Stories from around the state
We are the keepers not only of facts and objects, but also of stories. And it’s part of our mission to share these powerful stories with you — everything from history and artifacts to celebrating the work of our incredible volunteers and staff.
Posted August 31, 2021
Whiskers for Votes
Sept. 4 is World Beard Day, why did Abraham Lincoln grow what is likely the most famous beard of all?
Posted August 13, 2021
Bring the Family
Descendants of Levi Coffin see what their ancestor achieved
Posted August 4, 2021
The State Museum Visits the State Fair
At the Indiana State Fair, a young person’s thoughts turn to roller coasters, deep-fried cheesecake and unusually large farm animals...
Posted July 30, 2021
Trips and Tips
We still have plenty of summer left – lots of time to get in the car and take a day trip, an overnight jaunt or even get away for a weekend.
Posted July 3, 2021
Citizens of the United States will celebrate the Independence Day holiday this week, but did you know the Continental Congress actually voted in favor
Posted June 28, 2021
She’s Seen It All
Over six months, Dawn Overend used some of her time during the pandemic to tour all of our state historic sites.
Posted June 21, 2021
LGBTQ+ Hoosiers and their impact on our culture
From mathematics to social activism and fashion design to politics, LGBTQ+ Hoosiers have made an enormous impact on our culture.
Posted June 15, 2021
Wanted: Pair of Gently Used Leather Chaps
Katherine Gould is the curator of cultural history, and one of her roles is to add LGBTQ+ items to the museum's collection.
Posted May 31, 2021
Meet the artist: Gentry Parker
Gentry Parker sees art as “an opportunity to speak out and put my feelings on canvas.”
Posted May 24, 2021
Meet the artist: Elijah Stephen (Elijah Norwood)
Among the paintings in “RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement,” is “Take a Stand” by Elijah Stephen and Gentry Parker.
Posted May 21, 2021
The History of Senior Cords
Senior cords were an Indiana tradition unique to this state. The trend likely originated at Purdue University in the first decade of the 20th century.
Posted May 17, 2021
Meet the Artist: Gary Gee
Among the paintings in “RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement” is “8:46” and “We the People…” by Gary Gee.