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December 11, 2014 Minutes

December 11, 2014 Minutes   The Board of Trustees of the Working Men’s Institute met December 11, 2014.  President Fred Frayser called the meeting to order. Those in attendance were Mr. Frayser, Vice-President Nathan Maudlin, Secretary Tom Cullum, Treasurer Melissa Peerman, Trustee Amanda Bryden, Director Ryan Rokicki,

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Schwartz-Manning Collection

Schwartz-Manning Collection This collection was donated to the Working Men’s Institute in April of 2009 by Doris Schwartz Manning and Gen. John Craig Schwartz.  While it is mainly of interest to genealogists, it contains some information on rodeos that were held at the New Harmony Fair Grounds

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New Harmony Series III – Bound Records of the New Harmony Community   The following information is based on the original finding aid completed by Arthur Bestor in 1950. These volumes concern the New Harmony Community (1825-1827, the Owen experiment)  Volumes 1-14 are considered the New Harmony

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The Civil War Correspondence of James Penn Bennett

James Penn Bennett James Penn Bennett lived in New Harmony.  A native of England, he was a teacher, member of the Working Men’s Institute and its librarian.  When the Civil War broke out, he joined the 25th Regiment Volunteers Infantry.  He served for three years and re-enlisted

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Robert Dale Owen’s Letter to President Lincoln

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Leland Alfred Anderson Collection

Leland Alfred Anderson Collection               Mr. Leland Alfred Anderson was born on May 12, 1899 on a farm near New Harmony in the area known variously as Winfield, Stillwell, Rapture and Bugtown.  He went first to the small one-room local schools, and then transferred to the

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