An Indianapolis man who has spent 10 years researching Madison will give a talk next week about his recently published book.

Wayne Sanford will discuss his book, "Cradle of Hoosier Heritage: Anecdotes of Madison People, Places & Events, From Territorial Times Through the American Civil War."

"Sanford has conducted extensive research on Madison's history and written the scripts for our popular Night Spirits program, which has been held here at Lanier as far back as October 2007," said Anne Fairchild, the program director for the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.

"In addition he wrote scripts and coordinated night tours at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. He's one of the most talented people we work with."

Gerry Reilly, site manager at the Lanier Mansion, said Sanford will talk about the 10 most important people in Madison's history.

Some of the people who will be included in the conversation are William Hendricks, Sr., Indiana's third governor; Jeremiah Sullivan, an early Indiana Supreme Court Justice and the man who coined the name "Indianapolis" for Indiana's new capital city; James F.D. Lanier, the financier who helped save the state's finances three times; Williamson Dunn who donated the land for Wabash and Hanover Colleges; Michael Bright, a lawyer and entrepreneur and his brother Jesse Bright, a powerful U.S. Senator from Indiana who was expelled from the Senate for treason during the Civil War.

The talk will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lanier Mansion/Visitors Center at 601 W. First St. It is expected to last 20 minutes. There will be a book signing afterward and the book will be on sale for $10.

For more information, contact the Lanier Mansion at (812) 273-0556 or (812) 265-3526.