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discoverysettlem00fils_0010Book Review:  The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson.

~Contributed by Jeff, Internet Archive

Written in 1784, this book’s an oldie but a goodie!  While not part of ACPL’s print collection, we digitized it, and it can be read online by clicking the title or the cover image.

The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke  came to us from the University of Pittsburgh’s Darlington Collection.  One of the many fascinating things about this book is that a previously unknown letter written by Daniel Boone was discovered inside this volume when we digitized it!

This book is a fascinating account of Daniel Boone’s adventures, his dealings with the Indians including his capture and his escape, and his impressions of their lifestyle and culture.  Click here to skip ahead to a brief mention of the “Mawmee” Indians.

If you like regional history, this book’s definitely worth a read!  And if you’re interested in an overview of the Internet Archive itself, click here.

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Reclaiming EveTinCaps baseball, Debrand Fine Chocolates, the Embassy Theatre, Komets hockey, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, and (of course) the Allen County Public Library are just a few things to love about living here in Fort Wayne.  But did you know Fort Wayne is also home to a number of talented authors?  Suzanne Burden is a Fort Wayne resident and author of Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of GodShe is a part-time chaplain who enjoys speaking, preaching, and leading retreats. Suzanne was gracious enough to answer some questions about her book for me to share with you.  Enjoy!

Q: In your book Reclaiming Eve, you encourage women to find their true identity and calling in the  Kingdom of God.  Why did you want to write a book like this?

A: Because I needed the book myself! Through studying the Bible and dialoguing with my coauthors, we came to believe that from the beginning, with Eve, God had laid out a blueprint for every girl and woman that was empowering, life-changing and freeing. This was contrary to some of the impressions we had received that Eve was defined by her sin or an “inferior” nature. We taught what we were learning to a group of women in a Bible study, and 4½ years later, Reclaiming Eve was finally published. A Small Group DVD followed, and now people are leading book groups and studies in their churches and homes. We are thrilled to finally have the Reclaiming Eve project out in the world and to see women from every age, stage and circumstance being set free.

Q: What has the story of Eve been and why does she need reclaiming?

A: In Greek culture (which has heavily influenced our own), people believed that women were created as a curse on men. In Christian church history, some of our church fathers taught that women were not made in the image of God, even that they were “the Devil’s gateway.” In every era of history, we are always re-evaluating assumptions made and comparing them to the record of Scripture, reasoning them through and doing our best to live out God’s intentions. Even though Greek thought and some church fathers have passed on a negative view of women, when we studied more closely, we became firmly convinced this was unfounded. We believe that through Jesus, Eve and every woman is restored as both a “strong power”—Hebrew word ezer— (Genesis 2:18) and an image-bearer representative of the living God (Genesis 1:26-27).

Q: For centuries the church has taught that women cannot be leaders in the church.  Is this because they did not understand God’s reason for creating Eve?

A: It’s true that the Christian church has limited the leadership role of women. However, in pockets of Church history, including the early church of the New Testament, some leadership positions were open to women: Junia the apostle, Phoebe the deacon/minister, Priscilla the teacher, and many other women listed as “coworkers” of the apostle Paul. Things began to become more restricted for women around the third century. At times in history, included the late 19th and early 20th century, some women were teaching and preaching and leading again; it was a wooden literalism applied to passages written to a specific culture and city at a particular point in time in the New Testament that displaced them from their pulpits and mission stations, even stripping many of them of ministry licenses.

Our belief is this: God created Eve to alongside Adam mutually oversee his Creation and to flourish and to be fruitful and multiply. When sin entered the world and humankind chose their own way, hierarchy and domination began. But this wasn’t God’s fault, it was ours; neither was it God’s intention. Through Jesus, then, women are restored alongside their brothers to do God’s good work on this earth and to spread his love. We believe we were created as ideal partners, and that we need all hands on deck to get the job done.

Q: What are some of the things women can do if they feel certain doors are closed to them?

A: Every girl and woman has been created to love just as she is loved by God. The reality is that women often face more barriers to doing what they believe God is calling them to do — but every girl and woman can find ways to love well in whatever circumstance or calling they find themselves. Keep looking for open doors; go where women are cherished and welcomed alongside men; make a difference in your one life wherever you can, however you can, wherever you are planted.

Q: Your book is specifically about the identity and calling of women in the Christian church.  Is this an important book for men to read as well as women?

A: Yes! One Sunday a middle-aged man approached me and told me he had read Reclaiming Eve. With interest, I asked what he thought. He replied: “This really is what the gospel (of Jesus) makes possible!” The book is actually about gender reconciliation, about bringing men and women together as full partners. It’s filled with stories of what can happen when this occurs; we need men to champion women and women to lift up men. There is no superiority or inferiority, because we are interdependent. I believe a project or ministry is much stronger when both males and females are represented.

Q: We like to think we live in an enlightened time when men and women are treated as equals.  Yet in our world, the mistreatment and oppression of women is rampant.  For example, the World Health Organization reports that 30 percent of partnered women will experience physical or sexual violence by their partners in their lifetime.  How can a better understanding of God’s intent for the treatment of women by the church coincide with the need for justice for women all around the world?

A: I’m heartbroken by this. This year the National Council on Domestic Violence reported that one in three women in the U.S. are affected, and that one in six women will be a victim of rape. Women and girls around the world are victims of sex-slavery. This reality is absolutely opposed to the blueprint God gives us for the dignity of his daughters, those made in his own image as his representatives. When we realize the great intentions God has for women, our hearts rise up with anger and justice. We speak up when a woman is being abused; we help her find shelter and counseling; we make sure those abusing women are prosecuted by the civil authorities. “Real men protect women,” as the sign said at Fort Wayne’s “One Billion Rising” event. Those with faith in Christ should be the first ones to speak out against injustice both locally and globally. Women are infinitely precious to God and they deserve protection and freedom and flourishing.

Q: Do you have plans for any other books in the future?

A: I am working on a book project with a male coauthor that focuses on male/female partnerships, highlighting the amazing things that happen when men and women serve side by side. I’m thoroughly fascinated by stories that show how this is not only possible, but it’s happening. Men and women have and are accomplishing things together that neither could hope to do on their own. Stay tuned!


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As a child I was a voracious reader of novels, but turned up my nose at anything else. Over the last decade, however, I’ve come to appreciate works of nonfiction. While I may not tear through an informative volume quite as quickly as a good novel, I now recognize how much information is out there to be gleaned, if I just invest some time into a quality work of nonfiction. One of my newest discoveries in nonfiction is a series entitled Images of America. Produced by Arcadia Publishing, the Images of America series:

chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Captured in unique pictorial format, small slices of hometown history detail the often forgotten aspects of American life. With more than two hundred vintage images, each title celebrates a town or region, bringing to life the people, places, and events that define the community. (Arcadia Publishing, 2014)

All the works in the Images of America series rely heavily on images (photographs, drawings, maps), hence the name. With just enough text to help tell the story relayed in the images, these volumes bring history to life before the reader’s eyes.

In particular, I love this series because it has so many wonderful volumes about local places, right here in Allen County, Indiana. I highly recommend giving some of these a perusal:

African Americans in Fort Wayne

African Americans in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Headwaters Park

Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne’s Lasting Legacy

Lincoln Highway Across Indiana

The Lincoln Highway Across Indiana

New Haven

New Haven

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Americans seem to be obsessed with food. Each branch of the Allen County Public Library has hundreds of cookbooks, books on what to eat, what not to eat, how and when to eat it as well as books on how to grow food. We watch people on television prepare food that we can neither smell nor taste. We discuss our last meal, our next meal, our cravings and our dislikes. We even have books about how we digest food. Is there anything about food that we don’t like to talk about?

Yes. We don’t like to admit that we have plenty while others have none.  There are many charitable organizations that try to give people around the world food security: the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foodMany people in developing countries, but also in the United States, do not have food security.  There is at least one day each year that we should talk about this.  World Food Day is October 16th, in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  It is celebrated widely around the world by many organizations concerned with food security.  This year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The United Nations has named 2014 the International year of the family farm.

Did you know that more than 90% of the farms in the world are family farms?  I find that fact surprising.  It seems that it is harder and harder to keep family farms viable in the Midwest.  Many of the farmers I know work a second job in order to be able to afford to farm.  The farm pictured above is an Amish farm, so it is likely the children of the owner will also be farmers, but many children of farmers are leaving the farm.  It seems as if the corporate farms have taken over the farming industry.  But family farms still outnumber corporate farm.  It is to the family farm that we look to feed the world.  Not only do they produce more per acre with their farms, but growing indigenous products and maintaining biodiversity helps the environment as well as the food supply.  More plants per acre process more CO2 and produce more oxygen.

We can support family farms in the United States by shopping at farmer’s markets and stores that purchase produce from family farms.  World-wide we can support agencies that provide seeds and animals for families to begin their own farms.  Please consider making a donation on World Food Day to an organization of your choice.  The local food pantries always need donations and volunteers, and would appreciate your help.  If you donate to a worldwide organization, please research the charity for its effectiveness and history before you donate.  Enjoy your bounty on World Food Day, but take the time to reflect on food security for everyone and do something to make it happen.


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Time is running out to nominate your favorite Indiana author for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award! Winning authors receive a cash prize and a grant for their hometown public library.

Author fair at the library in Indianapolis. pjern via flickr.com

Author fair at the library in Indianapolis. pjern via flickr.com

Three categories of Indiana authors will be recognized:

  • National Author: A writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Regional Author: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Emerging Author: A writer who has published no more than two books during his or her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years.  Emerging authors will be evaluated on these specific works.

Visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org now to read the full eligibility guidelines or to submit a nomination for your favorite author. Nominations will be accepted through this Friday, March 21st.  Take this opportunity to nominate your favorite author now!

What are you waiting for?   NOMINATE AN AUTHOR NOW! –> CLICK HERE

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Just why are we called Hoosiers?

hoosiernf via flckr.com

hoosiernf via flckr.com

I remember a lively discussion during history class in high school. The topic revolved around how Indiana got the nickname, the Hoosier State. Our history teacher was a lively man who tried to keep the class interesting for the disinterested. I did not fall into that category, so everything he said stuck. That is probably why almost 20 years later I can still remember our discussion. In any case I recall him telling us one of the possibilities about the origins of our state’s nickname. In it there was a bar fight and somebody lost an ear. Somebody else picked it up and said, “Whose ears?” Get it?

We all laughed because of the absurdity of the story, but it got us thinking, “Why are we called Hoosiers?” The ultimate conclusion of our class conversation was no one really knows why we are called Hoosiers. Historians have different theories on the origin of the word, but no one can tell you for sure. So recently I conducted research of my own to see what I could find and it appears that my memory is in fine form, as everything I found backed up that history discussion held many years ago. One of the most plausible theories is found at indianahistory.org. They talk about Sarah Harvey, a Quaker from Richmond, Indiana and a letter she wrote to her relatives in 1835. She tells them that old settlers in Indiana are called Hooshers and the cabins they live in “Hooshers Nest….”

Some people believe the word was meant to be derogatory and was used to describe Indiana as a rough, backwoods place. Still others believe the term was used with pride to refer to a hearty, courageous group of people who settled our state. Whatever theory you support, the debate goes on. Have you heard any theories that are not mentioned? I would like to hear them if you have.

Also as an ode to the other great states in the union here is a complete list of their nicknames. A lot of them are self-evident, others not so much.  For example Maryland is known as “The Old Line State.” I had to look that one up.

Alabama Montgomery Yellowhammer State
Alaska Juneau The Last Frontier
Arizona Phoenix The Grand Canyon State
Arkansas Little Rock The Natural State
California Sacramento The Golden State
Colorado Denver The Centennial State
Connecticut Hartford The Constitution State
Delaware Dover The First State
Florida Tallahassee The Sunshine State
Georgia Atlanta The Peach State
Hawaii Honolulu The Aloha State
Idaho Boise The Gem State
Illinois Springfield Prairie State
Indiana Indianapolis The Hoosier State
Iowa Des Moines The Hawkeye State
Kansas Topeka The Sunflower State
Kentucky Frankfort The Bluegrass State
Louisiana Baton Rouge The Pelican State
Maine Augusta The Pine Tree State
Maryland Annapolis The Old Line State
Massachusetts Boston The Bay State
Michigan Lansing The Great Lakes State
Minnesota St. Paul The North Star State
Mississippi Jackson The Magnolia State
Missouri Jefferson City The Show Me State
Montana Helena The Treasure State
Nebraska Lincoln The Cornhusker State
Nevada Carson City The Silver State
New Hampshire Concord The Granite State
New Jersey Trenton The Garden State
New Mexico Santa Fe The Land of Enchantment
New York Albany The Empire State
North Carolina Raleigh The Tar Heel State
North Dakota Bismarck The Peace Garden State
Ohio Columbus The Buckeye State
Oklahoma Oklahoma City The Sooner State
Oregon Salem The Beaver State
Pennsylvania Harrisburg The Keystone State
Rhode Island Providence The Ocean State
South Carolina Columbia The Palmetto State
South Dakota Pierre Mount Rushmore State
Tennessee Nashville The Volunteer State
Texas Austin The Lone Star State
Utah Salt Lake City The Beehive State
Vermont Montpelier The Green Mountain State
Virginia Richmond The Old Dominion State
Washington Olympia The Evergreen State
West Virginia Charleston The Mountain State
Wisconsin Madison The Badger State
Wyoming Cheyenne The Equality or Cowboy State

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Nights are growing cool, leaves are turning red and gold, and the kids are back in school.  In Fort Wayne, that means it’s Johnny Appleseed Festival time, Sept. 21 and 22 this year.  The food, crafts, demonstrations, and music of the Johnny Appleseed Festival are one of a kind.  If this weekend’s festival leaves you hungering for all things Johnny Appleseed, ACPL can help.  Check out one of our John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) biographies, a cookbook full of apple-based recipes, or a CD featuring music performed live at Johnny Appleseed Festivals of years past.

syndetics-lcJohnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History

syndetics-lcThe Core of Johnny Appleseed: The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer

syndetics-lcJohnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story

syndetics-lcJohnny Appleseed: A Voice in the Wilderness: the Story of the Pioneer John Chapman: A Tribute

syndetics-lcApple Cookbook

syndetics-lcApples: More than 75 Delicious Recipes

syndetics-lcThe Apple Lover’s Cookbook

Music of the Johnny Appleseed Festival

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