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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Cradle of Hoosier Heritage Cradle of Hoosier Heritage

Wayne Sanford is the author of the new book <i>Cradle of Hoosier Heritage: Anecdotes of Madison People, Places &amp; Events, From Territorial Times Through the American Civil War.</i>  An author and historian from Indianapolis, Sanford has conducted extensive research on Madison’s history for over ten years.

The book covers the glory years of Madison’s history when the city was one of the most important in Indiana. It includes some noted Madison citizens such as William Hendricks, Sr., Indiana’s third governor who helped write the state’s first constitution; Jeremiah Sullivan, an early Indiana Supreme Court Justice and the man who coined the name “Indianapolis” for Indiana’s new capital city; and James F.D. Lanier, the financier who helped save the state’s finances three times.

Other topics include Madison’s steamboat building and pork packing industries, Indiana’s only Jenny Lind concert, anti-slavery efforts in Jefferson County, the county’s numerous Civil War officers, the nation’s second largest Civil War military hospital (located just west of Madison) and Madison’s major cemeteries.

Copies of the book are being sold exclusively at the Lanier Mansion Gift Shop located in the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center, 601 West First Street, Madison, IN 47250.

  • Organization: Lanier Mansion Foundation
  • County: Jefferson
  • Contact: Gerry Reilly, 812-273-0556,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-33
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