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New Harmony Indiana: Like a Lake, Not a River: A Memoir

Presentation, Signing, Discussion with Editor,
Nancy Mangum McCaslin

During her lifetime, Jane Blaffer Owen was often described as a Houston oil heiress, arts patron, preservationist, philanthropist and mystic. Born in 1915, she grew into a woman committed to social justice, pacifism, and an inclusive spirituality open to those of all faiths or none.

For nearly seven decades, she was the driving force behind the restoration and revitalization of the town of New Harmony, Indiana. In this delightful memoir, Blaffer Owen describes the transformational effect the town had on her life. An oil heiress from Houston, she met and married Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great-grandson of Robert Owen, founder of a communal society in New Harmony.

When she visited the then dilapidated town with her husband in 1941, it was love at first sight, and the story of her life and the life of the town became intertwined. Her engaging account of her journey to renew the town provides glimpses into New Harmony's past and all of its citizens scientists, educators, and naturalists whose influence spread far beyond the town limits.

And there are fascinating stories of the artists, architects and theologians who became part of Blaffer Owen's life at New Harmony, where, she says, "My roots could sink deeply and spread."
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