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Category: Indiana State Museum

The season of giving: Holiday gifts in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection

Writing to and receiving holiday letters from Santa Claus is a tradition that’s been going on for hundreds of years. Although the earliest letters actually came from Santa with warnings to children about their behavior, the tradition has changed over the years with children reaching out to the jolly old elf to tell him about their holiday wish lists.   Although we aren’t sure what her letter said, Santa Claus notes that Hilda Jay’s letter to Santa made him happy... Read More
at Monday, December 23, 2019

Why the opioid crisis?

By Cathy Ferree, President and CEO, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Museums are a place to have big conversations about ways we can all influence the present and future. Museums should broaden perspectives through real stories and artifacts, and they should also address the topics of today that are relevant to visitors. At the Indiana State Museum, we wanted to provide a place for our visitors to talk about a topic that can be shaming and isolating, and that affects every... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Real Encounters with the Unexplained

By Renee Bruck Stories about sightings of ghosts, spirits and other beings become commonplace as Halloween approaches, but Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites staff know it doesn’t take the turn of a calendar for unexplained things to start happening. To be clear, we’re not saying any of our locations are haunted. There are just some things that we haven’t been able to fully explain yet. Is it supernatural? Well, you’ll have to visit to decide for yourself. ... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, October 25, 2019

Five reasons you can’t miss Family Fright Night at the Indiana State Museum

It’s the season for all things creepy, kooky and a little spooky, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you on Oct. 11. But what can you expect at Family Fright Night at the Indiana State Museum? Here’s five reasons you’ll definitely want to be at this after-hours event. 1. Spooky maze (and spooky stories) Venture into our spooktacular cardboard castle maze – but only if you dare! Do YOU know what’s lurking around the corner of the maze in... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, October 4, 2019