Chandler Lighty

Chandler Lighty is a Hoosier native and his professional accomplishments reflect this. His early career saw him in various Indiana history connected roles including: Public Historian at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, Editorial Assistant for the The Papers of Lew & Susan Wallace with the Indiana Historical Society, and Assistant Director of the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Chandler had the opportunity to apply his skills at a national level becoming a Research Associate for the The Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.  Returning to Indiana in 2013 Chandler worked with the Indiana State Library running its Hoosier State Chronicles newspaper digitization program which received the Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project from the Indiana Historical Society.  

Chandler’s current position is that of Director for the Indiana Historical Bureau. He maintains a regular Indiana history focused blog and won the Thornbrough Award for his most recent article, “James Naismith Didn’t Sleep Here: A Re-examination of Indiana Basketball’s Origins” in the Indiana Magazine of History.