Hoosier History Highlights


    April 7 – April 13

    This Week in Indiana History

    Ryan White April 8, 1990  Ryan White died at age 18 in Indianapolis. An AIDS patient, his courageous struggle for acceptance gained national attention. Shortly after his death, Congress passed the Ryan White Care Act, which provides services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

    April 8, 2024 Enjoy the Eclipse Indiana!

    Did you know there is a Moon Tree on the lawn of the Indiana Statehouse? Click this link to learn more.

    Moon Tree

    April 9, 1962  Robert Wise won Academy Awards for best director and best picture for West Side Story. Born in Winchester, Indiana, he attended Franklin College. In Hollywood, he became an acclaimed film editor, producer, and director. He also won Oscars in 1965 for best director and best picture for The Sound of Music.


    Wallace April 10, 1827  Lew Wallace was born in Brookville. The son of Indiana Governor David Wallace, he became an attorney, Civil War General, Governor of the New Mexico Territory, and best-selling author (Ben Hur.)

    April 11, 1831  Citizens of Indianapolis celebrated the arrival of the first steamboat to come from Cincinnati via the Ohio, Wabash, and White Rivers. It was hoped that the Robert Hanna would establish the new city as a river port. However, the boat ran aground on its return trip and White River proved to be unfit for commercial navigation.

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken of the bee hive at the Indiana Governor’s residence.

    Governor's Res  

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1. What was the campaign slogan for William Henry Harrison when he ran for President in 1840?

    2. What city serves as the seat of Harrison County?

    3. What relation to William Henry Harrison was the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison?

    4. How did Kosciusko county get its name?

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    1. Tippecanoe and Tyler, too

    2. Corydon

    3. Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison.

    4. It was named for General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish soldier who served with George Washington in the Revolution.


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