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Indiana History Book Discussion Group (Genealogy Dept.)

  • Shelby County Public Library - Carnegie East Wing 33 West Broadway Street Shelbyville, IN, 46176 United States (map)

An Indiana History Book Club meets monthly in the library's Genealogy and History Dept. of the library.

The discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of most months. At this meeting, we will be discussing MURDER IN THEIR HEARTS: THE FALL CREEK MASSACRE by David Thomas Murphy. Books are available in the Genealogy Dept.

This department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing. 

Donna Dennison, Genealogy Department Head, will lead the discussion. Questions? (317) 398-7002 or ddennison@sscpl.lib.in.us.


In March 1824 a group of angry and intoxicated settlers brutally murdered nine Indians camping along a tributary of Fall Creek in Indiana. The carnage was recounted in lurid detail in the contemporary press and the events that followed sparked a national sensation. Although violence between settlers and Native Americans was not unusual during the early nineteenth century, in this particular incident the white men responsible were singled out and hunted down, brought to trial, convicted by a jury of their neighbors, and, for the first time under American law, were sentenced to death and executed for the murder of Native Americans.
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