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 January 25, 2022
In Her Own Words: Beatriz Vasquez
Creator of the papel picado (cut paper) work “Mother Nature All Dressed Up,” now part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection.
Posted January 18, 2022
In His Own Words: Artist Derrick Carter
Creator of “Show & Tell,” a mixed-media artwork now part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ permanent collection
Posted January 13, 2022
I Have a Dream: Dr. King’s Legacy Lives On
On Jan. 17, 2022, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will honor the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free admission.
Posted December 27, 2021
See the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment Signed by Lincoln; Buy a Lincoln License Plate
Posted December 20, 2021
The Ayres Tea Room: It’s a Family Affair
Read about four generations enjoying family time over a lunch that included (of course) chicken velvet soup; five generations overall.
Posted December 16, 2021
Indiana’s Winter Wonderland
Dec. 21 marks the official beginning to winter, or the winter solstice. But what does that really mean?
Posted December 9, 2021
The Life & Works of T.C. Steele
Todd Gould, creator of the documentary, Singing Winds: The Life & Works of T.C. Steele, talks about Steele’s work and importance in the art world.
Posted November 19, 2021
Thanksgiving: A tradition centuries in the making
But do you know where this tradition came from, or when the national holiday actually came to be?
Posted November 16, 2021
Creating the New Snowfall Express Train Ride
One specific goal: create a memorable experience that the entire family could share.
Posted November 9, 2021
Every great ride needs a soundtrack
Our new Snowfall Express train ride has music written and performed by Fort Wayne-based composer/arranger Eric Van Cleave.
Posted November 1, 2021
Ninety-nine percent adorable
When visitors ride the new Snowfall Express train, they’ll get an up-close look at style of Indianapolis artist Candice Hartsough.
Posted October 29, 2021
Spookiest items from the museum’s collection
The history of Indiana isn’t always cheerful. Sometimes, it’s downright spooky.