An American Hometown

An American Hometown : Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927

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They lived "green" out of necessity-walking to work, repairing everything from worn shoes to wristwatches, recycling milk bottles and packing containers. Music was largely heard live and most residential streets had shade trees. The nearby Wabash River-a repeated subject of story and song-transported Sunday picnickers to public parks. In the form of an old-fashioned city directory, An American Hometown celebrates a bygone American era, focusing on life in 1920s Terre Haute, Indiana. With artfully drawn biographical sketches and generously illustrated histories, noted musician, historian, and storyteller Tom Roznowski not only evokes a beauty worth remembering, but also brings to light just how many of our modern ideas of sustainable living are deeply rooted in the American more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 82 b&w photos
  • 0253221293
  • 9780253221292

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For Roznowski, the pursuit of the past is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an attempt to bring wisdom forward-to learn not just from our mistakes as a culture, but from the things we did right as well, and then left by the wayside in the 20th century's mad dash to a consumerist, automobile-centered society.February/March 2010 * Bloom * Tom Roznowski has deployed the 1927 City Directory of Terre Haute like a mist net across time to catch a vanished place. An American Hometown is part Akenfield--Robert Blythe's portrait of an English village--and part Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology. Terre Haute, 1927, is more alive than many American cities today. -- Howard Mansfield Roznowski is an evocative, romantic storyteller, and his research revives a simpler time and place not far from here. March 28, 2010 * The Herald Times * Tom Roznowski brings the lost world of a city back to life, and in so doing asks us to re-imagine the way we live now. December 2009/January 2010 * Bloom Magazine *show more

About Tom Roznowski

Tom Roznowski, based in Bloomington, Indiana, is a writer and musician. He is host of Hometown, a radio program broadcast by NPR affiliate more

Table of contents

ContentsForeword by Scott Russell SandersAcknowledgmentsIntroductionAbel Manufacturing Company--to--Robert AxlanderBachelor Club--to--Roxie ByrdBarden Calloway--to--John CroweDaphne Confectionary--to--Lemon H. DunnTilatha East--to--Mary EurigaEthel Failing--to--Emma FyfeJames H. Gallian--to--Flora G. GulickJoseph A. Haddox--to--Frances HughesJosephine Ice--to--Abe IssacMary Jackman--to--William R. JoyceAlbert Kaeling--to--Lillian KuhnMinnie Mayme Lacy--to--Lena B. LydaAlbert McBride--to--Ernestine Myers Dancing AcademyAgnes Nairn--to--North Baltimore Bottle Glass CompanyHarry E. Oaf--to--James OslerMabel P. Paine--to--Arvella PushbackThe Quality Shop--to--Jacob RyanSt. Joseph's Academy--to--Marcella SwimElmer E. Talbott--to--Alice TwadellJacob Umble--to--Alm UtzOhmer D. Vance--to--Robert T. VrydaghClarence W. Wagner--to--John WrightIvan Yates--to--George A. ZwernerIndexshow more

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