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July 15, 2013

 

engraving of cholera victims

Suddenly, Last Summer (In Lafayette)

In 1849, no one knew what caused cholera—a miasma in the air emanating from filth in the street,or living a life that was dissolute or intemperate

March 5, 2012

 

Helen Gougar

Helen Gougar: Foot Soldier For Suffrage

Gougar was converted to the cause of women's suffrage by the issue of domestic violence, which she hoped to be able to "vote away".

June 14, 2010

 

Special Delivery, By Jupiter

The Lafayette postmaster took a leap of faith when he gave balloonist John Wise a mailbag containing 123 letters addressed to postal patrons in New York.

November 24, 2008

 

Tecumseh’s Curse

A quick scan of US Presidential history reveals an eerie recurrence: from William Henry Harrison through John Kennedy, every President elected in a year ending in zero has died in office.

November 17, 2008

 

The Birthplace of the Modern Political Campaign

Political campaigns can turn the nation into a veritable battleground. Perhaps it is fitting then, that the place where the modern political campaign is said to have been launched is the town of Battle Ground, Indiana.

September 10, 2007

 

Amelia Earhart and Purdue

The year after Charles Lindbergh made the first flight across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart followed suit. Although she’d had a pilot’s license for five years by 1928, Earhart lacked the training necessary to fly the plane herself during that maiden voyage; but made history nonetheless as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger.

April 24, 2006

 

The Canal Era

Inspired by George Washington's idea of linking the east to the midwest, early Indiana leaders set about the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal.

October 3, 2005

 

Battle of Tippecanoe

Tippecanoe, was established in the eighteenth century. It was at the junction of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers, just seven miles north of Lafayette.

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