New Harmony is a town like no other. A community that began almost two hundred years ahead of its time, New Harmony was a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought equality in communal living. It was impossible for George Rapp to realize the events he would set into motion when he purchased 20,000 acres of land on the Wabash River in 1814 and subsequently sold it to social reformer Robert Owen ten years later. This simple community came to have an immense impact on our country’s art and architecture, public education system, women’s suffrage movement, Midwestern industrial development, and more. This book contains over 150 historic images produced by two 19th-century New Harmony photographersHomer Fauntleroy and William Frederick Lichtenberger. These photographs show historic buildings of New Harmony, many of which have been razed over the years. They also demonstrate the importance of the Wabash River and its influence on settlement and commerce. The people of the community are captured at work and at play, and the reader is allowed a look at the downtown business district of the past and the farms surrounding it.
About the Author
Connie A. Weinzapfel is the director of Historic New Harmony, Darrel E. Bigham is a professor of history at the University of Southern Indiana as well as a noted author, and Susan R. Branigin is assistant curator at New Harmony State Historic Site. Together they have created a rich visual history of New Harmony, Indiana, capturing the turn of the twentieth century and the centennial celebration of this historic town.