Author Archives: Charlie McAtee

Documents That Shaped America Exhibit at Indiana Historical Society Showcases Significant Written Works

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS)’s newest exhibit, Documents That Shaped America, opens May 21 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. America’s founding was influenced by many different writers, philosophers, politicians and leaders. Beginning May 21, the IHS will showcase many of these significant […]

Asian Businesses of Monument Circle: Ikko Matsumoto

Indianapolis of the 19th and 20th centuries never had a large enough Asian population that would lend itself to create nor sustain an ethnic commercial corridor such as a “Chinatown.” This is partly due to a series of anti-Asian laws which stymied potential growth. From 1892 through 1948, Monument Circle would host a number of […]

More Than 300 Students Learn about Debate and Diplomacy in History at National History Day in Indiana State Contest

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announces more than 300 students from schools across the state took part in the 2022 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) State Contest on Saturday, April 30 at Marian University in Indianapolis. NHDI is a year-long program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. NHDI is a project-based, […]

Sylvia’s World, Part 3 – Isadore

As we’ve explored Sylvia Dichner’s life (Part I and Part II) in Indianapolis, we have encountered the man who would become her husband, Isadore “Izzy” Weiss. While Sylvia’s story connects us to life in Indianapolis as a young working person in the Great Depression, Isadore’s life links the past with the unfortunate current events we […]

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Free Admission to the Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites you and your book-loving friends to enjoy free admission to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center as part of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can shop the Basile History Market’s brand-new product lines and get amazing prices on […]

Sylvia’s World, Part II

Sylvia’s World was, especially by today’s quick and far moving standards, contained to a fairly small area- mostly her neighborhood and her workplace, peppered in with some trips to the downtown commercial center of Indianapolis. There was no talk of vacations, aside from a quick excursion on the train that would take her overnight to […]

Preparing for National History Day in Indiana at Marian University

The Indiana Historical Society is excited to announce that the National History Day in Indiana State Contest is in-person this year! After a couple of years of being virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students from across the state of Indiana will gather at Marian University (located on the near northwest side of Indianapolis). On […]

An April Fool’s Day Joke 96 Years Later

Recently I have been reprocessing the collection of Hugh D. Studabaker (1869-1943). Studabaker was a thorough diarist and completed exactly one diary page for every day of his adult life. On particularly eventful days, like the time he and his family attended the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Studabaker simply wrote smaller and filled the […]

Registration Open for 2022 Midwestern Roots Genealogy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Midwestern Roots research conference presented by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), taking place Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, with a pre-conference on Thursday, July 14, at Indianapolis Marriott East, located at 7202 E. 21st Street. Midwestern Roots aims to connect people to their family story with […]