David Heighway Tag

Marching Societies By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Continuing to talk about Emancipation celebrations, it’s worth looking at the Victorian practice of organizing groups to add spectacle to an event.  These groups were usually politically oriented and were referred to as marching societies.  As African Americans became involved...

Self-Emancipation – John Burtwell By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In keeping with the topic of emancipation from last week, it’s worth looking at the story of someone who emancipated themselves via the Underground Railroad.  Escaped slave, barber, and politician John Burtwell has faded from the pages of...

Emancipation Day in Hamilton County By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In 1926, African American historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” in February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  This evolved into African American History Month which we celebrate today. ...

Hamilton County at the Smithsonian By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian When someone mentions the Smithsonian Institution, you may think about famous objects like the Spirit of St. Louis and the Hope Diamond.  Of course, there are also many small everyday objects.  Some from them are from Hamilton...

The 1883 Newspaper War By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Since the earliest days of journalism, newspapers have known that a way to attract readers is to find something sensational and create a news event.  Other newspapers would then respond to create a media hullabaloo that was sometimes...

The Noblesville Iconoclast By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Looking at some more Hamilton County newspaper history, it’s interesting to note the various short-lived journals that would appear, run a few issues, and fold or move to another city.   One that had a very short run was the...

Early Hazards of Teaching By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the start of the school year, it’s time to look at early education in the county and see some of the changes.  The first schools dealt with many things that teachers would recognize today, including a lack...

A Look Inside The People’s Guide By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Hamilton County has several unique historic resources – I’ve posted about the 1866 map before.  There is another resource that has some quirks, but gives a unique picture of the area.  The proper title is “The...

Scandal in the Theater By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Thursday night is the opening of the 25th annual production of Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park.  I’ve covered theatrical subjects before, like the Shakespeare Club, playwrights (men and women), marriages, and circuses.  Since theater is always a reliable source for...

Some Railroad Heroes By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve talked about railroad wrecks before, particularly ones that were caused deliberately.  For the flip side of that, we can look at a couple of people who made a spectacular effort to save lives before or after a train...

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