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Crazy Crate JP 83: Friday, September 9, 2011.


Here's a list of John's upcoming genealogy conferences. We're looking forward to seeing you at some of them.  Join the fine people that sponsor these events and enjoy a fun-filled day! 


September 24, 2011

Fox Valley, Illinois Genealogical Society Conference, Grace United Methodist Church, 300 East Gartner Road, Naperville, IL.


October 1, 2011

Polish Genealogical Society of America, Hilton Garden Inn, 2390 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL60018


October 8, 2011

Dane County, Wisconsin, Genealogy Conference, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4505 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin.


October 15, 2011

Louisville Genealogical Society Conference, Bear Grass Creek Church, Louisville, KY


October 22, 2011

Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair, Indiana State Library, 140 N. Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


November 5, 2011

Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Prince Center, Grand Rapids, MI.


Hello everyone, From John Palmer.  This is my Crazy Crate for Friday, September 9, 2011!  Dive into Indiana and find out what some of our fine towns and cities have to offer.  Most are just a weekend trip away!


As I mentioned in my last crazy crate I only have one conference left in Indiana this year and it has limited space, so I won't be able to take a lot of the things that I normally bring to a local conference, so here is a listing of Indiana books that you may find useful or that would make good Christmas presents for a fellow Hoosier Hobbyist.


I only have one copy of each book, so you'll have to act quickly if you want the book.


This listing contains books with titles A - L.   Our next issue will have titles from M through V.


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 1: ALLEN COUNTY IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS. By John Martin Smith. Charleston. S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2001. 128 pages. Softcover. The fleeting scenes of Robison Park, Cathedral Square, and Fort Wayne's many other parks have often been captured in postcards sent or collected by Allen County's residents and visitors. Captured here in over 200 vintage postcards and images is the history of Allen County, chosen by local merchants, depicting the thriving downtown areas, booming industries, and quiet, pleasant residential sections. This book for Allen County provides a visual 40-year history of Allen County's growth. This vast collection provides a wide range of fascinating images and poignant messages preserved on 1 postcards, including the socials, events, buildings, homes, and residents of the past from the towns of Allen County, including Churubusco, Fort Wayne, Grabill, Huntertown, New Haven, Monroeville and Zanesville. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 2: AUBURN: THE CLASSIC CITY. By John Martin Smith. Arcadia Publishing. 2002.   160 pages. Softcover.   The citizens of Auburn, Indiana, ensure that their city is truly special among the 22 Auburns in the United States. From the time of foraging hogs and cows roaming its streets to nude swimming at the YMCA pool, the landscape of this small town is ever changing and often surprising. Auburn's past is full of many exceptional instances of residents fighting against injustice, including hosting stops along the Underground Railroad and raising the Company K of the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry to serve the Union during the Civil War. Even before Auburn became a city in 1900, her devoted people displayed how difficulties can be turned into opportunities, and they have always risen to the challenge. Auburn: The Classic City reveals these stories and much more about this big-impact city with the small-town feel. Once called "Little Detroit," Auburn featured prominently in the automobile era, producing 24 different makes of cars before 1937, a heritage now preserved in its world-class museums. Pat's Note: The Van Dyck's creamy Dusenburg Convertible with the red trim lines is a car dreams are made of! This lush transportation history also earned the town the name "Home of the Classics." Featured here are highlights from this time as well as such tales as the raid on the police department by John Dillinger's gang. Readers journey alongside the persistent people who transformed this community into the DeKalb County seat where the tree-lined streets, historic residences, and beautiful city parks belie the city's illustrious tradition of industry and innovation. In Auburn: The Classic City, more than 100 never-before-published photographs accompany the artful narrative. PRICE: $24.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 3: BASEBALL IN SOUTH BEND, IN. By John M. Kovach   Arcadia Publishing. 2004. 128 pages. Softcover. Book Description: The national pastime began to take root in South Bend in the 1860s when teams like the Hoosiers, Excelsiors, and Rough-and-Readys took the field to the delight of local fans. By 1878, the legendary South Bend Greenstockings had arrived on the scene, winning the mythical Indiana State Baseball Championship and establishing the nickname of choice for South Bend baseball for years to come. The following decades saw the rising popularity of not only minor league baseball but also barnstorming teams, indoor baseball, factory leagues, and men's and women's amateur leagues. This rich baseball heritage is carried on today by the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class-A Midwest League. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 4: BEDFORD, IN. By Maxine Kruse. Charleston, S. C. : Arcadia Publishing. 2006. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series.) The county seat of Lawrence County, Bedford is in the heart of Indiana's limestone belt and is known as the "Limestone Capital of the World."  Famous buildings across the nation, including the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, and the National Cathedral, feature limestone quarried and carved in Bedford. After faltering between the Depression and World War II, the limestone industry is still going strong today, During the early spring when the dogwood and redbud trees are in bloom, the area is particularly scenic, and tourists flock to the rolling hills of Bedford and nearby Spring Mill State Park. Through archival photographs and historic ephemera, Bedford captures the birth of a classic Midwestern quarry town and its growth into a thriving modern community. PRICE:   $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 5: BROOKVILLE, IN. By Craig T. Chappelow and Donald L. Dunaway. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing Co. 2008. 127 pages. Softcover. (Postcard History Series) Platted in 1808 as a strip of land between the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Whitewater River, Brookville, is one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Indiana. The authors have assembled more than 200 historic postcards, contributed by local residents and collectors that tell the story of Brookville's people and places. Many of the scenes depicted in Brookville postcards show homes, busy factories, and rural scenes that have long since disappeared. Browsing through these images gives an indication of the way Brookville used to be. Other scenes are easily recognizable today and show how the citizens of the town have preserved some of its most important landmarks.   PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 6: COLUMBUS, INDIANA IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS. By Tamara Stone Iorio. Charleston. S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2005. 128 pages. Softcover. Founded in 1821, Columbus, Indiana, had grown into a thriving manufacturing region by the end of the 19th century. Columbus might have remained a community like most other small towns, but a group of citizens with an extraordinary vision developed a program to bring world-renowned architects to the city. Beginning in the mid-20th century, Columbus was transformed into a center of modern architecture-ranked sixth in the United States in architectural innovation by the American Institute of Architects (after Chicago, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Boston). This collection of more than 200 vintage postcards features some of Columbus's earliest important buildings and its later architectural gems. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 7: CRAWFORDSVILLE: ATHENS OF INDIANA. By Karen Bazzani Zach. Arcadia Publishing. 2003. 160 pages. Softcover.The early west-central Indiana town of Crawfordsville saw the passage of several Native American tribes, as well as French traders and missionaries, traveling along Sugar Creek. Flourishing as the county seat, the city was buoyed by the railroad, horses, and higher education, and is most well known for Wabash College, outstanding American authors such as Lew Wallace (Ben Hur), and the FederaL Land Office. Overcoming hardships along the way, the residents' fortitude and commitment to the city's growth enabled them to persevere and establish this lucrative and charming community. PRICE: $24.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 8:   Crown Hil Cemetery. By W. C. Madden. Charleston, S. C: Arcadia Publishing. 2004. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America series.) Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery is noted for its unique beauty and historic significance. Dedicated on June 1, 1864, the cemetery, at more than 555 acres, is the final resting-place for over 185,000 citizens and is one of the most historically significant areas in the city. Many of the country's great leaders, soldiers, artists and entrepreneurs, are buried within the cemetery's confines including: President Benjamin Harrison, Col. Eli Lilly, and the infamous John Dillinger, to name just a few. Within these pages of vintage photographs, the history and beauty of Crown Hill Cemetery is revealed. Author W.C. Madden examines such structures as the inspiring Waiting Station and Gothic Chapel, both of which were built in the 1800s. He also details the ground's visceral history exemplified by the National Cemetery, dedicated to those who served our country, and the Confederate lot on the cemetery's south grounds. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 9: DANVILLE, IN. by Jeffrey K. Baldwin on Behalf of the Hendricks County Museum. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing Co. 2009. 127 pages. Softcover (Images of America) Danville, created in 1824 as the county seat of Hendricks County, Indiana, was the hub of government, commerce, and agriculture. Farmers sold their crops in town and shopped there. As the agricultural economy diminished, Danville became home to workers commuting to Indianapolis. Danville residents have always valued education. On May 10, 1878, at the instigation of Prof. W. F. Harper of the Central Normal School of Ladoga, fifty farm wagons from Danville arrived at Ladoga and stole the whole school, including equipment, students, faculty, and baggage. Central Normal College was then installed in the facility previously housing the Hendricks County Seminary and the Danville Academy. From 1878 to 1951, Central Normal College was a Danville institution, turning out more than 75,000 graduates destined for leadership roles in education, business, law and politics. The purpose of this book is to show the history of Danville from 1824 to the present, in a collection of over 180 photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief description of the person, building, or event shown in the photographs. PRICE: $21.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 10: GARY'S EAST SIDE. By John C. Trafny. Arcadia Publishing. 2002. 128 pages. Softcover.  Gary's East Side is a nostalgic look back at one of the Steel City's oldest neighborhoods. Through a captivating collection of photographs that chronicle the many aspects of life on the east side of Gary, the book presents the rich history of the community from 1906, the year of Gary's founding, to the present. From the steel mills to the churches to Gary's City Hall, Gary's East Side offers a touching look at this close-knit community. The east side of Gary was a place where people knew their neighbors, where children went to school together, and married high school sweethearts. The area has changed, but a new Gary is emerging. Gary's East Side presents the history of this area in poignant detail and points to the heartening future. Author John Trafny's skillful compilation promises to bring back fond memories of this historic neighborhood. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 11: HANCOCK COUNTY, THEN AND NOW. By Joseph L. Skvarenina and Larry L. Fox. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing Co. 2001. 96 pages. Softcover.   This book captures the evolution of Hancock County from the opening of the National Road to its industrial boom in 1887, with the discovery of natural gas in the area, and into more modern times. The changing face of Hancock County is captured here with a fascinating collection of over 90 vintage images, each paired with their modern equivalent. This display allows us a glimpse into the past and an opportunity to recognize the often radical changes that have occurred. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 12: HANCOCK COUNTY, INDIANA. by Joseph L. Skvarenina. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 1998. 127 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series.)   Over the past 100 years, Hancock County, Indiana, has experienced much growth and change. This extensive photographic essay compiled by Joseph L. Skvarenina chronicles the years from 1880 to the present, providing the reader with a visual viewpoint of local heritage, culture, and institutions.   Using over 200 photographs from both private and public archives, this book offers the reader an opportunity to journey down the dusty road of the past, revisiting the rich traditions of the community that have made it unique in the annals of Indiana history. Many of these images, which have never been published before, illustrate significant moments from the county's history, including scenes of schools, churches, natural and manmade disasters, small towns and armed conflict. Enhanced by informative text, the images included in this book truly capture the spirit of the people of this Hoosier county.   PRICE: $18.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 13: INDIANA'S OHIO RIVER SCENIC BYWAY. By Leslie Townsend. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing Co. 2007. 127 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series) The Ohio River Scenic Byway, designated a national scenic byway in 1996, travels through quaint river towns, thriving cities, and beautiful countryside on its 302-mile journey through southern Indiana. Indiana's history and early settlement began along the Ohio River and includes prehistoric Native American sites, 400 million-year-old Devonian fossil beds, the site where Lewis and Clark first met on the Corps of Discovery voyage, and Indiana's first state capital at Corydon. Communities along the Ohio River Scenic Byway include Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Rising Sun, Vevay, Madison, Jeffersonville, Clarksville, New Albany, Corydon, Leavenworth, Cannelton, Tell City, Troy, Rockport, Newburgh, Evansville, and Mount Vernon. Nearly 200 photographs celebrate the byway's scenic, recreational and historic roots in its architecture, winding roads, and overlooks. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 14: INDIANAPOLIS: THEN AND NOW. By W. C. Madden. Charleston, SC: 2003. 96 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Then and Now series).   Inaugurated as the state capital in 1825, Indianapolis was patterned after the nation's capital and laid out on a mile-square grid with Monument Circle at its center. As the city grew and experienced the tumult of the Civil War, legislators decided to erect a monument to the war's fallen servicemen. In 1902, one of the world's most outstanding memorials was finally completed - the Soldiers and Sailors Obelisk, with a stunning view from the windows at the top coupled with the surrounding Monument Circle Fountains and Pools with wide sidewalks and the life-size Statues of our Fighting Soldiers, all this combines to make a must-see sight! The "Circle City" gets its nickname from the prominent and historical significance of the central city structure. Throughout the years, Indianapolis has maintained its commitment to honoring the achievements of Hoosiers. This dedication to Indiana has given the capital its own rich history, told not only through monuments and memorials, but also through the architecture, parks, businesses, and people that make up the heart of Indianapolis. This new book documents the heroes and history of the city using an impressive collection of vintage photographs from the late 1800s through the early 1900s juxtaposed against present-day images. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 15: INDIANAPOLIS: A CITY CIRCLE HISTORY. By Jeffrey Tenuth   Arcadia Publishing. 2004. 160 pages. Softcover. With its selection as Indiana's capital in 1821, Indianapolis was destined to become a major Midwestern hub. Through the decades that followed, the CircleCity led Indiana into its golden age, when the state was one of the largest industrial and agricultural producers in the nation. Forced to reinvent itself after the decline of heavy industry, Indianapolis now supports a diverse technology- and service-based economy and proudly proclaims itself the amateur sports capital of the world. PRICE: $24.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 16: INDIANAPOLIS IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS. By W. C Madden. Charleston. S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2003. 128 pages. Softcover. In the late 1800s, postcards of Indianapolis began appearing in mailboxes throughout the country. Since that time, the many prominent monuments, buildings, and parks of the Hoosier capital have been featured on countless cards. Using an impressive collection of these images, author W.C. Madden takes the reader on an historic journey through Indianapolis from 1890 to 1950, providing a visual history of the development of the city. Indianapolis experienced great growth during the first half of the 20th century, which gave rise to innovative art and architectural structures, many that serve as the subject of postcards featured here. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Indiana World War Memorial, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Union Station, and The Claypool Hotel, to name a few, are all highlighted here. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 17: INDIANAPOLIS  ITALIANS. By James J. Divita. Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2006. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series). In 1910, Indianapolis had the smallest foreign stock population of any city north of the Ohio River, and city historians merely ignored the presence of the ethnic communities. In the 1920s, the Hoosier capital supposedly lacked a cosmopolitan character, and the Ku Klux Klan gloried in the slogan "100% American." However, the size of a community does not indicate its significance in municipal life. Rather, immigrants and their descendants make a difference because of their talents and available local opportunities. Residents of Italian origin have contributed mightily to Indianapolis's economy, culture, and professional and religious life. The first to arrive were the Sicilians who developed the city's fruit and vegetable trade and the Friulani who engaged in terrazzo-mosaic tile work. Early immigrants became grocers, shoemakers, tailors, and barbers. Later, primarily after World War II, many American-born of Italian descent moved into Indianapolis, excelling in business and professional fields, including law, medicine, and education. The community has continued to grow, adding to its numbers the Italian-born, but married to American military, or engaged in skilled labor in carpentry, tailoring, salesmanship, and food preparation.  PRICE:   $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 18: LAWRENCE COUNTY, INDIANA. By Maxine Kruse. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing Co. 2001. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America series.) The Piankashaws, Delewares, Shawnees and Pottawatomies once held claim to the land now known as Lawrence County. The author has created a fascinating and comprehensive visual record that explores the history of Lawrence County through the vivid combination of over 200 vintage images and captions. Each area within the county offers its own fascinating history. Mitchell was the birthplace of Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom and famous train robber Sam Bass. Williams is noted for its covered bridge, the longest bridge span still in use. Oolitic was settled by Italian stone mill workers bringing a taste of Italy to Indiana. PRICE: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 83 BOOK 19: LOST INDIANAPOLIS. By John F. McDonald. Arcadia Publishing. 2002. 128 pages. Softcover.   In 1816, the U.S. Congress decided to give the newly formed State of Indiana four square miles of land to lay out a capital city. Just where the capital city would be platted, however, was unknown. Four years later, the spot was finally chosen near where Fall Creek meets the White River. From that moment forward, despite a few bumps along the way, Indianapolis began its development into one of the nation's great cities. Over the course of that development, many buildings, companies, legends, and people have come and gone. While they are now only shadows of the past, they help to form the history and heart of Indianapolis. She has certainly helped earn her state's title as "The Crossroads of America." Price: $19.99


John, what a wonderful tour of Indiana. Everyone of these cities helped to define Indiana as a great state with family-friendly cities and towns. Pat from YOGS

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