Category: Indianapolis

Wellington, Wayne Roland

As a child Wayne Wellington was impressed by the manner and dress of his shop teacher. Those polished shoes lead him to the path to higher education, teaching, and a successful career as an administrator.    

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Sparks, Jeffrey L.

Posted in: , , , , Story by: December 9, 2013

A shared dream, a dedicated group of friends, foundations ready to honor authors and film makers of quality, life affirming stories.  All of these factors lead to the formation of the New Harmony (Writers) Project and the Heartland Film Festival.  It all began with Jeffrey Sparks in 1986…

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Sawi, Jeanette Marie

Posted in: , , Story by: December 9, 2013

While visiting Greece with her brother, Jeanette Sawi took a side trip that changed her life.  In this excerpt of the story of how the The Island of Santorini Restaurant in Fountain Square area in Indianapolis came to she tells about meeting the man she would marry.  

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Brandt, Elizabeth Jeanne

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 9, 2013

In an excerpt of her oral history of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Spiritual Life Center  the director, Elizabeth Brandt, tells about her love of labyrinths.  How did the center come to have three labyrinths for meditative walking?   Elizabeth tells the story.  

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Webster, Mary Wilson

89 year-old Mary Webster, recorded with her son Damon Richards, tells of her brief experiences with segregation during college and the importance of family.

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McGee-Lockhart, Olivia Jacquelin

In this excerpt of her life story we hear Olivia McGee-Lockhart tell about working at the Fall Creek Y during her college years in the early 1960’s. At meetings of  The Intercollegiate Club she met different kinds of people, learned about the civil rights movement, the NAACP Youth Counsel, and the challenges facing African Americans in a changing world.  

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Eckhart, Elaine F.

Posted in: , , , , Story by: November 23, 2013

Elaine grew up working in the family business, an old fashioned pharmacy. She learned a great deal about running a small business and developed a deep appreciation for her father’s skilled ways with people and chemistry.

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Kenninger, Donna Rae Peek

Donna Kenninger, a retired nurse, tells about being a volunteer storyteller at Riley Hospital for Children, the power of story and how electronics are a curious new distraction for pediatric patients.    

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Kennedy, Sheila Suess Simkin

Posted in: , , , , Story by: November 21, 2013

Convinced by her mother that she could do anything she chose, Sheila went to law school and was the first woman lawyer hired by Baker and Daniels in Indianapolis in the 1960’s. It was a time of change and some awkward moments…

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Markle, Nicole Leigh

Nicole Markle tells of her love of dance and how her mother struggled to pay for the education that would lead away from rural Virginia to a much bigger world.

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