Hoosier Authors Presentation

By: La Porte County Historical Society Last Updated: August 30, 2019

Did you know that “Garfield,” “Raggedy Ann,” “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” and even “Dick, Jane, and Sally” were all born in Indiana? Come hear more fascinating facts about Indiana authors and their world-renowned works in a presentation by La Porte County Historical Society President Bruce Johnson. Come join us at the Museum for Bruce’s talk on Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. Regular Museum admission fees apply (adults $5, 60 and over $4, children free). There is no extra charge for the presentation. Please call (219-324-6767), email (info@laportecountyhistory.org), or stop by (2405 Indiana Ave., La Porte), with any questions.

Besides James Whitcomb Riley and Booth Tarkington (included in Museum’s exhibit The Golden Age: Indiana Literature during September), the audience will learn about Theodore Dreiser, Kurt Vonnegut, Lew Wallace, Jessamyn West, Gene Stratton-Porter, Lloyd Douglas, and other best-selling and award-winning writers.

The exhibit The Golden Age: Indiana Literature (1880-1920) will run from September 4 through September 28, 2019, at the Museum. The exhibition, drawn from collections at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Library, and Indiana University’s Lilly Library, explores the period in Indiana literature from 1880 through 1920, during which Hoosier authors achieved both national prominence and popular acclaim. A 1947 study found that Indiana authors ranked second to New York in the number of bestsellers produced in the previous 40 years.