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A story about a vanished civilization. . .

The time is 1987. The place: Indianapolis. At several places in the city, there are vibrant, well attended stores which have attractive books on display. A sign outside says Waldenbooks. They are the cornerstones for a business selling best-sellers, classics
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70 Years after the end of World War II, what do we remember? Under the Apple Tree tells us

As a nation, this month we are seeing celebrations of the end of the war. Ninety-year-old veterans are being interviewed on TV; Andrews Sisters imitators are singing, “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me. . .till
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The Quiet Mourners: Heroism on the Home Front

Blue stars and gold stars appeared in windows in both World War I and World War II. Blue for an active service person, gold for the loss of a loved one from the home killed in the war. The mourning
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Studying war? Why do we do this?

This week I spoke at the Anderson Indiana Civil War Roundtable. It’s an enthusiastic group of aficionados who meet in the impressive Madison County Historical Society building in downtown Anderson. To have an entire, roomy and modern building entirely dedicated
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