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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Deep Forest: An Historical Novel of Pioneer Indiana Deep Forest: An Historical Novel of Pioneer Indiana

The Society of Indiana Pioneers is sponsoring and publishing a unique celebratory and legacy book project to bring the Indiana frontier to life in a way not done before in this state. Recently the fully researched novel named “Deep Forest”, written by one of the Pioneers’ leaders of an earlier age, Emsley W. Johnson, Sr., was discovered among his papers. This civic leader, attorney and historical researcher and re-enactor spent his last years distilling his unequaled frontier Indiana knowledge into a book – a saga drawn in accurate pioneer detail from the era of the Battle of Tippecanoe to the Civil War in a fictional form, using an Indiana family’s story, drawn from the past of his own log-cabin parents. It is now updated for publication and will be presented to the state by the Society to mark its own 100th birthday and the Bicentennial of Indiana.

  • Organization: The Society of Indiana Pioneers
  • County: Daviess
  • Contact: Martha Sue Batt, 317-253-6682,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-56
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