Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he serves as editor of the quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from IU with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master's degree in U.S. history. Boomhower received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society, and has won the 2009 Best Books of Indiana sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, and was finalist in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association. In 2010 he was named as the winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the regional category.