Writer Booth Tarkington is identified with Indiana and the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis in 1869, Tarkington spent his first two years of college at Purdue before graduating from Princeton in 1893. His comical writing style epitomized the 1920s Lost Generation. His most known works were cheerful, realistic novels of life in small Midwestern towns.
Colonel Eli Lilly was a pharmaceutical chemist who had served as a Union officer in the Civil War. Dismayed by the ineffectiveness of the drugs in his day, he started Eli Lilly and Co.
When Mary Lyon Taylor’s family fell on hard financial times, she considered how she could contribute to her family’s livelihood. Mary decided to pursue photography, and became an innovator.
Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of former slaves, founded the Walker Manufacturing Company and built a factory that would remain in Indianapolis for the next seven decades.
Lockefield Gardens was one of the first public housing projects. It also provided jobs for unemployed Hoosiers in an ailing economy struggling to recover from the great depression under the New Deal.
When you think of the early automobile, you likely picture Henry Ford, the Model T, and Detroit, but did you know that Indiana also played a prominent role in the early automobile industry?
The Governor’s Mansion in Indianapolis was a two-story yellow brick building, but the interior was another story. When the wife of governor James Brown Ray saw her new home, she refused it.
Frank McKinney Hubbard accompanied the 1904 presidential campaign on a train journey through the backwoods of Indiana. Hubbard created Abe Martin, a character who would become his spokesman.
Camp Morton, on the original site of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, was named after Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton. in February 1862, it served as a prisoner of war camp.