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MEDIA ADVISORY: Book launch celebrates history of diverse Southside neighborhood


December 19, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A three-year partnership between Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis faculty and students in the department of anthropology, and African-American and Jewish residents formerly of Indianapolis’ Southside neighborhood, will culminate in a book launch celebration Thursday.

From 7 to 10 p.m., former community residents, students and others will gather at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road, to celebrate the release of “The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Neighborhood on Indianapolis’ Southside.” The book recounts the history of Southside as told through the eyes of the African-American and Jewish people who lived in that community.

Using archival research and conducting oral history interviews with community elders, IUPUI anthropology students working under the direction of Susan B. Hyatt, associate professor of anthropology in the IU School of Liberal Arts, collected and assembled a wealth of material that tells the story of this neighborhood that was once an important gateway to Indianapolis for both European immigrants and migrants from the South.

The book is being published by local publishing house Dog Ear Publishing and will be available for orders by the end of December.

Working with the IUPUI University Library’s Digital Libraries Team, under the direction of Kristi Palmer, IUPUI students also scanned and compiled more than 400 documents and photographs from the old neighborhood. These images are available on the Program of Digital Scholarship website.