Author: Phil Metzler

Goshen Guide Update

For the past few months, most of the resources for the Goshen Guide have been focused on Wide Angle Films and Talks and on adding new functionality to the Guide. With these new additions, we’re excited to get back to promoting Goshen.Guide itself as a resource for discovering and exploring local information and connections. The Wide Angle Films and Talks series was envisioned as a way to bring a live, interactive edge to our efforts to help Goshen see a bigger picture of itself, by sharing stories and information through the perspectives of community leaders. We’ve typically set the...

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A Community of Art

A common passion for art connects our community. Artisans, artists, and their supporters are helping grow Goshen’s identity as a vibrant center of creative enterprise. The recent creation of the Mayor’s Arts Council, led by Amy Worsham seeks to support emerging networks and help new artists get established. Dick Lehman is a master potter who has supported many apprentices and interns, contributing to a deep web of relationships and an artistic legacy appreciated around the globe. The Community Resilience Guild invited these leaders to explore the intersections between Goshen’s past and present relationships to the arts, and the challenges and opportunities before...

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Millrace Reflections

On July 12, 2018, the Community Resilience Guild convened a panel of individuals with extensive knowledge and experience of the Millrace and invited them to share stories and information about its history.  To dig in deeper, explore all of the related content mapped out ahead of the event in the Millrace collection, or follow the links to specific Goshen Guide entries. Watch the Full Video: Event...

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Forest People Stories

On May 29, 2018, the Community Resilience Guild hosted local writer, educator, storyteller, and city forester Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley to launch “Wide Angle Films and Talks”. The event explored different aspects of Goshen’s identity as the Maple City through a variety of videos, information, and conversation. To dig in deeper, explore all of the related content mapped out ahead of the event in the “Forest People Stories” collection, or follow the links to specific Goshen Guide entries. Watch the Full Video: We began the evening by inviting Aaron to share some of his personal story of growing up and staying in...

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Remarks to Council on a history of racism in Goshen

The Goshen Common Council meeting this evening (May 15, 2018) marks one month since Ed Ahlersmeyer’s resignation from the Community Relations Commission and the Council. The resignation took many by surprise who were prepared to advocate for some form of resolution or appropriate response to Ahlersmeyer’s reading of a racially charged article at a CRC meeting and subsequent actions in the community. When Ahlersmeyer left the room before any public comment could take place, some adjusted their prepared remarks. Others opted not to make any statement at all without him being there to hear them. The full audio from...

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New Americans in the Michiana Region

The brief, New Americans in Michiana, finds: Immigrants contributed $3.1 billion to the Michiana region’s GDP in 2016. Foreign-born households earned $1.2 billion in income in 2016. Of that, $212.8 million went to federal taxes and $103 million went to state and local taxes, leaving them with $880.3 million in spending power—6.9 percent of all spending power in the region. Immigrant households support federal social programs. The foreign-born contributed $119.3 million to Social Security and $33.8 million to Medicare in 2016. Immigrants in the Michiana region area help create or preserve local manufacturing jobs. Because of the role immigrants play in the workforce...

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Community Relations Commission – Ed Ahlersmeyer

Ed Ahlersmeyer announces his resignation at the April 17 Council meeting. Photo by David Leaman-Miller Stories happen.  Issues and events transpire that become part of the broader narratives about our community.  The rejection of the Core Civic Detention Center and February’s historic flooding are two examples from the past few months alone. Goshen.Guide seeks to recognize and promote our local journalists working to tell these stories.  Occasionally we offer stories here ourselves and provide a platform for community members to share their perspectives.  But mostly, we seek to archive and preserve stories and information here in order to help...

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Preserving the Moment

The Goshen Guide was envisioned and designed as a creative way to preserve and share information.  As an archive, it provides a window into the past. By gathering and cataloging new stories as they emerge, our goal is to curate them to be more easily accessible in the future, and in the moment. This is especially the case for prominent issues and events that shape the story of Goshen, such as the record February 2018 flooding and the Core Civic Detention Center. Many features of the site evolved as we gathered the stories and perspectives surrounding the detention center.  Even though...

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