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Barnstorming the Prairies offers a panoramic vista of the transformative nature and power of the aerial vision that remade the Midwest in the wake of the airplane. This new perspective from above enabled Americans to conceptualize the region as something other than isolated and unchanging, and to see it instead as a dynamic space where people worked to harmonize the core traditions of America’s agrarian character with the more abstract forms of twentieth-century modernity. In the maps and aerial survey photography of the Midwest, as well as the painting, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose through flight, Weems also finds a different and provocative view of modernity in the making. In representations of the Midwest, from Grant Wood’s iconic images to the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright to the design of greenbelt suburbs, Weems reveals aerial vision’s fundamental contribution to regional identity—to Midwesternness as we understand it.
paper / 368 pp. / 2015 / 9780816677511 / $34.95
Order no. 1574
Various Authors compiled by Indiana Bicentennial Commission
With the state’s 200th anniversary quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce the publication of the official bicentennial book, Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State. This collector’s book celebrates our milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The book reflects on Hoosiers’ lives today and how our 200-year history informs our present and shapes the future. The limited edition 248-page coffee table book includes an introduction and 14 chapters, each opening with a short essay by a noted Hoosier, followed by photographs; quotes and anecdotes from Hoosiers of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. Sidebars that highlight unique and surprising facts about Indiana and its 92 counties are also incorporated. The book has a full color printed hardbound cover and matching dust jacket.
cloth / 2015 / 248 pp / 9781938730665 / $39.95
Order No. 1549
Marsha Williamson Mohr
Once a dominant feature of the Hoosier landscape, these barns are fast disappearing, giving way to more efficient, but less visually appealing, metal structures. Indiana Barns presents 138 of these charming rustics, drawn from the portfolio of photographer Marsha Williamson Mohr. Mohr has been photographing barns, covered bridges, and pastoral scenes for more than 20 years. Here, she showcases barns of all shapes and sizes, captured from every angle, during all four seasons, and in various states of repair and decay. Whether you have owned a barn or just admire the craftsmanship, this lively collection is sure to delight.
paper / 152 pp. / 2014 / ISBN 9780253015211 / $25.00
Order no. 985
Marsha Williamson Mohr
A symbol of Indiana's past, the covered bridge still evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, and even mystery. During the 19th century, over 500 of these handsome structures spanned the streams, rivers, and ravines of Indiana. Plagued by floods, fire, storms, neglect, and arson, today fewer than 100 remain. Marsha Williamson Mohr's photographs capture the timeless and simple beauty of these well-traveled structures from around the state, including Parke County―the unofficial covered bridge capital of the world. With 105 color photographs, Indiana's Covered Bridges will appeal to everyone who treasures Indiana's rich architectural heritage.
cloth / 128 pp. / 2012 / 9780253008008 / $30.00
Order no. 2937
Marsha Williamson Mohr
With its beautiful meadows and countless meandering streams, picturesque Parke County, Indiana, is home to 31 historic covered bridges, ranging from 43 to 315 feet long. Every October, the county hosts the Covered Bridge Festival, which draws more than two million people nationwide to the courthouse lawn in Rockville. From there, tourists set off to visit the bridges and to seek out the arts and crafts fairs located in each of the festival’s nine communities. Photographer Marsha Williamson Mohr has spent years in the area, capturing spellbinding images of the bridges and nearby farms and the natural beauty of the area, season by season.
cloth / 168 pp. / 2015 / 9780253016157 / $30.00
Order no. 1544
Douglas A. Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Crown Hill Cemetery has been a vital part of the Indianapolis community dating back to its first interment, Lucy Ann Seaton, on June 2, 1864. Since then, Crown Hill has grown from a rural cemetery into the third largest private cemetery in the nation and is a community treasure that serves a broad range of needs and stands as a monument to the memories of hundreds of famous Hoosiers and the thousands more who selected Crown Hill as their final resting place.
Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary examines the complete history of Crown Hill and places its story in a the larger historical context of the development and growth of American landscape architecture.
cloth / 400 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 0871953013 / $39.95
Order No. 1320
Kevin J. Miyazaki
Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls “a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan.” Miyazaki set up his portable studio on beaches, in parks, on boat docks, and in backyards, photographing those he met along the way. From residents, environmental scientists, and artists to a Native American water rights advocate, surfers, and commercial fishermen, Lake Michigan holds a powerful place in the life of each. Many shared their thoughts with him on why this body of water is important to all.
cloth / 160 pp. / 2014 / 9780870206764 / $29.95
Order no. 1439
Ray E. Boomhower
Written by Hoosier historian and writer Ray E. Boomhower, and featuring an introduction by Indiana University professor of history James H. Madison, "One Shot": The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi examines the life of this son of Sicilian immigrants who worked in Gary’s steel mills for a time to earn enough money to buy his first camera. The book features Bushemi’s work, from his early days photographing soldiers training at the Field Artillery Replacement Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to his frontline assignments among the grizzled American forces who engaged in the bitter fighting against the Japanese. It also tells the story of his friendship with best-selling author Marion Hargrove, whose book See Here, Private Hargrove made Bushemi a well-known figure to the home-front audience and GIs around the world.
cloth / 152 pp. / 2004 / 9780871951748 / $5.00
Order no. 637
The Calumet Region: An American Place presents a series of black and white images by an insightful observer of Northwest Indiana's industrial/residential landscape. A professional architectural photographer, established fine artist, educator, and historian, Gary Cialdella found himself drawn to the region of his youth for a photographic exploration that has lasted more than twenty years and that has resulted in hundreds of rich and complex works. Nearly one hundred of those images appear in this book, reflecting the artist's sensitive, sustained vision and the changes the region has experienced through economic shifts and the general effects of time. Cialdella's Calumet pictures thoroughly examine this heavily industrialized area extending from south of Chicago to the northwest corner of Indiana, an area of the United States that is often overlooked but is vitally important to the country's history. Steel mills, tank farms, and refineries coexist with neighborhood houses in the artist's beautifully composed pieces, which please the eye with their full tonal range and crisp focus.
cloth / 160 pp. / 2009 / 9780252034565 / $39.95
Order no. 241
James A. Crutchfield and David Barksdale
Featuring photographer Robin Hood, full color volume commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of New Albany.
cloth / 144 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780977128105 / $40.00
Order no. 2967
The Day in Its Color introduces readers to Cushman's extraordinary work, a recently unearthed archive of photographs that is the largest known body of early color photographs by a single photographer, 14,500 in all, most shot on vivid, color-saturated Kodachrome stock. From 1938-1969, Cushman--a sometime businessman and amateur photographer with an uncanny eye for everyday detail--travelled constantly, shooting everything he encountered as he ventured from New York to New Orleans, Chicago to San Francisco, and everywhere in between. His photos include portraits, ethnographic studies, agricultural and industrial landscapes, movie sets and media events, children playing, laborers working, and thousands of street scenes, all precisely documented in time and place. The result is a chronicle of an era almost never seen, or even envisioned, in color.
This well-preserved collection is all the more remarkable for having gone undiscovered for decades. What makes the photos most valuable, however, is the wide range of subjects, landscapes, and moods it captures--snapshots of a lost America as yet untouched by a homogenizing overlay of interstate highways, urban renewal, chain stores, and suburban development--a world of hand-painted signs, state fairs, ramshackle shops, small town living and bustling urban scenes. The book also reveals the fascinating and startling life story of the man who stood, unseen, on the other side of the lens, surely one of America's most impressive amateur photographers and outsider artists.
cloth / 237 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9780199772339 / $39.95
Order No. 2921
With clarity and attention to detail, Jeff Moerchen has captured—in more than 80 black and white photographs—the life of the Hispanic community of Ligonier, a small town in northern Indiana. These men and women have worked to make a comfortable home for themselves, trying to realize their dream of living in America, while avoiding some of the perils they might have experienced in borderlands. More than a narrow study of an immigrant population, Moerchen's evocative photo essay explores a small town as it struggles to survive.
paper / 168 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-22363-0 / $29.95
Order No. 2906
Donald E. Pitzer
This is the land of Hoosiers. Of George Rogers Clark's conquest at Vincennes, a key victory for the Revolution. Of covered bridges. A fledgling automobile industry. Notre Dame. The National Road and the Lincoln Highway and Carl Fisher. Cole Porter. The Milwaukee Steamer and the Rumely Oil Pull Tractor. Riverboats on the Wabash and the Ohio. The Wabash and Erie Canal. Interurbans. James Whitcomb Riley and George Ade. Small towns and big cities. Street Fair Days in Peru. The first state capitol at Corydon. Steel in Gary. Evansville's Municipal Market. Airmail by balloon. Union Station in Indianapolis and the Indy 500. Dunes along the Lake Michigan coast. Gandy dancers, circus parades, rollerskate basketball. Of sugar beets, sugar maples, and soybeans. This is Historic Photos of Indiana. Filled with nearly 200 photographs reproduced in vivid black-and-white, with captions and introductions, showing the reader the places, people, and events that helped shape the lore and history of the Hoosier State.
cloth / 216 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 9781596525535 / $39.95
Order No. 2846
Temporarily Out of Stock
Historic Photos of Indianapolis captures the remarkable journey of this city and her people, with still photography from the finest archives of city, state and private collections. From the Civil War through the end of the nineteenth century, the rise of industry, two world wars and into the modern era, Indianapolis has remained a unique and prosperous city. With hundreds of archival photos reproduced in stunning black and white on heavy art paper, this book is the perfect addition to any historian's collection.
cloth / 216 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 9781596522534 / $39.95
Order No. 2847
Temporarily Out of Stock
Stephen H. Baker
Amid the tall buildings and busy streets of Indianapolis sits a quiet, beautifully wooded area now known as Military Park. In the 1820's it became the first city park and was the site of the little settlement’s first 4th of July celebration.
In the 1860s, it was a mustering ground where Hoosier farm boys came to join the Union Army. They marched out as soldiers and turned south towards their destinies.
During a warm two weeks in October 1852, this was the site of Indiana's first State Fair. Thousands of people came to the city to visit the fair's sights and sounds. Just like today, folks gawked at midway curiosities. They marveled their way through pens and stalls that held the very best “modern” husbandry had to offer. As they passed through the “Manufacturers Building,” “new-fangled” devices such as the “sewing machine” astonished them! They cheered winners of the “best” pie, cake, and pickle relish.
Stephen H. Baker’s new book, The Great Indiana State Fair at 150, captures the human experience of the Fair throughout its history. With each turn of the page, the reader recalls his or her own memories of going to the fair.
paper / 110 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-74820-08312-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2600
2nd Stories is all about discovering the unexpected. Because we tend to look straight ahead most of the time, we miss seeing a lot. And there is so much to see--as 2nd Stories demonstrates. As you peruse its pages, you'll discover dozens of duo-tone images of ornate Victorian storefronts, beautiful steeples, advertisements, clock towers, and other fascinating details that all require looking up. Plus there are shots of rarely visited attics and upper-level interior spaces that are simply amazing.
paper / 144 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-9745186-2-x /
Order No. 2570
After the Harvest contains 188 moving photographs from every corner of Indiana. Some of these elevators and feed mills are still very much in business, but many are abandoned and slowly deteriorating. A number of them were being torn down as they were being photographed.
paper / 144 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-9745186-3-3 /
Order No. 2642
Journey's End is a book filled with emotional portraits of once gleaming, but now rusted, vehicles abandoned along fence rows, lonely depots adjacent to trackless railroad grades, and defunct service stations whose retired pumps offer gas at 31¢ a gallon. These are images that will spark transportation memories in everyone who sees them—of those Sunday drives to Grandma's, interminable waits at railroad crossings hoping for the arrival of a caboose, a first airplane flight, a first car, or the long bus rides to school. These stunning images are iconic reminders of where we have come from—and the means of transport we took along the way.
paper / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 0-9745186-5-7 /
Order No. 2751
A beauty parlor, a tannery, a hotel, drive-in restaurants, a foundry, a tavern, banks, factories, and general stores. In this stunning collection, Hoosier photographer John Bower has captured once-thriving Indiana businesses that are no more. Exploring cities, small towns, and rural county roads, he’s found closed-up buildings in varying states of preservation—some virtual time capsules, others ready to collapse. Bower uses the beauty and power of black-and-white to capture the essence of these places where our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends once earned their living. Silent Workplace contains 186 images from across the entire state of Indiana, and includes fascinating essays on over a dozen businesses that are now part of our Hoosier past.
paper / 144 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-974586-4-0 /
Order No. 2718
Will Counts, James H. Madison, Scott Sanders
The works of world-class photographer Will County, prize-winning writer Scott Sanders, and renowned historian Jim Madison comprise this "Gift to the City", a gift not only for today's residents, but also for legions of ex-residents worldwide.
cloth / 120 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 0-253-34056-X /
Order No. 2291
O. James Fox and Wilma L. Gibbs
Featured are black-and-white photos and poems of O. James Fox. This book presents a dramatic look at the history of Indianapolis's black community.
paper / 53 pp. / 2000 / ISBN 0-87195146-0 / $10.95
Order No. 2281
Out of Stock
W. Douglas Hartley
Amateur photographer's record of Indiana life in the early part of this century in rural Brown County. 79 black and white photographs.
paper / 94 pp. / 1994 / ISBN 0-87195-105-3 / $10.95
Order No. 2012
Out of Stock
Darryl D. Jones and Norbert Krapf
In this surprising collection of photographs, acclaimed photographer Darryl D. Jones departs from his usual crisp, highly detailed, panoramic Indiana scenes. Here, Jones has masterfully crafter a series of photographs using processes called “Polaroid emulsion manipulation” and Polaroid transfer” to create scenes more reminiscent of impressionistic paintings. Invisible Presence includes more then 140 images from a wide range of locations, subjects, and seasons in Indiana. Each image is appropriately accompanied by Norbert Krapf’s descriptive poems.
cloth / 288 pp. / ISBN 0-253-34753-x/$39.95
Order No. 2595
Out of Stock
Two men who live and work in the Southern Indiana hill country, provide an insightful meditation and fifty beautiful color photographs of the area.
cloth / 128 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-32987-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2173
Out of Stock
Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan
Celebrated photographers Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan explore the diversity of Michigan landscapes in their latest collection of photographs. Forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, the shorelines of four Great Lakes, and the variety of terrain that crosses the Upper Peninsula are featured in more than 140 color images. Of Woods and Water conveys the natural allure and hidden treasures that exist in Michigan—scattered, isolated, and generally small in size, their protection and preservation are paramount. At present, these beautiful landscapes thrive, untouched by the urban sprawl that sweeps our country's land, but a greater awareness for and involvement in the preservation of our threatened natural communities are greatly needed. This shared love of nature and the unexpected gifts the state has to offer guided Leonetti and Jordan in producing a splendid body of work that captures the spirit of Michigan's untamed beauty.
cloth / 160 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-253-35276-7 /
Order No. 2709
Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan
Unexpected Indiana represents a unique collaboration between two photographers. Jordan and Leonetti share a deep love of nature and a fascination with the hidden gems that can be found within the state. Working in traditional medium and large film formats, the photographers have produced a spectacular body of work that captures the essence of Indiana’s natural beauty.
cloth / 166 pp. / ISBN 0-253-34485-9 / $35.00
Order No. 2477
This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.
cloth ($20.00)/Order no. 2735
paper ($9.95)/Order no. 2738
Stephen G. McShane and Gary S. Wilk
At the turn of the 20th century, an army of workers descended upon the northwest Indiana dunes to forge a world-class steel industry for America and along the way built a city. As a result of the mills constructed by companies such as U.S. Steel, a small, grid-like city on the shoreline of Lake Michigan grew into a prosperous steel town, drawing workers from all over the country and beyond. The Calumet region became one of the most heavily populated and ethnically diverse regions in the state. The story of its phenomenal growth was captured by photographers from U.S. Steel in Gary and Inland Steel in East Chicago. Steel Giants presents a selection of these dramatic photographs, with detailed captions, showing the construction of the steel mills and steel towns, the early production of steel, and the people who lived and worked in the industry.
cloth / 286 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-35299-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2753
Harold Lee Miller and Gerald Waite
More than one hundred photographs from the Indiana State Fair and county fairs with an essay exploring the history of fairs from the medieval period to today's Indiana fairs.
paper / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-87195-278-3 / $24.95
Order No. 2687
Robert L. Reid, ed.
cloth / 1987 / ISBN 0-253-31133-0 / $28.95
Order No. 2021
Out of Stock
Kenneth J. Schoon
The towering sand dunes along Lake Michigan not far from Chicago are one of the most unexpected natural features of Indiana. Dreams of Duneland is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the Dunes region, its history, and future prospects. This area of shifting sands is also a place of savanna, wetland, prairie, and forest that is home to a wide diversity of plant and animal species. The preserved area of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore sits by residential communities, businesses, and cultural attractions, evidence of a long history of competition for the land among farmers, fur traders, industrialists, conservationists, and urban and recreational planners. With more than 400 stunning images, the book brings to life the remarkable story of this extraordinary place.
cloth / 316 pp. / 2013 / 9780253007896 / $30.00
Order no. 2996
John Sherman, text
Jeffrey A. Wolin, photographs & interviews
Until recently, central Indiana has not truly reflected the sheer diversity of races, religions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds of the rest of the world. In recent decades and especially in the first years of the 21st century, however, cities, towns, and rural areas of the central portion of the Hoosier state have welcomed an increasing number of new residents who constitute a surprisingly broad and diverse cross section of world citizens.
To capture and celebrate these changes, New Faces at the Crossroads features portraits of 30 recent newcomers from around the world by award-winning photographer Jeffrey A. Wolin, accompanied by stories of why they came to the area and their perspectives on living there. Together with John Sherman's text describing changes and additions to the region's population, these striking photographs show that central Indiana is no longer just the Crossroads of America: It is the crossroads of the world.
cloth / 96 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-35068-8 /
Order No. 2670
This book contains 183 photos selected from the vast Bass Photo Company Collection. The assorted images depict Indianapolis in good times and bad and provide a visual link to the city's past. Many of the images are so vivid that one can almost hear the clang of the trolley, the click of horse hooves, the roar of engines, and the din in the streets filled with bustling pedestrians. Included in the volume are nostalgic images of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, leisure activities, individual portraits, street scenes, Monument Circle, a parade of returning WWI soldiers, the Indianapolis Home Show, transportation and architecture.
paper / 205 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 978-0-87195-261-5 / $29.95
Order No. 2696
David and Peter Turnley
More than 100 black-and-white images of a working-class neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the 1970s grace the pages of this photo-essay produced by acclaimed photographers David and Peter Turnley. These hauntingly beautiful, raw and real photographs documenting life on McClellan Street were taken by the Turnley twins with a single camera as a high-school project. Although the brothers did not grow up on McClellan Street, their photographs represent a very personal, sincere, direct, and loving interaction with life on a street in the heartland of America. Many of the McClellan Street residents had migrated from Appalachia and some were of Hispanic origin. In a neighborhood that many might have ignored, the young Turnleys saw beauty, diversity, and wonderment. With a maturity beyond their years, they captured the life of this community for future generations.
cloth / 107 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-34967-5 /
Order No. 2673
Jack Welpott; Foreword by Jo Ann B. Fineman
Internationally acclaimed photographer Jack Welpott grew up in southern Indiana, served in World War II, and returned to the Hoosier state to attend Indiana University. Unsure of his direction, he enrolled in a photography class and met the legendary photography instructor Henry Holmes Smith. Under his tutelage, Welpott thrived. He became enthralled with black-and-white photography as a fine art form, and never looked back.
Driving to Stony Lonesome chronicles Welpott's years in Bloomington, Indiana. The 100+ photographs that make up the core of the gorgeous book are intense and personal, and include many fine examples of environmental portraiture of which he is a master. Along with the photographs, Welpott provides commentary. His anecdotes shift this book from a fine arts photography book to one that achieves a more personal level.
Jack Welpott didn't just take "art photographs"—he captured the heart of his subjects. By getting to know the people he photographed and winning their confidence, he gained an understanding of his subjects that his camera reveals. This strategy has served him well, and the photographs in this book richly depict life in rural southern Indiana.
paper / 168 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-253-21866-7 /
Order No. 2619