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May 22, 2006


Burger Chef

The "Incrediburgible" Burger Chef fast-food restaurant chain had its start in Indiana.

November 7, 2005


Booth Tarkington

Writer Booth Tarkington is identified with Indiana and the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis in 1869, Tarkington spent his first two years of college at Purdue before graduating from Princeton in 1893. His comical writing style epitomized the 1920s Lost Generation. His most known works were cheerful, realistic novels of life in small Midwestern towns.

May 23, 2005


Eli Lilly

Colonel Eli Lilly was a pharmaceutical chemist who had served as a Union officer in the Civil War. Dismayed by the ineffectiveness of the drugs in his day, he started Eli Lilly and Co.

March 7, 2005


Mary Lyon Taylor

When Mary Lyon Taylor’s family fell on hard financial times, she considered how she could contribute to her family’s livelihood. Mary decided to pursue photography, and became an innovator.

February 21, 2005


Madame C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of former slaves, founded the Walker Manufacturing Company and built a factory that would remain in Indianapolis for the next seven decades.

February 14, 2005


Lockfield Gardens

Lockefield Gardens was one of the first public housing projects. It also provided jobs for unemployed Hoosiers in an ailing economy struggling to recover from the great depression under the New Deal.

January 3, 2005


Automobile Industry

When you think of the early automobile, you likely picture Henry Ford, the Model T, and Detroit, but did you know that Indiana also played a prominent role in the early automobile industry?

December 20, 2004


Governor’s Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion in Indianapolis was a two-story yellow brick building, but the interior was another story. When the wife of governor James Brown Ray saw her new home, she refused it.

November 22, 2004


Frank McKinney Hubbard

Frank McKinney Hubbard accompanied the 1904 presidential campaign on a train journey through the backwoods of Indiana. Hubbard created Abe Martin, a character who would become his spokesman.

November 15, 2004


Camp Morton

Camp Morton, on the original site of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, was named after Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton. in February 1862, it served as a prisoner of war camp.

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