Andrea Neal will present “A Drive-By History of Indiana,” focusing on some of the lesser known big events in Indiana history. Neal is author of Road Trip – A Pocket History of Indiana, published by Indiana Historical Society Press.
From the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 to the influence of Hoosier Horace Hickam in the establishment of the U.S. Air Force, Indiana history is filled with stories of courage, intrigue, achievement, and misfortune. Author Andrea Neal will discuss some of the least known “big stories” from Indiana history that are featured in her new book Road Trip – A Pocket History of Indiana, published by Indiana Historical Society Press. The book is an effort to boil down centuries of history into bite-size storis focusing on the top 100 events, figures, and places every Hoosier should know. Each story is connected to a destination: museum, monument, county historical society, park, sculpture, or event that Hoosiers can attend or visit first hand. “The whole idea,” Neal says, “is to get Hoosiers talking about our history and taking road trips during our bicentennial. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate.”