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.
Camp Chesterfield in Madison County, Indiana is the home of the Indiana Association of Spiritualists where communication with the spirit world is embraced.
The prevailing attitude on the frontier was that killing Indians was not a crime, but this massacre sparked a fierce moral debate.