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Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the IMH features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history.


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CURRENT ISSUE - December 2014

In the Decmber 2014 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History:

James Naismith Didn't Sleep Here: A Re-examination of Indiana Basketball's Origins

Chandler Lighty of the Indiana State Library looks at how the digitization of historic newspapers has transformed research, as he re-examines the origins of Indiana's favorite sport: basketball. Lighty reviews a wealth of 1890s newspapers from Crawfordsville, Evansville, Indianapolis, and other Hoosier cities and towns and discovers the game being played at least as early as 1892 in the gymnasiums of local YMCAs.

Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of Historical Memory

University of Indianapolis history professor A. James Fuller offers a fascinating look- from the 1870s into the twenty-first century- at how historical figures are remembered through time. Fuller considers Oliver P. Morton, Indiana's great Civil War-era governor, and how Hoosiers in different decades interpreted Morton's life and his political career for their own time period and often for their own political purposes.

Selling Orville Redenbacher: The Creation of a 1970s Advertising Icon

Kevin Fish, grandson of gourmet popcorn king Orville Redenbacher, looks at how advertising and a series of still-famous television commercials transformed an entrepreneurial popcorn grower into a pop culture icon and made his product into a nationally bestselling brand.

Photo of the Crawfordsville High School basketball team, 1902