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The step-by-step explanation of a machine inspired by Rube Goldberg

How many steps does it take to ring a bell? It can be quite a few if you create a crazy chain-reaction contraption like Rube Goldberg used to do. The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, humorist and inventor created zany contraptions, which came to be known as Rube Goldberg machines. The inventions solved a simple task – like ringing a bell – in the most overcomplicated and hilarious way possible. Take a look at “The Cooking Machine” – inspired by Rube... Read More
at Thursday, February 6, 2020

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

Guest blog: Recovering from substance use disorder is possible

By Brandon George, executive director of the Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition Let’s talk recovery. Having struggled with nearly every type of substance use disorder, I know addiction intimately. At the end of my active use, I was alone. Even my brain eventually betrayed me. Long-term use perverted my reward system into telling me that attaining and using drugs was more important than everything else – more important than work that provided security, more important than... Read More
at Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get ready for Santa’s landing at the Indiana State Museum

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us, and we all know what comes right after: the official kick off to the holiday season. On Nov. 29, your family can welcome the holidays at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum, when Santa arrives by helicopter on the front lawn at noon. Watch him circle the city as he comes in for landing, and enjoy doughnut holes and hot cider from Meijer. New this year, you’ll get to meet Cookie McJingles – an elf who is Santa’s head baker... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Tuesday, November 26, 2019