Indiana history is full of amazing characters and forgotten memories. Our Indiana Room is a great place to discover all sorts of incredible stories! Unsure of where to start? Try checking out "A Pictorial History of Indiana" by Dwight W. Hoover (INC HOO). This book is full of fascinating photos and stories from across Indiana. Did you know one of the first women millionaires had her business in Indianapolis for a time? Madame Walker moved her cosmetic factory to Indianapolis for five years before moving to New York. We love the photo of Madame Walker driving her friends in 1910 down the Indy streets! We also particularly like the the photo of a tired looking Miss Harnley and the ornery group of kids from the children's home in Knightstown! Scroll through this post to see some of our other favorite photos from the book and stop the Indiana Room to check it out yourself!
Did you know we have archives of all the North Manchester Newspapers, some even going back to the 1800s? Bound editions and microfilm copies can be found in the NMPL Indiana Room for research or pleasure reading.
We pulled out an 1870 issue of the the North Manchester Journal, published on Thursday, May 22nd to see what was happening in town 139 years ago!
On the front page was a stern lecture on proper courting habits from a New York minister. "It is a disgusting fact that palaver of lovers is worse than the purring of cats," Rev. Goss stated.
Turning our attention to more local matters, the comings and goings of certain Liberty Mills residents were outlined in fascinating detail! Judge Comstock appears to be on the mend (from his dive into the dam perhaps!?), Isaac Beaver's baby girl is as handsome as an "amsden peach", and the "bold and daring Colnel" got "badly scooped by his girl"!
Stop by the Indiana Room on your next visit to peruse our newspaper archives!
Have you ever been waiting in line at the North Manchester Post Office and found yourself idly staring at the large mural on the wall? Ever wondered about the story behind the painting? We have the answer for you! Stop by the Indiana Room and check out "A simple and vital design: the story of the Indiana post office murals" by John Carlisle (INC Car) to get the behind-the-scenes scoop! The mural is titled "Indiana Farm - Sunday Afternoon" and was painted by Alan Tompkins in 1938 for a fee of $540! We particularly enjoy this little anecdote about how the farmer's wife was originally hanging laundry, but the drawing was changed when it was decided she wouldn't be doing such a task on a Sunday!
This book is full of interesting tales about all kinds of post office murals - check it out today... we have two copies!
If you haven’t checked out the NMPL Indiana Room, be sure to do so on your next visit! There are so many wonderful stories archived in that room! Tales of the Old Days by William Billings has many such hidden gems. We love this thrilling tale of Judge Comstock and the dam break... And who can’t help but smile at this old time reminisce by Adrienna Church and the poplar trees that prophesied “old maid status”!
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