Monday, August 27, 2012

126. Miscellaneous Monday, August 27

126A.  The August issue of the free Senior Life newspaper has an interesting article on the Ishmaelites, which I had never heard of. This group of mixed race and mixed ethnic peoples came from Kentucky and settled in early 1800's Indianapolis.  The article said that James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphan Annie" is based on an Ishmaelite girl. Pick up a paper around town and read about this strange Indy group.

126B. While at the State Fair recently, I visited the DNR booth on Heritage Day and picked up a free copy of the booklet "Early Peoples of Indiana." This booklet, newly revised in 2012, tells the story of the Indiana area from prehistory to early Anglo settlement. Lot of info on using archaeology and anthropology to learn about human communities. Call or write to the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology for your copy. It's a fun read.

 126C.  I found an interesting little history book at the I-MCPL book sale (my favorite book place!).
Titled "Along The Ohio River," the perfect-bound book is part of the Arcadia Press history series, and contains postcard views of the river from Cincinnati to Louisville. Lots of Indiana views and Indiana riverboats. Do you ever think how the history of Indianapolis would have changed if the White River had been navigable? I grew up at Wheeling, WV, and the river was the major determinant in its existence.

126D. The Indiana State Library Genealogy Division features a handout flyer, titled "Genealogy Resources for K-12 Educators." It has lots of suggestions for getting young people interesting in genealogy and family history. Next time you're at ISL, why not pick up a few copies and get them to teachers and other folks who interact with children. Let's get the new kids on the block into our fascinating study area!


  1. Thanks for the heads-up on the new version of Early Peoples of Indiana; hard to keep up from a distance.

    For those of us not currently residing in IN but with an interest, the publication Early Peoples of Indiana is a downloadable pdf file at

  2. Susan,
    Thanks for the additional info.