School children in pioneer Indiana enjoyed one holiday tradition that teachers will most likely be thankful they no longer have to endure.
In the autumn of 1834, ten-year-old Sarah Hawks and her family left New York's Finger Lakes area bound for northern Indiana. In 1905, she wrote her memoir.
Faced with limited local and regional markets for their grain and livestock, enterprising Indiana farmers shipped their products by flatboat to New Orleans.
"The backwoodsman loves freedom and equality above all else," the curmudgeonly émigré conceded,"and he will see them observed for friends and neighbors.”
Although mandated by Indiana's constitution, state-funded elementary education remained largely theoretical in Indiana for most of the nineteenth century.
A resurgence of interest in the Arts and Crafts movement in architecture and design has resulted in a renaissance, of sorts, for Indiana hickory furniture. Increasingly showcased in museum exhibitions and interior decorating schemes, the rustic pieces date to Indiana’s pioneer past.