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Working Mens Institute

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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Father Time and his Children


            In the stacks of the WMI there is a lovely little book published in 1913 titled “Festival Plays.”  Authored by Marguerite Merington, it harkens back to the day when children’s programs were punctuated by recitations. 

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Our Town Series

  New Harmony in the Civil War let’s you meet some of the one hundred seventy-three New Harmony soldiers who fought in the Grand Army of the Republic.  Nineteen died.  Three were disabled. Fifty three G.A.R. Veterns are buried at the Maple Hill Cemetery. Click Here for

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How can I help my young reader?

BookFLIX  Working Men’s Institute   Help your child PreK-3 ·        Build a love of reading  ·        Build reading skills ·        @ library or home –wherever you have Internet   It’s fun, interactive and free to our patrons.  Call 682-4806 or stop by the library for more information.

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Virtual Tour

Click links to view our virtual tour (mouse around for 360 degree view)   Click here to view exterior of front entrance Click here to view main entrance Inside Library Working Men’s Institute Museum Working Men’s Institute Portraits Harmony on the Wabash Exhibit

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