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August 26, 2013

 

Riley Child-Rhymes, title page and frontispiece

Picturing Little Orphant Annie

It was Will Vawter's introduction in 1893 to poet James Whitcomb Riley that would put Vawter’s art in the public eye.

September 10, 2012

 

Dining Car

The Golden Age Of The Dining Car

Even as train travel faded in popularity, rail lines known for their dining, including the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, continued to offer full menus.

April 11, 2011

 

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann’s Hoosier Pedigree

A forlorn rag doll found in an Indianapolis attic was rechristened with the names of two of James Whitcomb Riley's characters to become Raggedy Ann.

October 4, 2010

 

A detail of Chic Jackson's "The Bean Family"

Jes’ Plain Folks…Chic Jackson’s “The Bean Family”

In the early 20th century, Muncie-born cartoonist Chic Jackson represented everyday Hoosiers—and the way they spoke--in the popular press.

June 16, 2008

 

Meg Cabot

The ranks of Indiana writers boast such venerable names as Kurt Vonnegut, Jessamyn West, James Whitcomb Riley and Theodore Dreiser. But one of the state’s best-selling authors to date bears little kinship with the traditions of satire, historical fiction, sentimental verse and gritty realism represented by those literary forbears.

January 28, 2008

 

Dillinger – The Hoosier

Although he met his end in front of a Chicago movie house on July 22, 1934, the nation’s first Public Enemy Number One eventually found his way back home again to Indiana. Alongside Eli Lilly, James Whitcomb Riley, and President Benjamin Harrison, legendary gangster John Dillinger is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis .

December 3, 2007

 

Holiday House Tours

On the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oldfields – Lilly House and Gardens, is decorated in the style of Christmas in the 1930s, when the mansion was the new home of Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Josiah Lilly.

October 8, 2007

 

Frost Is on the Punkin

As the days grow brisker and the leaves take on brilliant hues, many Americans of a certain generation are wont to characterize the season with an expression born in Indiana. “When the frost is on the punkin” is the opening phrase of a classic poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

June 18, 2007

 

Charity Dye

A portrait of the Indiana Historical Commission in 1915 shows eight members, some bearded and most white-haired, in similarly cut three-piece suits. But it is the ninth commissioner that especially piques our curiosity. Barely peeking above the others’ shoulders is a woman of a certain age, in a broad-rimmed black hat. Having just begun serving on the commission when that portrait was made, Charity Dye used the appointment to play a major role in the state’s Centennial Celebration.

June 4, 2007

 

Extension Homemakers

As the days grow brisker and the leaves take on brilliant hues, many Americans of a certain generation are wont to characterize the season with an expression born in Indiana. “When the frost is on the punkin” is the opening phrase of a classic poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

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