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September 16, 2013

 

aerial view of Vincennes University

The First University On The Western Front

By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.

September 2, 2013

 

archival photo of conestoga wagon being pulled by team of horses

Lutheran Ministers On The Frontier

A German-speaking family moving from Pennsylvania or Ohio to Indiana would have had great difficulty finding a Lutheran church in the 1830s.

November 12, 2012

 

landscape painting by T.C. Steele

Adapting To Life On The Frontier

In 1812, Pennsylvania lawyer John Test and his family moved west, reluctantly settling in the Whitewater River town of Brookville, Indiana.

November 7, 2011

 

Methodist Circuit Rider

A Methodist Circuit Rider On The Indiana Frontier

On the frontier of the young state of Indiana, formal church buildings and trained pastors were few and far between. That's where circuit riders came in.

May 10, 2010

 

Life at the Center of a Nation

From 1890 to 1940, the nation's mean center of population inched across Indiana, an indication that the frontier era had drawn to a close.

January 22, 2007

 

Sam Bass

While John Dillinger might be considered Indiana’s most notorious gangster, and the Reno gang of Seymour credited with having invented the train robbery, a different Hoosier miscreant may have left the largest footprint on American folklore. Before astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom put Mitchell on the map, the small town’s best-known native son was undoubtedly Sam Bass.

November 8, 2004

 

Fall Creek Massacre

The prevailing attitude on the frontier was that killing Indians was not a crime, but this massacre sparked a fierce moral debate.

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