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For Defense of Our Country: Echoes of the Jefferson Proving Ground
For Defense of Our Country: Echoes of the Jefferson Proving Ground

From the fly leaf of the book, it's the story of "patriotic devotion in time of war- both on the part of the military personnel who manned the post and on the part of the score of families who had to vacate their homes to provide land for the opertion in 1941-'42." The author, Sue Baker, had ancestors who lived in the area that was to become the Jefferson Proving Ground, which is what inspired her to research and write this book.

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Murder in the House of God!
Murder in the House of God!

This is the true story of the only judicial hanging in Madison, Indiana more than 130 years ago. The hanging was the result of a murder that took place in the New Liberty Church in southwestern Jefferson County. Author David L. Taylor tells the tale of the events that took place in a gripping fashion.

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Ghosts of Madison, Indiana
Ghosts of Madison, Indiana

An historic town like Madison has to have ghost stories, and author Virginia Jorgnsen has put together a book of them. Soft cover, 125 pages, published 2012.

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Images of America – Madison
Images of America – Madison

Hundreds of historic photographs with commentaries and explanations on each one. This is a great book for getting a feel for a very historic town on the Ohio River. It's one you will thumb through time and again. Compiled and edited by Ron Grimes and Jane Ammeson. Soft cover, 127 pages, published 2006.

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Madison Stories
Madison Stories

​This book, published in 2013, is a compendium of newspaper stories written by Howard Denton from 1967 to 1983. The columns are about Madison, Indiana, history. The newspaper columns were transcribed and compiled by Robert Thomas. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 86 pages.

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Hollywood Came Running
Hollywood Came Running

In 1958 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy and director Vincent Minnelli came to Madison to film “Some Came Running”, a movie featuring a “typical” small town in the middle west. Many local Madison area people participated as extras. Author David L. Taylor has captured the story of the making of the film in words and pictures. Soft cover, 157 pages, published 2018.

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Faces of Madison
Faces of Madison

This is a photographic journal of the Madison, Indiana, Bicentennial Celebration 1809 – 2009. The soft cover, 104 page book, was produced by “RoundAbout Madison”. The book and photo editor was Donald L. Ward.

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Reminiscences and Relections
Reminiscences and Relections

A new book about the Jefferson Proving Ground. An oral history of the dramatic contrast between Hoosiers and the War Department in Southern Indiana. This is the story of the families from Jefferson, Ripley and Jennings Counties and the establishment of the Jefferson Proving Ground.

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Unpack the Past
Unpack the Past

A great way for kids to learn about the history of Jefferson County with hands-on activities. A cardboard suitcase full of fun and learning is available at the History Center.

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Reminiscing with Dr. Marcella
Reminiscing with Dr. Marcella

This is a transcription of oral history interviews that were conducted with Marcella Modisett, MD, by Meredith Gregg and Lee Rogers between April and September of 2006. This is a comb-bound, soft-cover book of 95 pages.

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The Madison and Indianapolis: Indiana’s First Railroad
The Madison and Indianapolis: Indiana’s First Railroad

This is a multi-part publication. The first section is The Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, a 1931 thesis by Freda L. Bridenstine of Butler University. The second section is a group of historic photographs from the collection of the Jefferson County Historical Society. The third section is The Pioneer Road of the West: An Interesting Historical Review an article by Robert J. Elvin published in the Madison Courier July 26 & 27, 1888. Comb bound, 71 pages.

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