The Detroit of Dolores Loomer’s childhood was beautiful, but then her family’s home was robbed, the neighborhood changed and the riots of the late 1960’s began.
Mother and son, Joan and Daniel Chapman, share the telling of how their ancestor John Johnson came to Indiana and in 1821 witnessed an historic decision at Conner Prairie.
In excerpts of his interview, Don Drennen tells about Michael, his partner of 22 years whose life was cut tragically short by Multiple Sclerosis in January 2014. Their relationship was full of love, dedication and compassion for each other and the communities they served.
While growing up in a family of 17 children in South Bend, Walter helped his Father in the trash hauling business. During his freshman year at Notre Dame Walter came home to visit and gained a fresh appreciation for what his family had done for him.
Reflecting on her path to professional storytelling, Sally Perkins tells of preparing to tell a flannel graph story at church, before she knew how to read, at the age of five! She has been telling stories in public ever since.
JoEllen reflects on the home of her early childhood where her Italian Grandparents created a beautiful, safe garden close to the heart of Chicago.
On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor an Elkhart minister declared that they would rebuild their fire damaged church too. Fizhugh Lyons tells the story of rebuilding and hosting a major Methodist convention in his home town.
Tasha Boyd Jones grew up with two fathers, her biological father William Boyd (in photo on the right) and her step-father Reginald Jones (in photo on the left) in her life. In an excerpt of their group interview, they talk about the communication and understanding that made it work so well.
In excerpts of her life story, Daisy Borel describes the sheltered self-suffiency of the African American community along Capital Avenue in down town Indianapolis of the 1930’s and 1940’s. When she returned to Indy from Tennessee with a BS in Nursing and a family she experienced the more subtle racial discrimination of the North.
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…