Author Archives: Amy Lamb

IHS Issues Call for Volunteers to Judge Student History Contests

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is offering a front row seat as Hoosier students break barriers in history. IHS is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for the 2020 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) contests, including the state contest, Saturday, April 25, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and the […]

Sharing Madam Walker’s History Online

In December 2019, we completed a yearlong project to digitize the library’s collections on one of Indiana’s icons. The purpose of the Madam C.J. Walker Digitization Project was to digitize and catalog 40,000 documents, photographs and artifacts from the library’s Walker collections and make them available online. We assigned a special digitization team to complete […]

All In Your Family

Many families are like mine, with stacks of heirlooms and photographs dating back multiple generations scattered about different relatives’ homes, along with numerous family artifacts. After two years of experience with National History Day and the Indiana Historical Society, I began to wonder, “What is my history? What is the interwoven story of my family?” […]

New in Destination Indiana: Indianapolis Woman’s Club

The Indianapolis Woman’s Club was founded on Feb. 18, 1875, making it one of the oldest and longest-running clubs of its kind in the country. The purpose of the club was the exchange of ideas through presentation and discussion of papers written by members. Its founders were educated, progressive women who were interested in enriching […]

Hot Off the IHS Press: A Gentleman in the Shadows

The latest release from IHS Press tells the story of one of the most powerful people you’ve never heard of. Gentleman in the Shadows: Benjamin C. Evans Jr. and the Central Intelligence Agency by Douglas A. Wissing is the first-ever biography of Evans, a covert CIA officer and top-level executive during the darkest days of […]

Potica for the Holidays

Potica (po-TEET-sa) is a traditional Slovenian walnut bread, usually made around Christmas and Easter. Both sides of my family are from Slovenia, so potica was always available. The bread takes an entire day to make. If you start at 8 a.m., you’ll be lucky to finish by 7 p.m. The dough is very large and […]

Indiana Historical Society Receives Bey History Award

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is the proud recipient of the Bey History Award, presented by the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI). WPCI created the award in 2018 to honor Joan Bey, a WPCI member since 1952. Bey served the organization in several positions, including president, and for years was the keeper of the […]

70+ Authors Taking Part in IHS’s Free Holiday Author Fair

INDIANAPOLIS—Mix and mingle with more than 70 authors when the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) holds its annual Holiday Author Fair. The free event will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Author Fair book topics will range from sports […]

Your Donation Helps Preserve Indiana’s History

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3, and we’re asking you to help us save part of Indiana’s history! Your generous donation will help us preserve items in our collection that need a little extra TLC, like the items in the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis Records Collection. Donate to help us preserve this invaluable collection here! Prominent […]