On Sunday, December 7, at 1 p.m., James H. Madison will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Hoosiers, at the Bloomington Barnes & Noble.
Madison's sparkling new history of Indiana offers an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people. Learn more about the book in this trailer:
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HoosiersauthorJames H. Madison has events planned for the next several months centered around his new book.
The first event will take place October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Central Library in Indianapolis. Madison will discuss his new book and sign copies following his presentation.
Then he will head to Fort Wayne, IN, for panel presentation on Writing Indiana History at the Allen County Public Library November 8 at 12 p.m. This panel is part of the library's 2014 Author Fair events, which run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Copies of Hoosiers will be available for purchase and signing by the author during the fair.
Finally, Madison will be teaching a two-part Indiana history course for IU's Lifelong Learning program. The cost is $65 for each session. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Hoosiers. Part I of the course, Hoosiers: From Pioneers through the Civil War Era, starts November 4. Part II, Hoosiers: From the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century begins January 27. Both courses meet four Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the DeVault Alumni Center. Register online or by calling 812-855-9335.
In addition to Madison's lecture, the Indiana Bicentennial Train experience includes an onboard bicentennial exhibition, a historic interpreter, educational activities, opportunities to connect with local community history, and a pop-up market with Indiana and bicentennial-related items. This event is presented by the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Railroad Company, Norfolk Southern, and Kroger. For a complete schedule of stops, visit the Indiana Historical Society website.
The first event will take place September 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at the IU Lilly Library in Bloomington. The second event will take place September 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. Please RSVP by September 19 to 317-233-5658 or email@example.com for the historical society event.
Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, Hoosiers were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy.
Down to the present, Hoosiers have remained wary of government power and have taken care to guard their tax dollars and their personal independence. Yet the people of Indiana have always accommodated change, exchanging log cabins and spinning wheels for railroads, cities, and factories in the 19th century, automobiles, suburbs, and foreign investment in the 20th. The present has brought new issues and challenges, as Indiana's citizens respond to a rapidly changing world.
Madison's sparkling new history tells the stories of these Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people.
James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington. His books include Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977; Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (IUP, 2007); The Indiana Way: A State History (IUP, 1986); and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. Madison serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and is a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He began teaching Indiana history in 1976 and has lectured and consulted widely on Indiana topics.
Author and historian James Madison will give the keynote address at the Midwestern Roots conference this Friday, August 1, at the Marriott East in Indianapolis. His talk"Hoosiers and A New History for the Twenty First Century" will explain why a new, fresh history is needed if we are to attract 21st century audiences and engage those who don’t share a passion for history. For more information on the event, please visit the conference's website.
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