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ANDREA NEAL: Native Americans forced from Hoosier state at gunpoint

ANDREA NEAL: Native Americans forced from Hoosier state at gunpoint

On the morning of Sept. 4, 1838, 859 Potawatomi were forced at gunpoint from their homes in northern Indiana and sent on foot and horseback to…

August 27, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: 'Paddle Your Own Canoe' is a Hoosier inspiration

ANDREA NEAL: 'Paddle Your Own Canoe' is a Hoosier inspiration

James Whitcomb Riley was the most acclaimed, but he wasn’t the first Hoosier poet to gain national fame. Sarah T. Bolton deserves that honor. …

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier canal era had lasting historical impact

ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier canal era had lasting historical impact

In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed to great fanfare. Cannon fire, parades, balls and speeches celebrated the speed and skill with which New…

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Limestone legacy a best-kept Hoosier secret

ANDREA NEAL: Limestone legacy a best-kept Hoosier secret

It is one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets.

July 15, 2014 11:16 am

ANDREA NEAL: Pioneering history of U.S. 40

ANDREA NEAL: Pioneering history of U.S. 40

A drive across Indiana on the National Road is a trip back in time. This was the route taken in the 19th century by pioneers hauling household…

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Free blacks migrated to Indiana

ANDREA NEAL: Free blacks migrated to Indiana

Like other pioneers, they came to Indiana in search of land and liberty and, for the most part, found both. Beginning in the 1820s and continu…

June 18, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana University began as 'seminary' in 1820

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana University began as 'seminary' in 1820

When the first classes were held in 1824, Indiana University had one professor, 10 male students, and no building to call its own. The only su…

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Marquis de Lafayette was a big hit in Jeffersonville

ANDREA NEAL: Marquis de Lafayette was a big hit in Jeffersonville

A half-century after the Declaration of Independence was issued, the Frenchman who helped the United States win the American Revolution return…

May 21, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Massacre at Fall Creek tested frontier justice

ANDREA NEAL: Massacre at Fall Creek tested frontier justice

In 1975, Jessamyn West wrote a novel based on a true yet astonishing Indiana story. The Massacre at Fall Creek recounts the 1824 murders of ni…

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Committee of 10 picked Indiana's capital

ANDREA NEAL: Committee of 10 picked Indiana's capital

Anyone who’s ever served on a committee can relate to the old laugh line: A committee is a group of people who keep minutes and waste hours.

April 23, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Slavery existed in 'free' Indiana's early days

ANDREA NEAL: Slavery existed in 'free' Indiana's early days

Although the state Constitution expressly prohibited it, slavery existed in early Indiana. Two court cases filed by enslaved black women put a…

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, Jonathan Jennings experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

March 26, 2014 5:25 am

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's birthdate is Dec. 11, 1816

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's birthdate is Dec. 11, 1816

It’s a date every Hoosier should know: Dec. 11, 1816. On that day, Indiana became the 19th state.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's framers met under an elm

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's framers met under an elm

James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and colleagues spent almost four months debating, writing and editing the document that would become the U.S.…

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Lack of historical knowledge taints public debate

ANDREA NEAL: Lack of historical knowledge taints public debate

It’s little wonder that today’s political discourse is polarized. The folks doing most of the arguing know so little about the past that they …

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

Three states claim Abraham Lincoln as a favorite son, but only Indiana can take credit for his formative years. 

February 12, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Harmonists sought to create perfect society near Evansville

ANDREA NEAL: Harmonists sought to create perfect society near Evansville

For one shining moment in the early 19th century, a group called the Harmonists achieved utopia on the Wabash River. Two hundred years later, …

January 29, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Frontier violence at Pigeon Roost

ANDREA NEAL: Frontier violence at Pigeon Roost

On Sept. 3, 1812, a Native American war party killed more than 20 settlers living in a wooded outpost near present-day Scottsburg. Motivated b…

January 15, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Battle of Tippecanoe ended Native American dream

ANDREA NEAL: Battle of Tippecanoe ended Native American dream

In the drizzling pre-dawn rain of Nov. 7, 1811, on high ground near modern-day Lafayette, Gen. William Henry Harrison squashed Tecumseh’s drea…

January 01, 2014 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Swiss created first commercial winery in Indiana

ANDREA NEAL: Swiss created first commercial winery in Indiana

In 1796, John James Dufour left his native Switzerland to seek a new life and opportunity in the United States. Less than a decade later, he o…

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Lewis, Clark joined forces here

ANDREA NEAL: Lewis, Clark joined forces here

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an exploration of the Louisiana Territory in search of a Northwest Passage.…

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: William Henry Harrison shaped Indiana from Vincennes

ANDREA NEAL: William Henry Harrison shaped Indiana from Vincennes

History remembers William Henry Harrison as the first president to die in office. Hoosiers should remember him as the man who shaped the India…

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier values shaped by Northwest Ordinance

ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier values shaped by Northwest Ordinance

Indiana's political values, moral compass and physical boundaries were shaped by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.

October 22, 2013 5:45 pm

ANDREA NEAL: George Rogers Clark turned Indiana into U.S. soil

ANDREA NEAL: George Rogers Clark turned Indiana into U.S. soil

If not for George Rogers Clark, we Hoosiers might snack on scones with jam and clotted cream and speak with cockney accents.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

Roman Catholics claim bragging rights to Indiana’s oldest church. Jesuit missionaries visited the French fort at Vincennes within months of it…

September 25, 2013 12:00 am
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