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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Ep. 213 - Ray E. Boomhower


Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess.

On this our 213th episode our guest is Ray E. Boomhower.

Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society Press. He is editor of the IHS’s quarterly popular history magazine, “Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.” Boomhower has been with the Society since 1987.

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.

Along with numerous articles for “Traces,” the “Indiana Magazine of History,” 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, 2013); “John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog” (IU Press, 2015); “Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod” (2017); “Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes & Heroines” (History Press, 2018); and “Mr. President: A Life of Benjamin Harrison” (IHS Press, 2018).

His latest book, “Richard Tregaskis: Reporting Under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam” was published in November 2021 by the University of New Mexico Press.

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