When she enlisted in the military, Colonel Felicia Brokaw did not have to unlearn bad habits. One of the many good habits she learned from her parents was to embrace the right to vote! Life Stories Project · Brokaw, Felicia 2021.04.28
In an interview with her Grandson Wes, Rosemary Fry tells of growing up in Elwood, Indiana during the Great Depression. She recalls how her father brought extra food to the table and how she entertained her three younger brothers with reading aloud and movie matinees.
Mary Lou Lofton’s son Tim was full of energy and and joyful sound effects but he also feared two things that were designed to delight children. Both were to be found at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.
Indiana Historical Society Archivist Wilma Moore talks about growing up as an “observer of history.” From going to segregated Crispus Attucks High School to watching news coverage of historic events on tv with her family, her love of history prepared her for her life’s work.
Phyllis Adair-Ward tells the story of discovering two truths: discrimination at Riverside Park and the loving acceptance of her life-long friend, Mr. Quiggles. (A written version of this story appears in her book, “Wind-chimes and Promises.”)
Gay Burkhart talks about Indianapolis and Westfield in the 1940’s, coal furnaces, tin can phones, and telephone party-line etiquette.
Diane grew up admiring her Aunt Helen who, with her husband Don, ran a flight school. It took years to find out that Helen had flown bombers and pursuit planes back during WWII. Diane reflects on the life of her remarkable and yet modest Aunt.
Celestine Bloomfield talks about her early love of reading and the realization that school integration in Gary, Indiana was not working well for African Americans.