Indianapolis─The Indiana Historical Society Press is
pleased to announce the release of Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary.
Published in cooperation with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, the book
examines the cemetery’s complete history and places its story in the larger
historical context of the development and growth of American landscape
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in
1973, Crown Hill Cemetery has been a vital part of the Indianapolis community
dating back to its first interment, Lucy Ann Seaton, on June 2, 1864. Since
then, Crown Hill has grown from a “rural cemetery” into the nation’s third
largest private cemetery and is a community treasure that serves a broad range
of needs and stands as a monument to the memories of hundreds of famous
Hoosiers and the thousands more who selected Crown Hill as their final resting
In addition, the book includes vignettes of the famous
families and individuals buried and/or entombed at Crown Hill and numerous
photographs of the cemetery, its remarkable architecture, intricate sculptures
memorializing the dead, and its lush landscape in every season. The cemetery is
not only a place of memory, but it is also a place of contemplation for
thousands of Indianapolis residents that pass through the site annually for such
special events as Memorial Day, Benjamin Harrison’s birthday, Veterans Day, and
other public and private group tours. Its rural setting also draws nature
lovers to see deer, foxes, red-tailed hawks, and the more than 250 species of
trees and shrubs on the grounds.
About the Authors
Douglas A. Wissing is a Bloomington-based independent
journalist and scholar, as well as an author whose work has been published in
The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Life,
National Geographic Traveler, and Salon.com. He is the author of the book
Pioneer in Tibet: The Life and Perils of Dr. Albert Shelton (2004). In
recognition of his research in Tibet, the Royal Geographical Society named him
a Fellow. Wissing has also reported widely on the war in Afghanistan, including
radio work for the BBC and Indiana’s National Public Radio network. His time in
Afghanistan also led to production of the book Funding the Enemy: How U.S.
Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban (2012).
Marianne Tobias is an artist, author, community leader,
educator and philanthropist. Tobias, a pianist, is resident musicologist and
program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and a member of The
Landmark Trio, the artists in residence at the Old Centrum. Tobias wrote Classical
Music without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences and co-authored Opera for All
Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater. She serves on the Boards
of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis
Museum of Art, Indy Baroque, Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Historical Society.
She is a member of the Butler University Board of Visitors and the Indiana
University Foundation. Tobias is also a founding member of IU Women of
Philanthropy and the music program at the Eskenazki Health Center.
Rebecca W. Dolan is director of the Friesner Herbarium at
Butler University. She manages the Herbarium’s 100,000-specimen collection of
pressed and dried plants that serve as a reference for the study of Indiana
flora. Dolan is digitizing the Herbarium’s specimen records, is working with
other botanists in the state to produce an atlas of plant distributions,
conducts field and laboratory studies of rare native plants, and studies
prairie restoration with The Nature Conservancy. Her writings have appeared in
the American Journal of Botany, Journal of Ecology, American Midland
Naturalist, The Southeastern Naturalist and The American Fern Journal.
Anne Ryder is a freelance television journalist, writer
and member of the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame. She spent 20 years as an
anchor and reporter at WTHR-13 (Indianapolis NBC affiliate), where she covered
stories of resilience in the face of trial and difficulty. Her reporting has
taken her from Bosnia and the Kosovar refugee camps of Albania to Calcutta,
where she was granted a rare interview with Mother Teresa. Ryder has earned 16
regional Emmy Awards, five national honors, and the Doris H. Merritt Award from
the Indiana University School of Nursing for her support of the nursing profession.
Title: Crown Hill: History,
Spirit, and Sanctuary
Size: 11 x 11
Publication Date: October