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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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Preservation process complete on mastodon bones discovered last year

You could say it’s been quite a year for the 13,000-year-old mastodon bones discovered a year ago this month in Seymour, Indiana. After being unearthed during work for a sewer project in April 2019 and accepted into the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection about a month later, the bones from a mastodon – dubbed “Alfred” by the family who discovered him – have been preserved, and radiocarbon dating has determined how long ago the Ice Age mammal... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Monday, April 6, 2020

Adults Night In: Baking!

Just because you can’t leave the house right now doesn’t mean you can’t bake up and enjoy a delicious treat at the end of the day. In this blog, learn how to make a classic Hoosier dessert: sugar cream pie. And, you might be surprised to learn you may already have all the ingredients you need without making a trip to the store. Enjoy – and have fun!     INGREDIENTS   FOR THE CRUST:   2 cups all-purpose four 1... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Saturday, April 4, 2020

Teaching Tuesdays: Chromatography Flowers

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites may be currently closed due to COVID-19 – but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring some of the museum to you! On Tuesdays, we’re bringing families tons of educational content that’s easy for parents and their kids to do at home with materials you likely have on hand. Today, we’re taking a look at an activity that’s all about color and art-marking: chromatography flowers! Chromatography is a way to... Read More
at Thursday, April 2, 2020

Teaching Tuesdays: Density Jars

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites may be currently closed due to COVID-19 – but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring some of the museum to you! On Tuesdays, we’re bringing families tons of educational content that’s easy for parents and their kids to do at home with materials you likely have on hand. Today, we’re taking a look at one of the favorite activities: density jars! Density can be a hard science concept to understand. It helps to... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Monday, March 30, 2020