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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 / $7.95
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


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
Order No. 651

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

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


Boxed set of 12 letterpressed paper coasters, printed on thick white 100% cotton paper.  $19.99.  Three designs available:

State Flag
Order No. 1485

Order No. 1481

Order No. 1483

Endangered Species Chocolate: New Flavors

The Indiana Historical Bureau has added three new varieties from local manufacturer Endangered Species Chocolate. The company uses ethically-traded cocoa that supports sustainable farming. They also donate 10% of each purchase to organizations that support conservation, preservation and humanitarian efforts such as the African Wildlife Foundation..




3 oz. Dark Bar
w/ Almonds & Sea Salt   
Order No. 1476

1.4 oz. Milk Bar
w/ Peanut Butter

Order No. 1473

3.5 oz. Dark Pack
Individually-wrapped squares
Order No. 1385

"Honest to Goodness Indiana" Souvenirs

Tall Bistro Mug
Ocean blue ceramic mug, 16 0z.
  Order No. 1464

Insulated Tumbler
Insulated stainless steel
Order No. 1465

Canvas Tote 
Embroidered logo and pocket 12.5"x14.75"
Order No. 1468

Charm Keychain
3-charms with lobster clasp
Order No. 1466

PVC, with raised lettering, 4"
Order No. 1467

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 / 9780764345944 / $39.95
Order no. 1469

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 / 9780764326295 / $24.95
Order no. 1470