Paradise Spring annual meeting to focus on Miami Indians

By The Paper staff

Dr. Stewart Rafert will be speaking on “The Miami Indians, Past and Present” at the annual meeting of Paradise Spring Historical Park at 6:30pm Jan. 27 in the Wabash County Historical Museum meeting room.

The evening will begin with a carry-in soup and sandwich supper.  The public is invited to this free event, though donations will be accepted to the Paradise Spring Park Maintenance Fund. RSVP by calling 260-571-2879.

Rafert, who grew up on a farm near Fortville and graduated from Earlham College, has researched the local Miami Indiana community since 1978.  He recently retired as teacher of American Indiana history at the University of Delaware. 

During his research, he interviewed Miami people and studied records in the Wabash County Courthouse as well as in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  His professional interest has been documenting the history of the Miami tribe from the earliest days up to the present time.  He has written on the Miami tribe for Traces magazine of the Indiana Historical Society and many other publications.  His book “The Miami Indians of Indiana” was published in 1996, followed by “Native Americans” with Dr. Elizabeth Glenn of Ball State University in 2010. 
Rafert is a popular speaker at the Wabash County Historical Museum and has roots in Wabash County dating to 1853.

Posted on 2016 Jan 19