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ANDREA NEAL: Indiana family helped slaves escape to Canada

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana family helped slaves escape to Canada

Once runaway slaves made it to the home of Levi and Catharine Coffin in eastern Indiana, they were safe — truly safe. To the best of Levi Coffin’s knowledge, every slave who passed through his Underground Railroad station made his way to freedom.

October 22, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Riley revered for homespun poetry

ANDREA NEAL: Riley revered for homespun poetry

Today his poems are written off as the sentimental musings of a time gone by. During his life, James Whitcomb Riley ranked with Longfellow and Twain as a best-selling author, and his works were required reading in virtually every school.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: French missionary realizes golden dream in South Bend

ANDREA NEAL: French missionary realizes golden dream in South Bend

If he could see it now, Father Edward Sorin would surely marvel at what has become of Notre Dame du Lac, Our Lady of the Lake, the Catholic university he founded in 1842.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Banker Lanier rescued Indiana

ANDREA NEAL: Banker Lanier rescued Indiana

James F. D. Lanier twice came to the rescue when Indiana desperately needed his help. Without him, state history might have turned out differently.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am
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 the “Unorganized Territory” of Kansas to begin a new life.

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. Even today her poem “Paddle Your Own Canoe” is cited and recited, though few know anything about its origins.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
School year starts with controversial new standards

School year starts with controversial new standards

New Indiana State Standards — material all students in grades K-through-12 need to know — will be rolled out this year when school begins. 

August 11, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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State ed department partners with Gary schools

State ed department partners with Gary schools

GARY | When school begins this fall, the Indiana Department of Education will play a more significant role in operations at the Gary Community School Corp.

August 10, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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Squabble continues, local education leaders move forward

Squabble continues, local education leaders move forward

As state officials continue to squabble over policy and procedure, local educators are getting ready for a school year with new state standards, a new state-mandated test and a budget where they may see only 1 percent in new money.

August 09, 2014 9:00 pm
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 goods west in Conestoga wagons, by stagecoaches carrying mail and by farmers moving crops to markets.

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 continuing until the eve of the Civil War, free African-Americans migrated in family groups to Indiana and established farming societies that valued hard wor…

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 subjects offered were Latin and Greek. Today, more than 3,000 professors teach 47,000 students on a campus graced by limestone buildings and woodland pa…

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 returned to this country on a victory tour. It was a landmark event for cities on his itinerary. Jeffersonville, Ind., was one of them.

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 nine Indians in Madison County and the ensuing trial and death sentences of the white male perpetrators.

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 an end to the practice.

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. Constitution. It took James Brownlee, Benjamin Parke and associates only 18 days to write Indiana’s.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
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