THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY


OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER  31


1908     Dedication ceremonies were held for the statue of President Benjamin Harrison in University Park in Indianapolis.  Harrison’s 11-year-old daughter Elizabeth assisted in the unveiling.  The ceremony followed a parade which drew thousands to the event.  Participants included Vice President Charles Fairbanks, Indiana Governor J. Frank Hanly, Former U. S. Attorney General William Henry Harrison Miller, and Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley. 

1922     Raymond Blackwell and William Bridges, two students on the Franklin College newspaper staff, held a high school journalism convention.  Over 250 editors and sponsors attended the event on the Franklin campus.  Subsequent meetings led to the foundation of the Indiana High School Press Association, one of the strongest scholastic press organizations in the nation.

1938     The “War of the Worlds” radio drama convinced many listeners that Martians had invaded the Earth.  The classic story by H. G. Wells was presented as a series of news bulletins that interrupted regular programming.  In Indianapolis, a woman ran into a church during Sunday evening services to report that the world was coming to an end. 

1944     President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in Fort Wayne from a special stage built next to railroad tracks at the crossing near Harrison and Pennsylvania Streets.  FDR, campaigning for his fourth term, said, “I have a conviction that the people of Indiana. . . know that I am the same Franklin Roosevelt who started in campaigning 12 years ago. . . I wear the same-sized hat.”  It was Roosevelt’s last appearance in the state.  He died six months later. 

1948    Renovations were completed in the House and Senate chambers at the Indiana Statehouse.  The $750,000 project included additional rooms and offices, oak-paneled walls, plush new carpet, and new shiny-topped desks with red-leather chairs.  New seating was also provided in the public galleries. 

1970     The Indianapolis Museum of Art opened at its new location at Oldfields, the Lilly Family estate at Michigan Road and 38th Street.  Over 1,000 people witnessed the ribbon-cutting by Mayor Richard G. Lugar.  Indiana Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb told the crowd that “the museum will shine from this day on as the brightest light of art and culture in Mid-America.”

 

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