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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pitzer's new book on New Harmony available November 15

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Dr. Donald E. Pitzer called upon his 40 years of research on the Indiana town of New Harmony to tell its story in a new book called New Harmony Then and Now.

The book combines Pitzer's text with 120 photos taken in recent years by Darryl Jones plus 50 historic images.

Pitzer is professor emeritus of history and director emeritus of USI's Center for Communal Studies. He said the book is a never-before-attempted effort to combine the utopian past and vibrant present of New Harmony in a single volume. It is aimed at a general audience while including the latest information and scholarship.

"I have done my best to bring the exciting story to life - Harmonists building a town of 180 buildings and trading with 22 states and 10 foreign countries while waiting for the second coming of Christ and Owenite educators, scientists, and backwoodsmen trying to create a cooperative New Moral World of peace and plenty," Pitzer said.

Published by Indiana University Press, the book will be available November 15. It includes a forward by the late Jane Blaffer Owen, New Harmony benefactor, and Connie Weinzapfel, director of Historic New Harmony, a USI outreach program.

A book signing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on November 19, at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Jones, a professional photographer, has published photos on other topics with Indiana University and the Indiana Historical Society.

Pitzer is currently working on a book of quotes by historic figures in New Harmony's past with Dr. Don Janzen.

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