Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Ray E. Boomhower! He will be signing and selling his books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 9th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.
Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he is also responsible for the 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.
A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master’s degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.
In 1998, he received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society, and in 2010, he was named winner of the Regional Author Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. In 2009, his book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary was selected as the winner in the historical nonfiction category of the annual Best Books of Indiana contest sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book. His books have also been finalists and received honors in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards.
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); Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut (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); Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu (IHS Press, 2010); The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana (IHS Press, 2012); John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog (IU Press, 2015); and Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod (IU Press, 2017).
Boomhower’s next projects includes two books set for publication in 2018: Mr. President: A Life of Benjamin Harrison, a youth biography of the twenty-third president, and Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes & Heroines, a collection of his work over the past thirty years.
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