New Harmony's angel

Sitting on a podium at the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda on Tuesday, Jane Blaffer Owen looked as if she just might blush as the governor and others talked about her. Full Story

Luftenberg, Austria

#1 Mar 14, 2007
A well deserved honor. She is a rollmodel for us all.
This article (thank-you Rob Schneider) inspires me to make a trip to historic New Harmony myself.


“Love, and do what you like.”

Since: Feb 07

Chicago, IL (ex-Indy)

#2 Mar 14, 2007
I feel ashamed for having never gone when it is so close. Definitely a trip to plan for later this spring or in the fall. I am glad to see awards of this kind brought back by Governor Daniels.
East Side

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Mar 14, 2007
New Harmony is terrific, and I had a truly great meal at the Red Geranium. Many thanks and congratulations to Ms. Owen!
Bryan Maloney

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Mar 14, 2007
I guess so many "Sagamore of the Wabash" awards have been handed out that they mean nothing, so the state had to invent a new one.

Since: Jan 07

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Mar 14, 2007
Yes, New Harmony is a true Hoosier treasure. I want
to do more research on Ms. Owen. As I understand
it, she basically owns Exxon-Mobil. But I could be
wrong. Perhaps a Google might clear this up. It must
take someone with unlimited funds to be able to restore
a whole village. I am thinking also of the Rockefellers
who restored the colonial village of Williamsburg

United States

#6 Mar 14, 2007
New Harmony is a fabulous place. Thank you, Jane Blaffer Owen.

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Mar 14, 2007
its nice what the lady is doing, but does anybody really believe that the Governor is sincere about anything that concern's the citizen's of this state? all he cares about is money, i can't wait for him to be voted out of office..
Harmony Friend

Kansas City, MO

#8 Mar 14, 2007
One story that I have been told about Mrw. Owen is her ability to get things done. To illustrate, as the local story goes, one summer night a local teenager was working at a gas station near her estate in New Harmony and was playing the radio loudly late one evening. She called over and asked him to lower the volume. In typical teenage fashion, he ignored her request. About 30 minutes later, the owner of the gas station arrived and told his employee that the CEO of AMACO had called him and that if music wasn't turned off that the CEO was going to close the gas station. She can get things done!
Ditch Mitch

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Mar 14, 2007
While I applaud Mrs. Owen, I wonder if any non-White, non-Republican poor folks will ever receive a Sachem award.

Gradyville, KY

#10 Aug 8, 2009
Who is this?

Evansville, IN

#11 Sep 25, 2010
She didn't do all that stuff for New Harmony out of the goodness of her heart. She done it for this.... everybody saying how great she is.
She always said she done it because she loved New Harmony, if she loved it so much, why wasn't she buried there? Jane Owen looked down on the regular people of the town like they were her minions. She had ABSOLUTELY no respect for them, and if you think you were her friend, you are wrong. These lowly people were beneath her, and that's what she wanted. I wish I could remember the magazine I read that had interviewed her, it was sickening to read the way she spoke of people who live in mobile homes, and the way she described "her boy"
(a black gentleman) that has worked for her in Texas for years. Just another example of elitism.

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