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Ralph's Indiana Bicentennial Coloring and Activity Book

Ralph's Indiana Bicentennial Coloring and Activity Book

Color pictures! Solve puzzles! Get lost in a maze!

Ralph's Indiana Bicentennial Coloring and Activity Book takes young readers on a tour of 200 years of Indiana history. The narrator, Ralph the raccoon, leads readers through fun activities as he teaches serious lessons----and as he contends with the antics of two pesky squirrels.

Ralph's Indiana Bicentennial Coloring and Activity Book may be purchased for $7.95 through CreateSpace. Multiple copies may be purchased at a discounted price by contacting the author, Lee P. Sauer, drawingsmiles@yahoo.com.

Lee P. Sauer is an author/illustrator who lives in Angola with his three lovely daughters. A former elementary school teacher, commercial fisherman and journalist, Sauer now makes his living through freelance art and handyman work. Sauer maintains close ties with the animal kingdom through daily encounters with six chickens, dozens of squirrels, and Ralph, who lives in a nearby sewer.

Stained Glass Ornaments

Stained Glass Ornaments

Stained glass ornaments in the shape of Indiana have been created by Steuben County resident Dareen McClelland.

Each ornament is one-of-a kind and is handcrafted with stained glass rescued from the former Angola Christian Church. The church, located across the campus from Trine University, has a rich history. Church members first started meeting in 1852 and their first building was erected in 1870. Forty years later, a new building was constructed and dedicated. When the university purchased the church and created the T. Furth Center for the Performing Arts, McClelland, a former Trine employee, rescued the stained glass and eventually created these 2.5 by 4 inch ornaments. 

Ornaments are $20, which includes shipping costs. To order, e-mail McClelland

 
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Steuben County and the Abolitionist Movement

Steuben County and the Abolitionist Movement

With Courage and Conviction: Orland Indiana and the Abolitionist Movement is an inspiring text of the courage and conviction of residents of Steuben County’s first settlement, Orland, and their bravery during the abolitionist movement. Because of their active participation in the Underground Railroad and the blatant efforts of those who fostered the abolitionist cause, the town became a focal point of the movement during the 1850’s. The arrests of five citizens, who in 1853 were caught moving slaves through Orland in direct violation of the Fugitive Slave Act, thrust the community into the national spotlight. These brave citizens had dared to defy a federal mandate and the nation watched as they were arraigned in federal court in Indianapolis. The incidents at Orland brought leaders of the movement to the area and acted as a catalyst that initiated subsequent abolitionist activities that continued until the start of the Civil War.
 
Written by Michael T. Biesiada