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Aug 27, 2021

During the decades when Indianapolis and its downtown were far from vibrant, Naptown was frequently used - along with "India-NO-Place" - as a derisive nickname for the lackluster Hoosier capital.

But the actual origin of the Naptown nickname is much different than the negative connotation it later came to have, and the...

Aug 20, 2021

For our 600th show, Hoosier History Live will explore an aspect of our heritage that's, well, notorious.

During the 1870s and '80s, outlaw gangs terrorized some Hoosiers, particularly merchants and farmers, in an area of southwestern Indiana sometimes known as the Lost River region. It encompasses Martin CountyOrange...

Aug 6, 2021

During the 1860s and '70s, "colored schools" (the term used during that era) began to open in Indiana. State laws required Black students to be educated in schools separate from their white counterparts.

In 1886, the ceremony for the first graduate of Vincennes Colored High School in southwestern Indiana sparked a...

Aug 6, 2021

A bushel of challenges have confronted family farmers in recent decades. At the same time, farmers mаrkets have sprouted up in towns and neighborhoods across Indiana, the popularity of their "buy local" appeal undeniable.

Nick Carter, 38, is knee-deep in both family farms and farmers markets. He grew up on a...