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The Golden Age: Indiana Literature (1880-1920)

Golden Age

Drawn from collections at IHS, Indiana State Library and Indiana University's Lilly Library, the exhibition explores what came to be known as the "Golden Age of Indiana Literature." From 1880 to 1920, Hoosier authors achieved both national prominence and popular acclaim. A 1947 study found that Indiana authors ranked second to New York in the number of bestsellers produced in the previous 40 years.

The exhibition examines some of the many writers who contributed to the state's literary golden age, but concentrates on the lives and careers of four individuals who loomed large during this period – George Ade, Meredith Nicholson, Booth Tarkington and James Whitcomb Riley.

Ideas for use: Showcase literature or local authors’ works from your collection or host poetry readings or a book club while this exhibit is on display.

The Golden Age is a 7-foot tall, freestanding exhibit. It requires at least 220 square feet of floor space.

Click here for a detailed layout description.

To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-3110.