Annual Meeting


Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

 Wednesday, June 24

5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
MCPL, Room 1B

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

Two Hundred Years (Almost) of Indiana History


Guest Speaker, James H. Madison

Come hear entertaining speaker, and award-winning professor and author, James Madison at this year’s annual meeting of the Friends of the Library. Please join us for this special event in our 50th Birthday year! Madison is the 2013 Regional Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Author Award winner. His latest book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, offers an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people. Madison will be available to sign books after the talk. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

"James H. Madison’s brilliant new history of Indiana embodies the best of history writing. It’s comprehensive not exhaustive, honest not harsh, complex but understandable, challenging but uplifting. Perfectly timed on the eve of our bicentennial, Hoosiers paints a complex portrait of the distinctive Hoosier character and the ongoing tug of war between tradition and change that has shaped the evolution of the state." ―Keira Amstutz, President and CEO, Indiana Humanities

James MadisonJames H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, at Indiana University, Bloomington. An award-winning teacher, he has also taught at Hiroshima University, Japan, and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Jim serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and as a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Jim Madison is the author of several books, including:

Eli Lilly: A Life

A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America

Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II

Jim’s most recent book is Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, co-published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and Indiana University Press.


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.

"Every Hoosier should want to read James H. Madison’s Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana. They will learn about their history, for sure, but much more―about their traditions, culture, beliefs, the land itself, their attitude toward government and freedom, their global connections, their heroes and villains, what they should celebrate--even their shortcomings―and the ongoing changes in the Hoosier way of life. Indiana’s past, present, and future all come together for the Hoosier reader in this remarkable and easily readable volume." ―Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. Representative (Indiana, 1965-1999); Director, the Center on Congress at Indiana University