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1 Thinking Historically at New Harmony: The Rappites, 1814-1824


3 Where are we?

4 On the banks of the Wabash

5 Walk, listen, look, think

6 George Rapp--“a large man, seventy years old, whose powers age seems not in the least to have diminished; his blue eyes, overshadowed by strong brows, are full of life and fire” 1826

7 Harmonist Church

8 Constitutional elm

9 Indiana Constitution of 1816 That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences: That no man shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of Worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent: That no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience: And that no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious societies, or modes of worship; and no religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office of trust or profit.

10 Scriptural authority, Acts2:44-45 “and all that believe were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

11 Dormitory # 2, 1822

12 Israeli kibbutz


14 Celibacy

15 Harmonist Log Cabins

16 Cultural migration

17 Wolf House Brick

18 Grist mill


20 Golden Rose trademark

21 Rapp: “the proper education of Youth is of the greatest importance to the prosperity of any plan for the melioration of mankind.”

22 Lincoln, December 20, 1859 There were some schools, so called; but no qualification was ever required of a teacher beyond "readin, writin, and cipherin" to the Rule of Three. If a straggler supposed to understand latin happened to sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizzard [sic]. There was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher to the Rule of Three; but that was all. I have not been to school since.

23 Labyrinth plan

24 Indiana Constitution of 1816 No person or persons conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to do Militia duty

25 Women. Gender.

26 One artifact; one primary source






32 New Harmony Inn



35 Opera House

36 The Atheneum

37 Karl Bodmer’s sketch, 1832

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