IHS members can receive Traces, a quarterly, popular history magazine that is also available in the Basile History Market.
“The magazine’s design is sleekly imaginative, its stories told with intelligence and verve.” – American Heritage
“I’m impressed by the way you’ve managed to wring out so much fascinating material … and present it in such a fresh and readable way.” – Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron
“Creative writers … have combined their skills to fill Traces with readable, truthful history – stories and pictures that make Indiana’s past and present vividly alive.” – Indianapolis Star
Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History is an award-winning popular history magazine published quarterly since 1989. Developed as a means of bringing to the public good narrative and analytical history about the state in its broader contexts of region and nation, the magazine has explored the lives of artists, writers, politicians, performers, soldiers, entrepreneurs, homemakers, reformers and naturalists.
Traces has examined the impact of Hoosiers on the nation and the world through such figures as Lew Wallace, Eugene Debs, Gene Stratton-Porter, James Dean, Madam C.J. Walker and Wendell Willkie, and it has studied the influence on the state of non-Hoosiers such as H.L. Mencken, John Muir, Harry S. Truman and Ezra Pound. Just as important, it has featured ordinary Indiana men and women, bringing light to obscure lives and work.
Each issue of the magazine includes the regular department “Black History News and Notes,” edited by Wilma Moore. The department includes articles on the political, social and cultural history of black people in Indiana and the Old Northwest.
Other semiregular features include “I Remember When,” reminiscences by those who lived and worked in the Hoosier State; “Indiana Bookshelf,” examinations of Indiana books and authors; “Destination Indiana,” explorations of historic sites open to the public; and “Focus,” details on the IHS collections.
Now, for the first time, the articles featured in the magazine from 1989 through 2013 are available online. The 100 issues scanned by the Library's Preservation Imaging Department, with metadata entered by the Digitization Department, feature stories on the lives of Hoosier artists, writers, performers, soldiers, politicians, entrepreneurs, homemakers, reformers and naturalists. The collection, accessible at images.indianahistory.org, is searchable by keyword, subject, article titles, date of issue, volume/issue number and author name, or you can browse by the magazine's cover. Search results can be sorted by title, subject or date.