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Category: Limberlost

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with these Gene Stratton-Porter best-sellers

Although an unofficial holiday, bibliophiles across the nation celebrate National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9 by picking up a beloved novel – or by finding a new favorite. To help you celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we wanted to highlight some well-known works by Indiana’s most widely read female author – Gene Stratton-Porter. Throughout her life, Gene wrote 12 novels, including best-sellers Freckles , A Girl of the Limberlost and Laddie . But you may not... Read More
at Sunday, August 9, 2020

Celebrate boundless curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Have you ever wanted to feed your curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites? What if you could visit for FREE? Well, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – Saturday, Sept. 21 – you can do just that with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket. One Museum Day ticket allows general museum entry for two people at most of our 12 locations from 10 am. to 5 p.m. At the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, find your place in Indiana’s story by... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 13, 2019

Your guide to the holidays around the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

The holidays can get busy, between the dinners, parties and other obligations. But the season is also about connecting with friends and loved ones. At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we’ve got your family outings covered. From mansions with jaw-dropping holiday décor and visits with Santa, to horse-drawn carriage rides and New Year’s Eve fun, we’ve got something for every family – and every age. Below are our top 10 ideas from around the state. ... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, November 19, 2018

Halloween fun coming to Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

By Hannah Kiefer Spooky fun is coming to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. From family-friendly fun featuring more treats than tricks to real-life paranormal investigations, we have more Halloween fun than you could imagine. Which event is best for you? Use our guide below to find out! Spooky For families with little ones, our slightly-spooky events might be best. Check out these options that feature family-friendly Halloween fun. Family Fright Night... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall fun for everyone, at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

This autumn, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has everything your family needs to get into the fall spirit. From beautiful leaf-viewing destinations to spooky nights out, it’s time to grab your boots, throw on a cozy sweater and hit the road. We’ve got your fall checklist covered – and we promise these are events and opportunities you won’t want to miss. Fall foliage? Check. Nothing says fall like the bloom of gorgeous fall colors across the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, August 31, 2018

Experience the place that inspired Indiana’s most-read female author at Limberlost State Historic Site

By Renee Bruck The swampy wetlands of Limberlost might not be where most authors would choose to live and work, but it was the ideal place for Gene Stratton-Porter to begin her career as a best-selling author. Then again, Gene wasn’t just an author. She was also a naturalist, illustrator, photographer and woman who was indeed ahead of her time. Although her husband owned a drug store in Geneva and later co-founded the Bank of Geneva, Gene pursued a writing career as a way to make... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, August 1, 2018

One-Tank Trips: Limberlost State Historic Site

Summertime means one thing: Road trips. This summer, why not explore what’s in your own backyard by traveling to all the places you’ve driven past but never been to – or falling in love again with old favorites? Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered with our One-Tank Trip series – today featuring Limberlost State Historic Site. “Mom, I’m bored!” At this location, nature is at the forefront. This location served as... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Five idol-worthy women of Hoosier history

Who says you have to come from a big city or a wealthy family to make an impact? This Women’s History Month, we look at five bold Hoosier women who made it possible for today’s women to be an integral part of the workforce, strong political voices and pioneers in various fields. Polly Strong (ca. 1796 – ?) Freewoman | Vincennes, Knox County Why she’s idol-worthy: Polly Strong stood up for herself and fought for her freedom despite people trying to hold her back.... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Curt Burnette combines love of nature, history at Limberlost State Historic Site

By Hannah Kiefer Curt Burnette has had many jobs over the years. He’s been a zookeeper. An administrator. A Cajun swamp tour guide. An alligator handler behind the scenes at the “Today Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” But today, he works as a program developer and naturalist at Limberlost State Historic Site – and he constantly goes beyond his job description to serve all visitors to the site. Limberlost State Historic Site... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, March 13, 2018