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The Soldier's Friend: The Life of Ernie Pyle

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

Author, Ray E. Boomhower will discuss the life of famed war correspondent and Indiana native Ernie Pyle at 7pm on May 15 in the Genealogy & History Department of the Shelby County Public Library.


Boomhower is the senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society's quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Boomhower has been with the Society since 1987, beginning work for the statewide, nonprofit organization as its public relations coordinator.

Along with numerous articles for Traces, the Indiana Magazine of History, Outdoor Indiana, and other history periodicals, Boomhower is the author of the books:

  • Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924 (Indiana Historical Society, 1997)
  • The Country Contributor: The Life and Times of Juliet V. Strauss (Guild Press of Indiana, 1998)
  • Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History (IHS, 2000)
  • "But I Do Clamor": May Wright Sewall, A Life, 1844-1920 (Guild Press, 2001)
  • "One Shot": The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi (IHS Press, 2004)
  • The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace (IHS Press, 2005)
  • The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle (IHS Press, 2006)
  • Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall (IHS Press, 2007)
  • Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (Indiana University Press, 2008). 
Author, Ray Boomhower

Author, Ray Boomhower

Free presentation/ No reservations are necessary to attend

The Genealogy and Local History Department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing. This is next to the main library.

Event Contact: Donna Dennison (317-398-8144 or


Earlier Event: May 15
Twin Oaks Yoga
Later Event: May 16
Preschool Pals Storytime