Chronicling Hoosier: Tracing Home in Historic Newspapers

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What is a Hoosier?: Learn What Digital Historic Newspapers Reveal While Exploring Community History

Saturday, November 12, 2—3:30pm
Indiana State Library, Author’s Room
315 W. Ohio St.
FREE, RSVP by Nov. 8 at
For more info: 317-274-8230 or klpalmer@iupuiedu
Presented by IUPUI University Library and Indiana Historical Bureau

Chronicling Hoosier will provide avid “Hoosier” hunters, burgeoning genealogists, and the just plain curious equal delight in discovering the power of digital historic newspapers. Big data from historic sources transforms into compelling visualizations that provide new insights into our State’s long-fascination with the origin of the word Hoosier. Focusing on newspapers dating back to 1836, tactics will be taught that every Hoosier can use to search free, digital newspapers from the comfort of their own homes, embarking on their own discoveries of self, family, and community.

Historian Chandler Lighty will walk participants through Indiana’s own historic newspaper tool, Hoosier State Chronicles, demonstrating how to easily locate specific information but also how to lose one’s self in the depths of their community history, browsing the over 217,000 pages of local Indiana news. Participants will receive a worksheet that allows them to customize a honed search for a particular topic, person, or event. Attendees will leave with a new sense of communal identity through their beloved Hoosier moniker but also a step-by-step plan for beginning individual discovery through historic digital newspapers.

RSVP by Nov. 8 at Seating limited to 50.

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Chronicling Hoosier won third-place in the recent NEH Chronicling America Data Challenge.

To learn more about the Chronicling Hoosier project, read IUPUI's press release.


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