Friday, December 06, 2013

Indiana History Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Horsepower to Hysteria:  Map Exhibit Celebrates Indiana Sports History

Indiana was admitted to the Union in December 1816, so the “Map of the Month” exhibit in the front windows of the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is Horsepower to Hysteria:  Indiana Sports History.  The map features great figures, events, and places in the sports history of Indiana.

The map identifies the hometowns of sports legends like John Wooden, Bob Griese, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Marshall Taylor, and even the world’s fastest pacer horse, Dan Patch.  Legendary teams like the Milan basketball team depicted in the movie “Hoosiers” is featured as well as historic events like the Indianapolis 500 and the tragic Purdue football team train wreck in 1903.

The map is part of a series of Indiana maps created by the GRMC commemorating the state’s rich history and culture.  The Indiana maps are available for use in the classroom or for printing from the Cardinal Scholar DigitalRepository.  Photographs from numerous collections in the Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository are also featured.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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