Archive for August, 2009


Are you ready for some football?

August 31, 2009

Are you rooting for the Colts this season? Or are you a fan of the Bears, Packers, Lions, Browns, Bengals, or another team entirely? Or maybe you are a college or high-school fan to the core. Whatever team you are cheering for, football season will quickly be in full swing, with the Colts’ first regular season game Sept. 13 against Jacksonville at home.

Before all of the action begins, we took a look at what types of resources were available in the Resource Connection. The 26 resources include a photo essay about Black Hoosiers’ Sports Heritage from the Indiana Humanities Council; a tribute to Cam Cameron, former football coach at Indiana University, from the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices; and a lesson plan from the Bill of Rights Institute about the legal rights involved in being searched and patted-down upon entering NFL games.

Remember, Sept. 13 is just around the corner. Check it out for yourself so you can wow your friends with some football trivia, and don’t forget to get the grill all cleaned up–-Are you ready for some football?


Elvis, the King, and Michael, Prince of Pop, had much in common

August 28, 2009

By Molly Armstrong Head

Coming up on Hoosier History Live! this Saturday is a reprise of our “Elvis at Market Square Remembered”  show, with eyewitnesses Zach Dunkin and Rita Rose, then reporters for the old Indianapolis News and Indianapolis Star, respectively.  Zach had given the King’s concert at Market Square Arena a devastating review, and continued, for some time, to receive hate mail for “having killed Elvis Presley!”

I reflected on the Elvis show when Michael Jackson died this summer at the age of 50.  Elvis was dead at  44.  On the Elvis show I had learned that Elvis had been surrounded by “yes men” who were not necessarily of a mind to confront the star about his alcohol and drug abuse and other excesses.  I mean,  who could pull off an “intervention” on a super star, whether it’s Elvis or Michael?!  There is some similarity in the ultimate demise of both of these men which is very sad.  Certainly,  being a super star is not always a bed of roses!

The Hoosier History Live! Elvis show will air Sat., Aug. 29, at 11:30 a.m. and  Wed., Sept. 2, at 9:30 a.m. on  WICR 88.7 fm.  Or you can listen online by clicking WICR.


Top three reasons to check out Indy Jazz Fest

August 25, 2009

By Rich Dole, a professional freelance trombone player in the Indianapolis area, currently doing PR and Media Relations for Indy Jazz Fest and Owl Studios

This year’s Indy Jazz Fest is going to be, well, for a lack of a better term or phrase, it will be OUT OF SIGHT!! Why? Well, allow me to explain:

1. Instead of a couple of days, the 2009 Indy Jazz Fest presented by MARSH will be a full week! Starting at Clowes Hall on Sat., September 19 and ending Sat./Sun. September 26/27 at The Lawn @ White River State Park, with everything in between, the Indy Jazz Fest will have something for everybody. THAT’s 9 (NINE) DAYS of JAZZ!!!

2. The artist line-up for the 2009 Indy Jazz Fest is virtually a Who’s Who of today’s jazz artists! Check out this list:
Branford Marsalis
Marcus Miller
Poncho Sanchez
Garaj Mahal
Charlie Hunter
Nicholas Payton
Claudia Acuna
Randy Brecker
Rufus Reid
David Baker
Rob Dixon
Derrick Gardner
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

There is something for everybody there! Traditional Swingin’ Jazz, Salsa/Mambo/Latin jazz, Progressive/Modern Jazz, Brazillian Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Funky Jazz and Jam Bands!

3. Like the wide and varied artist line-up, the sponsors the Indy Jazz Fest has is also a Who’s Who of Indianapolis Arts sponsors, including MARSH Supermarkets, Printing Partners, St. Vincent Health, Take Note, DCG, United Water and 88.7fm WICR to name a few.

All information one could ever need is available on the website:, including how/when/where to buy tickets to all concerts at all venues!

What are YOUR ‘Top Three’ reasons to attendIndy Jazz Fest?


Green thumbs (and not so green) welcome at the Resource Connection

August 24, 2009

Before the warm days draw to a close, why not drop by the Resource Connection and check out all of the great gardening resources we have to offer?

Learn what gardening was like 500 years ago when Christopher Columbus arrived in America with the Seeds of Change online exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

Don’t have a green thumb? Why not help the kids create a Japanese Rock Garden with these resource provided by the East Asian Studies Center?


What-are-you-reading-Wednesday: Three Cheers for Schoolteachers

August 19, 2009

As students are heading back to school, this is a good time to think and read about schools and schoolteachers. In the Humanities To Go collection — multiple copies of books that can be borrowed by book clubs throughout Indiana — we have three titles that depict the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of schoolteachers, over the years and in different locales.

The first one, from I.U. Press’s Library of Indiana Classics, is The Hoosier School-Master, first published in 1871. The author, Edward Eggleston, captured a lighthearted backwoods world of the late 19th century, in a setting somewhere near Madison, Indiana. This humorous tale depicted the homespun dialect and social customs of courtship and recreation while dramatizing Ralph Hartsook, the teacher, in his fight to bring civilization to a largely resistant rural population.

Another book from the Ohio River Valley, Jesse Stuart’s The Thread That Runs So True, is a memoir, published in 1949. Stuart began his teaching career at the age of 18 in Greenwood County, Kentucky. Even more isolated than its Indiana counterpart, the one-room schoolhouse where Jesse teaches has little in the way of luxuries, but it has something even better – students who want to learn. For them Jesse is willing to walk 17 miles in the December snow carrying a suitcase of borrowed books because they have already read all of his.

Set in quite a different world from the first two books is perhaps the most beloved schoolteacher novel ever, Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Written by James Hilton, this story about a schoolmaster at an English boarding school takes place over the 50-year career of the hero, spanning World War I. A true character, Arthur Chipping seems stern at first but eventually comes to be loved for his Latin jokes and his eccentricity. (And for American readers unfamiliar with the English school system, this short novel is good background for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, another title available through Humanities to Go.)

As Jesse Stuart writes in his preface, “And I am firm in my belief that a teacher lives on and on through his students….Tell me how can good teaching ever die? Good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal.”