Explore Home with Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story

Posted on July 20, 2020

by Greg Coulter

This year’s One State / One Story read, The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson, asks La Porte County to reflect on the idea of “home” and how definitions of “home” can both divide us and bring us together.

You can join the conversation about home through a series of events at the La Porte County Public Library both in-person and online:
– Various LPCPL book clubs will discuss *The Year We Left Home* throughout 2020. If you have a book club that would like to read The Year We Left Home, you can request a book club kit from the Library.
– A Coffee & Canvas series brings our communities together to talk about ideas of home while creating a painting of their own home. Have you heard of classes where you “Paint Your Pet”? In this class, participants choose to paint an image of their home–either your childhood home, your current home, or whatever home you feel.
– Liz Wuerffel and Allison Schuette (associate professors of art and English at Valparaiso University) will present a Community Conversation on the racial history of northwest Indiana and how white flight shaped the relationship between the Region and rural Northwest Indiana. Join this event on Zoom or watch online on September 1.

Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story program invites Hoosiers to engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation. In 2020, during the second year of INseparable, Indiana will read and discuss Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home, which offers a sweeping, multigenerational look at life in the Midwest over the past several decades.

Find out more on the Library Podcast, “LPCPL Dewey, Don’t We?” during an interview with Megan Telligman, a senior program manager at Indiana Humanities. Listen here and learn more about the humanities as a way to talk about the rural/urban divide in Indiana.

Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No! You’re welcome). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.
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