifies the creatures you are likely to encounter while hiking a trail, camping in a state park, or picnicking in your own backyard. Whether you are a biologist, veterinarian, wildlife manager, or simply a nature enthusiast, this guide is certain to be a welcome companion during your next outdoor adventure.

paper / 327 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-22213-8 / $19.95
Order No. 992

Wild Indiana

Michael Habeck

Wild Indiana by Michael Habeck

Wild Indiana is a guide to more than one hundred and fifty of the Hoosier State's best outdoor destinations. It may be hard to believe, but there really are sand dunes, prairies, old growth forests, and other natural wonders left in Indiana. This book will show you how to get to those places, and tells you what to expect once you arrive. Wild Indiana contains more than 160 maps and 65 illustrations. Each destination entry includes GPS coordinates, detailed driving instructions, references, and a short narrative description.

paper / 140 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-9825929-0-8 / $11.95
Order No. 924

Birds of Indiana Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Birds of Indiana112 species (only Indiana birds!) in an easy-to-use color guide. See a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section! Contains range maps showing where in Indiana to find the birds in summer, winter, all year or during migration. Full-page photos with corresponding full-page descriptions. Stan Tekiela's notes include naturalist information and interesting gee-whiz facts.

 

 

paper / 272 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 978-1-885061-90-4 / $12.95
Order No. 917

Trees of Indiana Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Trees of IndianaYou don’t need to be an expert to appreciate trees. This field guide contains everything you’ll want to know, including full-page photos and detailed information about 124 species of Indiana trees, including each tree’s leaves or needles, bark, mature size, fall color, state-specific range map and more. 


 

 

paper / 272 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 978-1-59193-154-6 / $13.95
Order No. 925

Birds of Prey of the Midwest Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Birds of Prey of the MidwestWatching birds of prey has never been easier, more informative or more enjoyable! With the Birds of Prey of the Midwest Field Guide, you have everything you need to learn about and identify flying predators found in North Dakota and Kansas, Michigan and Kentucky—and everywhere in between. Modeled after the acclaimed line of Birds of field guides, this user-friendly book is organized for efficiency and features full-color photographs, gee-whiz facts and more. 

 

 

paper / 186 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-1-59193-247-5 / $14.95
Order No. 2817

Fish of Indiana Field Guide

Dave Bosanko

Fish of IndianaImpress your fishing buddies with the Fish of Indiana Field Guide. Each fact-filled entry includes detailed, accurate illustrations and quick comparisons for easily identifying the freshwater fish you catch. State-specific data on range and habitat supplement the fascinating information presented for each species of fish. Plus, the convenient size and the waterproof pages make this field guide safe to take with you on shore, in the boat or on the dock. 

 

paper / 206 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59193-220-8 / $13.95
Order No. 916

Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of IN, KY and OH

Teresa Marrone

Wild Berries and FruitsWe all have our favorite wild berries and fruits, but do you know the best time to pick them? Are you aware of the look-alikes that may be poisonous? These topics and more are covered in this incomparable field guide. It features every detail you’ll need to locate and identify the region’s berries and fruits. 

 

paper / 336 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-1-59193-306-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2818 Temporarily Out of Stock

 Plants of the Chicago Region 4th ed.

Floyd Swink & Gerould Wilhelm

Plants of the Chicago Region 4th ed.

Describes and explains the revolutionary Coefficient of Conservatism (C values) and Floristic Quality Assessment methodology. 

cloth / 921 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 1-883362-01-6 / $28.80 $17.28
Order No. 2788

Perennials Short and Tall:  A Seasonal Progression of Flowers for Your Garden

Moya L. Andrews
Gillian Harris, Illustrator

Perennials Short and Tall

Designed for accessibility, this book offers tried-and-true advice on how to keep a yard in bloom.  Presented in the sequence in which they bloom, with a chapter devoted to each of the three major growing seasons, 25 varieties of flowers are profiled with accompanying color illustrations.

paper / 144 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-21976-3 / $19.95
Order No. 2687

The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest

Thomas M. Antonio and Susanne Masi

Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest

This novel and beautiful book has both the scientific accuracy of an academic flora and the attractiveness and usefulness of a wildflower photographic field guide. It focuses on one plant group, the Asteraceae or Sunflower family, which comprises nearly 10 percent of the midwest’s flowering plant species. The range maps for each plant are especially useful.

cloth / 439 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 1-883362-11-3 / $25.75 $15.45
Order No. 2468

 

Roadside Geology of Indiana

Mark J. Camp and Graham T. Richardson

Roadside Geology of Indiana

A guide to tour Indiana's timeworn topography and discover fossilized reefs, mastodon skeletons, geodes, buried bedrock valleys and the site of a meteorite impact.

paper / 315 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-87842-396-6 / $18.00
Order No. 2229

Dragonflies of Indiana

James R. Curry

Dragonflies of Indiana

Dragonflies are a source of wonder and delight and an important part of our biological heritage. Published by the Indiana Academy of Science.

cloth / 317 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 1-883362-11-3 / $32.00
Order No. 2377

The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist

Gordon K. Durnil

The Making of a Conservative Environmentalist

A memoir of sensible and heartfelt perspectives from a concerned citizen for whom environmentalism has become a matter of enlightened self-interest.

cloth / 216 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32873-X / $19.95
Order No. 2172

paper / 216 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-21499-8 / $15.95
Order No. 2335

 

The Complete Dinosaur

 

James O. Farlow

The Complete Dinosaur

A presentation by forty-six experts on dinosaurs from the earliest discoveries through the contemporary controversies over their extinction. Over 350 illustrations and 16 pages in color.

cloth / 752 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-33349-0 / $59.95
Order No. 2217

People, Parks, and Perceptions - A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks

Glory-June Greiff

People, Parks, and Perceptions - A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks

A useful general history of Indiana’s state parks, this highly readable study explores changes over time in the landscape and built environment.

 

 

paper / 2009 / $19.95
Order No. 2776

 

Got Shade? A "Take it Easy" Approach for Today's Gardener

Carolyn Harstad

Got Shade?

This extensive and thoughtful work details everything involved in woodland gardening from the types of shade to garden design, and an encyclopedia of recommendations of shade-loving plants.

paper / 399 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21625-7 / $24.95
Order No. 2418

 

 

Rivers Revealed: Rediscovering America's Waterways

Jerry M. Hay

Written in an engaging, conversational style, "Rivers Revealed" combines the author's lifelong love of America's waterways with practical and historic information gathered from his three decades as a professional riverlorian for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company in New Orleans. A modern-day Huck Finn, Jerry Hay spins yarns laced with personal anecdotes on such topics as navigating 500 miles of the Wabash River, the trials and tribulations of building a sternwheeler, "reading" the river, how to plan your own river adventure, a hair-raising but humorous river rescue, an unforgettable goose named Gilligan, the language of the rivers and riverboats, early to present-day river navigation, and much, much more. A book for all who love Mark Twain, these river adventures will entertain the landlubber and engage the boating enthusiast.

paper / 308 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-21875-9
Order No. 2644

Eternal Vigilance: Nine Tales of Environmental Heroism in Indiana

Steven Higgs

Eternal Vigilance

Stories of exemplary courage, persistence, and dedication to improve Indiana's environment by nine Hoosier environmentalists over a four decade period.

cloth / 224 pp. / 1995 /ISBN 0-253-32895-0/$29.95
Order No. 2196

paper / 224 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-20971-4 /$13.95
Order No. 2197

Orchids of Indiana

Michael A. Homoya

Orchids of IndianaShows all forty-three of the orchids now growing in Indiana, with detailed descriptions, range maps, and 92 color photographs.

cloth / 276 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-32864-0 / $40.00
Order No. 2107

The Natural Heritage of Indiana

Marion Jackson

The Natural Heritage of Indiana

The Natural Heritage of Indiana is the first popular survey of the natural heritage and environmental problems of the state. Lavishly illustrated with maps, drawings, diagrams, and nearly 500 full-color photographs by the state's best nature photographers, it also contains 58 essays by Indiana's leading scholar-teachers and practitioners.

cloth / 482 pp. / 1997 reprinted 2008 / ISBN 0-253-33074-2 / $49.95 20% OFF
Order No. 2202

 

The Nature Conservancy's Guide to Indiana Preserves

Photographs by Christopher Jordan and Ron Leonetti, Foreward by Marion T. Jackson

The Nature's Conservancy's Guide to Indiana Preserves

From the majestic dunes of Northwest Indiana to the lush cypress sloughs at the convergence of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers - and all places in between - Indiana boasts a remarkable variety of natural areas. The Nature Conservancy' s Guide to Indiana Preserves is an invaluable resource as you journey to these wonderful parts of the state.

These are also places that for the most part have escaped the plow, chainsaw, and bulldozer. And yet many have incredible human histories that are as much a part of the preserves as the plants and animals found there. Written by a host of different authors, the descriptions go well beyond the normal flora-and-fauna statistics. The natural beauty of each preserve is captured with stunning detail in the images of noted photographers Christopher Jordan and Ron Leonetti.

paper / 311 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-253-21859-4 / $27.95
Order No. 2615

Birds of Indianapolis: A Guide to the Region

Charles E. Keller and Timothy C. Keller

Birds of Indianapolis

A complete introduction and guide to birding in the Indianapolis area and the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, and Shelby.

cloth / 169 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-33119-6 / $26.95
Order No. 2289

paper / 169 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-28534-8 / $12.95
Order No. 2290

 

Periodical Cicadas: The Plague and the Puzzle

Gene Kritsky

Indiana Academy of Science

Periodical Cicadas

Periodical cicadas are the "bugs" of history. When first encountered by settlers in the New World, they were first thought of as a plague and later as a harbinger of war. This public fear was replaced with the puzzle of their biology as natural historians started to study these insects. This book will take the reader on a historical tour of periodical cicadas by reviewing unpublished and rarely read papers on cicadas, written over a 260-year period. Periodical Cicadas: the Plague and the Puzzle is the ideal book to start your own study of these fascinating insects.

cloth / 160 pp. / ISBN 1-883362-13-x / $25.00 $9.00
Order No. 2469

Of Woods and Water

Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan

Of Woods and WaterCelebrated photographers Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan explore the diversity of Michigan landscapes in their latest collection of photographs. Forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, the shorelines of four Great Lakes, and the variety of terrain that crosses the Upper Peninsula are featured in more than 140 color images. Of Woods and Water conveys the natural allure and hidden treasures that exist in Michigan—scattered, isolated, and generally small in size, their protection and preservation are paramount. At present, these beautiful landscapes thrive, untouched by the urban sprawl that sweeps our country's land, but a greater awareness for and involvement in the preservation of our threatened natural communities are greatly needed. This shared love of nature and the unexpected gifts the state has to offer guided Leonetti and Jordan in producing a splendid body of work that captures the spirit of Michigan's untamed beauty.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-35276-7 / $34.95 $20.97
Order No. 2709

 

Unexpected Indiana: A Portfolio of Natural Landscapes

Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan

Unexpected Indiana

Unexpected Indiana represents a unique collaboration between two photographers. Jordan and Leonetti share a deep love of nature and a fascination with the hidden gems that can be found within the state. Working in traditional medium and large film formats, the photographers have produced a spectacular body of work that captures the essence of Indiana’s natural beauty.

cloth / 166 pp. / ISBN 0-253-34485-9 / $35.00
Order No. 2477

 

Indiana Best Hikes

Alan McPherson

Indiana Best Hikes

This book is a guide to 106 "best hikes" in Indiana.

paper / 495 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-9672922-1-2 / $22.95
Order No. 2357

 

Nature Walks in Southern Indiana

Alan McPherson

Nature Walks of Southern Indiana

A guidebook useful for wide interests and abilities, from simple outings to longer hikes and nature walks.

paper / 592 pp. / 1991 reprinted 2002 / ISBN 0-9672922-2-0 / $22.95
Order No. 2358

 

Nature Walks in Northern Indiana

Alan McPherson

Nature Walks in Northern Indiana

This book describes more than 200 nature outing opportunities.

paper / 496 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-9628469-1-0 / $15.95
Order No. 2359

 

Paddle Indiana: An Access Guide to Canoeing & Kayaking Indiana Lakes & Streams

Alan McPherson

Paddle Indiana

Paddling Indiana can take you places by water which you may never see on foot.

paper / 403 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-96729220-4 / $22.95
Order No. 2360

 

Amphibians & Reptiles of Indiana

Sherman A. Minton, Jr.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Indiana

The author was a pioneer in the study of venomous animals, especially reptiles, and the toxicology of venom. No one has contributed more to our knowledge of Indiana amphibians and reptiles. Published by the Indiana Academy of Science.

cloth / 420 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 1-883362-10-5445 / $38.00
Order No. 2378

Indiana's Weather and Climate

John E. Oliver

Indiana's Weather and Climate by John E. Oliver

There's more to Indiana weather than what greets us when we go outdoors. Ever wonder why the daily weather report is so erratic? Why the seasons seem to come too early or start too late? Whether there really is such a thing as global warming? This fascinating and informative book tells the story behind the daily forecast, seasonal variations, and climate change. It explains why there are seasons in this part of the world and examines some of their more dramatic aspects—thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and snowstorms. Here you'll find information on forecasting, weather satellites, and data collection; on faraway events that influence Indiana's weather, such as El Niño; and on long- and short-term changes in Indiana's climate beginning more than 1,000 years ago. Air pollution, urban heat islands, "the LaPorte anomaly"—it's all here in this comprehensive and up-to-date reference.

Paper / 176 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22056-1 / $29.95
Order No. 2755 Temporarily Out of Stock

 

The Natural Heritage of Indiana (DVD)

WFYI Productions
Samuel Orr, Documentary Filmmaker

Marion Jackson described his vision for the book The Natural Heritage of Indiana as “a celebration of Indiana’s natural heritage—its natural and human history, its landscape and its life—what it once was, what it is now, and what it promises to be.” He emphasizes the importance of understanding the past to prepare “us better to mold Indiana’s future.” He issued this challenge: “if you feel moved to help protect what remains of Indiana’s natural heritage, our objective will have been fulfilled.”

The series shares that mission. Documentary filmmaker Samuel Orr has spent more than two years, and has traveled thousands of miles to bring the landmark book to television in a four-part documentary series. The programs are produced in stunning high definition, and reveal their subjects through breathtaking photography, time-lapse cameras and innovative camera placement.

DVD / 2008 / $30.00
Order No. 2721

A Conservationist Manifesto

Scott Russell Sanders

As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our own day. A Conservationist Manifesto shows the crucial relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting concern about global climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of species, and the economic inequities between rich and poor nations. The important message of this powerful book is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one.

cloth / 238 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22080-6 / $50.00
Order No. 2742

paper / 238 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-22080-6 / $19.95
Order No. 2740

 

Looking at History: Indiana's Hoosier National Forest Region, 1600 to 1950

Ellen Sieber and Cheryl Ann Munson

Looking at History: Indiana's Hoosier National Forest Region

A history of a 9-county region, from geologic times to the present.

paper / 131 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-28789-8 / $14.95
Order No. 2174

The Farmers' Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community

Jennifer Meta Robinson and J.A. Hartenfeld

The Farmers' Market Book examines the growing national phenomenon of local farmers' markets through the story of the market in Bloomington, Indiana, and considers the social, ecological, and economic power of farmers' markets generally.

paper / 271 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-253-21916-9 / $19.95
Order No. 2643

 

Mammals of Indiana

John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Russell E. Mumford

Mammals of Indiana by John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Russell E. Mumford This highly anticipated new edition of Mammals of Indiana by John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Russell E. Mumford, first published by Indiana University in 1982, places strong emphasis on ecology with descriptions of Indiana's habitats, climate, and vegetation and detailed species accounts. This well-illustrated book will be a boon to residents of Indiana, many of whom have little acquaintance with the state's 57 species of wild, mostly small, secretive, and nocturnal mammals, and it is sure to please the most avid ecology enthusiast. Summarizing current knowledge about Indiana's mammal species, the volume will also be an important reference for biologists, veterinarians, and wildlife managers throughout the Midwest and beyond.

cloth / 683 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-34971-2 / $75.00
Order No. 2720

 

Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers

Kay Yatskievych

Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers

Color photographs accompany the entries, giving the scientific name, common name, habitat, general distribution in the state, months of blooming, size of plants or flowers, of 1,568 herbaceous species.

paper / 318 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-253-33828-X / $19.95
Order No. 344

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NEWER TITLES

Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

Dean Kotlowski

In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be presidential candidate. Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR explores McNutt’s life, his era, and his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt. It sheds light on the expansion of executive power at the state level during the Great Depression, the theory and practice of liberalism as federal administrators understood it in the 1930s and 1940s, the mobilization of the American home front during World War II, and the internal dynamics of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. McNutt’s life underscores the challenges and changes Americans faced during an age of economic depression, global conflict, and decolonialization.

cloth / 600 pp. / 2015 / 9780253014689 / $45.00
Order no. 1638

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories!

Norman Bridwell

Celebrate Clifford's 50th anniversary with this collection of classic stories! The eye-catching cover design will have red foil and matte and spot gloss. Celebrate Clifford's 50th anniversary with this collection of six classic stories that were originally published beginning in 1963! This book includes: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford at the Circus, Clifford Gets a Job, Clifford Takes a Trip, Clifford's Good Deeds, and Clifford's Tricks. Also included in the book is an original letter from Norman Bridwell to the reader, information about the creation of Clifford--including an image of Norman's 1962 painting that inspired the Clifford series, the story behind the real Emily Elizabeth, and more!

cloth / 192 pp. / 2012 / 9780545450133 / $14.99
Order no. 1640

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

Nancy Carpenter

In a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

paper / 40 pp. / 2006 / 9781416912682 / $9.00
Order no. 1645 

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

John Coy, Illustrated by Joe Morse

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy or someone's going to get hurt. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

cloth / 32 pp. / 2013 / 9780761366171 / $19.00
Order no. 1646

Continuum: New and Selected Poems, Revised Edition

Mari Evans, Foreword by Maya Angelou, Afterpoem by Nikki Giovanni

The distinguished poet Mari Evans writes unabashedly for and about African Americans, yet in this collection, readers from all backgrounds can find profound insight into the human experience. Written without the flourish of fancy language, the poems are full of Evans's brilliance, humor, and musical expression. Included are signature poems such as "I am a Black Woman" as well as new works that paint an intimate portrait of contemporary African American life. First released in 2007, this is a new, revised edition with several new poems added.

paper / 176 pp. / 2015 / 9781933491165 / $19.00
Order no. 1642

Raggedy Andy Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Andy first appeared in print in 1920, he has delighted millions of readers with his adventurous spirit and compassionate nature. Now he returns to captivate a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance. All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Andy arrives in the mail at Marcella's father's office, displays his cheery smile, and is eagerly reunited with his sister, Raggedy Ann. After a warm welcome from the other dolls, Raggedy Andy adds to their fun with a dance, a pillow fight, and a taffy pull. His merry escapades frequently show his generosity in helping others, as he bravely ventures into the gutter to find the penny dolls, "cures" the French doll, and encourages the wooden horse. Other stories also include Raggedy Andy and the other dolls' encounters with the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, and a beautiful seashell. Johnny Gruelle's delicate illustrations are the perfect companion to the well-loved stories in this American classic, the only edition authorized by the Gruelle family. A brief biography of the author-artist by his grandson, Kim Gruelle, makes this edition especially valuable.

cloth / 96 pp. / 1993 reissue / 9780027375862 / $20.00
Order no. 1644

Indianapolis: The Circle City

Lee Mandrell, Forward by Matthew Tully

Indianapolis shines like never before in this one-of-a-kind book filled with stunning images. Photographer Lee Mandrell showcases a Circle City of unique architecture and natural areas, outstanding museums, and historic landmarks. Readers will be drawn into the rich culture, history, and art of Indianapolis as well as all things modern. Discover Indy today! Stroll along the famous Canal Walk. Explore the largest children’s museum in the world. Wander through the city’s parks and enjoy beautiful seasonal displays. Marvel at the campuses of Butler University and IUPUI. The city shines all year round and in December, no holiday tour is complete without seeing the 284-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument covered in lights and the world’s largest Christmas tree. The Crossroads of America is a city not easily forgotten.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2016 / 9780253021618 / $35.00
Order no. 1635

How to Speak Midwestern

Edward McClelland

Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?".

paper / 152 pp. / 2016 / 9780997774276 / $19.00
Order no. 1641

Color Your Campus--Indiana University: An Adult Coloring Book

Melissa Mueller

Named by Huffington Post as one of America’s Prettiest College Campuses, the Bloomington campus of Indiana University is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque college campuses in the United States. Its Sample Gates and limestone buildings welcome students to the nearly 2,000-acre grounds that are nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, providing breathtaking scenery. This first adult coloring book in the Color Your Campus series will delight students, parents, alumni, and Hoosiers alike. Coloring hobbyists will take pleasure in transforming Melissa Mueller’s black and white masterpieces into IU’s colorful flagship campus while indulging in the comfort of a childhood pastime.

paper / 128 pp. / 2016 / 9780253024121 / $14.00
Order no. 1637

Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations

Jessica Nunemaker

Where was James Dean’s hometown? What do A. J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Al Unser have in common besides winning the Indianapolis 500? Where was the world’s first theme park? Find these answers and more in Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations. Featuring towns of 15,000 or fewer inhabitants, Little Indiana explores where to eat, stay, play, and shop in over 90 small towns. After six years of traveling the state in search of amazing local experiences, blogger and TV host Jessica Nunemaker shares a treasure trove of what to expect in Hoosier small towns. Perfect for any length of excursion―day or weekend―the book is organized by region and town and provides travelers easy access to information found nowhere else. From wineries to antique shops, alpaca farms to chocolate stores, unique attractions are awaiting discovery. Full-color images showcase specialty stores, mouth-watering meals, and exciting attractions tucked off the beaten path. Proof that there’s always something to do in a small town, this book is the perfect way to kick-start.

paper / 324 pp. / 2016 / 9780253020611 / $23.00
Order no. 1636

Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record

Robert Schmuhl

For over half a century, Robert Schmuhl interviewed and wrote about the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., who served as the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 until 1987. Beginning as an undergraduate student during the 1960s, when he covered Hesburgh and Notre Dame for the Associated Press, to 2014 when he conducted his last visit with the frail ninety-seven-year-old priest, Schmuhl maintained a unique relationship with Father Hesburgh. Over time, Hesburgh’s meetings with Schmuhl evolved into a friendship, which is documented in this personal and warmhearted portrait of the man who was for decades considered the most influential priest in America.

cloth / 158 pp. / 2016 / 9780268100896 / $28.00
Order no. 1643

Steel Town

Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Terry Widener

In Steel Town, the mills blaze all day and all night, making steel and even more steel to be shipped over the Magic Mountains, down the Pitch-Black River, and far, far away. The men who work in the mills work as hard as the machines that make the steel, never stopping. But when the men go home at night, a different side of Steel Town emerges -- one filled with music and neighbors, pierogies and spaghetti, churches and front porches. This gritty yet poetic world is brought to life through Jonah Winter's lyrical, rhythmic text and Terry Widener's luscious, nocturnal illustrations, whose massive figures glow with the few lights that shine through this darkness. This is a portrait of an imaginary town derived from the very real American steel towns of the 1930s, when the sky was often black as night all day and the cavernous mills belched out fire and smoke.

cloth / 40 pp. / 2008 / 9781416940814 / $22.50
Order no. 1647


Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Ellen Levine and Kadie Nelson

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom. Henry's story is similar to that of Alexander McClure.

cloth / 40 pp. / 2007 / 9780439777339 / $19.00
Order no. 1621

Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste Marie-Bernier

Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Now, as a result of the groundbreaking research of John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. The comprehensive introduction by the authors, along with headnotes for each section, an essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.―a direct Douglass descendent―provide the definitive examination of Douglass's intellectual, philosophical, and political relationships to aesthetics. Taken together, this landmark work canonizes Frederick Douglass through a form he appreciated the most: photography.

cloth / 320 pp. / 2015 / 9780871404688 / $47.50
Order no. 1623

Locomotive

Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

cloth / 64 pp. / 2013 / 9781416994152 / $17.50
Order no. 1624

Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs and Lasagna

Jim Davis

When the world’s most famous feline hits the three-decade milestone it’s time to celebrate! 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is a tribute to this tremendous achievement. Organized by decade, each with an introduction by Jim Davis, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than four hundred strips, including thirty of Jim Davis’s all-time favorites–with informative remarks from Jim on why they made the grade. Packed with early sketches, enlightening quotes, and fun facts (did you know that the Garfield comic was originally titled Jon?), this book shows how Garfield evolved from a witty kitty to a world-renowned fat cat. Of Jim Davis’s “little hobby,” Blondie cartoonist Dean Young writes: “Every one of [these] little treasures is an exquisite menagerie of comic timing, writing, and cartoon art. It’s easy to see why his strip is continually voted one of the best on our planet by readers everywhere.”

cloth / 288 pp. / 2008 / 9780345503794 / $35.50
Order no. 1620

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

Bill Peet

"Fans who grew up with any of Peet's more than 30 books--Pamela the Camel; Zella, Zack and Zodiac; Chester the Worldly Pig among them--or with any of the Disney movies he worked on--such as Cinderella, Dumbo, Pinocchio, 101 Dalmatians--will welcome this inside look at the creative process. Peet wryly tells the story of his life, from his boyhood in Indianapolis to his years working at the Disney studios. He started as an "in-betweener," who had the "tedious, painstaking job of adding hundreds of drawings in between hundreds of other drawings to move Donald or Mickey from here to there." The job lasted until the day a stack of Donald Duck drawings caused Peet to run from the office, shouting "NO MORE DUCKS!!! NO MORE LOUSY DUCKS!" Promoted to the story department, he was often the imaginative force behind ideas for which story editors claimed credit in front of Walt Disney; his work at the studio lasted 27 years, during which time his children's book career took off. Readers will come away with a Peet's-eye view of the Depression, and also of the drudgery and politicking of office life--and he completely demystifies the glamour side of working in Hollywood. The illustrations--samples from his Disney sketches and pictures of him involved in nearly every facet of human experience--offer a humorous guide to adult life that readers of all ages will surely respond to. Toward the end, Peet spells out for readers what he believes has been the course of his life, and these pages are a little too baldly introspective compared to what has come before. Nevertheless, he offers an ebullient invitation to survey his life, a dip into an inkpot of entertaining facts. And the format could inspire a whole new kind of autobiography--since an illustrator "thinks" visually, using pictures to tell his life story seems positively inspired."  -Publisher's Weekly

paper / 192 pp. / 1994 / 9780395689820 / $18.50
Order no. 1625

Raggedy Ann Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Since Raggedy Ann first appeared in print in 1918, she has charmed millions of readers with her always warm and optimistic outlook and calm approach to difficulties. Now she returns to delight a new generation in this carefully produced reissue, which restores the book to its original appearance.
All the original stories are here, as Raggedy Ann comes to Marcella's nursery and quickly becomes the leader of the dolls. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann's adventures show her striving to be good -- and succeeding. She and the other dolls rescue Fido, the family dog, from the dogcatcher. When, in one adventure, Raggedy Ann has to have her stuffing replaced, she gets her famous "I LOVE YOU" candy heart. Raggedy Ann also goes up in a kite, teaches two new dolls to be tolerant, and shares the excitement of a baby brother for Marcella, among several other tales.

cloth / 96 pp. / 1993 / 9780027375855 / $19.50
Order no. 1622

 

Race Car Count

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

This charming race car story reinforces the concept of the numbers one through 10 in rhyming text. It begins, "Race car 1 honks, Look at me!/He zooms in front with the turn of a key." Each car in the story is a different color and style reflecting its unique personality. A visual winner, the illustrations are brightly colored and drawn in a cartoon style that will appeal to fans of the "Cars" movies. The text is clear and simple and conveys the fast-paced story. Cars overcome rain, a pile-up, and even chomping gators in this race. But the fun does not come to an end quite yet. At the end of the race, they line up to do it all over again. At the back of the book there is also a page called Meet the Race Cars! In addition to each race car having a separate picture, there is other "vital" information. For example, race car number 9, named Comet, loves milk shakes and collects hubcaps. VERDICT This popular transportation-themed book is sure to be a crowd pleaser. —Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA, School Library Journal

cloth / 32 pp / 2015 / 978-1627790093 / $14.99
Order No. 1599

H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet

Cynthia Furlong Reynolds

Indiana is called the Hoosier State and its people are known as Hoosiers, although historians don't really know why. They do, however, have several ideas about the origins of the famous nickname. Children can learn these origins and other facts about the Hoosier state in H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet.

cloth / 40 pp / 2001 / 978-1585360413 / $17.95
Order No. 483

 

PEOPLES OF INDIANA

Latinos in the Midwest

Rubén O. Martinez

Over the past twenty years, the Latino population in the Midwest has grown rapidly, both in urban and rural areas. As elsewhere in the country, shifting demographics in the region have given rise to controversy and mixed reception. Where some communities have greeted Latinos openly, others have been more guarded. In spite of their increasing presence, Latinos remain the most marginalized major population group in the country. In coming years, the projected growth of this population will require greater attention from policymakers concerned with helping to incorporate them into the nation’s core institutions. This eye-opening collection of essays examines the many ways in which an increase in the Latino population has impacted the Midwest — culturally, economically, educationally, and politically. Drawing on studies, personal histories, legal rulings, and other sources, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach to an increasingly important topic in American society and offers a glimpse into the nation’s demographic future.

paper / 450 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781609172138 / $34.95
Order no. 2997

Heartland Utopias

Robert P. Sutton

Sutton offers a regional approach to the study of utopian movements, focusing specifically on the “heartland,” which he defines to include the Old Northwest Territory, the Dakotas, and Missouri. In the number of utopian settlements, the heartland region is surpassed only by New England. Heartland Utopias provides a scholarly overview of 19th century utopian communities in the heartland from the first Shaker village near Dayton, Ohio, built in 1807, to the 1903 incorporation and ensuing stormy history of The House of David in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  During these years, charismatic individuals built three different kinds of utopias: perfectionist, whose members thought they could achieve impec-cancy almost immediately by living communally; cooperative, whose members believed that communalism would improve the moral and economic condition of its members and at the same time be the alternative to exploitative capitalism; and social and communist, whose members believed that democracy and equality could never be achieved without living in an “association,” as with the socialists, or in a “community of good,” as with the Icarians.

While these communities have individually been the topics of past studies, Sutton’s work is the first comprehensive examination of all of the most important heartland communities. Major emphasis, with separate chapters, is given to the following major utopian settlements: the Shakers, the New Harmony, a number of separatist communities, the Fourierist phalanxes, the Icarians, the Hutterites, and the Chicago-area utopian societies. Many of the communities that Sutton discusses still exist today. American historians, regional historians, and students of utopian and communal studies will be interested in this well-organized and readable survey.

cloth / 224 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9780875804019 / $32.00
Order no. 2998

19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Men

Michael S. Maurer

19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Men by Michael S. Maurer

The nineteen outstanding contemporary Hoosier men--one for each star in the Indiana state flag--profiled by Michael S. Maurer in his new book 19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Men, are leaders and pioneers who have excelled in a variety of pursuits, including law, business, philanthropy, government, medicine, music, art, athletics, religion, and education. The book, published in association with IBJ Media, Indianapolis, and the Indiana Historical Society, features the inspiring stories of Hoosiers shot out of a fighter jet, liberating a concentration camp, subject to court martial, knocked cold in front of twenty thousand fans, facing bigotry, and caught in the middle of ethnic slaughter--lives full of excitement, adventure, and achievement.

cloth / 232 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-291-2 / $24.95
Order No. 2790

Maria's Journey

Ramón Arredondo and Trisha (Hull) Arredondo

Maria's Journey by Ramón Arredondo and Trisha (Hull) Arredondo

Born into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their true story includes much of early-twentieth-century America: the rise of unions, the plunge into the Great Depression, the patriotism of World War II, and the starkness of McCarthyism. It is flavored by delivery men hawking fruit and ice, street sports, and Saturday matinees that began with newsreels. Immigration status colors every scene, adding to their story deportation and citizenship, generational problems unique to new immigrants, and a miraculous message of hope.

paper / 260 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-286-8 / $19.95
Order No. 967

Indianapolis Italians

James J. Divita

Indianapolis Italians

In 1910, Indianapolis had the smallest foreign stock population of any city north of the Ohio River, and city historians merely ignored the presence of the ethnic communities. In the 1920s, the Hoosier capital supposedly lacked a cosmopolitan character, and the Ku Klux Klan gloried in the slogan "100% American." However, the size of a community does not indicate its significance in municipal life. Rather, immigrants and their descendants make a difference because of their talents and available local opportunities.

Residents of Italian origin have contributed mightily to Indianapolis's economy, culture, and professional and religious life. The first to arrive were the Sicilians who developed the city's fruit and vegetable trade and the Friulani who engaged in terrazzo-mosaic tile work. Early immigrants became grocers, shoemakers, tailors, and barbers. Later, primarily after World War II, many American-born of Italian descent moved into Indianapolis, excelling in business and professional fields, including law, medicine, and education. The community has continued to grow, adding to its numbers the Italian-born but married to American military or engaged in skilled labor in carpentry, tailoring, salesmanship, and food preparation.

paper / 127 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-4095-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2628

The Irish

William W. Giffin

The Irish

The history of the Irish in Indiana is intricately woven into the fabric of the state’s history. The Irish first arrived in Indiana along with the fur traders in the 1700s. In the 1800s many Irish immigrants struggled to create new lives as the built Indiana’s early canals, roads, and railroads. As Indiana progressed, so did the Irish. Today, Hoosiers of Irish origin can be found in all facets of Indiana society from business and medicine to law and politics. From humble beginnings, Indiana’s Irish have become an integral part of the state’s tapestry while continuing to celebrate their Celtic past.

paper / 137 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-193-2/$13.95
Order No. 2593

 

An Amish Patchwork: Indiana's Old Orders in the Modern World

Thomas J. Meyers & Steven M. Nolt

Indiana is home to the world’s third-largest Amish population. Indiana’s 19 Old Order Amish and two Old Order Mennonite communities show a surprising diversity despite all that unites them as a distinct culture. This contemporary portrait of Indiana’s Amish is the first book-length overview of Amish in the state. Thomas J. Meyers and Steven M. Nolt present an overview of the beliefs and values of the Amish, their migration history, and the differences between the state’s two major Amish ethnic groups (Pennsylvania Dutch and Swiss). They also talk about Indiana’s Old Order Mennonites, a group too often confused with the Amish. Meyers and Nolt situate the Amish in their Indiana context, noting an involvement with Indiana’s industrial economy that may surprise some. They also treat Amish interaction with state government over private schooling and other matters, and the relationship of the Amish to their neighbors and the tourist industry.

paper / 2004 / 208 pp / 9780253217554 / $19.95
Order no. 563

Shipshewana: An Indiana Amish Community

Dorothy O. Pratt

Shipshewana

 

While most books about the Amish focus on the Pennsylvania settlements or on the religious history of the sect, this book is a cultural history of one Indiana Amish community and its success in resisting assimilation into the larger culture. Founded in 1841, Shipshewana benefited from LaGrange County's relative isolation. As Pratt shows, this isolation was key to the community's success. The Amish were able to develop a stable farming economy and a social structure based on their own terms. Crisis and abuse from the outer world have tended only to confirm the desire of the Amish to remain a people apart, and lends a special poignancy to this engrossing tale of resistance to the modern world.

cloth / 209 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-253-34518-9 / $29.95
Order No. 2485

German Settlers of South Bend

Gabrielle Robinson

German Settlers of South Bend

The predominant immigrant group from the 1840s to the 1870s, the Germans helped build South Bend from an isolated trading post into a thriving industrial city. They also played a key role in transforming the surrounding wilderness into rich and fertile farmland.

Voices of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2340-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2445

 

 

Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of an American Jewish Community

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
Order No. 2317

Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest

Sujey Vega

Latino Heartland offers an ethnography of the Latino and non-Latino residents of a small Indiana town, showing how national debate pitted neighbor against neighbor—and the strategies some used to combat such animosity. It conveys the lived impact of divisive political rhetoric on immigration and how race, gender, class, and ethnicity inform community belonging in the twenty-first century.

paper /  304 pp. / 2015 / 9781479896042 / $35.62
Order no. 1575

 

 

 

New Faces at the Crossroads: The World in Central Indiana

John Sherman, text
Jeffrey A. Wolin, photographs & interviews

New Faces at the Crossroads

Until recently, central Indiana has not truly reflected the sheer diversity of races, religions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds of the rest of the world. In recent decades and especially in the first years of the 21st century, however, cities, towns, and rural areas of the central portion of the Hoosier state have welcomed an increasing number of new residents who constitute a surprisingly broad and diverse cross section of world citizens.

To capture and celebrate these changes, New Faces at the Crossroads features portraits of 30 recent newcomers from around the world by award-winning photographer Jeffrey A. Wolin, accompanied by stories of why they came to the area and their perspectives on living there. Together with John Sherman's text describing changes and additions to the region's population, these striking photographs show that central Indiana is no longer just the Crossroads of America: It is the crossroads of the world.

cloth / 96 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-35068-8 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2670

PHILANTHROPY AND REFORM

 

 

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Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana's Municipal Housekeeper

Robert G. BarrowsAlbion Fellows Bacon

 

Voluntary associations, social welfare, child welfare, city planning and zoning, and a variety of public health efforts were outlets for this intelligent and creative woman.

 

cloth / 229 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-253-33774-7 / $24.95
Order No. 2241

Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana 1896-2012

Lucy Jane King, MD and Alan D. Schmetzer, MD

In 1896 Dr. George Edenharter, the superintendent of Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis, designed and built a forward-thinking center on the hospital's grounds. Reflecting the newest trends, the Pathological Department would have one focus: using new medical science methodology to study the diseases of the mentally ill to improve their care. The building set a precedent since that time Indiana and its physicians caring for the mentally ill have built other outstanding facilities and have taken landmark research into psychiatric diseases into new territory. This book tells the interesting story of science and he care of the mentally ill in the Hoosier state.

paper / 2012 / 200 pp / 978-0983199403 / $20.00
Order no. 2959

Divided Paths, Common Ground

Angie Klink

In the early 1900s, Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis forged trails for women at Purdue University and throughout Indiana. Mary was the first dean of the School of Home Economics. Lella was Indiana's first state leader of Home Demonstration. In 1914, Mary hired Lella to organize Purdue's new Home Economics Extension Service. According to those who knew them, Lella was a "sparkler" who traveled the state instructing rural women about nutrition, hygiene, safe water, childcare, and more. "Reserved" Mary established Purdue's School of Home Economics, created Indiana's first nursery school, and authored a popular textbook. Both women used their natural talents and connections to achieve their goals in spite of a male-dominated society. As a land grant institution, Purdue University has always been very connected to the American countryside. Based on extensive oral history and archival research, this book sheds new light on the important role female staff and faculty played in improving the quality of life for rural women during the first half of the twentieth century. It is also a fascinating story, engagingly told, of two very different personalities united in a common goal.

paper / 249 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9781557535917 / $16.95
Order No. 2948

“Prohibition Is Here to Stay:” The Reverend Edward S. Shumaker and the Dry Crusade in America

Jason S. Lantzer

“Prohibition Is Here to Stay” by Jason S. Lantzer

"Prohibition Is Here to Stay” focuses on the Reverend Edward S. Shumaker, a Methodist minister who led Indiana’s influential chapter of the Anti Saloon League for nearly twenty-five years. Shumaker was one of the most powerful men in Indiana in the fight against demon rum, and his influence extended well beyond the boundaries of the state during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jason Lantzer uses Shumaker’s life and work to shed new light on the rise and fall of Prohibition and to better understand and appreciate the interplay of religion and politics in American culture.

paper / 306 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-268-03383-5 / $35.00
Order No. 919

A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era

Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana passed the world's first involuntary sterilization law based on the theory of eugenics. In time, more than 30 states and a dozen foreign countries followed suit. Although the Indiana statute was later declared unconstitutional, other laws restricting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds were still in effect in the U.S. as late as the 1970s. A Century of Eugenics in America assesses the history of eugenics in the United States and its status in the age of the Human Genome Project. The essays explore the early support of compulsory sterilization by doctors and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the legal and social challenges to sterilization; and the prospects for a eugenics movement basing its claims on modern genetic science.

251 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253222695 / $24.95
Order no. 1354

Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977

James H. Madison

Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977

A man whose philanthropic gifts endowed a cultural legacy for Indiana. A business leader and citizen of Indianapolis and Indiana.

cloth / 342 pp. / 1989 / ISBN 0-87195-047-2 / $32.50
Order No. 2003

paper / 342 pp. / $19.95
Order No. 2597

Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist

 

James H. Madison

Indiana's Wendell Willkie burst upon the national political scene in 1940 when, apparently out of nowhere, he won the Republican nomination for the presidency and ran against Franklin Roosevelt. After his defeat, he traveled widely and returned to write ÂOne World, which had a tremendous impact on the then-isolationist United States. "There was about him," the ÂNew York Times editorialized, "a warm and winning sincerity... a natural straightforwardness which left untouched no one who knew him." These essays by a distinguished group of historians recognize one of the state's most famous native sons and reassess his impact on history one hundred years after his birth.

1992 / 184 pp / 9780253336194 / $28.95
Order No. 1501

Midwestern Women: Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy and Wendy Hamand Venet, Eds.

Writing about four centuries of midwestern women’s history, including urban, rural, and frontier women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexicanas, as well as European migrants, essayists discuss ways midwestern women’s lives resemble those women of other regions and ways in which their lives are distinctive. By addressing a broad range of questions about the lives of midwestern women this volume encourages further research of this neglected but important group. The volume also includes a lengthy bibliography.

paper / 1997 / 296 pp / 978-0253211330 / $24.00
Order no. 2215

 

Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis

Richard B. Pierce

This history of the black community of Indianapolis in the 20th century focuses on methods of political action -- protracted negotiations, interracial coalitions, petition, and legal challenge -- employed to secure their civil rights. These methods of "polite protest" set Indianapolis apart from many Northern cities. Richard B. Pierce looks at how the black community worked to alter the political and social culture of Indianapolis. As local leaders became concerned with the city's image, black leaders found it possible to achieve gains by working with whites inside the existing power structure, while continuing to press for further reform and advancement. Pierce describes how Indianapolis differed from its Northern cousins such as Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit. Here, the city's people, black and white, created their own patterns and platforms of racial relations in the public and cultural spheres.

2005/ 168 pp / 9780253111340 / $34.95
Order No. 1471

Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America

Brent Ruswick

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

Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist

Nick Salvatore

In this classic book, Nick Salvatore offers a major reevaluation of Eugene V. Debs, the movements he launched, and his belief in American Socialism as an extension of the nation's democratic traditions.
"This is biography at its best."  --Eric Foner for the History Book Club
"In this stunning book, Salvatore sets Debs firmly within the central traditions of United States political and social history and depicts, as never before, the triumph and tragedy that characterized the socialist leader's personal and public life."  --American Historical Review

paper / 2007 / 480 pp / 978-0252074523 / $28.00
Order no. 1109

Sister of the Solid Rock

Wilma Rugh Taylor

First settled by African Americans in 1878, Indianapolis's east-side district of Martindale had, by the early 1940s, fallen on hard times. A bleak economic outlook had helped fuel a growing crime rate among the neighborhood's young people. Into this seemingly hopeless situation stepped a forty-four-year-old wife and mother who knew something about despair, having endured the death of a child. In 1941 the woman—Edna Barnes Martin—established a day care center for the children of working mothers, offering hope and security to countless young African Americans. For thirty years Martin, the founder and director of the East side Christian Center, "reformed so-called unredeemable boys, trained girls to become competent women, clothed and fed multitudes, and found jobs for the unemployed." Martin's work in one of Indianapolis's worst ghettos helped break down negative racial attitudes and gained the spiritual and financial backing of white missionaries and philanthropists throughout the state.

cloth / 2002 / 198 pp / 978-0871951618 / $12.95
Order no. 2373

Maclure of New Harmony

Leonard Warren

Maclure of New Harmony

Maclure of New Harmony follows the twists and turns of William Maclure's intriguing life. A native Scotsman, Maclure (1763–1840) became a merchant, made a fortune, and retired in his early thirties. Then his life became interesting. Fascinated by the study of geology, Maclure did fieldwork throughout Europe before traveling to the United States, where he completed the first geological survey of his adopted nation and published a detailed, color geological map—one reason he is known as the Father of American Geology.

cloth / 343 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-35326-9 / $27.95
Order No. 2756

The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith

Fred Whitford

Virginia Claypool Meredith's role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late-nineteenth century America. Her status allowed her to campaign for the education of women in general and rural women in particular. While striving to change society's expectations for women, she also gave voice to the important role of women in the home. A lifetime of dedication made Virginia Meredith the most remarkable woman in Indiana and the Queen of American Agriculture. Meredith was also an integral part of the history of Purdue University. She was the first woman appointed to serve on the university's board of trustees, had a residence hall named in her honor, and worked with her adopted daughter, Mary L. Matthews, in creating the School of Home Economics, the predecessor of today's College of Consumer and Family Sciences. Virginia Claypool Meredith was a woman well ahead of her times and left a legacy for the women of Indiana and the nation.

434 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9781557535122 / $39.95
Order no. 1209

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Indianapolis: The Circle City

Lee Mandrell, Forward by Matthew Tully

Indianapolis shines like never before in this one-of-a-kind book filled with stunning images. Photographer Lee Mandrell showcases a Circle City of unique architecture and natural areas, outstanding museums, and historic landmarks. Readers will be drawn into the rich culture, history, and art of Indianapolis as well as all things modern. Discover Indy today! Stroll along the famous Canal Walk. Explore the largest children’s museum in the world. Wander through the city’s parks and enjoy beautiful seasonal displays. Marvel at the campuses of Butler University and IUPUI. The city shines all year round and in December, no holiday tour is complete without seeing the 284-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument covered in lights and the world’s largest Christmas tree. The Crossroads of America is a city not easily forgotten.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2016 / 9780253021618 / $35.00
Order no. 1635

Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest

Jason Weems

Barnstorming the Prairies offers a panoramic vista of the transformative nature and power of the aerial vision that remade the Midwest in the wake of the airplane. This new perspective from above enabled Americans to conceptualize the region as something other than isolated and unchanging, and to see it instead as a dynamic space where people worked to harmonize the core traditions of America’s agrarian character with the more abstract forms of twentieth-century modernity. In the maps and aerial survey photography of the Midwest, as well as the painting, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose through flight, Weems also finds a different and provocative view of modernity in the making. In representations of the Midwest, from Grant Wood’s iconic images to the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright to the design of greenbelt suburbs, Weems reveals aerial vision’s fundamental contribution to regional identity—to Midwesternness as we understand it.

paper / 368 pp. / 2015 / 9780816677511 / $34.95
Order no. 1574

Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State

Various Authors compiled by Indiana Bicentennial Commission

With the state’s 200th anniversary quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce the publication of the official bicentennial book, Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State. This collector’s book celebrates our milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The book reflects on Hoosiers’ lives today and how our 200-year history informs our present and shapes the future. The limited edition 248-page coffee table book includes an introduction and 14 chapters, each opening with a short essay by a noted Hoosier, followed by photographs; quotes and anecdotes from Hoosiers of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. Sidebars that highlight unique and surprising facts about Indiana and its 92 counties are also incorporated. The book has a full color printed hardbound cover and matching dust jacket.

cloth / 2015 / 248 pp / 9781938730665 / $39.95
Order No. 1549

Indiana Barns

Marsha Williamson Mohr

Once a dominant feature of the Hoosier landscape, these barns are fast disappearing, giving way to more efficient, but less visually appealing, metal structures. Indiana Barns presents 138 of these charming rustics, drawn from the portfolio of photographer Marsha Williamson Mohr. Mohr has been photographing barns, covered bridges, and pastoral scenes for more than 20 years. Here, she showcases barns of all shapes and sizes, captured from every angle, during all four seasons, and in various states of repair and decay. Whether you have owned a barn or just admire the craftsmanship, this lively collection is sure to delight.

paper / 152 pp. / 2014 / ISBN 9780253015211 / $25.00
Order no. 985

Indiana Covered Bridges

Marsha Williamson Mohr

A symbol of Indiana's past, the covered bridge still evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, and even mystery. During the 19th century, over 500 of these handsome structures spanned the streams, rivers, and ravines of Indiana. Plagued by floods, fire, storms, neglect, and arson, today fewer than 100 remain. Marsha Williamson Mohr's photographs capture the timeless and simple beauty of these well-traveled structures from around the state, including Parke County―the unofficial covered bridge capital of the world. With 105 color photographs, Indiana's Covered Bridges will appeal to everyone who treasures Indiana's rich architectural heritage.

cloth / 128 pp. / 2012 / 9780253008008 / $30.00
Order no. 2937

Parke County: Indiana's Covered Bridge Capital

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

Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary

Douglas A. Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Crown Hill Cemetery has been a vital part of the Indianapolis community dating back to its first interment, Lucy Ann Seaton, on June 2, 1864. Since then, Crown Hill has grown from a rural cemetery into the third largest private cemetery in the nation and is a community treasure that serves a broad range of needs and stands as a monument to the memories of hundreds of famous Hoosiers and the thousands more who selected Crown Hill as their final resting place.

Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary examines the complete history of Crown Hill and places its story in a the larger historical context of the development and growth of American landscape architecture.

cloth / 400 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 0871953013 / $39.95
Order No. 1320

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.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2014 / 9780870206764 / $29.95
Order no. 1439

One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi

Ray E. Boomhower

Written by Hoosier historian and writer Ray E. Boomhower, and featuring an introduction by Indiana University professor of history James H. Madison, "One Shot": The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi examines the life of this son of Sicilian immigrants who worked in Gary’s steel mills for a time to earn enough money to buy his first camera. The book features Bushemi’s work, from his early days photographing soldiers training at the Field Artillery Replacement Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to his frontline assignments among the grizzled American forces who engaged in the bitter fighting against the Japanese. It also tells the story of his friendship with best-selling author Marion Hargrove, whose book See Here, Private Hargrove made Bushemi a well-known figure to the home-front audience and GIs around the world.

cloth / 152 pp. / 2004 / 9780871951748 / $5.00
Order no. 637

The Calumet Region: An American Place

Gary Ciadella

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

Historic New Albany, Indiana: By the River's Edge

James A. Crutchfield and David Barksdale

Featuring photographer Robin Hood, full color volume commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of New Albany.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780977128105 / $40.00
Order no. 2967

The Day in its Color: Charles Cushman's Photographic Journey Through a Vanishing America

Eric Sandweiss

The Day in Its Color introduces readers to Cushman's extraordinary work, a recently unearthed archive of photographs that is the largest known body of early color photographs by a single photographer, 14,500 in all, most shot on vivid, color-saturated Kodachrome stock. From 1938-1969, Cushman--a sometime businessman and amateur photographer with an uncanny eye for everyday detail--travelled constantly, shooting everything he encountered as he ventured from New York to New Orleans, Chicago to San Francisco, and everywhere in between. His photos include portraits, ethnographic studies, agricultural and industrial landscapes, movie sets and media events, children playing, laborers working, and thousands of street scenes, all precisely documented in time and place. The result is a chronicle of an era almost never seen, or even envisioned, in color.

This well-preserved collection is all the more remarkable for having gone undiscovered for decades. What makes the photos most valuable, however, is the wide range of subjects, landscapes, and moods it captures--snapshots of a lost America as yet untouched by a homogenizing overlay of interstate highways, urban renewal, chain stores, and suburban development--a world of hand-painted signs, state fairs, ramshackle shops, small town living and bustling urban scenes. The book also reveals the fascinating and startling life story of the man who stood, unseen, on the other side of the lens, surely one of America's most impressive amateur photographers and outsider artists.

cloth / 237 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780199772339 / $39.95
Order No. 2921

Ligonier

Jeff Moerchen

With clarity and attention to detail, Jeff Moerchen has captured—in more than 80 black and white photographs—the life of the Hispanic community of Ligonier, a small town in northern Indiana. These men and women have worked to make a comfortable home for themselves, trying to realize their dream of living in America, while avoiding some of the perils they might have experienced in borderlands. More than a narrow study of an immigrant population, Moerchen's evocative photo essay explores a small town as it struggles to survive.

paper / 168 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-22363-0 / $29.95
Order No. 2906

New Harmony Then & Now

Donald E. Pitzer

New Harmony Then and Now is a photographic and historic celebration of two of America’s great Utopian communities located in New Harmony, Indiana. The Harmonists, started by George Rapp, labored to provide physical, intellectual, and spiritual wealth for its members. Ten years later, the Owenites, founded by Robert Owen and his partner William Maclure, settled there, intent on improving humanity through innovations in social theory, educational systems, and discoveries in natural science. Though Owen's communal experiment would not endure, a new social frontier prospered. Today, New Harmony remains a haven of promise, a village that honors its progressive heart. Intellectuals as well as artisans are drawn to this place of science and spirit.
 
cloth / 224 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-35645-1 / $39.95
Order No. 2909
 

Historic Photos of Indiana

Scott Bushnell

This is the land of Hoosiers. Of George Rogers Clark's conquest at Vincennes, a key victory for the Revolution. Of covered bridges. A fledgling automobile industry. Notre Dame. The National Road and the Lincoln Highway and Carl Fisher. Cole Porter. The Milwaukee Steamer and the Rumely Oil Pull Tractor. Riverboats on the Wabash and the Ohio. The Wabash and Erie Canal. Interurbans. James Whitcomb Riley and George Ade. Small towns and big cities. Street Fair Days in Peru. The first state capitol at Corydon. Steel in Gary. Evansville's Municipal Market. Airmail by balloon. Union Station in Indianapolis and the Indy 500. Dunes along the Lake Michigan coast. Gandy dancers, circus parades, rollerskate basketball. Of sugar beets, sugar maples, and soybeans. This is Historic Photos of Indiana. Filled with nearly 200 photographs reproduced in vivid black-and-white, with captions and introductions, showing the reader the places, people, and events that helped shape the lore and history of the Hoosier State.

cloth / 216 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596525535 / $39.95
Order No. 2846
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Historic Photos of Indianapolis

 George Hanlin

Historic Photos of Indianapolis captures the remarkable journey of this city and her people, with still photography from the finest archives of city, state and private collections. From the Civil War through the end of the nineteenth century, the rise of industry, two world wars and into the modern era, Indianapolis has remained a unique and prosperous city. With hundreds of archival photos reproduced in stunning black and white on heavy art paper, this book is the perfect addition to any historian's collection.

 

cloth / 216 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 9781596522534 / $39.95
Order No. 2847
Temporarily Out of Stock

 

The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration

Stephen H. Baker

Amid the tall buildings and busy streets of Indianapolis sits a quiet, beautifully wooded area now known as Military Park. In the 1820's it became the first city park and was the site of the little settlement’s first 4th of July celebration.

In the 1860s, it was a mustering ground where Hoosier farm boys came to join the Union Army. They marched out as soldiers and turned south towards their destinies.

During a warm two weeks in October 1852, this was the site of Indiana's first State Fair. Thousands of people came to the city to visit the fair's sights and sounds. Just like today, folks gawked at midway curiosities. They marveled their way through pens and stalls that held the very best “modern” husbandry had to offer. As they passed through the “Manufacturers Building,” “new-fangled” devices such as the “sewing machine” astonished them! They cheered winners of the “best” pie, cake, and pickle relish.

Stephen H. Baker’s new book, The Great Indiana State Fair at 150, captures the human experience of the Fair throughout its history. With each turn of the page, the reader recalls his or her own memories of going to the fair.

paper / 110 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-74820-08312-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2600

2nd Stories: a Hoosier photographer explores what’s upstairs, on top, and overhead

John Bower

2nd Stories is all about discovering the unexpected. Because we tend to look straight ahead most of the time, we miss seeing a lot. And there is so much to see--as 2nd Stories demonstrates. As you peruse its pages, you'll discover dozens of duo-tone images of ornate Victorian storefronts, beautiful steeples, advertisements, clock towers, and other fascinating details that all require looking up. Plus there are shots of rarely visited attics and upper-level interior spaces that are simply amazing.

paper / 144 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-9745186-2-x / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2570

After the Harvest: Indiana's historic grain elevators and feed mills

John Bower

 

After the Harvest contains 188 moving photographs from every corner of Indiana. Some of these elevators and feed mills are still very much in business, but many are abandoned and slowly deteriorating. A number of them were being torn down as they were being photographed.

paper / 144 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-9745186-3-3 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2642

 

Journey's End: Relics and Ruins of Indiana’s Transportation Legacy

John Bower

Journey's End is a book filled with emotional portraits of once gleaming, but now rusted, vehicles abandoned along fence rows, lonely depots adjacent to trackless railroad grades, and defunct service stations whose retired pumps offer gas at 31¢ a gallon. These are images that will spark transportation memories in everyone who sees them—of those Sunday drives to Grandma's, interminable waits at railroad crossings hoping for the arrival of a caboose, a first airplane flight, a first car, or the long bus rides to school. These stunning images are iconic reminders of where we have come from—and the means of transport we took along the way.

paper / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 0-9745186-5-7 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2751 

 

Silent Workplace: Shops, Stores, Businesses, and Factories Where Hoosiers Once Earned Living

John Bower

Silent WorkplacesA beauty parlor, a tannery, a hotel, drive-in restaurants, a foundry, a tavern, banks, factories, and general stores. In this stunning collection, Hoosier photographer John Bower has captured once-thriving Indiana businesses that are no more. Exploring cities, small towns, and rural county roads, he’s found closed-up buildings in varying states of preservation—some virtual time capsules, others ready to collapse. Bower uses the beauty and power of black-and-white to capture the essence of these places where our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends once earned their living. Silent Workplace contains 186 images from across the entire state of Indiana, and includes fascinating essays on over a dozen businesses that are now part of our Hoosier past.

paper / 144 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-974586-4-0 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2718

Bloomington Past and Present

Will Counts, James H. Madison, Scott Sanders

The works of world-class photographer Will County, prize-winning writer Scott Sanders, and renowned historian Jim Madison comprise this "Gift to the City", a gift not only for today's residents, but also for legions of ex-residents worldwide.

cloth / 120 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-253-34056-X / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2291

 

 

Gone But Not Forgotten

O. James Fox and Wilma L. Gibbs

Gone but Not Forgotten

Featured are black-and-white photos and poems of O. James Fox. This book presents a dramatic look at the history of Indianapolis's black community.

paper / 53 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-87195146-0 / $10.95
Order No. 2281
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Otto Ping, 1900-1940

W. Douglas Hartley

Amateur photographer's record of Indiana life in the early part of this century in rural Brown County. 79 black and white photographs.

paper / 94 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-87195-105-3 / $10.95
Order No. 2012
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Invisible Presence: Walk through Indiana in Photographs and Poems

Darryl D. Jones and Norbert Krapf

In this surprising collection of photographs, acclaimed photographer Darryl D. Jones departs from his usual crisp, highly detailed, panoramic Indiana scenes. Here, Jones has masterfully crafter a series of photographs using processes called “Polaroid emulsion manipulation” and Polaroid transfer” to create scenes more reminiscent of impressionistic paintings. Invisible Presence includes more then 140 images from a wide range of locations, subjects, and seasons in Indiana. Each image is appropriately accompanied by Norbert Krapf’s descriptive poems.

cloth /  288 pp. /  ISBN 0-253-34753-x/$39.95
Order No. 2595
Out of Stock

 

The Spirit of the Place

Darryl Jones

Two men who live and work in the Southern Indiana hill country, provide an insightful meditation and fifty beautiful color photographs of the area.

cloth / 128 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32987-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2173
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Of Wood and Water

Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan

Of Wood and WaterCelebrated photographers Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan explore the diversity of Michigan landscapes in their latest collection of photographs. Forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, the shorelines of four Great Lakes, and the variety of terrain that crosses the Upper Peninsula are featured in more than 140 color images. Of Woods and Water conveys the natural allure and hidden treasures that exist in Michigan—scattered, isolated, and generally small in size, their protection and preservation are paramount. At present, these beautiful landscapes thrive, untouched by the urban sprawl that sweeps our country's land, but a greater awareness for and involvement in the preservation of our threatened natural communities are greatly needed. This shared love of nature and the unexpected gifts the state has to offer guided Leonetti and Jordan in producing a splendid body of work that captures the spirit of Michigan's untamed beauty.

cloth / 160 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-35276-7 / $34.95 $20.97
Order No. 2709

 

Unexpected Indiana: A Portfolio of Natural Landscapes

Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan

Unexpected Indiana represents a unique collaboration between two photographers. Jordan and Leonetti share a deep love of nature and a fascination with the hidden gems that can be found within the state. Working in traditional medium and large film formats, the photographers have produced a spectacular body of work that captures the essence of Indiana’s natural beauty.

cloth / 166 pp. / ISBN 0-253-34485-9 / $35.00
Order No. 2477

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Russell Freedman

This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.

cloth ($20.00)/Order no. 2735

paper ($9.95)/Order no. 2738

Steel Giants: Historic Images from the Calumet Regional Archives

Stephen G. McShane and Gary S. Wilk

Steel Giants: Historic Images from the Calumet Regional Archives

At the turn of the 20th century, an army of workers descended upon the northwest Indiana dunes to forge a world-class steel industry for America and along the way built a city. As a result of the mills constructed by companies such as U.S. Steel, a small, grid-like city on the shoreline of Lake Michigan grew into a prosperous steel town, drawing workers from all over the country and beyond. The Calumet region became one of the most heavily populated and ethnically diverse regions in the state. The story of its phenomenal growth was captured by photographers from U.S. Steel in Gary and Inland Steel in East Chicago. Steel Giants presents a selection of these dramatic photographs, with detailed captions, showing the construction of the steel mills and steel towns, the early production of steel, and the people who lived and worked in the industry.

cloth / 286 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-35299-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2753

Fair Culture: Images from Indiana Fairs

Harold Lee Miller and Gerald Waite

More than one hundred photographs from the Indiana State Fair and county fairs with an essay exploring the history of fairs from the medieval period to today's Indiana fairs.

paper / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-87195-278-3 / $24.95
Order No. 2687 

Back Home Again: Indiana in the Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1935-1943

Robert L. Reid, ed.

Back Home Againcloth / 1987 / ISBN 0-253-31133-0 / $28.95
Order No. 2021
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Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region

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

New Faces at the Crossroads

John Sherman, text
Jeffrey A. Wolin, photographs & interviews

Until recently, central Indiana has not truly reflected the sheer diversity of races, religions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds of the rest of the world. In recent decades and especially in the first years of the 21st century, however, cities, towns, and rural areas of the central portion of the Hoosier state have welcomed an increasing number of new residents who constitute a surprisingly broad and diverse cross section of world citizens.

To capture and celebrate these changes, New Faces at the Crossroads features portraits of 30 recent newcomers from around the world by award-winning photographer Jeffrey A. Wolin, accompanied by stories of why they came to the area and their perspectives on living there. Together with John Sherman's text describing changes and additions to the region's population, these striking photographs show that central Indiana is no longer just the Crossroads of America: It is the crossroads of the world.

cloth / 96 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-35068-8 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2670

Indianapolis: Bass Photo Company Collection

Susan Sutton

Indianapolis, Bass Photo Company CollectionThis book contains 183 photos selected from the vast Bass Photo Company Collection.  The assorted images depict Indianapolis in good times and bad and provide a visual link to the city's past.  Many of the images are so vivid that one can almost hear the clang of the trolley, the click of horse hooves, the roar of engines, and the din in the streets filled with bustling pedestrians.  Included in the volume are nostalgic images of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, leisure activities, individual portraits, street scenes, Monument Circle, a parade of returning WWI soldiers, the Indianapolis Home Show, transportation and architecture.

paper / 205 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-261-5 / $29.95
Order No. 2696

McClellan Street

David and Peter Turnley

More than 100 black-and-white images of a working-class neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the 1970s grace the pages of this photo-essay produced by acclaimed photographers David and Peter Turnley. These hauntingly beautiful, raw and real photographs documenting life on McClellan Street were taken by the Turnley twins with a single camera as a high-school project. Although the brothers did not grow up on McClellan Street, their photographs represent a very personal, sincere, direct, and loving interaction with life on a street in the heartland of America. Many of the McClellan Street residents had migrated from Appalachia and some were of Hispanic origin. In a neighborhood that many might have ignored, the young Turnleys saw beauty, diversity, and wonderment. With a maturity beyond their years, they captured the life of this community for future generations.

cloth / 107 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-34967-5 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2673

Driving to Stony Lonesome: Jack Welpott's Indiana Photographs, 1936-1959

Jack Welpott; Foreword by Jo Ann B. Fineman

Internationally acclaimed photographer Jack Welpott grew up in southern Indiana, served in World War II, and returned to the Hoosier state to attend Indiana University. Unsure of his direction, he enrolled in a photography class and met the legendary photography instructor Henry Holmes Smith. Under his tutelage, Welpott thrived. He became enthralled with black-and-white photography as a fine art form, and never looked back.

Driving to Stony Lonesome chronicles Welpott's years in Bloomington, Indiana. The 100+ photographs that make up the core of the gorgeous book are intense and personal, and include many fine examples of environmental portraiture of which he is a master. Along with the photographs, Welpott provides commentary. His anecdotes shift this book from a fine arts photography book to one that achieves a more personal level.

Jack Welpott didn't just take "art photographs"—he captured the heart of his subjects. By getting to know the people he photographed and winning their confidence, he gained an understanding of his subjects that his camera reveals. This strategy has served him well, and the photographs in this book richly depict life in rural southern Indiana.

paper / 168 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-253-21866-7 / $27.95 $16.77
Order No. 2619

POETRY

 

 

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Continuum: New and Selected Poems, Revised Edition

Mari Evans, Foreword by Maya Angelou, Afterpoem by Nikki Giovanni

The distinguished poet Mari Evans writes unabashedly for and about African Americans, yet in this collection, readers from all backgrounds can find profound insight into the human experience. Written without the flourish of fancy language, the poems are full of Evans's brilliance, humor, and musical expression. Included are signature poems such as "I am a Black Woman" as well as new works that paint an intimate portrait of contemporary African American life. First released in 2007, this is a new, revised edition with several new poems added.

paper / 176 pp. / 2015 / 9781933491165 / $19.00
Order no. 1642

The Essential Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

Winner of the 1987 American Book Award

The Essential Etheridge Knight is a selection of the best work by one of the country’s most prominent and liveliest poets. It brings together poems from Knight’s previously  published books and a section of new poems.

paper / 1986 / 125 pp / 978-0822953784 / $15.95
Order no. 1554

Farm-Rhymes

James Whitcomb Riley

First published in 1883, this charming book includes many of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems, including "Thoughts fer the Discuraged Farmer" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Also graced by noted Brown County artist Will Vawter's folksy illustrations of farm scenes from our past, this Library of Indiana Classics edition faithfully reproduces the 1905 edition. A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, it offers a warm look at how farm life was depicted over a century ago.

cloth / 192 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253009593 / $18.00 
Order no. 2977

 Songs in Sepia and Black & White

Norbert Krapf

 A collaboration born of a shared love of music, photography, poetry, and Indiana, this book celebrates the history, literature, and art that informs the present and shapes our identity. Richard Fields’s black and white and sepia photos are evocative imaginings of Norbert Krapf's poems, visual metaphors that extend and deepen their vision. Krapf’s poems pay tribute to poets from Homer and Virgil to Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Wendell Berry, and to singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and John Lennon. They also explore the poet's German heritage, question ethnic prejudice and social conflict, and praise the natural world. The book includes a cycle of 15 poems about Bob Dylan; a public poem written in response to 9/11, "Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero"; "Back Home," a poem reproduced in a stained glass panel at the Indianapolis airport; and ruminations on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, "Questions on a Wall."

paper / 234 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253006325 / $24.00
Order No. 2930

And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana

Jenny Kander

A collection of the best from Hoosier poets from the days of James Whitcomb Riley and Jessamyn West to such contemporary masters of the craft as former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, Jared Carter, Etheridge Knight, and Mary Ellen Solt.

As Kander and Greer not in the preface of "And Know this Place: Poetry of Indiana:" "Our central criterion for selection was quality of writing, and we chose those poems which cover the spectrum of experience in both place and time, in setting from city streets to wilderness tracks, covering the state from Goshen in the north to Floye's Knobs by the Ohio River, and from Gessie on the Illinois line to Cottage Grove a hundred and fifty miles east." 

cloth / 411 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-871952-92-9 / $24.95
Order No. 2866

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey

 John A. Beineke

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey"To hurdle means to go over something, but it also can mean to go forward or make progress.  All people are confronted with barriers in their lives.  Some choose to go around those barriers, while others have no choice but to go over them.  Oatess Archey made the choice in his life to go over the hurdles-all the hurdles." - John A. Beineke

cloth / 137 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780871952608 / $17.95
Order No. 2701

The Airpoets present: Rivers, Rails and Runways

 

Ruthelen Burns, Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Joseph Heithaus, and Jeannie Deeter Smith

 

The Airpoets present: Rivers, Rails and Runways by Ruthelen Burns, Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, Joseph Heithaus, and Jeannie Deeter Smith

Rivers, Rails, and Runways introduces the work of five distinctive voices from the Heartland. Rooted in Indiana, the poems capture the lure of the landscape and its relevance to each poet's journey. Pulsating throughout are the authors' personal histories and meditations. Notable for its thematic range, the anthology gains its strength from a juxtaposition of styles, each elegant and attuned to the rhythms of everyday life.

 

 

paper / 89 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-1-60461-007-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2764

 

Cross this Bridge at a Walk

Jared Carter

 

Cross this Bridge at a Walk

This is Jared Carter's fourth collection of poems.  He continues to tell us about a place called Mississinewa County.  His poems reach out to the stories, myths, and recollections of an entire continent.

paper / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2657

Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem

Mitchell L. H. Douglas

 

Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem

In the tradition of the Langston Hughes classic Montage of a Dream Deferred, Mitchell L. H. Douglas uses persona poetry to explore the personal and professional struggles of soul legend Donny Hathaway in his debut collection Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem. Evoking the sense of listening to a concept album, Douglas presents a narrative in two sides: side one focusing on Hathaway’s development as a young musician and subsequent rise to fame and side two bearing witness to the adversity that plagued his later years. Readers will see Hathaway as true to his family, true to his faith, and uncompromising in his quest for musical innovation.

Paper / 109 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-59709-104-4 / $19.95 $5.00
Order No. 2759

 

You Don't Know the Half...

 LaTasha Boyd Jones

 Collection of poems.

paper / 2006 / $12.95
Order No. 2772

 

Poet 24/7

 

LaTasha Boyd Jones

 

 

Collection of poems.

paper / 2008 / $14.95
Order No. 2771

 

 

 

 

Metropolis Burning

Karen Kovacik

 

Metropolis Burning by Karen Kovacik

"The beloved and ruined cities of Karen Kovacik’s Metropolis Burning are the substance of an individual and human history of the last century. In Warsaw, Krakow, and its near-neighbor Auschwitz; in Dresden, Prague, New Orleans, Belgrade, and Cleveland, she finds “Poetic justice: when image fits idea like a workboot.” Out of her generous heart, her strict understanding of the crimp of labor on the free imagination, and her rare sense of humor, Karen Kovacik has made a gorgeous, multi-layered music I want to listen to again and again and again."

 paper / 54 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 1-880834-66-9 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2765

 

Beyond the Velvet Curtain

Karen Kovacik

 

Beyond the Velvet Curtain by Karen KovacikIn Beyond the Velvet Curtain, Karen Kovacik illustrates Czeslaw Miloxz’s dictum that “the purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person.” Peopled with such diverse characters as Richard Nixon, Nikita Khruschev, Kafka’s father, Dorothea Lange, William Carlos Williams, Lawrence Welk, Robespierre, and a feisty Catholic saint, this original collection of poems takes us on an amusement-park ride through world history and art. Kovacik’s poetry places us in the strange drama of cataclysmic events and ordinary life.

 paper / 66 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-87338-647-7 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2767

Bloodroot: Indiana Poems

Norbert Krapf, photos by David Pierni

Bloodroot: Indiana PoemsBloodroot showcases poetry from the collected works of Jasper, Indiana native Norbert Krapf. Spanning 35 years, these poems focus on Krapf's experiences living in southern Indiana and the intersection of his life with his German ancestry. Forty of the poems are published here for the first time.

Photographs by David Pierini, inspired by Krapf's work with many taken in and around Dubois County, grace this evocative portrait of a poet and place.

paper / 303 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-35224-8 / $24.95 $14.97
Order No. 2706

Sweet Sister Moon

Norbert Krapf

Sweet Sister Moon by Norbert KrapfNorbert Krapf's Sweet Sister Moon is a rich celebration of the feminine spirit, manifested through a wide range of subjects. Krapf's carefully-crafted poems encompass history, emotion, and the natural world.

paper / 171 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-93499-962-2 / $20.00
Order No. 2762A

Child's Life at Christmas

Pamela Lawrence, illustrated by Lori Compton

A Child's Life at ChristmasA collection of poetry and art looking at Christmas through the eyes of a child.

cloth / 48 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780982001905 / $15.95
Order No. 2714

 

 

 

 

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

Donald C. Manlove, ed.
The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

A collection of best-loved poems about nature, home, and country as well as the dialect poems for which Riley is famous.

cloth / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-10610-9 / $20.00
Order No. 2192

paper / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20299-X / $12.95
Order No. 2193

The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley

The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley

This publication brings back into print the complete repertoire of more than 1,000 poems by James Whitcomb Riley, including such favorites as "Little Orphant Annie," and "When the Frost is on the Punkin."

paper / 886 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-20777-0 / $24.95
Order No. 2292

 

 

 

Porthole Views of the World

Paintings by Hazel Stoeckeler / Poems by Elizabeth Weber

Porthole Views of the World - Paintings by Hazel Stoeckeler / Poems by Elizabeth WeberThis collection of watercolors and poems both surprise and delight, taking readers on a meditative journey that opens and extends their horizons. Stoeckeler's paintings depict exotic locales around the world, and Weber's poems fill in the history and culture.

Paper / 96 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-1-932472-77-6 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2763

 

The Floating Bridge

 David Shumate

The Floating BridgeThe Floating Bridge, David Shumate’s second collection of prose poems, transports its readers over the chasm between the mundane and the enchanted. We traverse one bridge and find ourselves eavesdropping on Gertrude Stein and her gardener. We take the night bus to Gomorrah to have a look around. Halfway across, each bridge vanishes beneath our feet. Our world shifts. The commonplace begins to glow. We turn the page. Another bridge awaits.

Paper / 73 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8229-5989-2 / $14.00 $5.00
Order No. 2761

High Water Mark

David Shumate

 

High Water MarkWinner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. These fresh and unpredictable prose poems announce the arrival of an exciting new voice. Every page is filled with unexpected delights.

 Winner, 2004 Best Books of Indiana (poetry category)

Paper / 69 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-8229-5858-9 / $7.77 $5.00
Order No. 2760

 

Small Mercies

 Elizabeth Weber

Small Mercies by Elizabeth Weber

A collection of poems.

 

 

paper / 57 pp. / 1983 /  $12.00 $5.00
Order No. 2766

 

RECOLLECTIONS

 

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IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State

Douglas A. Wissing

Fueled by an insider’s view of Indiana and the state’s often surprising connections to the larger world, IN Writing is revelatory. It is Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals. It’s about Hoosier talent and Hoosier genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; and the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. It’s about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; Indianapolis and its world-renowned Crown Hill cemetery. IN Writing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at large.

paper / 264 pp. / 2016 / 9780253019042 / $27.00
Order no. 1576

Profiles in Survival: The Experiences of American POWs in the Phillipines During WWII

John C. Shively

The stories of seven men and one woman who survived the horrors of captivity under the Japanese during World War II are captured in vivid detail by author John C. Shively. These eight stationed in the Philippines were ordered to surrender following the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in 1942. It was the largest surrender of American armed forces in U.S. history. For many, it was the beginning of three years of hell.
 
cloth / 625 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780871952943 / $27.95
Order no. 2961

Speak to the Earth: Pages from a Farmwife's Journal

Rachel Peden

A farmwife for 45 years, Rachel Peden believed that the family farm's best crop is a "harvest of the spirit." In Speak to the Earth, she looks at life -- domestic and wild, human and critter -- through the eyes of someone who witnesses nine seasons of the year rather than the typical four. Peden views the farm as "a place of opportunity simultaneous with obligation, an immaculate fitting-together of plant and animal life." Each year yields an abundance of small, priceless observations. Through her writings, Peden encourages readers to appreciate both the simple pleasures in life as well as the more profound qualities embodied in family and neighbors, mallards and ladybugs, possums and pigs, and the irresistible characteristics of old houses, local history, and changing times.

paper / 256 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223425 / $19.95
Order No. 2890

All My Love, Forever: Letters Home from a World War II Citizen Soldier, Written in 1943-1945

Lloyd D. Lane

All My Love, Forever: Letters Home from a World War II Citizen Soldier, Written in 1943-1945 by Lloyd D. Lane

This is a compilation of poignant excerpts along with photographs from the 760 letters written during World War II by a soldier from Indiana to his wife and newborn son while he served with a field artillery battalion in the 29th Infantry Division. They begin with a postcard written on the bus while reporting for duty and basic training, and end 34 months later with a last letter written in France while waiting to board a Liberty ship returning to the U.S. Readers are taken along on the trip across the Atlantic aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth, training in England, the D-Day invasion, the assault on Germany and the war's end. They convey his impatience during the occupation of Germany while he awaited orders that would finally send him home to his wife and the son he had last seen as a sick and weak newborn. He wonders in his letters if the baby that had grown to be a healthy, cheerful little boy would accept this "stranger" as his father? These personal letters are filled with the emotions and feelings of a young man separated from his new family. Yet, they reveal his commitment to do his share in "getting the job done" in the war so he can get back home and start fulfilling all of those hopes and dreams that he and his wife have been writing of during his three-year tour of duty.

paper / 534 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-75963-079-8 / $14.95
Order No. 971

Hoosier Justice at Nuremberg

Suzanne S. Bellamy

Hoosier Justice at Nuremberg by Suzanne S. Bellamy

In the years after World War II, as the world grappled with the enormity of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime, two Hoosiers had a significant role in the American response to unfolding events in Germany. Frank Richmond and Curtis Shake both served with distinction as members of the Indiana Supreme Court. Both men were called to serve as civilian judges in tribunals convened in Nuremberg to try secondary Nazi War criminals. Despite the lingering doubts about the legitimacy of American Judges having jurisdiction over German nations, Richmond and Shake responded with grace, competence and high ethical standards along with a little controversy! The book highlights the role of two leading citizens of Indiana in events that still resonate around the world.

paper / 118 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-281-3 / $6.95
Order No. 926

On the Western Front with the Rainbow Division

Vernon E. Kniptash; Edited by E. Bruce Geelhoed

On the Western Front with the Rainbow Division by Vernon E. Kniptash

Vernon E. Kniptash, an Indiana national guardsman who served in the Rainbow Division during World War I, observed firsthand some of the Great War’s fiercest fighting. As a radio operator with the Headquarters Company of the 150th Field Artillery, he was in constant contact with French and British forces as well as with American troops, and thus gained a broad perspective on the hostilities. Editor E. Bruce Geelhoed introduces and annotates Kniptash’s war diaries, published here for the first time.

cloth / 236 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8061-4032-2 / $29.95
Order No. 920

Remembering Zionsville

Joan Praed Lyons

Remembering Zionsville by Joan Praed LyonsAlthough William Zion never lived in Zionsville, it was his business acuity that led to the railway station being built on Elijah and Polly Cross's plot of land the beginnings of a burgeoning town. This strategic location brought development and prosperity to Zionsville as people traveling through Indiana stopped to discover the distinctive flair of this small but industrious community. Local historian Joan Praed Lyons depicts the spirit of a town in which a rousing game of donkey softball raised money for a new park and neighbors formed bucket brigades when fires broke out. In this delightful collection of vignettes, Lyons brings new life to Zionsville's history through her engaging and meticulously researched prose.

paper / 127 pp. / ISBN 978-1-59629-6-1/$21.99
Order No. 2784

Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family

Barbara Butler Davis  

Includes transcriptions of 65 holograph letters written from 1863 to 1865 by members of the Butler family of Indianapolis, strong supporters of abolition, to their son Scot. The letters, now in the collection of the Irvington Historical Society, relate a fascinating social history of the Indianapolis community during the Civil War.

cloth / 211 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-175-4 / $27.95
Order No. 2493

Retro Indiana: A Postcard Book from the Indiana Historical Society

Testifying in a libel case in 1919, industrialist Henry Ford proudly proclaimed he did not know much about history, calling it “more or less bunk.” People, Ford said, preferred to live in the present. What Ford neglected to realize was the passion people hold for those places in their youth that represent fond memories. These retro postcards are from the Indiana Historical Society collection and repositories from around the state. There are 30 postcards, b/w color images.

paper / 2006 / ISBN 0-87195-192-4 / $9.95
Order No. 2576

A Soldier in World War I: The Diary of Elmer W. Sherwood

Robert H. Ferrell, editor

This book captures the words of a Hoosier soldier as he wrote them on the front lines. Sherwood tells of the hard existence of life in the trenches, including the endless mud that sometimes trapped unwary soldiers for hours. He was in the horrendous Meuse-Argonne offensive that claimed 26,000 American lives.

cloth / 211 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-87195-173-8 / $24.95
Order No. 2467

Herman Wells Stories

John Gallman and Rosann Greene

Upon the occasion of his 90th birthday, friends gather to celebrate and relate stories and anecdotes of this public figure.

paper / 73 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-20753-3 / $8.95
Order No. 2062

 

Old Indianapolis: A Postcard Book

Indiana Historical Society

Journey through Indianapolis’s past and see how the city has grown. The changing landscape of Indianapolis, including its buildings and its people, are included in this book of postcards from the Indiana Historical Society’s W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection. There are 30 postcards in this book.

paper / 2006 / ISBN 0-87195-190-8 / $9.95
Order No. 2575

 

How Dear to My Heart

Emily Kimbrough

A humorous tribute by the author to her happy childhood spent in Muncie, Indiana.

paper / 267 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-20685-5 / $9.95
Order No. 2069

 

The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood

Norbert Krapf

The Ripest MomentsThe Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood is a prose memoir by noted Indiana poet and essayist Norbert Krapf of his childhood and growing up in Jasper. In the book Krapf, who was born in 1943 and whose poetry has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, recalls his rural, small-town upbringing in the German-Catholic community and unearths the distinctive place and culture in which he lived. As Krapf observes, “Behind this book and my collections of poetry is a conviction that an awareness of individual and collective origins can enlighten, nourish, guide, and sustain us and those who come after us.”

cloth / 276 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-262-2 / $15.95 $5.00
Order No. 2703

Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards

W. C. Madden

Take an historic journey through Indianapolis from 1890 to 1950 by means of postcards of the time.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2321-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2386

Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II

James H. Madison

Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked in a Clubmobile unit during World War II until her death in a plane crash in July 1945. Her job was to provide free doughnuts and coffee, cigarettes and gum to American soldiers on duty in England, and later in France. More importantly, she and her colleagues provided a slice of home. They were American girls with whom soldiers could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companionship. In his commentary, James H. Madison provides fascinating insight into Elizabeth Richardson's life, the activities of the Red Cross Clubmobiles, and the war. This book is an exceptional window into a past that is all too quickly fading from memory.

cloth / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-35047-3 / $24.95
Order No. 2671

"Honoring Those Who Paid the Price", Forgotten Voices from the Korean War

Randy K. Mills

Examines those who died, those who served, and the loved ones back home who struggled to understand the horrors of war.

cloth / 296 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-87195-162-2 / $29.95
Order No. 2371

 

The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland

Edited by Ellen Munds and Beth Millett

The Scenic RouteWith the publication of The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland, the Indiana Historical Society Press celebrates the 20th anniversary of Storytelling Arts of Indiana, which promotes the art and use of storytelling in daily life though its annual festival, concerts, workshops, programs and other events. Storytelling is about gathering with friends, family and even those we have just met to share with one another stories of our childhood, our culture and our heritage. In this age of over-scheduled lives, Internet and television addictions, and outside pressures, stories remind us of our roots and traditions. Storytelling Arts of Indiana has spent 20 years creating places for individuals to come together and experience storytelling in the hope of encouraging that sharing and listening relationship in our everyday lives. The Scenic Route offers us a dozen stories to enjoy and help us to remember.

paper / 124 pp. / 2007, reprinted 2008 / ISBN 9780871952592 / $8.95 $5.00
Order No. 2700

Indiana Winter

Susan Neville

Collection of essays of the familiar Indiana of suburbs and towns--also a private Indiana, shaped by memories and lit by imagination.

cloth / 249 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-34004-7 / $32.95
Order No. 2401

paper / 249 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-20879-3 / $12.95
Order No. 2080

 

Life in Letters

Gabrielle Robinson and Erwin Scherer

paper / 182 pp. / ISBN 1-880788-16-0 / $10.00 $5.00
Order No. 2581

Air Raid Nights and Radio Days

Don Schroeder

Air Raid Nights and Radio Days

Don Schroeder explores the sharp contrast between the dark nights and bright childhood memories that opened the doors for a boy growing up as part of the Silent Generation. After the Depression and World War Two, conditions improved for many Americans, including Don and his family. With wit and humor, Don invites the world to see Indianapolis as this 'nasty little gutter tramp' saw it. Sample city chicken or scrambled brains with eggs, mow down imaginary Nazis, and turn off 'Fibber McGee and Molly,' the favorite nighttime radio show, in time to confuse enemy bombers and save Indianapolis from destruction. Don relishes those nearly forgotten years and the memories of God reaching for a boy slip-sliding along during this difficult period of Air Raid Nights and Radio Days.

Paper / 264 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-60696-034-9 / $14.99
Order No. 2757

Bayou Bill's Best Stories

Bill Scifres

Story telling of a lifetime of outdoor misadventures, with outlandish characters and touching on the timelessness of humorous tales and anecdotes.

paper / 201 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-35059-X / $9.95
Order No. 2023

 

Only 317 Survived! Navy's Worst Tragedy at Sea . . . 880 Men Died

USS Indianapolis Survivors

Read the true personal stories of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis which was hit by torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945 in the Pacific. Of the 1,197 men in the crew, 880 died and 317 were rescued. A memorial to the USS Indianapolis is located in downtown Indianapolis on the canal.

cloth / 531 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-9725960-0-3 / $30.00 $18.00
Order No. 2411

Being Lucky

Herman B. Wells

Cover of 'Being Lucky'

Herman Wells recalls his formative boyhood years in a small Indiana town, gives his views on how to run a university, and describes some of his national and international service.

cloth / 493 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 0-253-11556-6 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2026

Ghosts of Jungle Park

Tom W. Williams

History, Myth and Legend - The story of a place like no other. This is the history of Jungle Park, a resort and speedway built in the 1920's in west central Indiana at the introduction of the "speed age".

cloth / 330 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 1-891-390-49-X / $40.00
Order No. 2641

REGIONAL HISTORY BY ARCADIA

 

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On This Day in Indianapolis History

Dawn E. Bakken

Although best known for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Indianapolis claims countless fascinating stories that happened off the track—one for every date on the calendar. In a single day on January 1, 1970, Indianapolis jumped from the nation’s twenty-sixth largest city to number eleven. On July 25, 1934, gangster and native son John Dillinger was laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery, where chips of his four successive gravestones became favorite city souvenirs. On September 17, 1945, the nation finally learned that Indianapolis was the top-secret manufacturing center for the Norden bombsight, crucial to Allied victory. And on September 6, 1959, jazz musician Wes Montgomery and his brothers finished recording one of their most popular albums. One day at a time, author Dawn Bakken chronicles a year of people, places and events in Circle City history.

paper /  219 pp. / 2016 / 9781626197572 / $21.99
Order no. 1279

Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage

Gabrielle Robinson

In 1950, a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory in South Bend met in secret. Their mission was to build homes away from the factories and slums where they were forced to live. They came from the South to make a better life for themselves and their children, but they found Jim Crow in the North as well. The meeting gave birth to Better Homes of South Bend, and a triumph against the entrenched racism of the times took all their courage, intelligence and perseverance. Author Gabrielle Robinson tells the story of their struggle and provides an intimate glimpse into a part of history that all too often is forgotten.

paper / 144 pp. / 2015 / 9781467118651 / $21.99
Order no. 1278

South Bend

Kay Marnon Danielson

The land now called St. Joseph County was familiar ground to Native Americans long before recorded history. Many Indians, including the local Potawatomie and Miami, trod the well-worn path that offered a two-mile portage between the St. Joseph River (and Lake Michigan) to the Kankakee River and eventually the Mississippi River. Pierre F. Navarre built a log cabin beside the St. Joseph River in 1820, and began a settlement that would eventually become South Bend and Mishawaka in St. Joseph County. The over 200 vintage images in this book, drawn from St. Joseph County and Mishawaka as well as South Bend, look back at the commerce, industry, and businesses like Studebaker, Ball Band, Singer, and Bendix, which grew on the rich resources of the area. Education was a high priority for early settlers, and they established one-room schoolhouses and Notre Dame University. The photographs show public places, buildings, and servants, some long gone, others that are still with us today. And of course, there are pictures of the people, the homes they built, and the activities they enjoyed in their northern Indiana home.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / 9780738518633 / $21.99
Order no. 724

Hancock County

Joseph L. Skvarenina

Over the past one hundred years, Hancock County, Indiana has experienced much growth and change. This extensive photographic essay compiled by Joseph L. Skvarenina chronicles the years from 1880 to the present, providing the reader with a visual viewpoint of local heritage, culture, and institutions. Using over two hundred photographs from both private and public archives, Hancock County, Indiana offers the reader an opportunity to journey down the dusty roads of the past, revisiting the rich traditions of the community that have made it unique in the annals of Indiana history. Many of these images, which have never been published before, illustrate significant moments from Hancock County’s history, including scenes of schools, churches, natural and man-made disasters, small towns, and armed conflict. Enhanced by informative text, the images included in this book truly capture the spirit of the people of Hancock County.

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / 97807385590110/ $21.99
Order no. 184

Lafayette

W.C. Madden, Tippecanoe County Historical Society

Founded as a River Town in 1825, Lafayette grew quickly and became a city in 1853. It was named after the famous French general Marquis de Lafayette, who helped America win its independence from England. In its more than 150 years in existence, Lafayette has come a long way. After the city celebrated its centennial, its growth remained stagnant from the 1960s through the 1990s. However, the addition of a Subaru plant and Wabash National changed this and started a movement that has turned the city into a major industrial and population center in the Hoosier state. Its continued economic growth is almost assured with the expansion of several plants and the addition of other companies.

2015 / 96 pp / 978-1467114608 / $22.99
Order No. 1525

Brownsburg

Linda Lichte Cook

In 1835, William Harris sectioned off his landthe area now known as Main and Green Streets in Brownsburgfor the purpose of establishing a town. Harris used beech trees, elm trees, and hickory stumps to define the towns boundaries; he called it Harrisburg. The name Harrisburg was already in use elsewhere in Indiana, so Brownsburg, which paid homage to early settler James B. Brown, was selected as an alternative. Brownsburgs railroad station, located between Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, positioned the farming community for dramatic growth. As new settlers arrived, new businesses, mills, and factories also began to open. Today, Brownsburg continues to grow, and the community is known for its engineering and racing industries and its first-rate schools.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1467114264 / $21.99
Order No. 1527

The Dutch in the Calumet Region

Ken Bult

The first Dutch immigration to the Calumet Region took place in the second half of the 19th century. The area settled by the Dutch spans roughly from what today is part of Chicagos Southside to the western border of Griffith, Indiana, and includes the communities of Roseland, South Holland, Lansing, Munster, and Highland. Once in the region, the Dutch carved communities out of the wilderness by clearing and draining the land and raising large families; descendants of these immigrants still populate the region. Even before the towns existed and on into the 20th century, the Dutch were a community that transcended the borders they established. Evidence of the early settlers is found all around the Calumet Region. It is in the churches they built, the businesses they started, and the loved ones they buried.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1467113786 / $21.99
Order No. 1528

Lost Gary Indiana

Jerry Davich and Christopher Meyer

A poster child for our nation's urban experimentation a century ago, Gary was forged with hype and hope, dreams and sweat, political agendas and tons of steel. The hardscrabble city attracted all kinds, from shady scoundrels and famous architects to hardworking immigrants and brilliant entrepreneurs. Boasting 180,000 residents at its peak, the booming melting pot eventually faded away under the afflictions of urban decay, racial unrest and political upheaval. Jerry Davich explores the remnants of Gary's glory days, from Union Station in ruins to City Methodist Church stripped of its soul. Revisit the Sheraton Hotel's demise, Emerson High School's hard lessons, Vee-Jay Records' last release and a devastated downtown filled only with façades and fond memories.

2015 / 128 pp / 978-1626196049 / $19.99
Order No. 1524

Syracuse and Lake Wawasee

 

Erin Lomax and Ann Vanderford Garceau

Nestled in northeastern Indiana’s Kosciusko County, Syracuse and its two lakes, Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, became a popular area both for industry and tourism following the completion of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1874. What had been a quiet fisherman’s paradise developed quickly, as hotels, restaurants, and merchants sprang up to meet the growing demand of residents and visitors. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Col. Eli Lilly helped establish the first sailing club on Lake Wawasee, and Chicago-based mobsters in Al Capone’s crime syndicate ran gambling operations. Upscale hotels attracted the wealthy and influential, while ambitious locals made Syracuse a competitive industrial presence in the state, nurtured innovative boat builders, and supported a strong foundation of schools and churches. A vibrant community of artists, watermen, entrepreneurs, educators, and spiritual leaders left a legacy well worth preserving.

2014 / 128 pp / 9781467111829 / $21.99
Order No. 1508

Delaware County, Indiana

Norma Lasley and the Delaware County Historical Society

Named for the Delaware Indians who lived in the area from about 1794 to 1820, this Indiana county was organized in 1827. It soon developed an economy based around agriculture, which remains important today. The area’s first railroad, from Indianapolis to Bellefontaine, Ohio, came to Muncie in 1852. Indiana’s first commercial gas well was drilled in Eaton, and many more wells were drilled in the area, which brought glass, metal, and other industries to the county, especially in towns such as Albany, Eaton, and Muncie. After the gas supply failed, automobile components—from gears to batteries—became a thriving industry. During World War II, Delaware County produced goods for the war effort ranging from land mines to submarine interiors. Ball canning jars were the area’s most famous product until Jim Davis’s Garfield (the cat) came along. In the 1950s and 1960s, Delaware County experienced growth and prosperity with the addition of machine and tool shops and small businesses.

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738594309 / $21.99
Order no. 2968

Miller Beach

Linda Simon and Jane Ammeson

Miller Beach, known for its eclectic charm, became a popular tourist destination in the early 1900s thanks to its windswept sand dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline. An early aviator, Chicagoan Octave Chanute, glided his aircraft over the dunes almost 10 years before the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, and botanist Henry Chandler Cowles studied plant succession in Miller Woods, now part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Like its citizens, Miller Beach's architecture is diverse, with historic park buildings designed by George W. Maher: the Marquette Park Pavilion and the Gary Bathing Beach Bathhouse, recently renovated as a museum that honors Chanute and the Tuskegee Airmen. Miller Beach contains other historic structures: Miller Town Hall dates to 1911, the old railroad depot houses a restaurant, the 1910 Miller School is home to a community arts group, and Ayers Realtors remains in its 1926 building. Miller Beach is now a part of Gary, Indiana, and the draw of the beach remains a timeless part of its past, present, and future. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738593647 / $21.99
Order No. 2955

Dearborn County, Indiana

Milton A. Masing

From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738503066 / $21.99
Order No. 2954

Lanesville and Franklin Township

Tim Bridges

In the late 1790s, when the first settlers arrived in Lanesville, they had a dream for a better life in which they could raise families and be part of a new and expanding country. Lanesville became a town on December 11, 1817--exactly one year after Indiana became a state. The town grew as people built businesses with the abundant resources that were available. Meanwhile, Franklin Township was developing into one of the best farming communities in the southern part of the state. Farmers took great pride in their homesteads, and many families still farm the land that gave life to so many generations before them. They worshiped in their churches, they built the schools that educated their children, and they prospered. 

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780738594118 / $21.99
Order No. 2953

The Aurora Farmers Fair: 100 Years

Jenny Awad

In 1908, the Aurora Business Mens Association decided to bring a celebration to its sleepy river town. Little did these men realize that the Aurora Farmers Fair would bring their community together for the next 100 years. During the 1909 fall festival, Second and Main Streets were blocked off and lined with farm exhibits and storefronts were decorated. There were over 700 entries and 12,000 people attended. Every year merchants and manufacturers parade, and contestants are selected from area schools to compete for a place in the royal court that presides over the festivities. Class reunions and family homecomings are held around the event, and schoolchildren are released early to participate in a bicycle and pet parade. In 1959, the Aurora Business Mens Association ceded management and sponsorship of the fair to the Aurora Lions Club, and in 1969, the Lions Club purchased a beautiful old building from the Aurora Casket Company to house exhibits. Sadly, in 1998, arson destroyed the fair building, and years’ worth of fair history was lost. This book has been created, in part, in an effort to regain a portion of the collection that was lost.

paper / 128 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738551685 / $21.99
Order No. 2691

The Batesville Area

S. Jean Struewing

Early in the year 1999, a group of citizens became interested in forming an organization to collect and preserve the unique history of the town of Batesville and the surrounding area. A series of meetings were held to determine the extent of public interest. By May 10, 1999, the groundwork had been laid, and the first meeting of the Batesville Area Historical Society was held at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Since that humble beginning, the society has been collecting artifacts and pictures relating to the Batesville area. This book highlights many of the photographs the society has collected, illustrating memorable moments and the people of Batesville, “the best little city in Indiana.”

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738561325 / $21.99
Order No. 2896

Delphi

Anita L. Werling and Bonnie J. Maxwell

Delphi is nestled in the picturesque valley formed by the Wabash River and Deer Creek. Named for the Grecian city with its famed oracle, Delphi was envisioned by early residents as a center of culture for the surrounding area. Three courthouses have graced the central square in Delphi--the "seat of justice" in Carroll County since platted in 1828 by Gen. Samuel Milroy. When the Wabash and Erie Canal cut through the area in the 1840s, Delphi became a center for industry and commerce. Handsome three-story brick buildings appeared in the 1850s and surrounded the square by the 1880s. Area residents traveled to Delphi for trade, business, and entertainment. Delphi's opera houses drew traveling acts from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and other cultural centers. Visitors today enjoy the architectural gems downtown and in nearby residential districts plus six parks with miles of groomed hiking and biking trails. The canal era is alive in Delphi at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center where a replica boat takes visitors on a restored section of the historic waterway.

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738584379 / $21.99
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Franklin

Jim Hillman, John Murphy, Johnson County Museum of History

As the treaties with the Delaware tribes and the forging of the Whetzel Trace opened central Indiana for settlement, the town of Franklin emerged from wilderness, echoing the development of newly christened Johnson County. Founded by Kentucky natives Simon Covert, Garret Bergen, and George King, the land that became Franklin was chosen because of ample waterways and the availability of game. Previously populated by Native Americans within the dense forest, the area was often overlooked because of flooding and harsh, thicketed landscapes. George King persuaded the Indiana Legislature to create Johnson County on December 31, 1822, before persuading the new county’s commissioners to establish the town of Franklin, named after Ben Franklin, as the seat of county government.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738582856 / $21.99
Order No. 2897

Madura's Danceland

Patricia Madura Ward-Steinman

Danceland! For hundreds of thousands of couples from all around the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana and Chicago's East Side, the name alone conjures up memories of dancing and romancing to thousands of live big bands. Opening night in October 1929 drew over 2,000 people to the beautiful ballroom with the famous maplewood dance floor. It continued to thrive with live music four nights a week and 12 months a year throughout the Big Band Era, despite the Great Depression and World War II, and into the rock 'n roll era, until it burned to the ground on Sunday morning, July 23, 1967. Almost everyone's marriage in the region began with a dance at Madura's Danceland. In the 38 years Danceland was open, it had only two owners and managers, Michael (Mike) Madura Sr. and Michael (Mick) J. Madura Jr., father and son. It remained a family business for all those years, with three generations of the Madura family having worked there in many capacities.

paper / 128 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9780738584263 / $21.99
Order No. 2900

Randolph County

Gregory P. Hinshaw

Settled by pioneers from the South, Randolph County was organized in 1818 and named for a county in North Carolina. Winchester has always been the county seat, and the county’s other incorporated towns owe their continued existence to the coming of the railroads between 1852 and 1882. In its earliest years, Randolph County became known for its abolitionism and work for temperance. In the years after the Civil War, the county’s power grew economically and politically. The early 20th century witnessed a burgeoning manufacturing sector, and transportation was made easier through widespread use of steam railroads, electric interurban cars, and the automobile.

paper / 128 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 9780738560366 / $21.99
Order No. 2901

Swiss Community of Adams County

Naomi Lehman

In the mid-19th century, many Swiss families fled their homeland in order to avoid the rigid restrictions placed on religious and political beliefs. Many found solace in the little town of Berne, Indiana, and in the surrounding communities of Adams County. In 2002, Berne will celebrate 150 years of settlement and growth. In preparation, Naomi Lehman has compiled a unique visual history of these family-oriented communities, chronicling the history of the rich ancestral Swiss Emmenthaler culture that is still alive in the area today. Most of Adams County's early settlers hailed from Switzerland's capital of Bern, located in the Canton of Bern, and made the capital the namesake of their new home. The heavily forested and swampy land was cleared and tiled. Homes were constructed, churches flourished, and family businesses opened, some still existing today. Captured here in over 200 vintage images are the trials and triumphs of a classic Swiss community, including photographs of early farming families, industries and businesses, churches, and schools, blanketing not just Berne, but Geneva, Decatur, Linn Grove, and Monroe in Adams County, as well as Bluffton and Vera Cruz in neighboring Wells County.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 9780738519142 / $21.99
Order No. 2898

New Carlisle

Dana Groves

Long described as a dreamer and wanderer, Richard Risley Carlisle traveled from the East, purchased 160 acres, and platted the town of New Carlisle in 1835. The little town on the hill grew as many settlers found the flat, fertile prairie lands surrounding the town ideal for farming. The construction of the Michigan Road just a few years prior had opened up settlement in New Carlisle and the surrounding Olive Township. The railroad built in 1852 ensured success of the town as it bypassed other rival towns causing them to fade into obscurity. The images in this book give a glimpse into the small-town life of New Carlisle and the surrounding areas such as the communities of Hamilton and Hudson Lake that played such an important part of the community's rich heritage.

paper / 128 pp / 2010 / ISBN 9780738577395 / $21.99
Order No. 945

Terre Haute Farrington's Grove

Donna Gisolo Christenberry

Farrington’s Grove Historical District is the oldest section of Terre Haute. In this region, houses of the wealthy sprang up alongside homes of workingmen as the city spread beyond the Wabash River banks and the downtown area. Its name comes from James Farrington, a banker and attorney who settled there in 1841. Over the years, Farrington’s Grove residents have touched lives far beyond its boundaries. Max Ehrmann’s poem “Desiderata” has inspired people worldwide to go placidly amid the noise and haste. The Coca-Cola bottle’s shape owes its unique design to Earl Dean. Both racing fans and cooks owe a debt to Anton Hulman Jr., who resurrected the Indianapolis 500 and launched an advertising campaign that made Clabber Girl Baking Powder a household name. Farrington’s Grove has been home to poets, political figures, industrialists, suffragettes, educators, artists, and college students.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780738583198 / $21.99
Order No. 2899

Indiana's Historic National Road: The East Side, Richmond to Indianapolis

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
Order No. 2892

Burger Chef

Scott R. Sanders, Foreword by Frank P. Thomas Jr.

Images of America - Burger Chef

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
Order No. 2779

Southern Indiana

Darrel Bigham

Images of America - Southern Indiana

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $19.99
Order No. 2448

Danville

Jeffrey K. Baldwin on behalf of the Hendricks County Historical Museum

Images of America - Danville

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2780

Peru: Circus Capital of the World

Kreig A. Adkins

Images of America - Peru: Circus Capital of the World

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2781
NEW!  15 Historic Photo Postcards:  $7.99, Order No. 6639

Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities

Jim Hillman, John Murphy

Images of America - Indiana's Cathoic Religious Comunities

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2782

Corydon

Otis Amanda Dick

CorydonCorydon was founded at the population center of the Indiana Territory. William Smith chose a ridge with a commanding view at the confluence of Big and Little Indian Creeks for his home and was comfortably settled around 1800. Territorial governor William Henry Harrison was a frequent guest, giving his name to the county that was later established. Corydon eclipsed Clarksville to become the territorial capital when the Illinois Territory was cut away in 1813, leaving the previous capital at Vincennes on the extreme western boundary of the Indiana Territory. Indiana became the 19th state on December 11, 1816. In 1827, William Holmes McGuffey (of McGuffey’s Readers fame) recommended William Porter for headmaster of the Corydon Seminary. Porter went on to become a judge and bought the Gov. William Hendricks residence. Porter’s daughter Helen married Patrick Griffin and raised her family in the house where she had been born. Maurice Griffin raised his family on the square, where his son Frederick Porter Griffin resided until arranging for the Hendricks house to become part of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site. The Porter-Griffin family photographs, now housed in the Frederick Porter Griffin Center, made this book possible.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561088 / $21.99
Order No. 2745

Pulaski County

Karen Clem Fritz

Pulaski CountyFor centuries the shimmering waters of the historic Tippecanoe River have quietly marked the history of rural Pulaski County as the stream winds through the heart of the county’s landscape, its banks lined with lush woods and rich farmlands. The river was the lifeblood of the Potawatomi Indians who fished its waters and canoed home to camps along the shores. They were followed by pioneer hunters and trappers lured by plentiful wildlife. Early settlers harnessed the river’s energy to run saw- and gristmills. Later the Tippecanoe attracted weekend and summer visitors from the city looking for some quiet fishing and peaceful reflection. Pulaski County was established in 1839. Dotted with quaint towns, family farms, and locally owned businesses and light industry, the county has been shaped by a heritage of hard work, simple pleasures, neighborliness, and a determined self-sufficiency that comes of relative isolation. It is a rich and increasingly rare bucolic prospect—nourished by a vigilant river.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561185 / $21.99
Order No. 2747

The Lincoln Highway Across Indiana

Jan Shupert-Arick for the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

The Lincoln Highway across IndianaThe Lincoln Highway across Indiana explores Indiana’s unique role in Lincoln Highway history and celebrates Indiana’s place in early automotive and road-building history. Once known as the “Main Street of America,” the Lincoln Highway route was established across northern Indiana in 1913, linking larger cities—Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Goshen, South Bend, LaPorte, and Valparaiso—to smaller communities. Most Lincoln Highway towns renamed their main streets Lincolnway in recognition of the nation’s first coast-to-coast auto road. When the Lincoln Highway Association shortened the route in 1926, the route linked Fort Wayne to Columbia City, Warsaw, and Plymouth, giving the state two Lincoln Highway routes. From Fort Wayne to the famous Ideal Section, between Dyer and Schererville, Indiana’s Lincolnway towns remain proudly connected to Lincoln Highway history. Through vintage photographs, postcards, advertisements, and other historical records, this armchair tour of the highway visits sites favored by early tourists, documents the people and places that made the highway a vital corridor, and celebrates Hoosier Carl Fisher’s leadership in the formation of the Lincoln Highway Association, as well as the people who work to preserve its legacy today.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561266 / $21.99
Order No. 2748
(Dixie Highway in Indiana also available, Order No. 6637)

Indianapolis Social Clubs

Jim Hillman and John Murphy

Indianapolis Social ClubsMore than banquet halls, golf courses, and swimming pools, social clubs were a haven for businessmen, politicians, and community leaders, offering respite from public scrutiny. Defining Indianapolis, the clubs were stoic agents of power and segregation, providing clear historical snapshots of Hoosier pomp and circumstance. The clubs did more than produce Olympic swimmers, world-class golfers, and tennis professionals; they were Indianapolis’s multigenerational playgrounds. There were the politics and business dealings at the Columbia Club and the Indianapolis Athletic Club, the golfing, tennis, and formality of Woodstock, Meridian Hills, and other country clubs, and the family fun in the sun at Riviera, Devon, and Olympia. These organizations offered more than magical summers with family and friends; they were the places to be seen.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561207 / $21.99
Order No. 2746

Michigan City Marinas

Jonita Davis for the Michigan City Port Authority

Michigan City MarinasSince its incorporation, Michigan City has appreciated its lakefront assets. The point at which Trail Creek collides with Lake Michigan has always been a source of pride for the city’s residents. However, it was not until 1959 that an agency was created to protect and maintain the city’s interests at the lakefront. Michigan City Marinas chronicles the agency’s efforts to realize the potential of one of Lake Michigan’s most magnificent ports. The people, events, and other government agencies that helped shape the future of the marinas are explored along with the Michigan City Port Authority’s tenacious oversight of the resources and facilities that are still in use today.

paper / 127 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0738561266 / $21.99
Order No. 2749
NEW!  15 Historic Photo Postcards:  $7.99, Order No. 6640

Indiana's Lincolnland

Mike Capps and Jane Ammeson

Indiana's Lincolnland

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 

The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana

David E. Longest

The Monon Railroad in Southern IndianaIn 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
Order No. 2716

Martinsville

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

MartinsvilleBased 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

Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003

C. Warren Vander Hill and Anthony O. Edmonds

Ball State Men's Basketball

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 Special Discount 20% off
Order No. 2609

 

Baseball in South Bend

John M. Kovach

Baseball in South Bend

The national pastime began to take root in South Bend in the 1860s when teams like the Hoosiers, Excelsiors, and Rough-and-Readys took the field to the delight of local fans. By 1878, the legendary South Bend Greenstocking had arrived on the scene, winning the mythical Indiana State Baseball Championship and establishing the nickname of choice for South Bend baseball for years to come. The following decades saw the rising popularity of not only minor league baseball but also barnstorming teams, indoor baseball, factory leagues, and men's and women's amateur leagues. South Bend, in fact, was one of only two cities to host a team - the Blue Stockings - in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for the entirety of that league's existence (1943-1954). This rich baseball heritage is carried on today by the South Bend SilverHawks of the Class-A Midwest League.

Images of Baseball

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3326-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2606

 

Bedford

Maxine Kruse

Bedford

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4055-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2610

  

Penn and Madison Townships

Debra C. Perkins

Penn and Madison Townships

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
Order No. 2607

   

Carmel

Terri Horvath

Carmel

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 13 978-0-7385-5121-0 / $19.99
Order No.2654

 

French Lick and West Baden Springs

John Martin Smith

French Lick and West Baden Springs

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
Order No.2655

 

New Harmony

Connie A. Weinzapfel, Darrel E. Bigham, and Susan R. Branigin

New Harmony

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

 

Morgan County

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

Morgan County

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
Order No. 2652

 

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

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
Order No. 2534

 

Evansville

Darrel Bigham

Evansville

The focus of this work is Evansville-100 years ago the only emerging metropolis between Louisville and St. Louis, and then, as now, the radial center of a hinterland stretching in all directions from 75 to 125 miles. The book illustrates how the city landscape changed because of the early industrial era, how people made a living, how people related to each other, and how they spent their leisure time. About one-fifth of the images in this collection focus on the residents of the Evansville region; the Tri-State of southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky, and southern Illinois, which has been Evansville’s service area since the 1850s.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-9323-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2558

 

Evansville: The WW II Years

Darrel E. Bigham

 Evansville: The WWII Years

World War II changed the face of Evansville, Indiana. In December 1941, the city was still recovering from the Great Depression, yet within three months, a series of blockbuster announcements transformed the region. Several corporations received major defense contracts to manufacture parts and ammunitions, while two new installations were launched: a shipyard to construct Landing Ship Tanks and a factory to manufacture P–47 airplanes. Industrial employment rose dramatically, producing social, economic, and racial tensions as thousands of newcomers poured into a city that lacked adequate housing and public facilities. The citizens of Evansville persevered, and most workers stayed following the end of the war. One federal official commented that the city—not just its many defense plants—deserved the coveted Army-Navy “E” (for excellence) award.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3442-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2563

 

Brookville

 

Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway

BrookvillePlatted 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.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 27 pp. / 2008 / ISBN-13 978-0-7385-5158-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2682

 

Vincennes: Images of America

Richard Day and William Hopper

Vincennes

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-3418-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2547

 

Ohio County Indiana

William Dichtl

Vincennes

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
Order No. 2526

 

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

Larry G. Eggleston

Porter County

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
Order No. 2529

 

Michigan City Lighthouse: Guardians of the Lake Michigan

Steven D. Elve

Michigan City Lighthouse

This book offers a glimpse into Michigan City maritime history, from the storm of 1913 that left the lighthouse practically buried in ice, to the capsizing of the Eastland on its way to Michigan City, one of the worst marine disasters in the history of the Great Lakes.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1856-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2442

 

Football at Ball State University 1924-2001

E. Bruce Geelhoed

Football at Ball State University

Using over 200 vintage photos, the author explores how football grew and developed at Ball State Univeristy from the Hoosieroons in 1924 to today.

Images of Sports series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1892-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2435

 

Muncie: The Middletown of America

E. Bruce Geelhoed

Muncie: The Middletown of America

Muncie: The Middletown of America explores the evolution of Muncie in a series of over two hundred black and white images. Spectacular photographs unveil Muncie’s past, from the Ball Brothers, whose glass making company gave the city its reputation in the 1880s, to exciting high school basketball and volleyball contests in the 1980s and 1990s. Striking imagery enables the reader to connect to the past and visualize how Muncie developed to where it stands today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-7385-0733-4 / $18.99
Order No. 2545

 

 

Munster Indiana

Edward N. Hmurovic

Munster

Munster, Indiana was referred to as Strathmore on early railroad maps as workers would tirelessly tie "one strath more." When a young man from the Netherlands by the name of Jacob Munster opened Munster's General Store, complete with a small U.S. Postal Station in the back, more residents populated the area, and the "Town of Munster" was founded in 1907. Munster, Indiana is a photographic tour of the places, people, and events that have shaped the Town of Munster from the 1850s onward. Nearly 250 historically significant images capture the town's growth from a simple farming community to the bustling town it is today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2336-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2559

   

Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash

Mike McCormick

Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash

Terre Haute, Indiana has had an evolving identity since the early 1800s. Taking advantage of the fertile, then-navigable Wabash River, settlers first located at Fort Harrison, a federal military reserve. After the expansive growth of the railroads, Terre Haute boasted more smokestacks than any other city in the Midwest, earning it the nickname "The Pittsburgh of the West." In the early twentieth century, the community became known as "Sin City" and "Indiana's Delinquent City" because of its reputation for brothels, saloons, and gambling establishments. Although many of Terre Haute's prosperous periods reached a decline, its people never lose hope or their strong commitment to the city they love. With hard work, attention, and a little time, Terre Haute always reinvents itself and flourishes again. Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash reveals the people and places that comprise this distinct city, one that maintains its pride and perseverance in the face of good times and bad. Tales of accomplishments such as the construction of the 465-mile Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest manmade waterway in the western hemisphere, segue seamlessly into portraits of influential citizens, such as Eugene V. Debs, a prominent labor organizer and the Socialist Party's presidential candidate five times. This new volume takes readers on a tour of the city's high points, from the industrial boom preceding Prohibition to the educational tradition of Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, while illustrating the challenges dauntless citizens have overcome.

paper / 160 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-2406-9 / $24.99
Order No. 2569

 

Lawrence County Indiana

Maxine Kruse

Lawrence County Indiana

Over 200 vintage images create a fascinating and comprehensive visual record that explores the history of Lawrence County, Indiana.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-0806-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2450

 

La Porte Indiana and Its Environs

La Porte County Historical Society, Inc.

La Porte Indiana and Its Environs

From its beginnings in 1833 when the city's founding fathers donated the land for the public square, through the 1930s and beyond, La Porte has been central to the area's business, agricultural, religious, and architectural development.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-1969-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2449

  

Baseball in Indianapolis

W. C. Madden

Baseball in Indianapolis

Tells the story of the American pastime in the state capital from the post-Civil War era up to the present day.

Images of Baseball series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2310-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2385

 

Crown Hill Cemetery

W. C. Madden

Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill is noted for its unique beauty and historic significance. Dedicated in 1864, the cemetery of 555 acres is the final resting-place to over 185,000 citizens. Madden examines the inspiring Waiting Station and Gothic Chapel, both built in the 1800s.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3250-9 / $19.99
Order No. 2451

 

Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards

W. C. Madden

Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards

Take an historic journey through Indianapolis from 1890 to 1950 by means of postcards of the time.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2321-6 / $19.99
Order No. 2386

 

Indianapolis: Then and Now

W. C. Madden

Indianapolis Then and Now

Comparison in photographs of past Indianapolis with today's Indianapolis.

Then and Now series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 96 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2344-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2402

  

Michigan City

Rose Anna Mueller

Michigan City

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
Order No. 2544

 

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Lanette Mullins

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2002 reprinted 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2046-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2546

 

Jeffersonville Indiana

Garry J. Nokes

Jeffersonville

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
Order No. 2458

 

Portage Township

Dennis Norman and James Wright

Portage Township

It has been over 40 years since the trinity of Crisman, McCool, and Garyton united to become Portage, Indiana. Located 50 miles from downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Portage Township has emerged as a growing residential, commercial, and industrial center. Portage became a town in 1959 and attained city status in 1967, but the region's history begins with the indigenous Wey Indians of the 1700s and the Potowotamie, whose land was sold in 1834. Pioneers then settled the land alongside immigrants. For many generations Portage has offered a new beginning to those who sought work, political asylum, or simply a better life.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2322-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2565

 

Along the Calumet River

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Along the Calumet River

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
Order No. 2528

 

Elkhart Indiana

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Elkhart IndianaSome 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
Order No. 2527

 

South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce

John Palmer

South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce

South Bend, Indiana stood at the crossroads of several major Native American trading routes long before the Europeans led by the French, arrived from Canada and the East Coast to trade for furs. The city on the bend of the St. Joseph River soon became an important commercial center for settlers moving west.

Making of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 160 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-7385-2414-x / $24.99
Order No. 2446

 

Indiana's Covered Bridges

Robert Reed

Indiana's Covered Bridges

Once there were hundreds of 19th century and very early 20th century covered bridges in Indiana—so many in fact, that the state ranked third in the nation in the number of structures still standing. By the early 1930s and 1940s a movement was afoot to preserve those magnificent spans which had not already disappeared due to desertion and deterioration. Some were saved, but many were not. Captured in the volume are nearly 200 of those illustrations from the mid-20th century and before, representing more than 36 Indiana counties from Adams County to Wells County.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3335-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2490

 

Jasper and Huntingburg

Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson

Jasper and Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, Jasper and Huntingburg are quintessential American towns where hard work and dedication to cultural and ethnic preservation contribute to the beauty and prosperity of the area. The strong European roots of these Dubois County towns are evident in soaring churches and the nearby Monastery of the Immaculate Conception. German traditions passed down by immigrants from the Black Forest and Bavaria have earned Jasper the title of the “Nation’s Woodworking Capital,” while Scotch and Irish heritage are also woven into the fabric of the region. These divergent influences have created architecturally and historically significant towns proud of their past and ready to embrace their future.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3439-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2564

 

German Settlers of South Bend

Gabrielle Robinson

German Settlers of South Bend

The predominant immigrant group from the 1840s to the 1870s, the Germans helped build South Bend from an isolated trading post into a thriving industrial city. They also played a key role in transforming the surrounding wilderness into rich and fertile farmland.

Voices of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2340-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2445

 

Speedway

Jane Carroll Routte

Speedway

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

  

Ripley County

Alan F. Smith

Ripley County

The images allow the reader to respect the trial, tribulations, and triumphs experienced by those who lived in Ripley County through the years.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-7385-0734-2 / $18.99
Order No. 2443

 

 

Allen County in Vintage Postcards

John Martin Smith

Allen County in Vintage Postcards

This book provides a visual 40-year history of Allen County. This vast collection provides a wide range of fascinating images and poignant messages preserved on 1 cent postcards.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1915-4 / $19.99
Order No. 2429

 

Angola and Steuben County in Vintage Postcards

John Martin Smith

Angola and Steuben County in Vintage Postcards

Featuring more than 200 vintage postcards, this book captures fleeting images that reflect the interesting and significant scenes of Steuben County's towns and day-to-day activities at the turn of the century.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1916-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2430

 

DeKalb County

John Martin Smith

DeKalb County in Vintage Postcards

The fleeting scenes of the train depot in Ashley, the Auburn Hotel in Auburn, and the Thompson Opera House in Butler were captured on postcards sent or collected by DeKalb County's residents and visitors. Showcased here on over 200 vintage postcards and images is the history of DeKalb County. Offering a unique visual history of the area through preserved one-cent postcards, this book portrays the socials, events, buildings, homes, and residents of a by-gone era from the towns of DeKalb County, including Corunna, Garrett, Spencerville, St. Joe, Waterloo, and many other small towns and rural areas.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1917-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2557

 

Kendallville & Noble County

John Martin Smith

Kendallville & Noble County in Vintage Postcards

Captured here in over 200 vintage postcard is the history of Noble County depicting the thriving downtown areas, booming industries, and quiet, pleasant residential section.

Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1920-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2439

 

Michigan City Beach Communities: Sheridan, Long Beach, Duneland, Michiana Shores

Barbara Stodola

Michigan City Beach Communities

By focusing on the individual histories of Michigan City's beach communities, the author relates the economic, social, and recreational history that distinguishes these lakeshore communities. She chronicles the area's past, from the time of the Potawatomi Indians to the middle of the 20th century through a collection of almost 200 vintage photographs.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2331-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2441

 

Bremen and North Central Indiana

Tammy (Kuhn) Venable

Bremen and North Central Indiana

This photographic history of Bremen and the surrounding area is an early account of the lives of the residents who molded the region, from the first settlers of the 19th century, to the groundbreakers of today.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1874-3 / $19.99
Order No. 2433

 

Around Nappanee: Hometowns of the Heritage Trail

Amy (Lant) Wenger

Around Nappanee

"The more things change, the more they stay the same" may be the unspoken motto of the simple but bountiful area that is rural Elkhart County. Long admired for its balance between active progression and an appreciation for the past, the area has been shaped by the history, harmony, and diversity of its residents. Each of the seven communities profiled in Around Nappanee carries its own sense of loyalty and tradition that is truly a source of hometown pride. This book will introduce readers to the heartlands of Nappanee, Wakarusa, New Paris, Foraker, Locke, Southwest, and Jimtown-all of which can be found among western and southern Elkhart County's peaceful plains and lush farmlands.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-3154-5 / $19.99
Order No. 2556

 

Historic Irvington

Julie Young

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
Order No. 2690

 

Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana

Karen Bazzani Zach

Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana

A captivating narrative, along with vibrant historic images, engages readers in a lucid and informative portrayal of this Indiana city.

Making of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 160 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2417-4 / $24.99
Order No. 2434

 

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REGIONAL HISTORY

Indianapolis: The Circle City

Lee Mandrell, Forward by Matthew Tully

Indianapolis shines like never before in this one-of-a-kind book filled with stunning images. Photographer Lee Mandrell showcases a Circle City of unique architecture and natural areas, outstanding museums, and historic landmarks. Readers will be drawn into the rich culture, history, and art of Indianapolis as well as all things modern. Discover Indy today! Stroll along the famous Canal Walk. Explore the largest children’s museum in the world. Wander through the city’s parks and enjoy beautiful seasonal displays. Marvel at the campuses of Butler University and IUPUI. The city shines all year round and in December, no holiday tour is complete without seeing the 284-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument covered in lights and the world’s largest Christmas tree. The Crossroads of America is a city not easily forgotten.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2016 / 9780253021618 / $35.00
Order no. 1635

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870

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 / 288 pp. / 2005 / 97802533459120 / $35.00
Order no. 974

Parke County: Indiana's Covered Bridge Capital

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

Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of an American Jewish Community

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
Order No. 2317

The Hill and the Bottoms: "The Story from the Thousand Yard Stare"

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

Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America

Brent Ruswick

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

Creating a Hoosier Self-Portrait: The Federal Writers Project in Indiana

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

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters

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

Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana's Basketball Cathedral

Eric Angevine

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

A History of Westfield, Indiana: The Promise of the Land

Tom Rumer

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

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 / ISBN 9780764326295 / $24.95
Order no. 1470

The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon

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
Order no. 1371

Wicked New Albany

Gregg Seidl

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

Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana

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
Order No. 2940

Wolf and Dessauer: Where Fort Wayne Shopped

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

The Scribner House of New Albany

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
Order No. 2942

Showers Brothers Furniture Company

Carrol Krause

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
Order No. 2931

With our Past: Essays on the History of Mishawaka

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 

Past to Present: More Essays on the History of Mishawaka

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 

Madison on the Ohio: Remembering Two Hundred Years

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
Order no. 2917

Indiana's Historic National Road: The East Side, Richmond to Indianapolis

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
Order No. 2892

 The CYO in Indianapolis & Central Indiana

Julie Young

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

Order No. 2878

 

 

New Haven

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

 

Wicked Indianapolis

Andrew Stoner

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

Blain Martin

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
Order No. 2828

Remembering Fort Wayne

Scott Bushnell

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

Remembering Indianapolis

George Hanlin

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

Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals

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
Order No. 2875

Beech Grove

Jim Hillman

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
Order No. 2823

Crawfordsville

William Helling

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
Order No. 2824

Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home Cafes

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
Order No. 2874

Dixie Highway in Indiana

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

Gary, Most American of All Cities

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

Michigan City's Washington Park

Jonita Davis

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

 

Hanover

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
Order No. 2825

Hanna's Town

W. William Wimberly II

Hanna's Town by 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
Order No. 2789

Growing Up with Bakers Corner

Edited by Carol Stewart Longenecker and Ellen D. Swain

Growing Up with Bakers Corner 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
Order No. 999

cloth / 235 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-4-5 / $30.00
Order No. 914

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of Herb & Dee Sweet and Acorn Farm Camp

by Becky Bowles with Jill Sweet Mead and Judee Sweet

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of Herb & Dee Sweet and Acorn Farm Camp 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

Richmond Indiana: Physical Development & Aesthetic Heritage to 1920

Mary Raddant Tomlan and Michael A. Tomlan

Richmond Indiana: Physical Development & Aesthetic Heritage to 1920 by 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

An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927

Tom Roznowski

An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927 by Tom Roznowski

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: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living

Rachel Peden

Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living by Rachel Peden

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

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870

Richard F. Nation

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870 by 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

Along The Way: Stories Growing Up in "Small-Town", "Rural-Indiana" 1931-2005

John C. Walker

Along The Way: Stories Growing Up in "Small-Town", "Rural-Indiana" 1931-2005 by 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

Wayne County, Indiana: The Battles for the Courthouse

Carolyn Lafever

Wayne County, Indiana: The Battles for the Courthouse by Carolyn Lafever

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

Haunted Lafayette

Dorothy Salvo Davis and W.C. Madden

Haunted Lafayette by 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
Order No. 957

Lafayette Murder & Mayhem

W.C. Madden

Lafayette Murder & Mayhem by W.C. Madden

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
Order No. 958

Historic Indianapolis Crimes: Murder and Mayhem in the Circle City

Fred D. Cavinder

Historic Indianapolis Crimes: Murder and Mayhem in the Circle City by 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
Order No. 956

Wabash County Chronicles: Raucous, Quirky and Essential Tales

Ronald L. Woodward and Gladys Harvey

Wabash County Chronicles: Raucous, Quirky and Essential Tales by 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
Order No. 962

A Brief History of Shelby County Indiana

Julie Young

A Brief History of Shelby County Indiana by Julie Young

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
Order No. 959

Marshall County Indiana: A Brief History

Amy Lant Wenger

Marshall County Indiana: A Brief History by 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
Order No. 963

Burger Chef

Scott R. Sanders, Foreword by Frank P. Thomas Jr.

Images of America - Burger Chef

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
Order No. 2779

Southern Indiana

Darrel Bigham

Images of America - Southern Indiana

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $19.99
Order No. 2448

Danville

Jeffrey K. Baldwin on behalf of the Hendricks County Historical Museum

Images of America - Danville

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2780

Peru: Circus Capital of the World

Kreig A. Adkins

Images of America - Peru: Circus Capital of the World

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2781

Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities

Jim Hillman, John Murphy

Images of America - Indiana's Cathoic Religious Comunities

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2782

From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History

Ronald L. Baker

From Needmore to Prosperity

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
Order No. 2168

paper / 384 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-20955-2 / $15.95
Order No. 2169

 

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

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
Order No. 2534

 

Natural Resources and the Great Depression in Martin County and South Central Indiana

 

The Memoirs of William B. Barnes

William B. Barnes

Natural Resources and the Great Depression in Martin County and South Central Indiana

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
Order No. 4093

 

Our Towns: Remembering Community in Indiana

John Bodnar

Our Towns: Remembering Community in Indiana

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
Order No. 2007

 

Indiana Wine: A History

James L. Butler and John J. Butler

Indiana Wine: A History

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
Order No. 2140

Indiana's Lincolnland

Mike Capps and Jane Ammeson

Indiana's Lincolnland

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 

Brookville

 

Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway

BrookvillePlatted 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
Order No. 2682

 

The Calumet Region: An American Place

Gary Ciadella

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

Vincennes 

Richard Day and William Hopper

Vincennes

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-7385-3418-8 / $19.99
Order No. 2547

Ohio County Indiana

 

William Dichtl

Ohio County

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
Order No. 2526

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

 

 

Larry G. Eggleston

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

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
Order No. 2529

 

Limestone Lives: Voices from the Indiana Stone Belt

Katherine Ferrucci

Limestone Lives: Voices from the Indiana Stone Belt

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
Order No. 2484

 

Carmel

Terri Horvath

Carmel

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.

Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN13 978-0-7385-5121-0 / $19.99
Order No.2654

Richmond

Susan E. King

RichmondRichmond 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
Order No. 2588

 

Bedford

Maxine Kruse

Bedford

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing

paper / 128 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-7385-4055-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2610

The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana

David E. Longest

The Monon Railroad in Southern IndianaIn 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
Order No. 2716

 

Monticello

W.C. Madden, Introduction by Mayor Robert E. Fox

Monticello

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press

paper / 127 pp. / 2007 / ISBN-13-978-0-7385-5148-7 / $19.99
Order No. 2683

  

Michigan City

Rose Anna Mueller

Michigan City

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
Order No. 2544

 

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Lanette Mullins

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2002 reprinted 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2046-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2546

 

Jeffersonville Indiana

Garry J. Nokes

Jeffersonville Indiana

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
Order No. 2458

 

Along the Calumet River

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Along the Calumet River

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
Order No. 2528

 

Elkhart Indiana

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Elkhart Indiana

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
Order No. 2527

South Bend in Vintage Postcards

John Palmer

South Bend in Vintage Postcards

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
Order No. 2590

 

Penn and Madison Townships

Debra C. Perkins

Penn and Madison Townships

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
Order No. 2607

 

Fort Wayne during the Canal Era

Charles Poinsatte

Fort Wayne during the Canal Era

History during the Wabash and Erie Canal development.

paper / 284 pp. / 1969 reprinted 1993 / ISBN 1-885323-23-9 / $13.50
Order No. 4020

 

Greetings from Indiana: Vintage Hoosier Postcards

 

Robert Reed

Greetings from Indiana: Vintage Hoosier Postcards

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
Order No. 2406

Indiana's Own: Stories from the Heart with Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Indiana's Own

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 / $21.95 $13.17
Order No. 2427

 

Speedway

Jane Carroll Routte

Speedway

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

 

Writing From the Center

Scott Russell Sanders

Writing from the Center

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
Order No. 2272

paper / 196 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21143-3 / $12.95 $11.97
Order No. 2218

Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region

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

New Albany

Gregg Seidl

New AlbanyUntil 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
Order No. 2608

 

Tray Chic: Celebrating Indiana's Cafeteria Culture

Sam Stall

Tray Chic: Celebrating Indiana's Cafeteria Culture

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
Order No. 2473

 

Christian Schrader sketches

Selected Christian Schrader drawings have been grouped in sets. Black ink on ivory paper, folded over, 5.5" x 4.5".

Indianapolis Businesses Notecards

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Life in a Three-Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews

Sharon L. Smith

Life in a Three Ring Circus

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 / $39.95 $23.97
Order No. 2273

 

French Lick and West Baden Springs

John Martin Smith

French Lick and West Baden Springs

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
Order No.2655

  

Martinsville

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

MartinsvilleBased 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

 

Morgan County

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

Morgan County

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
Order No. 2652

 

Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway

Leslie Townsend

Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway

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
Order No. 2632

Gary's East Side

John C. Trafny

Gary's East Side

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
Order No. 2584

Gary's West Side: The Horace Mann Neighborhood

 

John C. Trafny

Gary's West Side: The Horace Mann Neighborhood

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
Order No. 2585

 

Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003

C. Warren Vander Hill and Anthony O. Edmonds

Ball State Men's BasketballSince 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

 

New Harmony

Connie A. Weinzapfel, Darrel E. Bigham, and Susan R. Branigin

New Harmony

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 Angel and the Serpent: The Story of New Harmony

William Wilson

The Angel and The Serpent

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
Order No. 2311

 

Historic Irvington

   Julie Young

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
Order No. 2690

Eastside Indianapolis: A Brief History

Julie Young

Eastside Indianapolis: A Brief History

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
Order No. 2758

 

REGIONAL HISTORY

 

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Indianapolis: The Circle City

Lee Mandrell, Forward by Matthew Tully

Indianapolis shines like never before in this one-of-a-kind book filled with stunning images. Photographer Lee Mandrell showcases a Circle City of unique architecture and natural areas, outstanding museums, and historic landmarks. Readers will be drawn into the rich culture, history, and art of Indianapolis as well as all things modern. Discover Indy today! Stroll along the famous Canal Walk. Explore the largest children’s museum in the world. Wander through the city’s parks and enjoy beautiful seasonal displays. Marvel at the campuses of Butler University and IUPUI. The city shines all year round and in December, no holiday tour is complete without seeing the 284-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument covered in lights and the world’s largest Christmas tree. The Crossroads of America is a city not easily forgotten.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2016 / 9780253021618 / $35.00
Order no. 1635

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870

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 / 288 pp. / 2005 / 97802533459120 / $35.00
Order no. 974

Parke County: Indiana's Covered Bridge Capital

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

Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of an American Jewish Community

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
Order No. 2317

The Hill and the Bottoms: "The Story from the Thousand Yard Stare"

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

Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America

Brent Ruswick

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

Creating a Hoosier Self-Portrait: The Federal Writers Project in Indiana

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

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters

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

Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana's Basketball Cathedral

Eric Angevine

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

A History of Westfield, Indiana: The Promise of the Land

Tom Rumer

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

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 / ISBN 9780764326295 / $24.95
Order no. 1470

The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon

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
Order no. 1371

Wicked New Albany

Gregg Seidl

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

Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana

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
Order No. 2940

Wolf and Dessauer: Where Fort Wayne Shopped

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

The Scribner House of New Albany

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
Order No. 2942

Showers Brothers Furniture Company

Carrol Krause

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
Order No. 2931

With our Past: Essays on the History of Mishawaka

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 

Past to Present: More Essays on the History of Mishawaka

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 

Madison on the Ohio: Remembering Two Hundred Years

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
Order no. 2917

Indiana's Historic National Road: The East Side, Richmond to Indianapolis

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
Order No. 2892

 The CYO in Indianapolis & Central Indiana

Julie Young

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

Order No. 2878

 

 

New Haven

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

 

Wicked Indianapolis

Andrew Stoner

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

Blain Martin

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
Order No. 2828

Remembering Fort Wayne

Scott Bushnell

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

Remembering Indianapolis

George Hanlin

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

Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals

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
Order No. 2875

Beech Grove

Jim Hillman

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
Order No. 2823

Crawfordsville

William Helling

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
Order No. 2824

Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home Cafes

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
Order No. 2874

Dixie Highway in Indiana

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

Gary, Most American of All Cities

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

Michigan City's Washington Park

Jonita Davis

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

 

Hanover

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
Order No. 2825

Hanna's Town

W. William Wimberly II

Hanna's Town by 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
Order No. 2789

Growing Up with Bakers Corner

Edited by Carol Stewart Longenecker and Ellen D. Swain

Growing Up with Bakers Corner 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
Order No. 999

cloth / 235 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-9841456-4-5 / $30.00
Order No. 914

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of Herb & Dee Sweet and Acorn Farm Camp

by Becky Bowles with Jill Sweet Mead and Judee Sweet

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of Herb & Dee Sweet and Acorn Farm Camp 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

Richmond Indiana: Physical Development & Aesthetic Heritage to 1920

Mary Raddant Tomlan and Michael A. Tomlan

Richmond Indiana: Physical Development & Aesthetic Heritage to 1920 by 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

An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927

Tom Roznowski

An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927 by Tom Roznowski

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: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living

Rachel Peden

Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living by Rachel Peden

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

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870

Richard F. Nation

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870 by 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

Along The Way: Stories Growing Up in "Small-Town", "Rural-Indiana" 1931-2005

John C. Walker

Along The Way: Stories Growing Up in "Small-Town", "Rural-Indiana" 1931-2005 by 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

Wayne County, Indiana: The Battles for the Courthouse

Carolyn Lafever

Wayne County, Indiana: The Battles for the Courthouse by Carolyn Lafever

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

Haunted Lafayette

Dorothy Salvo Davis and W.C. Madden

Haunted Lafayette by 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
Order No. 957

Lafayette Murder & Mayhem

W.C. Madden

Lafayette Murder & Mayhem by W.C. Madden

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
Order No. 958

Historic Indianapolis Crimes: Murder and Mayhem in the Circle City

Fred D. Cavinder

Historic Indianapolis Crimes: Murder and Mayhem in the Circle City by 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
Order No. 956

Wabash County Chronicles: Raucous, Quirky and Essential Tales

Ronald L. Woodward and Gladys Harvey

Wabash County Chronicles: Raucous, Quirky and Essential Tales by 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
Order No. 962

A Brief History of Shelby County Indiana

Julie Young

A Brief History of Shelby County Indiana by Julie Young

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
Order No. 959

Marshall County Indiana: A Brief History

Amy Lant Wenger

Marshall County Indiana: A Brief History by 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
Order No. 963

Burger Chef

Scott R. Sanders, Foreword by Frank P. Thomas Jr.

Images of America - Burger Chef

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.

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paper / 2009 / $21.99
Order No. 2779

Southern Indiana

Darrel Bigham

Images of America - Southern Indiana

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
Order No. 2448

Danville

Jeffrey K. Baldwin on behalf of the Hendricks County Historical Museum

Images of America - Danville

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

Peru: Circus Capital of the World

Kreig A. Adkins

Images of America - Peru: Circus Capital of the World

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
Order No. 2781

Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities

Jim Hillman, John Murphy

Images of America - Indiana's Cathoic Religious Comunities

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

From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History

Ronald L. Baker

From Needmore to Prosperity

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
Order No. 2168

paper / 384 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-20955-2 / $15.95
Order No. 2169

 

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula

New Albany in Vintage Postcards

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
Order No. 2534

 

Natural Resources and the Great Depression in Martin County and South Central Indiana

 

The Memoirs of William B. Barnes

William B. Barnes

Natural Resources and the Great Depression in Martin County and South Central Indiana

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
Order No. 4093

 

Our Towns: Remembering Community in Indiana

John Bodnar

Our Towns: Remembering Community in Indiana

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
Order No. 2007

 

Indiana Wine: A History

James L. Butler and John J. Butler

Indiana Wine: A History

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
Order No. 2140

Indiana's Lincolnland

Mike Capps and Jane Ammeson

Indiana's Lincolnland

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 

Brookville

 

Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway

BrookvillePlatted 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
Order No. 2682

 

The Calumet Region: An American Place

Gary Ciadella

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

Vincennes 

Richard Day and William Hopper

Vincennes

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
Order No. 2547

Ohio County Indiana

 

William Dichtl

Ohio County

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
Order No. 2526

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

 

 

Larry G. Eggleston

Porter County Lakes and Resorts

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
Order No. 2529

 

Limestone Lives: Voices from the Indiana Stone Belt

Katherine Ferrucci

Limestone Lives: Voices from the Indiana Stone Belt

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
Order No. 2484

 

Carmel

Terri Horvath

Carmel

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
Order No.2654

Richmond

Susan E. King

RichmondRichmond 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
Order No. 2588

 

Bedford

Maxine Kruse

Bedford

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
Order No. 2610

The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana

David E. Longest

The Monon Railroad in Southern IndianaIn 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
Order No. 2716

 

Monticello

W.C. Madden, Introduction by Mayor Robert E. Fox

Monticello

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
Order No. 2683

  

Michigan City

Rose Anna Mueller

Michigan City

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.

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paper / 128 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-7385-3409-9 / $19.99
Order No. 2544

 

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Lanette Mullins

Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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

 

Jeffersonville Indiana

Garry J. Nokes

Jeffersonville Indiana

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
Order No. 2458

 

Along the Calumet River

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Along the Calumet River

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
Order No. 2528

 

Elkhart Indiana

Cynthia L. Ogorek

Elkhart Indiana

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
Order No. 2527

South Bend in Vintage Postcards

John Palmer

South Bend in Vintage Postcards

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
Order No. 2590

 

Penn and Madison Townships

Debra C. Perkins

Penn and Madison Townships

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
Order No. 2607

 

Fort Wayne during the Canal Era

Charles Poinsatte

Fort Wayne during the Canal Era

History during the Wabash and Erie Canal development.

paper / 284 pp. / 1969 reprinted 1993 / ISBN 1-885323-23-9 / $13.50
Order No. 4020

 

Greetings from Indiana: Vintage Hoosier Postcards

 

Robert Reed

Greetings from Indiana: Vintage Hoosier Postcards

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
Order No. 2406

Indiana's Own: Stories from the Heart with Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Indiana's Own

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 / $21.95 $13.17
Order No. 2427

 

Speedway

Jane Carroll Routte

Speedway

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

 

Writing From the Center

Scott Russell Sanders

Writing from the Center

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
Order No. 2272

paper / 196 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21143-3 / $12.95 $11.97
Order No. 2218

Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region

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

New Albany

Gregg Seidl

New AlbanyUntil 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
Order No. 2608

 

Tray Chic: Celebrating Indiana's Cafeteria Culture

Sam Stall

Tray Chic: Celebrating Indiana's Cafeteria Culture

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
Order No. 2473

 

Christian Schrader sketches

Selected Christian Schrader drawings have been grouped in sets. Black ink on ivory paper, folded over, 5.5" x 4.5".

Indianapolis Businesses Notecards

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Life in a Three-Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews

Sharon L. Smith

Life in a Three Ring Circus

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 / $39.95 $23.97
Order No. 2273

 

French Lick and West Baden Springs

John Martin Smith

French Lick and West Baden Springs

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
Order No.2655

  

Martinsville

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

MartinsvilleBased 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

 

Morgan County

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Curtis Tomak

Morgan County

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
Order No. 2652

 

Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway

Leslie Townsend

Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway

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
Order No. 2632

Gary's East Side

John C. Trafny

Gary's East Side

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
Order No. 2584

Gary's West Side: The Horace Mann Neighborhood

 

John C. Trafny

Gary's West Side: The Horace Mann Neighborhood

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
Order No. 2585

 

Ball State Men's Basketball, 1918-2003

C. Warren Vander Hill and Anthony O. Edmonds

Ball State Men's BasketballSince 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

 

New Harmony

Connie A. Weinzapfel, Darrel E. Bigham, and Susan R. Branigin

New Harmony

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 Angel and the Serpent: The Story of New Harmony

William Wilson

The Angel and The Serpent

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
Order No. 2311

 

Historic Irvington

   Julie Young

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
Order No. 2690

Eastside Indianapolis: A Brief History

Julie Young

Eastside Indianapolis: A Brief History

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
Order No. 2758

 

RELIGION

 

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Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record

Robert Schmuhl

For over half a century, Robert Schmuhl interviewed and wrote about the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., who served as the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 until 1987. Beginning as an undergraduate student during the 1960s, when he covered Hesburgh and Notre Dame for the Associated Press, to 2014 when he conducted his last visit with the frail ninety-seven-year-old priest, Schmuhl maintained a unique relationship with Father Hesburgh. Over time, Hesburgh’s meetings with Schmuhl evolved into a friendship, which is documented in this personal and warmhearted portrait of the man who was for decades considered the most influential priest in America.

cloth / 158 pp. / 2016 / 9780268100896 / $28.00
Order no. 1643

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: A Novel

Mohja Kahf

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between “Muslim” and “American.”

When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba’s sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she’s back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother’s interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere.

Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.

paper / 2006 / 448 pp / 978-0786715190 / $15.95
Order no. 1555

Sacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion

Arthur E. Farnsley II, N.J. Demerath III, Etan Diamond, Mary L. Mapes, Elfriede Wedam

This study of the religious landscape of Indianapolis―the summative volume of the Lilly Endowment’s Project on Religion and Urban Culture conducted by the Polis Center at IUPUI―aims to understand religion’s changing role in public life. The book examines the shaping of religious traditions by the changing city. It sheds light on issues such as social capital and faith-based welfare reform and explores the countervailing pressures of "decentering"―the creation of multiple (sub)urban centers―and civil religion’s role in binding these centers into one metropolis.

cloth / 256 pp. / 2005 / 9780253344724 / $45.00
Order no. 1276

Middletown Jews: The Tenuous Survival of an American Jewish Community

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
Order No. 2317

Sister of the Solid Rock

Wilma Rugh Taylor

First settled by African Americans in 1878, Indianapolis's east-side district of Martindale had, by the early 1940s, fallen on hard times. A bleak economic outlook had helped fuel a growing crime rate among the neighborhood's young people. Into this seemingly hopeless situation stepped a forty-four-year-old wife and mother who knew something about despair, having endured the death of a child. In 1941 the woman—Edna Barnes Martin—established a day care center for the children of working mothers, offering hope and security to countless young African Americans. For thirty years Martin, the founder and director of the East side Christian Center, "reformed so-called unredeemable boys, trained girls to become compentent women, clothed and fed multitudes, and found jobs for the unemployed." Martin's work in one of Indianapolis's worst ghettos helped break down negative racial attitudes and gained the spiritual and financial backing of white missionaries and philanthropists throughout the state.

cloth / 2002 / 198 pp / 978-0871951618 / $12.95
Order no. 2373

Voices of Faith: Making a Difference in Urban Neighborhoods

David Bodenhamer

Reveals how religious faith can motivate people in inner-city neighborhoods to work together even through diversity in terms of race, age, socio-economic background, and religious denomination.

paper / 1998 / ISBN 0-9662066-0-6 / $19.95 $11.97
Order No. 2318

Falling Toward Grace: Images of Religion and Culture from the Homeland

 

J. Kent Calder

Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Muslim voices are represented by editors, photographers, poets, and writers.

cloth / 158 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 0-253-33453-5 / $24.95 $14.97
Order No. 2314

 

Married to the Church

Raymond Hedlin

Seminarians share intimate, painful, and sometimes secret parts of their lives. This is a provocative portrait of a generation of Catholics and an agenda for liberal change in the Church.

cloth / 272 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32943-4 / $29.95 $17.97
Order No. 2179

 

Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

Jacquelyn S. Nelson

Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War

More than one thousand Quakers served in the military during the Civil War, while others supported the war effort at home. Conscientious objection, anti-slavery, and nonviolence are chronicled.

cloth / 298 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-87195-064-2 / $19.95
Order No. 2242

 

Where God's People Meet: A Guide to Significant Religious Places in Indiana

Joseph M. White

All ninety-two counties are detailed in this survey focusing on the significant material symbols of Hoosier faith.

paper / 202 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 1-878208-56-8 / $19.95
Order No. 3111
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Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin

Julie Young

A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guerin, a youth biography, explores the life of the woman who would become Indiana's first saint.

cloth / 198 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-255-4 / $17.95
Order No. 2640

RESEARCH AND MUSEUM STUDIES

Directory of International Resources for Indiana

William R. Adams and Veronica Fanning

A directory, giving background and international specialties of Hoosier institutions and individuals with international connections and expertise, listing names, addresses, phone and fax numbers.

paper / 119 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-20921-8 / $14.95
Order No. 2161

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research

Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze

This book is a powerful tool, providing an overview of historical research while focusing on Indiana-specific sources. Authored by journalists and archivists, librarians, genealogists, and historians in the state's major historical and genealogical organizations, this book forms a complete guide for research in Indiana. Six model chapters show how to turn data into stories. This significant new guide will help researchers learn how to get started, where to go for the next piece of information, how to interpret the data, and how to incorporate each new fact into the stories of Indiana's ancestors.

paper / 301 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-87195-203-5 / $29.95
Order No. 2638

Public Places: Exploring Their History

Gerald A. Danzer

Public Places: Exploring Their History

Communal public places, individual people, and events creating memories of community are presented here as speeches, promotional pamphlets, maps, post card views, and annual reports.

paper / 135 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-910050-88-0 / $12.95
Order No. 3021

 

Folklife and Museums-Selected Readings

Patricia Hall

Folklife and Museums-Selected Readings

These essays trace and reflect upon the various ways that folklife, which explores and celebrates ordinary life, and museums have intersected since the 1950s.

paper / 194 pp. / 1987 / ISBN 0-910050-85-6 / $10.95
Order No. 3004

 

Historical Celebrations: A Handbook for Organizers of Diamond Jubilees, Centennials, and Other Community Anniversaries

Keith Peterson

Historical Celebrations: A handbook for Organizers of Diamond Jubilees, Centennials and Other Community Anniversaries

Ethnic allegiances, religious memberships, occupational associations, community, state, and national anniversaries are some of the celebrations and festivals featured.

paper / 118 pp. / reprint 1996 (1986) / ISBN 0-931406-13-7 / $14.95 $8.97
Order No. 3101

 

Local History, National Heritage: Reflections on the History of AASLH

Frederick L. Rath, Jr. et. al

Local History, National Heritage: Reflections on the History of AASLH

The papers presented at the Special Golden Anniversary Session in 1990 in Washington, D.C., chronicling the root beginnings, organizational efforts, and future plans of this organization.

paper / 120 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-942063-19-8 / $9.95
Order No. 3015

 

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor? Genealogy for Beginners

Mona Robinson

Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor? Genealogy for Beginners

A source for locating elusive ancestors of Hoosiers and descendants of anyone who ever lived in Indiana. Describes records available, where they can be found, and how to use them most effectively.

paper / 215 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-20731-2 / $13.95
Order No. 2128

Leadership for the Future: Changing Directorial Roles in American History Museums and Historical Societies

Bryant F. Tolles

Leadership for the Future: Changing Directorial Roles in American History Museums and Historical Societies

Essays, aimed at executive officers of historical museums, societies, and organizations, addressing concepts of leadership, greater professionalism, and principles of organizational management.

paper / 196 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-942063-11-2 / $18.95
Order No. 3011

SPORTS

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100 Things Reds Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Joel Luckhaupt

In this ultimate resource guide for true fans of baseball's first professional team, author Joel Luckhaupt has collected every essential piece of Cincinnati Reds trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranked them from one to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for fans to complete in their lifetime. Most Reds fans have taken in a game or two at the Great American Ball Park, have seen highlights of the Big Red Machine, and remember the team's surprising triumph in the 1990 World Series. But only real fans know which 15-year-old took the mound for the Reds in 1944, can name the pitcher who gave up Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit, or remember how many dogs owner Marge Schott owned. 100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the perfect book for any fan of Reds baseball, whether a die-hard booster from the days of Ted Kluszewski or a new supporter of Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, and Aroldis Chapman.

paper / 288 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781623682477 / $14.95
Order no. 2988
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Notre Dame Baseball Greats: From Anson to Yaz

Cappy Gagnon

The following men, significant to the game of baseball, share in common only their attendance at the University of Notre Dame: The greatest figure of 19th century base ball; the team president of the home team of the first ever major league game (National Association); the youngest man to pitch a minor league no-hitter and win 20 games in the majors; the first ever Native American in the majors; the only man to ever throw a double-header shout out; the creator of the All-Star game; the minor league executive credited with saving the minor leagues during the Great Depression; the sportswriter who became the general manager of the Chicago Cubs; the star of the 1967 Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season; and the hero of Game Seven of the 1997 World Series. These men and many more from Notre Dame-including a total of 72 (thus far) who have gone on to play in the major leagues-made great contributions to our national pastime.

paper / 128 pp. / ISBN 0-7385-3262-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2587

Baseball in Fort Wayne

Chad Gramling

The Fort Wayne Wizards’ 1993 arrival marked the beginning of professional baseball in northeast Indiana for many. However, the city boasts a rich baseball heritage that traces its roots to the very origins of the game. In fact, baseball and its record books begin with Fort Wayne. Over more than 135 years, dozens of teams have called Fort Wayne their homefield, making players into local legends and stars who excelled in the spotlight of baseball’s biggest stage. Baseball in Fort Wayne recounts the sport’s presence in the city, from the earliest days of 1871’s Kekiongas to today’s Wizards, as well as those who took the field in between.

Images of Baseball series from Arcadia Press

paper / 128 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 0-7385-4129-X / $19.99
Order No. 2635
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Baseball in South Bend

John M. Kovach

The national pastime began to take root in South Bend in the 1860s when teams like the Hoosiers, Excelsiors, and Rough-and-Readys took the field to the delight of local fans. By 1878, the legendary South Bend Greenstocking had arrived on the scene, winning the mythical Indiana State Baseball Championship and establishing the nickname of choice for South Bend baseball for years to come. The following decades saw the rising popularity of not only minor league baseball but also barnstorming teams, indoor baseball, factory leagues, and men's and women's amateur leagues. South Bend, in fact, was one of only two cities to host a team - the Blue Stockings - in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for the entirety of that league's existence (1943-1954). This rich baseball heritage is carried on today by the South Bend SilverHawks of the Class-A Midwest League.

Images of Baseball

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3326-2 / $19.99
Order No. 2606

Baseball in Indianapolis

W. C. Madden

Basball in Indianapolis

Tells the story of the American pastime in the state capital from the post-Civil War era up to the present day.

Images of Baseball series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2310-0 / $19.99
Order No. 2385

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

John Coy, Illustrated by Joe Morse

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something new, exciting, and fast to keep the class happy or someone's going to get hurt. Saving this class is going to take a genius. Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

cloth / 32 pp. / 2013 / 9780761366171 / $19.00
Order no. 1646

Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden

Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Foreword by UCLA Basketball Coach Steve Alford

John Wooden helped define college basketball in the twentieth century and became an icon of American sports. His name is forever identified with the University of California, Los Angeles, where in the 1960s and 1970s he built a basketball dynasty and coached Bruin teams to unprecedented success: ten national championships in twelve years, seven national titles in a row, four perfect seasons, and an eighty-eight-game winning streak all NCAA men's records that remain unrivaled. In this tenth volume of the Indiana Historical Society Press's celebrated Youth Biography Series, Barbara Olenyik Morrow traces the path of Wooden s career. Full of archival photos, this biography also shows how Wooden s story is inseparable from major events and social currents in the twentieth century, from the Great Depression to civil-rights struggles to campus unrest during the Vietnam War.

cloth / 256 pp / 2014 / 978-0871953612 / $17.95
Order No. 1520

 

 

 

100 Things Hoosiers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Stan Sutton

This guide to all things Hoosiers tells the history of Indiana University basketball across several decades and covers anything and everything a fan should know. It takes years of Hoosiers history and distills it to the absolute best and most compelling, identifying the personalities, events, and facts that every living and breathing fan should know without hesitation. Numbers, nicknames, memorable moments, singular achievements, and signature plays all highlight the list of 100. Stan Sutton, a longtime IU beat writer, has assembled all the information and achievements that are sure to educate and entertain new and old fans alike. In its century-plus of college basketball, Indiana University has established a winning tradition that includes five NCAA championships and 20 Big Ten conference championships, all of which is celebrated in this entertaining resource.

paper / 288 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781623680244 / $14.95
Order no. 2986

 

This is Indiana

The Herald-Times

On a chilly Saturday in December 2011, Tom Crean led his Hoosier basketball players to an upset win over Kentucky, the #1-ranked basketball team in the nation. From that moment on, the revival of IU basketball was becoming a reality. Back in 2008, facing many challenges, Coach Tom Crean walked into Indiana's Assembly Hall, promising a return to glory for Indiana basketball. Four years later, led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Cody Zeller and the brilliant lineup of Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Will Sheehey, Verdell Jones III, and Victor Oladipo, the Hoosiers went 24-7. Making it to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen, the team once again faced the Wildcats in what would prove to be a thrilling season finale. A keepsake for Hoosiers and basketball lovers everywhere, This Is INDIANA will let you relive this incredible season—game by game, photo by photo.

paper / 128 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780253008589 / $20.00
Order No. 2933

Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana's Basketball Cathedral

Eric Angevine

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
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Butler's Big Dance: The Team, the Tournament, and Basketball Fever

Susan Neville

The Butler Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA National Championship basketball game against Duke University upon defeating Michigan State on April 3, 2010. With only 4,500 students, Butler was the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Coached by Brad Stevens -- just three years into his position as head basketball coach -- the undefeated Bulldogs were a hometown team, playing before a hometown crowd on the national stage. Two days later, Butler lost narrowly to Duke, 61--59, but their run for the championship had become a national phenomenon. From her vantage point as a Butler professor, acclaimed writer Susan Neville observed (and participated in) Hoosier Hysteria firsthand. In Butler's Big Dance, she intertwines her recollections of the events with interviews, anecdotes, and photographs to bring readers a taste of the on-campus and courtside excitement of the Bulldogs' David-and-Goliath bid for the national title.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-2532231-2-8 / $14.95
Order No. 2837

Historic Hoosier Gyms: Discovering Bygone Basketball Landmarks

Kyle Neddenriep

Kick snow from your shoes and step into the warmth of the old Hoosier high school basketball gym, where farmers in overalls line the court and students heckle referees from planks above the bleachers. Revisit a unique era when nearly every town had a high school and its own basketball team. The gyms featured here no longer host high school games, but once they were home to the Ladoga Canners, the Mecca Arabs, the Roll Red Rollers, the Arlington Purple Breezes, the Warren Lightning Five and dozens more. Now they are elementary schools, community centers, fire stations, churches. Some are homes. Sadly, others are wasting away. But once again, the ball thuds in these gyms. The screams reverberate. The whistles blow. Join the Indianapolis Star's Kyle Neddenriep on this tour of one hundred former Hoosier high school basketball gyms.
 
paper / 212 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596299467 / $19.99
Order No. 2891
Temporarily Out of Stock

 

Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball

Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody

Traces the story of the legendary basketball athlete who crossed racial barriers to play professionally in a league that had previously barred black players, in an account that documents the racially charged abuse he suffered throughout his career, his sale to the Harlem Globetrotters by the Celtics, and his work as a coach for the Indianapolis Crispus Attucks team.

cloth / $24.00
Order No. 2647

"But They Can't Beat Us": Oscar Robertson and the Crispus Attucks Tigers

Randy Roberts

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

Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to Be the World's Fastest Human Being

Todd Balf

MajorMajor is the gripping story of a superstar nobody saw coming--a classic underdog, aided by an unlikely crew:  a disgraced fight promoter, a broken ex-racer, and a poor upstate girl from New York who wanted to be a queen. It is also the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century.  Most of all, it is the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity-- a man who transcended the handicaps of race at the turn of the century to reach the stratosphere of fame.

 


cloth / 306 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-307-23658-6 / $24.00
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paper / 320 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0307236593 / $14.00
Order No. 788

 

Indianapolis Colts: The Complete Illustrated History

Lew Freedman

This fully illustrated history of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates the football team from its origins in Baltimore through the past three decades in Indianapolis. With fascinating stories and in-depth analysis, author Lew Freeman highlights Pro Football Hall of Famers such as the legendary Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Eric Dickerson, and Marshall Faulk. Coaches Don Shula and Tony Dungy are also featured prominently, as are the Irsay family and recent stars such as Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Andrew Luck.

224 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780760343302 /$35.00
Order No. 1363  

Winning: From Walk-on to Captain in Football and Life

Gary Brackett

Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically on his jersey sleeve, Gary invites the reader inside the world of NFL football and the drama leading up to the biggest game day of the year. Along the way, Gary provides glimpses of real-life heroes, on and off the field, as he recounts the stories in this touching testament to the memory of his mom, dad and brother.

cloth / 224 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781578605200 / $24.95 $14.97
Order no. 2982

Football at Ball State University 1924-2001

E. Bruce Geelhoed

Using over 200 vintage photos, the author explores how football grew and developed at Ball State Univeristy from the Hoosieroons in 1924 to today.

Images of Sports series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-7385-1892-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2435

Fighting Irish Madness: Great Eras in Notre Dame Football

Wilton Sharpe

"Fighting Irish Madness" is the story of Notre Dame football, the legendary players, the eleven championship teams, the explosive rivalry with Southern Cal, the all-time Notre Dame team, and the rosters from each national championship team. All of it is told by the players themselves, the coaches, opponents, fans, and members of the media.

paper / 272 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0610529012950 / $12.95
Order No. 2853

 

The Spirit of Notre Dame

Jim and Jeremy Langford

Celebrating the character and heritage of the University of Notre Dame, this collection of stories captures the spirit of an institution that has come to symbolize excellence and faith in action. A variety of places and personalities are described--from the Golden Dome to the Grotto, from faith-filled visionaries and world-renowned scholars to celebrated coaches and athletes--setting Notre Dame apart as an institution of mystique and grace that has deeply influenced millions of people. Included in these pages are stories of many of the university's most prominent leaders: its bold founder, Reverend Edward Sorin; Fathers Corby, Hesburgh, and Malloy; professors Frank O'Malley and Emil T. Hofman; and a host of graduates--such as Dr. Tom Dooley and Judge Ann Williams--who have made a difference in the world. Many of the school's most famous athletes, including legends of the gridiron Knute Rockne, Rudy Ruettinger, and Chris Zorich, are profiled alongside stories of miraculous comebacks and incredible victories, making this account a fascinating and inspiring story of scholars and champions.

cloth / 300 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 9780824525422 / $24.95
Order No. 2830

 

Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football

Murray Sperber

This book traces the history of the Notre Dame football program, from its humble origins in the nineteenth century to its status as the paragon of college sports.

paper / 656 pp. / 1993 reprinted 2002 / ISBN 0-253-21568-4 / $24.95
Order No. 2339

The Great Dan Patch and the Remarkable Mr. Savage

Tim Brady

At the turn of the twentieth century, when horses were everywhere, Dan Patch was one of the most famous of them all. His owner, M, W. Savage, promoted a variety of products under the Dan Patch name, making him the nation's first sports superstar. Here Tim Brady tells the fascinating story of an era, an entrepreneur and a well-loved horse who set a world record at the Minnesota State Fair that held for more than thirty years. Bonus DVD: Rare footage of Dan Patch racing, plus newsreels filmed at the farm where M. W. Savage raised and trained Dan and other horses.
 
cloth / 236 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 9781932472400 / $24.00
Order no. 2969

  

 The Madison Regatta

Fred Farley & Ron Harsin

Each summer, a small miracle occurs in southern Indiana, when the little town of Madison becomes the hydroplane racing capital of the world as 100,000-plus people flock in for the Madison Regatta. The townsfolk, not merely content to host, also own the Miss Madison, one of the most successful hydroplanes on the circuit. In recent years, Miss Madison has emerged as the top hydroplane in the world, winning both the driver and hydroplane points standing multiple times. Roar down the Ohio with Fred Farley and Ron Harsin and revisit the long history of racing in this town and the sixty-plus years of the Madison Regatta. 

 

 

paper / 157 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-1-60649-300-4 / $19.99 $11.99
Order No. 2813

 

Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and the Birth of the Indy 500

Charles Leerhsen

Forty cars lined up for the first Indianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won. The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was sweeping the country. Daring young men risked life and limb by driving automobiles at the astonishing speed of seventy miles per hour with no seat belts, hard helmets, or roll bars. When the Indianapolis Speedway opened in 1909, seven people were killed, some of them spectators. Oil-slicked surfaces, clouds of smoke, exploding tires, and flying grit all made driving extremely hazardous, especially with the open-cockpit, windshield-less vehicles. Most drivers rode with a mechanic, who pumped oil manually while watching out for cars attempting to pass, and drivers would sometimes throw wrenches or bolts at each other during the race. The night before an event the racers would take up a collection for the next day’s new widows. Although the 1911 Indy 500 judges declared Ray Harroun the official winner, there is reason to doubt that result, since Speedway authorities ordered the records to be destroyed. But Blood and Smoke is about more than a race. It is the story of America at the dawn of the automobile age, a country in love with speed, danger, and spectacle.

paper / 288 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 978-1439149058 / $15.00
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For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit

Todd Gould

The never-before-told story of "the Negro Speed King" and the African-American racing car circuit.

cloth / 212 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-253-34133-7 / $27.95
Order No. 2382

paper / $19.95
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Ghosts of Jungle Park

Tom W. Williams

History, Myth and Legend - The story of a place like no other. This is the history of Jungle Park, a resort and speedway built in the 1920's in west central Indiana at the introduction of the "speed age".

cloth / 330 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 1-891-390-49-X / $40.00
Order No. 2641
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The Kickin' Hoosiers

Kathryn L. Knapp

The Kickin’ Hoosiers covers 41 years of determination, celebration, success, and class. It profiles IU’s All-American players, the Hoosier soccer family, and the challenges that came with building the program into the powerhouse it is today. Packed with photos, memories, facts, and figures. The Kickin’ Hoosiers celebrates a winning tradition at Indiana University.

paper / 159 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-253-21741-5 / $19.95 $11.97
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Varsity Sports at Indiana University: A Pictorial History

Cecil K. Boyd and Ward W. Moore

Here is the first ever complete pictorial history of varsity athletics at Indiana University in Bloomington. Starting with baseball in 1883; followed by football, which became a varsity sport in 1887; up through women's track and women's soccer, this volume is a treasure.

cloth / 208 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-33578-7 / $39.95 $23.97
Order No. 2415

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Locomotive

Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

cloth / 64 pp. / 2013 / 9781416994152 / $17.50
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Monon, Revised Second Edition: The Hoosier Line

Gary W. Dolzall and Stephen F. Dolzall