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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

Guest blog: One woman’s heartbreaking struggle with opioid use now provides hope for hundreds in Indiana

By Randy Davis, retired pastor and founder/president of A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope   Her name was Brianna.  She spent nearly half of her life involved with drugs, and by age 25, she was dependent on those substances. On June 16, 2014, she was reported missing.  For the next 10 weeks, Brianna’s community, friends and family searched for her. Each one hoped and prayed for the best but feared the worst.  Her body was found in an abandoned... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at Wednesday, November 20, 2019