The Indianapolis Literary Club - 146th Year

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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana  46219



15 January 2022




The new Indianapolis Literary Club year is off to a good start.  The next meeting of the Club will be 8:00 pm on Monday 24 January 2022 via Zoom.  The evening’s essayist will be John J.  Cooney who will present “Howe to Save the Lamb.”


There is no flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there;
There is no fireside, howsoe’er defended,
But has one vacant chair.

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), “Resignation”


At the last meeting, plans for a continuation of in-person Club meetings were changed to Zoom on the advice of our resident public health professionals due to expanded Covid infections and hospitalizations. Despite this last minute change, over 35 members joined the meeting remotely.  President McKenzie extended his greetings to all before introducing the evening’s essayist.


Stephen J. Jay then presented his essay “Acculturating Susie,” which focused on a Native American girl saved by Dr. Walter Reed during an “Indian war” in the West.  Essayist Jay focused on the life of the girl including her education at an Indian boarding school in Pennsylvania. While her story was brief, the essayist used Susie’s experiences as a means toexamine Euro-American colonialism, its impact on the indigenous peoples of North America, and implications of current economic, climatic, and political policies on those people.  A lively period of conversation lasted for nearly an hour. 


A quick reminder from the Treasurer that members who have not yet paid their annual dues of $60 should forward them to the Treasurer.


As we move into 2022, please consider potential candidates to become members of the Club.  Invite friends to join in on our Zoom meetings.  Encourage them to visit the Club website – – to learn about the Club’s historyread some of the recent essays, and even view our recorded Zoom meetings thus far.  Remind them that the Literary Club is a unique organization in the city and one of only a few remaining male literary clubs in the nation.


 Make sure that your calendar is marked for the next meeting of the Club – Monday 24 January 2022 at 8:00 PM via Zoom.  Details for accessing the meeting will be sent closer to the meeting date.  That evening, essayist John “Jack” Cooney will present his essay “Howe to Save the Lamb.”  Does this have something to do with a former high school in the city, but what would a lamb have to do with it?  Might it focus on a community or a historic building named Howe, but again what’s a lamb have to do with it?  Or, could it address the work of Lt. Commander Thomas Carr Howe Jr. and his involvement as a Monuments Officer after the Second World War?  The Secretary has no clue so you will need to join the Zoom meeting to find out the essayist’s focus.  Hope to see you there!


Is it not a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb

should be make a parchment?  That parchment, being scribbled o’er, 

should undo a man?

English playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), 

King Henry Vi, Part II, Act IV


The Secretary