Moment of Indiana History


Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

Recent posts by Yaël

May 27, 2013


A Motorcade Fit For A Prince

The trip from Indianapolis to Lafayette in 1904 took four and a half hours of driving time, not considering numerous stops for cooling and tire changing.

May 20, 2013


civil war newspaper illustration

Some News Is Good News: Waiting For Word On The Home Front

Those who waited on the Indiana home front during the Civil War lived in anticipation of news of the great battles and for the rolls of the dead.

May 13, 2013


Underground Railroad map

Looming Large In Anti-Slavery Lore

By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.

May 5, 2013


An Ignominious Governorship

On Governor David Wallace's watch, the internal improvements program bankrupted the state and the Potowatomi Indians were exiled to Kansas by armed militia.

April 29, 2013


Morgan's Raiders in a vintage lithograph

In Morgan’s Wake Without A Break

Few claims were paid for the property confiscated by Union troops in pursuit of Morgan's Confederate raiders since the federal government required receipts.

April 22, 2013


Bridging The Span From Past To Present

The 460-foot bridge without windows spanning the east fork of the White River became known as “The Dark Bridge.”

April 15, 2013


the interior of a mid-nineteenth-century schoolhouse

Advocating For Better Schools

in 1840, 1 in every 10 white citizens in Indiana above the age of 21 could neither read nor write, an illiteracy rate matching that of Mississippi.

April 8, 2013


current view of 19th-century canal embankment

Indiana’s Canal Debacle

The Wabash and Erie Canal became emblematic of the failure of Indiana’s great transportation revolution of the 1830s.

April 1, 2013


stacks of books in a library

Caroline Dunn: Heroine Of The Stacks

Caroline Dunn was a manuscript librarian who knew her collections, knew how to use them for research, and even how to introduce them to the uninitiated.

March 25, 2013


Engraved portraits of John Cleve Symmes and Daughter Anna Symmes Harrison

Indiana’s First First Lady

Anna Symmes Harrison had not yet made it to Washington when her husband gave his inaugural address. As she prepared to leave, she received news of his death.

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