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Yearly archive for 2011

A French Woman on the Wabash


            March is Women’s History Month.  For a small town, New Harmony has a rich history of notable women.  From 1814 – 1824 New Harmony was home to Gertrude Rapp.  Although Gertrude remained loyal to the beliefs of her grandfather her whole life, it did not stop her from having a rich and full life in an era when most women were relegated to the kitchen and nursery.

            Gertrude was well educated, a gifted musician and an accomplished businesswoman.  She mastered the art of silk making and turned it into a moneymaking venture for the Harmony Society. 

            Like Gertrude, Marie Duclos Fretageot did not fit the mold for 19th women. 

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WMI Partners with New Harmony School to Encourage Young Readers


            The Working Men’s Institute has recently purchased the complete sets of Indiana Young Hoosier Picture Books, Intermediate Books and Middle School Books for 2011-2012.  That’s 60 books deemed to be outstanding in their categories.

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