Author Archives: Charlie McAtee

Celebration Days in May

From the Indy 500 to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May contains many celebratory days. In addition, the Tuesday of the first full week in May marks National Teacher Appreciation Day, or National Teacher Day. The National Education Association says that National Teacher Day is for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make […]

Are We Related?: Watson

As I continue this monthly blog series, I have expanded my surname reach beyond the Indiana Historical Society’s Archives and Library department. I reached out to my good friend, Dan, in our Exhibits department to see if he had any surnames about which he was interested in learning more. He kindly provided me with several […]

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Hoosier Asian Celebrations at Indiana Historical Society

INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2024) – The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) commemorates Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with a variety of events, activities and celebrations throughout the month of May at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. For more than three weeks, visitors can celebrate Asian cultures through IHS’s traveling exhibit Be […]

Part II: The Creator of Eliot Rosewater

Hopefully, you’ve read my previous blog about the Rosie Books and what they mean to me. So, let’s explore who Eliot Rosewater was! …or rather, who he wasn’t. Eliot Rosewater wasn’t exactly an Indiana resident, but rather a fictional character created by Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis on November 12, […]

Newest IHS Press Release Tells the Story of How Indiana Became the Crossroads of America

The newest book from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press, “Creating the Crossroads: 100 Years of Civil Construction in Indiana” by Sara A. Marshall, offers a unique perspective about Indiana’s civil construction history. For those who have wondered how Indiana transformed from unsettled woodlands to adapting the moniker Crossroads of America, “Creating the Crossroads: 100 […]

Are We Related?: Goss

When I approached our department’s fearless leader, Suzanne, I had no idea that leadership and prominence ran in the family. She was kind enough to share with me a couple of surnames from her family lines which I could connect to our collections. One of those names was Goss. One of the most prominent Goss’ […]

Part I: What Rosie Books Mean to Me

As an introvert, I found myself reading books more than playing as I grew up. I have been a library user as far back as I can remember; I’d visit the library every Sunday with my dad growing up, borrowing a stack of books measuring from my hips to my chin, all to be finished […]