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Talking History: March 2024

Historic New Harmony will be hosting a free, monthly social gathering for local history lovers, Talking History, at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Indiana, on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. You will also have the chance to see the gallery's current exhibition, Totality, on view now through April 20, 2024. 

The idea behind Talking History is to provide opportunities for people to meet to share and discuss historical topics of interest related to the town of New Harmony. Though each informal meeting will be guided by a pre-announced theme, participants are free to go "off script" and take the conversation in different directions. Historic New Harmony staff plan to share a variety of selected objects and other materials from the HNH collections to spark discussions. These items will relate to the monthly theme.

The theme for March 2024 is Seasons. Some questions to let percolate before the meeting:

  • What is your favorite season in New Harmony?
  • Can you share stories about storms or any other weather-related event?
  • Did you ever go swimming in the Wabash River?
  • How were houses and other buildings designed to adapt to the weather in southern Indiana?   

If you have any photos or objects that you would like to share at March's Talking History, we encourage you to bring them with you! 

For more information, contact Heidi Taylor-Caudill, Collections and Community Engagement Manager, at 812-682-6133 or  

Talking History Archives

In February 2024, Historic New Harmony launched a new social gathering for local history lovers to meet monthly to share and discuss historical topics of interest related to New Harmony, Indiana. This program, Talking History, uses objects and other materials to inspire conversation. Below are summaries of each month's gathering and promotional posters. 

The first Talking History gathering took place at Black Lodge Coffee Roasters in New Harmony, Indiana, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. 18 people attended the event. Objects shared included three items from Historic New Harmony's artifact collection (a child's toy sweeper from the early 20th century, a 19th-century cast iron sad iron, and a medicine bottle) and two photograph albums related to a participant's family history. Another participant played a recording of an oral history interview for the group.