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Posted by: Steve Kimmel 7 days ago

The many creations of Hoosier cartoonists are being highlighted with the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) traveling exhibit, From Pencils to Pixels: Hoosier Cartoons and Comics. From March 4 to April 2, the Huntington County Historical Society will host the exhibit at the museum located at 315 Court Street, Huntington.

From Pencils to Pixels explores the adventures of comic strip characters such as fat-cat Garfield, Brown County savant Abe Martin, and “Chic” Jackson’s “Roger Bean,” which featured the lives of a typical Hoosier family.

Drawn from the collections of IHS, the Indiana State Library and other institutions throughout the state, the exhibit also examines the life and work of the Indiana artists who have entertained and informed millions of newspaper readers (with syndication) across the country.

Visitors will learn about “the dean of America’s editorial cartoonists,” Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht; “the first black political cartoonist,” Henry Jackson Lewis, who worked for the Indianapolis Freeman; Richmond’s Gaar Williams, who earned a designation as the “James Whitcomb Riley of the pencil,” and Muncie’s Jim Davis, responsible for bringing Garfield to life.

From Pencils to Pixels is made possible by Kroger. For more information about this exhibit, call (260) 356-7264 or visit the Huntington County Historical Museum.

About HIS Traveling Exhibitions

Historical societies, museum, libraries, schools and other non-profit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, contact Karen DePauw at or by calling (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit