At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we are the keepers not only of facts and objects, but also of stories – and it’s part of our mission to share those stories with you. The purpose of this blog is to share the stories of our history, artifacts, volunteers, staff and more. Be sure to check this space for updates, and follow us on social media to learn even more about who we are and what we do across the state of Indiana.

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Fourth of July: Celebrating Independence Day in the United States

By Renee Bruck Citizens of the United States will celebrate the Independence Day holiday this week, but did you know the Continental Congress actually voted in favor of independence on July 2? It wasn’t until two days later – July 4 – that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence though, and the Fourth of July has been celebrated for centuries as the official day of independence from Great Britain. The Continental Congress first met on June 7... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Thursday, July 2, 2020

Guest blog: Bill Blass’ fashion designing dreams began in Indiana hometown

By Meghan Smith, conservation lab manager at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Bill Blass, quintessential American fashion designer and businessman, was born in Fort Wayne on June 22, 1922. But from an early age, he seemed to have only one objective: to leave. In a 1968 interview in The Saturday Evening Post, Bill referred to his hometown as “a miserable place to grow up in.” Despite having this dim view of his hometown, he threw himself into school activities... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Friday, June 19, 2020

Where We Stand

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as a cultural institution is intentional about its work to share and steward stories of Black Hoosiers. We do this work through our exhibits, our active collecting efforts and at the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site. Our commitment to equality is not newfound. We too mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dreasjon Reed and the countless Black lives lost due to excessive brutality. We stand with others who... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Friday, June 5, 2020

Guest blog: Promoting World War II war efforts through posters on the home front

Today – June 6 – marks the 76 th anniversary of D-Day, the day when more than 160,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied forces invaded northern France during beach landings in Normandy. The landings changed the course of World War II and marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. By Katherine Gould, curator of cultural history at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites During World War II, the American home front was asked to endure extraordinary... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Friday, June 5, 2020