On Dec. 11, after many months of preparation, The Times of Northwest Indiana launched its new history website at http://nwi.com/history. We’re offering a daily Indiana history quiz in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, so visit the site daily to test your knowledge of Hoosier history.
The site also includes profiles of famous Hoosiers, profiles of territorial and state governors, interviews with Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, stories about Civil War veterans from Northwest Indiana, NWI History and Remembering Your Roots blog posts and much more. The galleries of old photos and digital clippings from our microfilm archives are proving very popular.
Another bicentennial history initiative The Times is launching this year is a series of monthly community conversations, called NWI Next, in partnership with nine community partners. Valparaiso University students trained in civic discussion will be leading the public through these conversations on topics that include industry/workforce, transportation, homelessness and more. Local historical societies are hosting these conversations that focus on the future as well as the past.
We’re continually adding more material to the site. If there’s something we’re missing, or something we can do to improve it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If someone you know would like to contribute material to the site, submissions are welcome. Some of this material is also posted to our Facebook.
There’s more in the works as Indiana’s bicentennial year continues. Check out the new site here.
Doug Ross is the Politics and History Editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana.