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Category: Exhibitions

Cardboard Engineering to ignite imagination at the Indiana State Museum

Remember those childhood days of creating a rocket ship, school bus, house or something else entirely with a large cardboard box, some tape and a whole lot of imagination? “Cardboard Engineering,” coming to the Indiana State Museum beginning Sept. 29, is bringing those days back in a BIG way! Bring your child – or just your own inner child – to experience this 3,000-square-foot playspace stocked with cardboard boxes of all sizes, cardboard pieces large and small, more... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, August 13, 2018

‘Lois Main Templeton: A Reinvented Life’ to explore the life of a well-known Hoosier artist

By Kelsey Cook Image Courtesy of Tom Casalini of Casalini Portraits Lois Main Templeton was 51 years old when she dove head first into the art world and left her mark on the Hoosier art scene. “I was in my 50s and 60s, and by that time, you’re not going to learn an instrument,” Lois said in a documentary for WFYI. “And I’m a klutz so I wasn’t going to dance. So what have you got? You’ve got paint. And it was just for me.” Now... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rare documents signed by Lincoln to be displayed at Indiana State Museum

Staff Report  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, visitors to the Indiana State Museum will not only receive free admission with donation of a canned food item for Gleaners Food Bank: They will also have an exclusive opportunity to see copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln.  The Emancipation Proclamation announced the freedom of slaves in Confederate-held territory, and the 13th Amendment ended legal slavery... Read More
Posted by Julie Schaefer at Monday, January 8, 2018