Current events have reacquainted Hoosiers with the state’s role in the history of US manufacture of chemical weapons. Since 2005, the Army has been neutralizing a stockpile of V-X nerve agent that had been made and stored at the Newport Chemical Depot since the 60s.
Although it’s certainly not the geographic center of the continental United States, the state of Indiana has nonetheless played the role of “The Crossroads of America”.
By 1899, Herman Hulman had introduced Clabber Girl Baking Powder, which became a regional bakers' favorite.
Tornadoes might seem to be the most potentially damaging natural phenomena to those in the Hoosier state, but the threat of earthquakes looms large in Indiana.
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.
Eugene Victor Debs was a lifelong resident of Terre Haute. Having dropped out of school at an early age, Debs first worked on the railroad as a fireman. The bonds that he forged with his fellow workers shaped his lifelong philosophy, expressed in one of Debs’ famous court speeches — “While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
Indiana 's official state song conveys the sense of nostalgia for a long-gone rural domesticity that characterized Paul Dresser's best-loved songs.
In 1915, Terre Haute's Root Glass Company produced a curvy bottle that remains one of the most recognizable icons in the world.
From a small studio in Terre Haute, The Martin family documented almost a century of history with their photographs.