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For nearly seven decades, Jane Blaffer Owen was the driving force behind the restoration and revitalization of the town of New Harmony, Indiana. In this delightful memoir, Blaffer Owen describes the transformational effect the town had on her life. An oil heiress from Houston, she met and married Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great-grandson of Robert Owen, founder of a communal society in New Harmony. When she visited the then dilapidated town with her husband in 1941, it was love at first sight, and the story of her life and the life of the town became intertwined. Her engaging account of her journey to renew the town provides glimpses into New Harmony’s past and all of its citizens—scientists, educators, and naturalists—whose influence spread far beyond the town limits. And there are fascinating stories of the artists, architects, and theologians who became part of Blaffer Owen’s life at New Harmony, where, she says, "My roots could sink deeply and spread."

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. John Philip Newell
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. J. Pittman McGehee
  3. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. Jane Blaffer Owen
  3. pp. xvii-xxi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvii
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  1. Historical Note
  2. Connie A. Weinzapfel
  3. pp. xxix-xxxii
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  1. From Spoken to Written Words
  2. Nancy Mangum McCaslin
  3. pp. xxxiii-xxxiv
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  1. 1. Twin Vows
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. Indian Mound
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. 3. The Sixth Generation
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. 4. Harmonist House
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. 5. Harmonist Church and School
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 6. Acquiring the Granary and Mansion
  2. pp. 57-64
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  1. 7. May Day Fête
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. 8. Lipchitz
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. 9. Enter Paul Tillich
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 10. Polio Epidemic
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. 11. Sir George MacLeod
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. 12. Iona
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  1. 13. Assy
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  1. 14. Kilbinger House
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  1. 15. Poet’s House and Beyond
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  1. 16. Violets Down the Lane
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  1. 17. Enter Philip Johnson
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  1. 18. Cornerstone Dedication
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. 19. May Day Dedication of the Roofless Church and Barrett-Gate House
  2. pp. 171-182
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  1. 20. Tillich Visits Houston
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. 21. MacLeod’s Dedication of the Lipchitz Gate
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. 22. Estranged and Reunited: The New Being
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. 23. The Undying Dead
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. 24. Paul Tillich Park
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  1. 25. Paul Tillich Commemorative Service
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  1. 26. Open Windows
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  1. 27. Tumbling Walls
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  1. 28. Glass House
  2. pp. 249-256
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  1. 29. Orchard House
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. 30. Rapp-Maclure-Owen House Restoration
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. 31. Art and Carol’s Garden
  2. pp. 277-292
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 293-302
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  1. Editor’s Note
  2. pp. 303-308
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  1. Afterword: Life Was to Celebrate
  2. Anne Dale Owen
  3. pp. 309-315
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  1. Afterword: Through a Child’s Eyes
  2. Jane Dale Owen
  3. p. 316
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  1. Biography
  2. pp. 317-318
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 319-339
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  1. Town Map Legend
  2. pp. 340-344
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253016638
Related ISBN
9780253016249
MARC Record
OCLC
903357020
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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