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African Americans in Indianapolis:Tthe Story of a People Determined to be Free

A powerful collection of profiles of historically significant and courageous black leaders, musicians, artists, teachers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and more who answered the call to improve themselves and Indianapolis and beyond against dangerous situations and overwhelming odds. 

   
African Americans in Indianapolis:Tthe Story of a People Determined to be Free

David Leander Williams
323.1196 Wil

A powerful collection of profiles of historically significant and courageous black leaders, musicians, artists, teachers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and more who answered the call to improve themselves and Indianapolis and beyond against dangerous situations and overwhelming odds. 


Indiana History

The Kimberlins go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country

Covers close kin in Scott County, Indiana and the organization of the 23rd Indiana Regiment. Covers 5 young Kimberlin men, cousins and brothers. Using surviving letters, voices of the Kimberlin family– and their opinions about Copperheads and Butternuts, who may have just been against the war for the coming economic hit and fear of bloodshed. Find out what happened to these veterans and their families after the war. 

   
The Kimberlins go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country

Michael B. Murphy
977.2183 Mur

Covers close kin in Scott County, Indiana and the organization of the 23rd Indiana Regiment. Covers 5 young Kimberlin men, cousins and brothers. Using surviving letters, voices of the Kimberlin family– and their opinions about Copperheads and Butternuts, who may have just been against the war for the coming economic hit and fear of bloodshed. Find out what happened to these veterans and their families after the war. 


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Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes & Heroines

This simple book and quick read provides an encyclopedic view of people who made history in Indiana and beyond, pioneers in fiction, storytelling, socialism and social justice, flight, aeronautics, photography, finance, women’s rights, environmentalism, military leadership politics, racing, and agriculture. Not only does Hoosier journalist and historian Boomhower have a command of Indiana history, but he understands informal storytelling that makes him a credible and engaging tour guide.

   
Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes & Heroines

Ray E. Boomhower
977.2 Boo

This simple book and quick read provides an encyclopedic view of people who made history in Indiana and beyond, pioneers in fiction, storytelling, socialism and social justice, flight, aeronautics, photography, finance, women’s rights, environmentalism, military leadership politics, racing, and agriculture. Not only does Hoosier journalist and historian Boomhower have a command of Indiana history, but he understands informal storytelling that makes him a credible and engaging tour guide.


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Monroe County Everyday Life in Indiana

Pure enjoyment as you see through rich historical photographs of residents of all stripes and incomes in their playing with ball, goats, and dolls as well as work, travel, party, and care for each other. Perfect end-of-the-long-day “read” for days when tired of your phone and computer!

   
Monroe County Everyday Life in Indiana

Monroe County History Center
- editor
977.2255 Mon

Pure enjoyment as you see through rich historical photographs of residents of all stripes and incomes in their playing with ball, goats, and dolls as well as work, travel, party, and care for each other. Perfect end-of-the-long-day “read” for days when tired of your phone and computer!


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Indianapolis Then and Now

Change how you see Indianapolis with side-by-side photographs of historical landmarks, including the Rathskeller, designed by novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s grandfather, as an Athenaeum for Germans to exercise and entertainment. Or the grandeur of the Walker Theatre, which was built to satisfy another business venture for black millionaire Madam C. J. Walker, whose parents were born into slavery.

   
Indianapolis Then and Now

Nelson Price, Joan Hostetler, Garry Chilluffo
- photographer
977.252 Pri

Change how you see Indianapolis with side-by-side photographs of historical landmarks, including the Rathskeller, designed by novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s grandfather, as an Athenaeum for Germans to exercise and entertainment. Or the grandeur of the Walker Theatre, which was built to satisfy another business venture for black millionaire Madam C. J. Walker, whose parents were born into slavery.


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Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow.

Leave it to a self-made female millionaire and entrepreneur to show us what her style of generosity might look like.  The mother of someone who shaped the  Harlem Renaissance, Walker and those influenced by her changed how beauty shops and professional stylists could advance their own lives and entire communities through the science and art of beauty curriculum. Written by a professor of philanthropic studies, we learn more about Walker’s resolve for the elevation of other black women entrepreneurs, influencing others to do the same. 

   
Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow.

Tyrone McKinley Freeman
921 Walker Fre

Leave it to a self-made female millionaire and entrepreneur to show us what her style of generosity might look like.  The mother of someone who shaped the  Harlem Renaissance, Walker and those influenced by her changed how beauty shops and professional stylists could advance their own lives and entire communities through the science and art of beauty curriculum. Written by a professor of philanthropic studies, we learn more about Walker’s resolve for the elevation of other black women entrepreneurs, influencing others to do the same. 


Indiana History

Showers Brothers Furniture Company: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University

Although a decade since published, the excellent retelling of this local iconic family and building, now the home to Bloomington city hall, provides an important take on our local history; making it core reading for those new to town who like history. From their humble start as a carpenter and traveling minister, the family was more than ready to settle down and start building, realizing they had more than enough energy to capitalize on lumber and labor to become the largest furniture manufacturing plants in the world.

   
Showers Brothers Furniture Company: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University

Carrol Krause
977.2255 Kra

Although a decade since published, the excellent retelling of this local iconic family and building, now the home to Bloomington city hall, provides an important take on our local history; making it core reading for those new to town who like history. From their humble start as a carpenter and traveling minister, the family was more than ready to settle down and start building, realizing they had more than enough energy to capitalize on lumber and labor to become the largest furniture manufacturing plants in the world.


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Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of Indiana

Naturalists explain the science and beauty along the Lake Michigan shoreline, but the photographs are fantastic.For those who are unable to travel, this book provides a field trip you won’t forget. “Often declining globally, but hanging on locally,” these are great stories of its history, including an overview of the the Indian Trails and Villages and how they operated before Europeans introduced steel axes and plows to clear the trees. Shows technical history of how they used to remove sand and innovation, e.g. gliders and the creation of the state park.

   
Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of Indiana

Kenneth J. Schoon
977.298 Sch

Naturalists explain the science and beauty along the Lake Michigan shoreline, but the photographs are fantastic.For those who are unable to travel, this book provides a field trip you won’t forget. “Often declining globally, but hanging on locally,” these are great stories of its history, including an overview of the the Indian Trails and Villages and how they operated before Europeans introduced steel axes and plows to clear the trees. Shows technical history of how they used to remove sand and innovation, e.g. gliders and the creation of the state park.


Indiana History

Indiana and the Great Flood of 1913

Catastrophe set a new record for water levels, deaths, and financial ruin across the state. March 1913 - counties not only took on water but pollution that was in the waters, coming from those “better” regions of the state that were manufacturing and building. Photos of breadlines, saturated towns and merchants and ruined sewer, septic, and rail lines.

   
Indiana and the Great Flood of 1913

Nancy Marie Germano
977.224 Ger

Catastrophe set a new record for water levels, deaths, and financial ruin across the state. March 1913 - counties not only took on water but pollution that was in the waters, coming from those “better” regions of the state that were manufacturing and building. Photos of breadlines, saturated towns and merchants and ruined sewer, septic, and rail lines. Bloomington’s Showers’ factory sustained a loss of about 100,00 feet of timber and so by May, when our local WCTU installed a drinking fountain, it was more than just a gentle nudge for an alternative to alcohol, it was a sip of clean water, which was more appreciated that summer. 
 
 


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The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland

Providing a chronological and narrative history of the KKK from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan, Madison makes his case how organized hate of the 1920s “was as American as apple pie.” Dramatic illustrations, investigation, and photos support his work and provide profound exhibit and unforgettable read. 

   
The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland

James H. Madison
322.4209 Mad

Providing a chronological and narrative history of the KKK from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan, Madison makes his case how organized hate of the 1920s “was as American as apple pie.” Dramatic illustrations, investigation, and photos support his work and provide profound exhibit and unforgettable read. 


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