“The History of Indiana State Forests” presents the story of the development and mission of state forests. Visitors to the state forests tend to discover them property by property, rather than considering them as an administrative whole. The history of the state forests is examined through forest inception, the Great Depression, World War II and the subsequent Baby Boom, the Cold War, deindustrialization and the present. Its analysis draws upon interdisciplinary material from cultural geography, natural resources and history.
Ronald V. Morris is a professor of history at Ball State University, where he teaches methods of elementary social studies and interpretive media courses for public-history students. He is the author of Bringing History to Life: First Person Presentations in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies, The Field Trip Book: Study Travel Experience in Social Studies and History and Imagination: Reenactments for Elementary Social Studies. His research focuses on the creative teaching and learning of elementary social studies. When he is not hiking on the Appalachian Trail, he is restoring Gov. Oliver P. Morton’s home in Centerville, Ind.