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IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State
Douglas A. Wissing
Fueled by an insider’s view of Indiana and the state’s often surprising connections to the larger world, IN Writing is revelatory. It is Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals. It’s about Hoosier talent and Hoosier genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; and the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. It’s about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; Indianapolis and its world-renowned Crown Hill cemetery. IN Writing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at large.
paper / 264 pp. / 2016 / 9780253019042 / $27.00
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Profiles in Survival: The Experiences of American POWs in the Phillipines During WWII
John C. Shively
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Speak to the Earth: Pages from a Farmwife's Journal
A farmwife for 45 years, Rachel Peden believed that the family farm's best crop is a "harvest of the spirit." In Speak to the Earth, she looks at life -- domestic and wild, human and critter -- through the eyes of someone who witnesses nine seasons of the year rather than the typical four. Peden views the farm as "a place of opportunity simultaneous with obligation, an immaculate fitting-together of plant and animal life." Each year yields an abundance of small, priceless observations. Through her writings, Peden encourages readers to appreciate both the simple pleasures in life as well as the more profound qualities embodied in family and neighbors, mallards and ladybugs, possums and pigs, and the irresistible characteristics of old houses, local history, and changing times.
paper / 256 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223425 / $19.95
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All My Love, Forever: Letters Home from a World War II Citizen Soldier, Written in 1943-1945
Lloyd D. Lane
This is a compilation of poignant excerpts along with photographs from the 760 letters written during World War II by a soldier from Indiana to his wife and newborn son while he served with a field artillery battalion in the 29th Infantry Division. They begin with a postcard written on the bus while reporting for duty and basic training, and end 34 months later with a last letter written in France while waiting to board a Liberty ship returning to the U.S. Readers are taken along on the trip across the Atlantic aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth, training in England, the D-Day invasion, the assault on Germany and the war's end. They convey his impatience during the occupation of Germany while he awaited orders that would finally send him home to his wife and the son he had last seen as a sick and weak newborn. He wonders in his letters if the baby that had grown to be a healthy, cheerful little boy would accept this "stranger" as his father? These personal letters are filled with the emotions and feelings of a young man separated from his new family. Yet, they reveal his commitment to do his share in "getting the job done" in the war so he can get back home and start fulfilling all of those hopes and dreams that he and his wife have been writing of during his three-year tour of duty.
paper / 534 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 0-75963-079-8 / $14.95
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Hoosier Justice at Nuremberg
Suzanne S. Bellamy
In the years after World War II, as the world grappled with the enormity of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime, two Hoosiers had a significant role in the American response to unfolding events in Germany. Frank Richmond and Curtis Shake both served with distinction as members of the Indiana Supreme Court. Both men were called to serve as civilian judges in tribunals convened in Nuremberg to try secondary Nazi War criminals. Despite the lingering doubts about the legitimacy of American Judges having jurisdiction over German nations, Richmond and Shake responded with grace, competence and high ethical standards along with a little controversy! The book highlights the role of two leading citizens of Indiana in events that still resonate around the world.
paper / 118 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-87195-281-3 / $6.95
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On the Western Front with the Rainbow Division
Vernon E. Kniptash; Edited by E. Bruce Geelhoed
Vernon E. Kniptash, an Indiana national guardsman who served in the Rainbow Division during World War I, observed firsthand some of the Great War’s fiercest fighting. As a radio operator with the Headquarters Company of the 150th Field Artillery, he was in constant contact with French and British forces as well as with American troops, and thus gained a broad perspective on the hostilities. Editor E. Bruce Geelhoed introduces and annotates Kniptash’s war diaries, published here for the first time.
cloth / 236 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8061-4032-2 / $29.95
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Joan Praed Lyons
Although William Zion never lived in Zionsville, it was his business acuity that led to the railway station being built on Elijah and Polly Cross's plot of land the beginnings of a burgeoning town. This strategic location brought development and prosperity to Zionsville as people traveling through Indiana stopped to discover the distinctive flair of this small but industrious community. Local historian Joan Praed Lyons depicts the spirit of a town in which a rousing game of donkey softball raised money for a new park and neighbors formed bucket brigades when fires broke out. In this delightful collection of vignettes, Lyons brings new life to Zionsville's history through her engaging and meticulously researched prose.
paper / 127 pp. / ISBN 978-1-59629-6-1/$21.99
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Affectionately Yours: The Civil War Home-Front Letters of the Ovid Butler Family
Barbara Butler Davis
Includes transcriptions of 65 holograph letters written from 1863 to 1865 by members of the Butler family of Indianapolis, strong supporters of abolition, to their son Scot. The letters, now in the collection of the Irvington Historical Society, relate a fascinating social history of the Indianapolis community during the Civil War.
cloth / 211 pp. / ISBN 0-87195-175-4 / $27.95
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Retro Indiana: A Postcard Book from the Indiana Historical Society
Testifying in a libel case in 1919, industrialist Henry Ford proudly proclaimed he did not know much about history, calling it “more or less bunk.” People, Ford said, preferred to live in the present. What Ford neglected to realize was the passion people hold for those places in their youth that represent fond memories. These retro postcards are from the Indiana Historical Society collection and repositories from around the state. There are 30 postcards, b/w color images.
paper / 2006 / ISBN 0-87195-192-4 / $9.95
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A Soldier in World War I: The Diary of Elmer W. Sherwood
Robert H. Ferrell, editor
This book captures the words of a Hoosier soldier as he wrote them on the front lines. Sherwood tells of the hard existence of life in the trenches, including the endless mud that sometimes trapped unwary soldiers for hours. He was in the horrendous Meuse-Argonne offensive that claimed 26,000 American lives.
cloth / 211 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-87195-173-8 / $24.95
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Herman Wells Stories
John Gallman and Rosann Greene
Upon the occasion of his 90th birthday, friends gather to celebrate and relate stories and anecdotes of this public figure.
paper / 73 pp. / 1992 / ISBN 0-253-20753-3 / $8.95
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Old Indianapolis: A Postcard Book
Indiana Historical Society
Journey through Indianapolis’s past and see how the city has grown. The changing landscape of Indianapolis, including its buildings and its people, are included in this book of postcards from the Indiana Historical Society’s W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection. There are 30 postcards in this book.
paper / 2006 / ISBN 0-87195-190-8 / $9.95
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How Dear to My Heart
A humorous tribute by the author to her happy childhood spent in Muncie, Indiana.
paper / 267 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-20685-5 / $9.95
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The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood
The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood is a prose memoir by noted Indiana poet and essayist Norbert Krapf of his childhood and growing up in Jasper. In the book Krapf, who was born in 1943 and whose poetry has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, recalls his rural, small-town upbringing in the German-Catholic community and unearths the distinctive place and culture in which he lived. As Krapf observes, “Behind this book and my collections of poetry is a conviction that an awareness of individual and collective origins can enlighten, nourish, guide, and sustain us and those who come after us.”
cloth / 276 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-262-2 /
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Indianapolis in Vintage Postcards
W. C. Madden
Take an historic journey through Indianapolis from 1890 to 1950 by means of postcards of the time.
Postcard History Series from Arcadia Press.
paper / 128 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-7385-2321-6 / $19.99
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Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II
James H. Madison
Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked in a Clubmobile unit during World War II until her death in a plane crash in July 1945. Her job was to provide free doughnuts and coffee, cigarettes and gum to American soldiers on duty in England, and later in France. More importantly, she and her colleagues provided a slice of home. They were American girls with whom soldiers could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companionship. In his commentary, James H. Madison provides fascinating insight into Elizabeth Richardson's life, the activities of the Red Cross Clubmobiles, and the war. This book is an exceptional window into a past that is all too quickly fading from memory.
cloth / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-35047-3 / $24.95
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"Honoring Those Who Paid the Price", Forgotten Voices from the Korean War
Randy K. Mills
Examines those who died, those who served, and the loved ones back home who struggled to understand the horrors of war.
cloth / 296 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-87195-162-2 / $29.95
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The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland
Edited by Ellen Munds and Beth Millett
With the publication of The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland, the Indiana Historical Society Press celebrates the 20th anniversary of Storytelling Arts of Indiana, which promotes the art and use of storytelling in daily life though its annual festival, concerts, workshops, programs and other events. Storytelling is about gathering with friends, family and even those we have just met to share with one another stories of our childhood, our culture and our heritage. In this age of over-scheduled lives, Internet and television addictions, and outside pressures, stories remind us of our roots and traditions. Storytelling Arts of Indiana has spent 20 years creating places for individuals to come together and experience storytelling in the hope of encouraging that sharing and listening relationship in our everyday lives. The Scenic Route offers us a dozen stories to enjoy and help us to remember.
paper / 124 pp. / 2007, reprinted 2008 / ISBN 9780871952592 /
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Collection of essays of the familiar Indiana of suburbs and towns--also a private Indiana, shaped by memories and lit by imagination.
cloth / 249 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-34004-7 / $32.95
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paper / 249 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-253-20879-3 / $12.95
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Life in Letters
Gabrielle Robinson and Erwin Scherer
paper / 182 pp. / ISBN 1-880788-16-0 /
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Air Raid Nights and Radio Days
Don Schroeder explores the sharp contrast between the dark nights and bright childhood memories that opened the doors for a boy growing up as part of the Silent Generation. After the Depression and World War Two, conditions improved for many Americans, including Don and his family. With wit and humor, Don invites the world to see Indianapolis as this 'nasty little gutter tramp' saw it. Sample city chicken or scrambled brains with eggs, mow down imaginary Nazis, and turn off 'Fibber McGee and Molly,' the favorite nighttime radio show, in time to confuse enemy bombers and save Indianapolis from destruction. Don relishes those nearly forgotten years and the memories of God reaching for a boy slip-sliding along during this difficult period of Air Raid Nights and Radio Days.
Paper / 264 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-1-60696-034-9 / $14.99
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Bayou Bill's Best Stories
Story telling of a lifetime of outdoor misadventures, with outlandish characters and touching on the timelessness of humorous tales and anecdotes.
paper / 201 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-35059-X / $9.95
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Only 317 Survived! Navy's Worst Tragedy at Sea . . . 880 Men Died
USS Indianapolis Survivors
Read the true personal stories of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis which was hit by torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945 in the Pacific. Of the 1,197 men in the crew, 880 died and 317 were rescued. A memorial to the USS Indianapolis is located in downtown Indianapolis on the canal.
cloth / 531 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-9725960-0-3 /
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Herman B. Wells
Herman Wells recalls his formative boyhood years in a small Indiana town, gives his views on how to run a university, and describes some of his national and international service.
cloth / 493 pp. / 1980 / ISBN 0-253-11556-6 /
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Ghosts of Jungle Park
Tom W. Williams
History, Myth and Legend - The story of a place like no other. This is the history of Jungle Park, a resort and speedway built in the 1920's in west central Indiana at the introduction of the "speed age".
cloth / 330 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 1-891-390-49-X / $40.00
Order No. 2641