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October 24, 2005


Windmill Museum

Early immigrants to America brought with them the windmill technology that was developed in England and Europe. Fueled by the wind, the machine converted the rotary motion of the wheels into common tasks like grinding grain into meal or flour.

October 17, 2005


Gennett Records

From 1916 to 1934, Gennett Records in Richmond made thousands of acoustic and electric recordings, ranging from blues, jazz, and country music to ethnic, classical, spoken word, and any other marketable music. The first recordings of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings were made in Richmond in 1922, jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton mastered over twenty tracks there in 1923, and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band featuring Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin, and Honore Dutrey recorded for Gennett. Other notable artists included Hoagy Carmichael, who recorded the first version of “Stardust” there.

October 10, 2005


George Winter

George Winter documented a vanishing culture as it fell to the expansion of the United States. Through his close association with the Miami and Potawatomi tribes, he sketched the likenesses of many great Native Americans and documented the tribes and their activities.

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.

September 26, 2005


West Baden Springs Hotel

Designed by Harrison Albright and built in 1902, the West Baden Springs Hotel is an architectural marvel located on 684 acres of woods, springs, and formal gardens in Southern Indiana ‘s Orange County . The Hotel’s nearly 700 rooms form around a central dome that is 200 feet in diameter and 100 feet high. It is believed that this dome was the world’s largest clear-span dome until the Astrodome was built in 1963.

September 19, 2005


National Military Home in Marion

The National Military Home in Marion, Indiana, was a branch of the “National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers” established by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

September 12, 2005


Beck’s Mill

Located in Washington County on Mill Creek, Beck’s Mill was built in 1808 by George Beck, Sr. It’s the only surviving mill in a county that once boasted more than sixty mills. Using just a water wheel and a turbine to propel the grinding stones, this mill was in operation until 1914, when modern roller mill operations and the urbanization of flour mills made it obsolete.

September 5, 2005


Medora Shale Brick Company

Founded in 1904, the Medora Shale Brick Company was one of nearly 55 brick plants in Indiana at the turn of the century. The surrounding hills in Jackson County provided a ready supply of material for brick production.

September 5, 2005


Johnny Appleseed

Legend has it that Johnny Appleseed roamed through what are now Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana for a half a century by living off the land, sowing apple seeds, and nurturing the apple trees.

August 29, 2005


The Indy 500

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is one of the largest single-day sporting events on earth. It was the brainchild of four local businessmen, Carl Fisher, James Allison, Frank Wheeler and Arthur Newby. They purchased 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis in the hopes of furnishing a superior proving-ground for the industry’s latest models.

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