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Sampson Levingston:
Viewing the world through his eyes

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Growing up in Indiana, Sampson Levingston always had an appreciation for the state’s history.

A graduate of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Levingston majored in business marketing at Indiana State University but also took history electives in college. At the end of 2017, Levingston started Through2Eyes Indiana, which originally started off as a blog that he used to share his thoughts about what was going on around the world.

As the platform began to grow, Sampson realized how much he loved the history of Indiana, and he began to write specifically about it.

“That’s what it’s for, to share ideas and to share what was going on internally with me. And now I’m able to resonate with so many different people, which is cool.” he said.
Through2Eyes offers two different walks.

Walk and Talks, which Through2Eyes is best known for, are walking history tours throughout Indianapolis. Walk and Talks cover a variety of areas such as Irvington, Fall Creek and Fountain Square.

With Hawk and Talk, which is for children grades K-8,. Levingston teaches history in ways he wishes it was taught to him.

“We’ll talk about history for 35 minutes to an hour and they won’t even realize that they’re learning about history” Levingston said.

In the beginning, Levingston chose Indiana Avenue and Irvington because he found significance in the history of the places, and he felt like the stories of these places were being overlooked. After that, he began allowing people to reach out to him for suggestions on places to do Walk and Talks.

“I’m just excited to see how many different neighborhoods I’ll do before I’m all done,” he said.

In May, Levingston is being commissioned to do a Carmel walk, which he is eager to do because this will be his first commissioned walk outside of Marion County. He is also being commissioned by the Belmont Beach Project to do a Haughville walk, sometime in the future.

“I’m a lover of Indiana history,” Levingston said. “I just love the people here, the places here and the things here.”

Levingston is thrilled to be hosting his first workshop at Roncalli Highschool coming up in April. He will be discussing “Indiana history told through a black lens”, as well as asking open-ended questions about diversity. He plans to find ways to reach more people all year round.

Contact intern Kamya Williams at kamyaw@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kamya_Williamss.

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