Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Harrison Wins Dunn Award

Jennifer Harrison of Indianapolis will receive the Jacob P. Dunn Jr. Award for the best article to appear in the Indiana Historical Society's popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Harrison will be honored as part of the IHS's annual Founders Day Dinner on Monday, December 5.

Harrison won the award for her article “Naturalist Charlie Deam: Forestry and Conservation Pioneer,” which appeared in the magazine’s fall 2010 issue. Her work has also appeared in local, national and online press, including American Demographics, Nation's Business, AAA’s Home and Away, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Eye, Archaeology, and others. She has also presented papers at several Midwest history conferences, developed educational material, and contributed to books.

As a writer and historian, Harrison has an abiding interest in American history, ethnic heritage, travel, the outdoors and culture. She holds degrees in journalism and business, and currently studies public history at IUPUI and serves as an intern with the Indiana State Archives. At the archives, Harrison works on the papers of Governor Paul McNutt and educational workshops.

In 2005 Harrison was a Creative Renewal fellow of the Indianapolis Arts Council. In 2010 she received an honorable mention in the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Monday, November 07, 2011

IHS Holiday Author Fair December 3

More than seventy Hoosier authors will gather in downtown Indianapolis from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, for the Indiana Historical Society's annual Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis.

Filmmaker Angelo Pizzo, Chef Daniel Orr, and local media personalities Howard Caldwell and Dick Wolfsie will be signing books along with bestselling authors James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom and 2009 Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf.

There will be speakers throughout the day, holiday music, refreshments, and free gift wrapping.

The schedule of speakers, presented in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, are:

12:30 p.m. “Serving Up Indiana”
Student writing contest awards presentation and

1 p.m. Barbara Morrow, author
Nature’s Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter

1:30 p.m. Rita Kohn, editor
Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the
First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011

2 p.m. Angelo Pizzo and Gayle Johnson, filmmaker and author
The Making of Hoosiers: How a Small Movie from the
Heartland became one of America’s Favorite Films

2:30 p.m. Chef Daniel Orr, author and chef
Paradise Kitchen: Caribbean Cooking with
Chef Daniel Orr
, discussion and samples

3:00 p.m. Jenny Kander and Guest Poets, contributors
And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana

The Holiday Author Fair is free with admission to the Indiana Experience.