Monday, April 9, 2018

A New Dis-History Review!

And the latest 5 star review for Dis-History has been posted:

"Every turn, every page just makes my heart smile and makes me feel like returning to the happiest place on earth!" --Nickole Patton

If you need a copy for yourself, you can find it here!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist!

Press Release from the Indiana Historical Society Press:
The IHS Press books Rebel Bulldog and Campaign Crossroads have been recognized as finalists in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
Rebel Bulldog is a finalist in the War & Military (Adult Nonfiction) category ( and Campaign Crossroads is a finalist in the Regional (Adult Nonfiction) category (
As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers (and authors), independent media company Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts its annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2017. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 65 genres were submitted for consideration, the list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s readership—from across the country.
The complete list of finalists can be found at:
“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”
Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Midwest Book Review of Rebel Bulldog

Critique: Rebel Bulldog is the true-life, Civil War era story of an Indiana man who swore allegiance to the confederacy, battled as a Rebel, and returned to the North after the close of the Civil War. Expertly researched and engagingly presented, Rebel Bulldog is a fascinating glimpse into a chaotic era of American history, and a choice pick for public library Civil War collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Rebel Bulldog is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another Dis-History Review on Amazon!

I am very pleased to announce that Dis-History has received yet another stellar review over on Amazon:

"I loved this book by Dr. Lantzer! This book was a fresh approach on Walt's impact in the world. The book offers so much context to the world of Walt, helping us understand how and perhaps why he crafted everything he invented. We are reminded how Walt was inspired by the world around him. The book is very well cited/referenced for researchers who want to dig even deeper than what Lantzer's insights offer."

What makes this review particularly noteworthy for me is that its author is Christopher Tremblay, the author of Walt's Pilgrimage, a wonderful book on all the places Walt lived, visited, and worked, and all the places that were named after him!  It is an honor to have a fellow Disney historian write such complementary things.  Plus, he also teaches a class on Disney as well!  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Founders Week Talk

In 1850, Ovid Butler wrote and submitted a charter for a new institution of higher education to be created in Indianapolis. A lawyer by training, and the son of a minister, Butler and the men who signed the charter sought to create launch a new school to be called North Western Christian University. An upstart school, in a city that was hardly thirty years old, NWCU was defined by geography ("North Western" was an homage to the Northwest Territorial Ordinance), faith (Butler was a devoted member, as were many of those who signed, of the evangelical Protestant denomination the Disciples of Christ), and educational aspiration (named a "university" before a single student was enrolled or curriculum/majors/degrees drawn up).  But it was also shaped by political (Butler's charter was being written in the midst of debate over slavery and the Compromise of 1850), social (the charter made the new university open to both men and women), and denominational (the Disciples had a school in Virginia, Butler wanted a school in the north--away from slavery's influence.  But it was also to be a school that was open to those outside of the denomination as well).  Five years after the charter was written, in 1855, NWCU opened its doors to its first class.

It was members of its second entering class, however, that are the basis for my fifth book, Rebel Bulldog.  And 168 years after the charter was signed, and for the second time since I came to Butler, I got to be an official part of Founders Week and talk about the Davidsons, how their story was rediscovered, and how it all came about because of my decision to offer an honors class about Butler and the Civil War.  With an audience of over 50 people on Tuesday afternoon--most of whom were honors students, I took part in a conversation with the senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society Press, Ray Boomhower about the book, and the opportunity to autograph a few copies as well.  It was a great time (even if the Dawgs couldn't quite pull out the victory over in Hinkle later that day).

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Prime Life and the Collegian

Today saw a nice article in the Butler Collegian, complete with interviews with one of my colleagues and a former student.  The focus was mainly about Rebel Bulldog, but also included mention of Dis-History.  It was nice to get to talk about how both of these books came about and were nurtured by the Honors courses that helped create them.

And then I got to speak about Rebel Bulldog at Prime Life Enrichment in Carmel.  As it has been in the past, it was a wonderful place to talk about history with an engaged audience.