Tag Archive: childhood

Lofton, Mary Lou

Posted in: , , , Story by: March 31, 2014

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.

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Moore, Wilma Lee

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.

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Adair-Ward, Phyllis Jo

Posted in: , , , , Story by: July 29, 2013

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.”)

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Burkhart, Gay

Posted in: , , , , , Story by: July 29, 2013

Gay Burkhart talks about Indianapolis and Westfield in the 1940’s, coal furnaces, tin can phones, and telephone party-line etiquette.

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Richards, Diane Lee

Posted in: , , , , , , Story by: June 10, 2013

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.  

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Bloomfield, Celestine

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.    

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