New Harmony Then and Now

New Harmony Then and Now

Photographs by Darryl D. Jones, text by Donald E. Pitzer, foreword by Jane Blaffer Owen and Connie Weinzapfel
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/03/2011
Format: Hardback 48 halftones, 120 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-35645-1
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Winner, 2012 Communal Studies Association Publication Award

New Harmony Then and Now is a photographic and historic celebration of two of America’s great Utopian communities located in New Harmony, Indiana. The Harmonists, started by George Rapp, labored to provide physical, intellectual, and spiritual wealth for its members. Ten years later, the Owenites, founded by Robert Owen and his partner William Maclure, settled there, intent on improving humanity through innovations in social theory, educational systems, and discoveries in natural science. Though Owen's communal experiment would not endure, a new social frontier prospered. Today, New Harmony remains a haven of promise, a village that honors its progressive heart. Intellectuals as well as artisans are drawn to this place of science and spirit.

Author Bio

Darryl D. Jones is a photographer whose work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, and throughout the Midwest. He is author of Amish Life: Living Plainly and Serving God (IUP, 2005) and (with Norbert Krapf) Invisible Presence (IUP, 2006).

Donald E. Pitzer is Professor Emeritus of History and Director Emeritus of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.


“This photographic and historic celebration of New Harmony, Indiana explores the exciting history of two great American Utopian communities: the Harmonists and the Owenites. Intellectuals and artisans alike are drawn to this setting of science and spirit. ”

“This is a beautiful book with beautiful pictures, and I recommend you check it out. ”
 — The Society for Utopian Studies

“New Harmony: Then & Now provides a highly readable account of the communitarian movements in New Harmony, Indiana, alongside beautiful images that provide a window into the vibrant community that still exists along the banks of the Wabash River. While this book was clearly produced for a general audience, academic historians might glean much about nineteenth-century American society from its pages.”
 — Indiana Magazine of History

“Browsing the sumptuous photos in New Harmony Then & Now is the next best thing to a visit.”

“Stunning from start to finish . . . Pitzer and Jones, through his dynamic full-color photographs, show how Rapp and Owen's larger-than-life personalities still impress 200 years later. ”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jane Blaffer Owen and Connie Weinzapfel
Introduction: New Harmony’s Utopian Heritage
Part I: The Harmonists
Part II: The Owenites
Part III: Beyond Success and Failure to Legacies and Lessons