Programs Calendar

Experience the best of Indiana, all over the state, by participating in our events and programs. Choose a category or date to find something specific or browse the calendar to encounter something new.  

  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 19th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Small Wonders: Color Creation

    Feb 20th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Small Wonders is a monthly program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their little ones to learn, play and discover in the museum. This month, children will explore color through various STEAM-based stations. From color mixing with water colors and paints to creating with different fabrics and textures, children will be inspired by colors. There will also be an interactive story telling time and collaborative project. 

    This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

    Other Program Dates
    This program is offered Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23.  

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 20th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Discovery on Draft: Costumes

    Feb 20th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Centerpoint Brewing Company

    Adults are invited to engage in conversations with local experts and academics on a variety of topics in this program series that takes place at breweries around Indianapolis.

    This month, learn how costume design intersects with storytelling in the realm of superheroes. Join special guest speaker Michael Costello, President of Downtown Comics to discuss how costume design can enhance storytelling of superheroes, reflecting on the early costume design of several well-known characters.

    This event is free, but donations are encouraged.

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 21st, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Small Wonders: Color Creation

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Small Wonders is a monthly program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their little ones to learn, play and discover in the museum. This month, children will explore color through various STEAM-based stations. From color mixing with water colors and paints to creating with different fabrics and textures, children will be inspired by colors. There will also be an interactive story telling time and collaborative project. 

    This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

    Other Program Dates
    This program is offered Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23.  

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  • Girl Scout Day at Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

    Girl Scout troops are invited to experience the Interpretive Center and a guided tour of the Coffin home. Special activities hosted by site staff will also take place.

    Price: $5/scouts and their family members
    Registration: Please register by Feb. 16 by contacting Kate Weidener at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana at 317.924.6834.
    Questions? Call us at 765.847.1691 or email LeviCoffinCenter@indianamuseum.org

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Young Explorers: Exploring Air

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Drop off your child at a class to encourage creativity, exploration and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, children will study the air around them through wind power, air-based art and more. After an interactive story telling time, children will be able to create wind power simple machines, air-based art, and more STEAM based activities. Children will also explore a museum experience.

    This program is for 4- to 6-year-olds to attend on their own.

    Price: $10 members/$13 non-members

    Register
    The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to the start date. Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • Feasting on History

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

    Visitors will enjoy a themed period dinner using delicious recipes pulled from historical sources. This multi-course meal also includes a special program tied to the theme.

    Price: $20/members, $25/non-members
    Tickets: Registration is required by Feb. 18 by calling 812.738.4890.
    Questions? Call us at 812.738.4890 or email corydoncapitolshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Today's Programming at the Indiana State Museum

    Feb 24th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:

    Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
    Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15 minute demonstration.
    11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Presidential Hats and Beards 15-minute activity
    Celebrate President’s Day by creating a hat or beard inside the Cardboard Engineering gallery, then put on the finishing touches in the creativity studio!
    11:30 & 2:30 p.m.

    Flextangles 15-minute activity
    What is a flexagon? Design and create a seriously cool paper puzzle with intricate colors and patterns.
    Noon & 2 p.m.

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  • Sunday Serenade: The Hoosier Hour

    Feb 24th, 2019
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join the staff of Indiana’s smallest radio station during WWII as they struggle to program a live radio show, complete with skits, commercials, live music and more.

    Shows happen at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • All Locations Closed on Mondays*

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Books, Booze & Brains

    Feb 26th, 2019
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Ash & Elm Cider Company (2104 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201)

    Get your fix of science talk and craft brews at Books, Booze and Brains! Meet at Ash & Elm Cider Co. each month to talk about a popular science-themed book with facilitator Krista Hoffmann-Longtin and an expert scientist guest. All geeks 21 and older are welcome!

    This month's book and discussion:

    Book: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren
    Guests:

    • Amber Mosley, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, IU School of Medicine
    • Julia Hum, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Physiology, Marian University School of Osteopathic Medicine
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  • Literacy Day

    Mar 2nd, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Bring your child to experience a day all about literacy, including interactive read-alongs in the galleries, story-telling performances and hands-on STEAM activities.

    These activities are for families with children age 6 and younger. Story times in Spanish and ASL will be offered as well. 

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • All Locations Closed on Mondays*

    Mar 4th, 2019
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Homeschool Tuesdays: Butterfly Life Cycle

    Mar 5th, 2019
    9:30am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during these two-hour classes designed to stimulate a child’s interest in science, art, history and culture. Classes occur on the first Tuesday of the month, and adults join their learners for an interactive family experience.

    This month, learn about insect life science and the role of pollinators.

    Ages: 6 through 13
    Price: 
    $8/members, $10/non-members, Museum admission not included, but can be purchased for discounted group rate.
    Tickets: 
    Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

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  • Little Learners: Butterflies & Bees

    Mar 5th, 2019
    9:45am - 11:30am
    Indiana State Museum

    Little Learners offers different STEAM-based, hands-on experiences like station explorations, story time, and collaborative projects for 3- to 5-year-olds. The last 30 minutes will be comprised of free-choice play, allowing the child to build creativity, foster decision-making skills and independence. Homeschool families can bring their littlest learners to this class created just for them.

    This program is offered concurrent with Homeschool Tuesdays to accommodate families with the littlest learners. While the big kids enjoy STEAM-based activities and explore, so will their youngest siblings in this companion program. 

    Children must be accompanied by an adult; younger siblings are welcome.

    Price: $8/members, $10/non-members, free for children younger than age 3
    Tickets: Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

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  • STEAM Day

    Mar 6th, 2019
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Students will connect to the museum on a deeper level as they interact with hands-on, minds-on activities throughout the museum on these special STEAM Days. The galleries will have 8-10 activities spread throughout all three floors to tinker and discover Indiana’s connections to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Look for a special bonus in the Education Center for a design challenge that will complement our Cardboard Engineering experience. Students will have a real-world challenge to try to solve using low cost/recycled materials.

    There is limited space so register early! Contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org to schedule a STEAM Day field trip.

    Cost: $6 per student/$2 per chaperone, free for teachers.

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  • Atomic Movie Night: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Mar 7th, 2019
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Sci-Fi movies take us on adventures through space and time and have unique influence upon human culture. Join the Indiana State Museum and The daVinci Pursuit as we travel through time and explore some of these impacts. Each movie explores a time travelling adventure from a different decade beginning in the 1960s. Grab some popcorn and candy from IMAX and join in the conversation with local experts as we explore the movie’s impact and then sit back and enjoy the show.

    Ages: 21+
    Price: 
    $10/member, $15/non-member 
    Register: 
    Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.
    Full series schedule:

    • Thursday, Jan. 3, 7 – 10 p.m. (The Time Machine)
    • Thursday, March 7, 7 – 10 p.m. (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
    • Thursday, May. 2, 7 - 10 p.m. (Back to the Future)
    • Thursday, July 11, 7 - 10 p.m. (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
    • Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 - 10 p.m. (Twelve Monkeys)
    • Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 -10 p.m (Interstellar)
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  • Girl Scout Badge Offering: Create & Innovate

    Mar 9th, 2019
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    What common objects do you use every day that makes your life easier? Find out how these items are created with you in mind. Come to the Indiana State Museum to create, innovate and problem solve as you design, make and iterate your own inventions.

    Options:

    • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10 a.m – 12 p.m.: Inventors Badge, Grades: 2, 3
    • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1 p.m – 3 p.m.: Product Design Badge: 4, 5


    Cost:
    $12/girl, $1/adult

    Register: Register for either session online here. Or, call the Central Indiana Girl Scouts office at (317) 924.6811.

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  • Angel Mounds Preschool Adventures

    Mar 9th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Angel Mounds State Historic Site

    Stories are the backbone of any culture. These stories and legends pass down truths to future generations and inform children about their ancestors. Bring your little one ages 3 - 5 to learn some of the stories told by Native Americans and enjoy a story telling craft.

    Price: $3/members, $5/non-members
    Register: Registration is required by the Wednesday prior to the program and can be made by emailing ebostelman@indianamuseum.org
    Questions? Call us at 812.853.3956 or email angelmoundsshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • Histor-tea: Dressing the 1816 Lady

    Mar 10th, 2019
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

    Celebrate Women’s History Month during this tea party all about 1816 fashion. Watch a demonstration of dressing in historical clothing and enjoy a presentation about the style at that time while enjoying tea and snacks.

    Price: $15/members, $20/non-members
    Tickets: Registration is required by March 4 by calling 812.738.4890.
    Questions? Call us at 812.738.4890 or email corydoncapitolshs@indianamuseum.org.

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  • All Locations Closed on Mondays*

    Mar 11th, 2019
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Small Wonders: Art of Storytelling

    Mar 13th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Children will become the storytellers during this month’s program! From participating in an interactive storytelling, children and grownups will explore the art of storytelling. We will explore favorite stories through STEAM based activities and even get the chance to make our own stories with puppets. 

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program builds your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as he or she engages in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration. 

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members
    Tickets: Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

    Other Program Dates
    This program is offered Wednesday, March 13 and Saturday, March 16.

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  • National Pi Day

    Mar 14th, 2019
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    You don’t have to be a mathematician to love Pi – a number that keeps our universe operating correctly and was discovered almost 4,000 years ago. Join us for a day of Pi-related fun as we explore this useful number – and celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday! Help us celebrate at 3 p.m. with some, of course, pie.

    Cost: Included with museum general admission. 
    Get Tickets: Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • The Ultimate Engineering Challenge

    Mar 14th, 2019
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Do you have mad engineering or design skills? Then pull together a team of your best DIY friends and put your skills to the test competing for the ultimate bragging rights. Your challenge will be to design, engineer and build a Santa-inspired cardboard creation.

    Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

    Ages: 21+
    Price: 
    $10/member, $15/non-member 
    Register: 
    Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

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  • Small Wonders: Art of Storytelling

    Mar 16th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Indiana State Museum

    Children will become the storytellers during this month’s program! From participating in an interactive storytelling, children and grownups will explore the art of storytelling. We will explore favorite stories through STEAM based activities and even get the chance to make our own stories with puppets. 

    Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program builds your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as he or she engages in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration. 

    Price: $9 members/$12 non-members
    Tickets: Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

    Other Program Dates
    This program is offered Wednesday, March 13 and Saturday, March 16.

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  • Scouts of America: Indiana Rocks!

    Mar 16th, 2019
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Grab your gloves and digging tools and discover what stories Indiana’s rocks and minerals can tell us. Unearth the wonders of geology by exploring the Birth of the Earth gallery and learn how different rocks are connected through the rock cycle. 

    Session A:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Geology Merit Badge, Ages 11-18
    Session B:
      Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m., Earth Rocks: Adventure Badge, Ages 5-10

    Price: $12/scouts, $1/adults
    Register: Registration is required two weeks prior to the event by calling 317.232.1637.

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  • Young Explorers: Messy March

    Mar 16th, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Drop off your child at a class to encourage creativity, exploration and
    independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. Children will become messy artists, scientists and engineers during this month’s program. After a messy storytelling time, children will be prepared for a mess as they explore various STEAM based activities. They will also explore one of the Indiana State Museum experiences.

    Price: $10 members/$13 non-members
    Tickets: Members can purchase tickets online here, and nonmembers can purchase tickets online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to purchase tickets by phone. The deadline to purchase tickets is three days before the program.

    Other Program Dates
    This program is offered Wednesday, March 13 and Saturday, March 16.

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  • Sunday Serenade: The Hoosier Hour

    Mar 17th, 2019
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Indiana State Museum

    Join the staff of Indiana’s smallest radio station during WWII as they struggle to program a live radio show, complete with skits, commercials, live music and more.

    Shows happen at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

    This event is included with museum general admission. Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Get tickets >>

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  • All Locations Closed on Mondays*

    Mar 18th, 2019
    All-day Event
    All locations
    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed on Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site.
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  • Discovery on Draft: Fabric Dyeing and Design

    Mar 20th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Indiana City Brewing Co., 24 Shelby St., Indianapolis

    Adults are invited to engage in conversations with local experts and academics on a variety of topics in this program series that takes place at breweries around Indianapolis. This month, join a discussion on the art of fabric dyeing and clothing design.

    Price: Free, donations accepted

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