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HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

first_imgStatehouse Virtual Tour Many Carnegie libraries proudly display this portrait of their benefactorDid You Know?     During the early decades of the 20th century, many Indiana communities responded to Industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s offer to provide funds for the building of libraries.  Indiana led the nation with 164 applications granted. The first Indiana Carnegie Library opened in 1902 in Crawfordsville. The last one, in Lowell, opened in 1920.  The buildings have stood the test of time.  Of the original 164, 145 are still standing.  Nearly 100 of them are still libraries.  The others are serving as city halls, museums, community centers, small businesses, and a few are even private residences. “I shall not lead you down the easy road . . . I shall lead you down the road of sacrifice and service to your country.”– – – Wendell L. Willkie HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK Wayne County1873     Wayne County officially moved its county seat from Centerville to Richmond, ending a 50-year rivalry between the two cities for the designation.  Historians noted that “men, women, and children wept bitter tears as the last wagon left the town of Centerville on that eventful evening.” Seal Willie button Baseball1927     Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig came to town as the New York Yankees played an exhibition gamewith the Indianapolis Indians inWashington Park.  The sports page said the Babe hit one over the right field fence which flew south past the railroad tracks and landed “just this side of Brown County.”  However, the Indians still beat the Yankees, 8 to 5, in a game that was fun for fans and players, alike. Quote FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Riley1881     The Indianapolis Leaderprinted “The Land of Used-To-Be,” one of the first poems published by James Whitcomb Riley.  Known as “The Hoosier Poet,” he became world famous.  Scores of his books were issued in many editions and included such classics as “Little Orphant Annie,” “The Raggedy Man,” and “Out to Old Aunt Mary’s.”  A star on the lecture circuit, Riley vied in popularity with Mark Twain.  (Pictured:  The poet is honored by a large mural on the side of a building on East Michigan Street, near his home in the Lockerbie neighborhood.  The mural is the work of artists Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards.) 1912     Dedication ceremonies were held for the new library in Boswell, Indiana, in Benton County. Andrew Carnegie had donated $8,000 for construction of the building, provided the community would pledge $800 per year for maintenance and operation. He insisted that library cards should be free and that books would be placed on open shelves so that readers could browse on their own.  The Boswell Carnegie Library continues to serve the community today.  It was doubled in size by an addition in 2003.center_img Library 1940     Elwood, Indiana, made national news as Wendell L. Willkie accepted the Republican nomination for President. Over 250,000 people crowded into Willkie’s hometown on a day that saw the temperature rise to 102. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran 29 extra trains that day. Willkie waged an energetic campaign but failed to prevent President Franklin D. Roosevelt from winning a third term in November. Indiana Statehouse Tour OfficeIndiana Department of AdministrationGuided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.(317) [email protected] Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Indiana StatehouseArrow August 11 – August 17The Week in Indiana History Flag1945     Indiana Governor Ralph Gates declared a two-day state holiday to celebrate the end of World War II.  He urged citizens to “pay homage to those living and dead who have given so much towards victory.”  Over 400,000 Hoosier men and women served in the war.  Over 12,000 were killed and over 17,000 were wounded. Carnegie Indiana Quick Quiz     Fill in the blank to complete each passage by an Indiana poet:1.  Sarah Bolton:  “Paddle Your Own ________”2.  James Whitcomb Riley:  “When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the ________”3.  Arthur Franklin Mapes:  “Lovely are the fields and meadows that reach out to rise where the dreamy ________River wanders through paradise”Answers Below ANSWERS:  1.  Canoe  2.  Shock  3.  Wabash Follow us on Instagram: @instatehousetourofficelast_img read more