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Porter, Indiana
Reading Indiana’s Environmental Literature in the Landscapes that Inspired it
Paddlers reading poems at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis as part of Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires program. Photo courtesy of Tessa Tillet for Indiana Humanities.

Indiana Humanities, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has earned a reputation for creating innovative public humanities programs that are educational, relevant, and fun. Since 2016, the council’s Next Indiana Campfires program has gathered hundreds of participants for guided treks followed by fireside discussions of great works by Indiana nature writers such as Gene Stratton-Porter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edwin Way Teale. The partnership with more than 20 nature preserves has brought locals, humanities scholars, and naturalists together to reflect upon Indiana’s diverse landscapes—from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the Limberlost Loblolly Swamp—and the writers these landscapes have inspired.

“The Next Indiana Campfires program is terrific. I can’t say enough good things about connecting people to Indiana outdoors and Hoosier writers! Indiana Humanities has hit a home run.”

–Participant

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