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At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we are the keepers not only of facts and objects, but also of stories – and it’s part of our mission to share those stories with you. The purpose of this blog is to share the stories of our history, artifacts, volunteers, staff and more. Be sure to check this space for updates, and follow us on social media to learn even more about who we are and what we do across the state of Indiana.

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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

Teaching the littlest Hoosiers at the Indiana State Museum

Hayley Whitehead, early childhood program manager at the Indiana State Museum, didn’t know she’d end up as an early childhood instructor. In college, she studied history and museum studies, including a master’s degree in both subjects.   Hayley’s mother was an early childhood instructor, and so Hayley grew up around that type of work. After her time in school, she started volunteering at an early childhood education center and that led to teaching pre-k. ... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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

13 haunted happenings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

It’s September, and that means soon the leaves will start changing, the temperature will start dropping, and it’ll be time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween.  Looking to plan some spooktacular fun? The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has 13 events around the state sure to fit every family’s taste (and scare level). Tickets and details for each event can be found by clicking the event title.    1.  Quirky Queries:... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 6, 2019

Journey into The Vortex to experience an after-hours event like you’ve never seen before

What do you get when improv mixes with Ice Age animals from Indiana? A night of laughs and fun you won’t soon forget!  Join Character House Theatre Company at the Indiana State Museum for two spectacular 30-minute improv performances that just might have you taking the stage too during The Vortex: An Experiment, happening Thursday. The after-hours adults-only event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Vortex through thousands of years to the Ice Age in Indiana, and join in this... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Monday, August 26, 2019

Guest Blog: Celebrating 80 years of archaeology at Angel Mounds State Historic Site

By Mike Linderman, site manager of Angel Mounds State Historic Site and southwest regional director of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites In 1939, a crew of 277 Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers arrived at Angel Mounds to begin what would become the longest archaeological excavation in the state’s history.  The 277 workers – under the direction of Glenn Black – began digging for items left behind in an ancient metropolis that was located on the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, August 16, 2019

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
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, August 9, 2019

To the moon: Celebrating “one giant leap for mankind” during Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary

By Renee Bruck Fifty years ago, two American astronauts made history when they safely landed on the surface of the moon.  Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon on July 20, 1969, after launching into space just a few days prior. Armstrong, a Purdue University graduate, commanded the mission and was the first man to set foot on the moon – but there are more Hoosier ties to the moon landing than Armstrong’s education. Learn about... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, July 19, 2019

Indiana resident’s search for winning soapbox derby car ends at the Indiana State Museum

By Renee Bruck Jay Meyer had been searching for his winning entry into the 1971 All-American Soap Box Derby for decades, but he never really thought he’d see it again – let alone find it on display at the Indiana State Museum. Meyer’s search finally came to an end last week during a visit to the museum where he finally saw his winning soapbox derby car again after about 40 years.  Meyer – a Dearborn County resident – gave the car a close inspection... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fourth of July: Celebrating Independence Day in the United States

By Renee Bruck Citizens of the United States will celebrate the Independence Day holiday this week, but did you know the Continental Congress actually voted in favor of independence on July 2? It wasn’t until two days later – July 4 – that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence though, and the Fourth of July has been celebrated for centuries as the official day of independence from Great Britain. The Continental Congress first met on June 7... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The man behind the (bee) mask: Taking care of the Indiana State Museum beehives

Did you know about one-third of the food you ate this week likely is dependent on pollinators (bees, insects, birds and bats) to grow? This week is National Pollinator Week , and your chance to learn about the little creatures that have a big impact on your life. The Indiana State Museum has two beehives, both of which are cared for by Brian Benson, the museum’s facility engineering manager and (informally known as) chief beekeeper. To care for both beehives, Brian monitors their... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An art amateur and an art expert walk into a gallery: Insights from a fine arts curator

The Indiana State Museum is having an art show featuring abstract art. This makes art experts excited – and can make art amateurs (like me) nervous. In preparation for It’s About Time: The Artwork of Felrath Hines, an art experience coming to the Indiana State Museum on June 22, I sat down with Mark Ruschman, the museum’s senior curator of art and culture, and confessed: “I don’t know how to look at art.” His jaw didn’t drop to the floor,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Experience T.C. Steele State Historic Site like never before beginning June 15

By Renee Bruck Take a trip to the Brown County home of T.C. Steele and rediscover – or discover for the first time – the property that inspired one of Indiana’s most well-known artists when a brand new visitor center and new activities for all ages open on June 15. Begin your journey in the brand-new 4,600-square-foot Singing Winds Visitor Center, where you’ll begin a tour of the site with an orientation video about the history of the location and find out... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Guest blog: Behind the museum’s biology collection

If you’ve visited the Indiana State Museum, you might’ve noticed animals in several of our experiences and thought to yourself: Are those real? The answer is yes – they are, and they come from the museum’s taxidermy collection. But, these animals come to us in a variety of unusual ways, according to Damon Lowe, senior curator of science and technology for the museum, who also curates the biology collection. In this guest blog, learn how we acquire these animals,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This is May: the Indianapolis 500 through the years

By Renee Bruck Indianapolis is known as the racing capital of the world – so we’re honoring the city’s storied racing history by taking a look back at a few notable Indianapolis 500 races. Before race day on May 26, learn a few fun facts about the Indy 500 by learning the stories behind a couple items on display, as well as objects in our permanent collection. 1911 – Marmon Wasp Driver Ray Harroun, an engineer for the Marmon Motor Car Company of... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Guest Blog: Invasive plant species – and what to do about them

By Tiffany Parker, interim site manager, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Much of author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter’s gardening work can still be seen today at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City. Most of it – like all the beautiful large flowered trillium in bloom right now, and her stunning garden – brings beauty. But, some of her work didn’t prove to be as valuable long-term. In fact, some of what she planted is considered... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, May 16, 2019

New experience featuring artist Felrath Hines to open in June

Whether you’re a longtime art lover or a newbie to the world of art, a new experience this June at the Indiana State Museum will be a great place for you to explore your own creative side – and see some incredible artwork by a Hoosier artist.   “ It’s About Time: The artwork of Felrath Hines ,” will highlight Hines’ life and artwork. Hines was an African American artist who grew up on Indianapolis’ west side. His interest in art began during his... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Guest Blog: Wedding season, shown through our collection

By Traci Cromwell, director of collections The flowers of spring are in bloom, warm weather is returning, trees are blooming and the grass is turning lush green, which means it’s wedding season again. The Indiana State Museum has an amazing collection of wedding-related artifacts from as far back as the early 17 th century, all the way to contemporary times. These unique artifacts offer us a view of wedding traditions throughout time and provide insight into the time periods in... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, May 6, 2019

Big news: Mastodon bones accepted into Indiana State Museum collection

In April, staff members at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites received a call from a family that said some bones had been discovered in Seymour, Indiana, during work for a sewer project. They wondered, could one of our curators come take a look? Ron Richards, senior research curator of paleobiology, happily headed down south, and he would soon discover that the bones belonged to a mastodon – a now-extinct mammal that lived in Indiana during the Ice Age. They were of fairly... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, May 2, 2019

Easter fun for everyone at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Hop on over to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to visit the Easter Bunny, search for hidden eggs and enjoy other Easter-themed activities in the weeks leading up to the holiday. No matter where you are in Indiana, we have an Easter celebration in your area. Central Indiana Spend the day celebrating the Easter holiday during the Family Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on April 20 and... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Local Tourist: "Inspiring Loyalty: The Education and Preservation of T.C. Steele"

Learn about the life and work of hoosier artist T.C. Steele in this article by Theresa Goodrich written for The Local Tourist. A clip is below, and the full article can be found  here. Great artists are tortured. They don’t quite fit in. They suffer from bipolar disease, schizophrenia, or depression, and they often struggle with personal relationships That’s the perception, anyway, and proponents of this theory cite Van Gogh, Hemingway, Schumann,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, April 1, 2019

News and Tribune: "Meet the powerhouse women of Southern Indiana's past"

Learn more about Blanche Culbertson and her participation in the women's suffrage movement in this article by Elizabeth DePompei of the News and Tribune, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. A clip is below, and the full article can be found  here. THE SUFFRAGETTE FROM NEW ALBANY After raising three children, Blanche Culbertson found herself smack in the middle of the women's suffrage movement in New York City. She had been raised, of course, in New Albany. Born to... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, April 1, 2019

Pinewood Derby® racing action returns to Indiana State Museum

By Renee Bruck Get ready, get set and GO see if your car will cross the finish line first when the second-greatest spectacle in racing returns to the Indiana State Museum. Children and adults alike can test their need for speed on our two-story, 125-foot-long track during the annual Pinewood Derby®. The derby returns April 2-7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with fun runs April 2-5 and April 7, and the official Pinewood Derby® Race Day on April 6. This annual event began in 2008 as part... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, April 1, 2019

Indiana State Museum steam clock singing again after seven years

By Hannah Kiefer After years of silence, the beloved steam clock at the Indiana State Museum is now singing to visitors once more. In late June 2018, the steam clock was removed from the property and sent off to Camby, Indiana, for repairs at Smith’s Bell and Clock. The purpose of the repairs was to replace all of the steam lines and clean up the clock so that its distinctive whistle can sound once again, chiming out the tune to “Back Home Again in Indiana.” The... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, March 25, 2019

Family fun awaits this spring break at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Spring break is upon us – and even if you have no travel plans, we’ve got your family covered with tons of fun options  throughout the state for every type of family. For the family that loves the great outdoors Get out of central Indiana and explore acres of fun at Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville . Here, enjoy brand-new, interactive experiences inside the Visitors Center to introduce yourself to the Native American history of the site. Then, hike the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, March 22, 2019

Summer camp adventures await at the Indiana State Museum

Spring temperatures have arrived in Indiana, but we’re already looking forward to school break and all the fun of summer break camps at the Indiana State Museum. Get ready for hands-on learning and exploration, plus a variety of topics sure to match your child’s interests. Several camp favorites will return this year, but there are also plenty of new camps for your child to discover. Not quite sure a whole week of camp fits your schedule? Don’t worry! This year,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, March 15, 2019

Guest blog: Hear from the kids behind Kids Curate

On March 9, we’ll have a special one-day experience created by kids, for kids – Kids Curate. For this experience, a group of sixth-grade students from Center for Inquiry School 2 came up with their own exhibit ideas and created them, from choosing the artifacts to writing the labels. The exhibits will show off four different themes: bees, wacky Indiana, Indiana legends and students of the past, present and future. The junior curators themselves will be in the experience on... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, March 1, 2019

Behind-the-scenes: Showcasing historic clothing in Color of Style

By Renee Bruck When Color of Style opens March 16, more than 50 outfits from the museum’s historic clothing and costume collection will be on display by color for visitors to see. You’ll find pieces by Indiana designers Bill Blass and Stephen Sprouse, as well as pieces worn by the Jackson 5 and artist Julia Graydon Sharp – and even a dress from 1760s England! But what goes into making sure items that are hundreds of years old are display ready? We’re giving... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, February 26, 2019

From the Hoosier state to Washington, D.C.: Indiana's ties to the presidency

By Renee Bruck Of all the men who have served as the highest ranking official of the federal government, Indiana only has direct connections to three former presidents - William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Harrison. Although none of the men were born in Indiana, William Henry Harrison called Vincennes home for more than a decade while serving as Indiana’s first territorial governor. Abraham Lincoln - born in Kentucky - lived nearly a fourth of his life in Indiana.... Read More
Posted by Julie Schaefer at Monday, February 18, 2019

Black History Month: Four noteworthy African American Hoosiers

By Renee Bruck Black History Month, which has been observed annually since 1926, honors the contributions of African Americans throughout history. This February, we’re taking a look at four African American Hoosiers who helped to shape Indiana’s past and present in hopes of a better future for everyone. Madam C.J. Walker: 1867-1919 Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove on a Louisiana cotton plantation to sharecroppers in 1867, was one of the first American women... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, February 8, 2019

Guest Blog: What’s in a Geode?

GeoFest is a fan-favorite festival at the Indiana State Museum, and it’s an event that’s all about rocks, gems and minerals. Visitors can purchase items from more than 20 vendors from around the country, as well as enjoy interactive activities throughout the museum. One of the rocks many people are most familiar with is the geode – a type of rock that you crack open to expose glittering crystals inside. But, what’s in a geode, and how do they form? Our curator... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Color of Style’ exhibit set to open at Indiana State Museum

There’s a brand-new experience opening at the Indiana State Museum in March where you can explore color, style and what your own color preferences say about you. Color of Style opens on March 16, and in this experience you’ll discover how who we are shapes how we dress and the colors that we choose to wear. To start the exhibit, you’ll have a chance to walk through a tunnel of color to see how you feel when immersed in different colors. Then, take a quiz to discover the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, January 28, 2019

Brush away the winter blues with a day dedicated to creativity and color

Get ready to celebrate human creativity in all its forms during a brand-new festival at the Indiana State Museum on Saturday. CREATE! is sure to help brighten these bleak winter days and spark your imagination with a day full of color, creativity, and hands-on activities and demonstrations. Best of all, the one-day festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will blend several creative forms, ranging from music and theater to visual arts and more, all in one downtown location. Several community... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Register your child for summer camp fun at the Indiana State Museum

Does your child dream of flying into space, or do they love solving mysteries and puzzles? Better yet, do you have Indy’s next famous chef on your hands? Well, we’ve got a full slate of summer camps at the Indiana State Museum to let your child explore all that and more. Several camp favorites like archaeology, culinary and fashion camps will return, but we’re also introducing plenty of new camps this year too. Best of all, you don’t have to dedicate an entire week to... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Free school field trips at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

By Hannah Kiefer Field trips are expensive. At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we are proud to offer free school field trips to Hoosier students around the state. Through this program each year, tens of thousands of students are able to experience our hands-on galleries and explore Indiana’s past, present and future at our locations around the state. But, providing free field trips wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of incredible supporters of our... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, January 10, 2019

Indiana’s Winter Wonderland: 10 snowy scenes captured by Hoosier artists

By Renee Bruck Dec. 21 marks the official beginning to winter, or the winter solstice. But what does that really mean? Well, it means Dec. 21 will be the “shortest day” of the year. The sun is expected to rise at 8:02 a.m. and set at 5:23 p.m. The Northern Hemisphere will be the farthest from the sun on this day, but that doesn’t guarantee the coldest day of the year – or snow.  In fact – although there is a slight chance for snow in the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, December 20, 2018

Experience Indiana’s past and present through history, art and science at the Indiana State Museum

By Renee Bruck In the heart of downtown Indianapolis stands a world-class institution filled with real artifacts and stories that highlight all things Indiana, from its geological beginnings to present day and even the future. Three levels of interactive and multi-sensory galleries at the Indiana State Museum provide visitors an opportunity to explore and take a deeper look into the state’s art, science, culture and history, all in one place. Level 1 On Level 1, explore... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Saturday, December 8, 2018

Guest Blog: A trip to the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™

The holidays are a time for family traditions – celebrating old ones and creating new ones together. For Indiana State Museum member Katie Glick, those traditions include a visit to the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ .  Read about her family’s traditions in this special guest blog, then come make memories with your own family. You can make reservations at the tea room by calling 317.232.1637. The Tea Room is open through Jan. 6, and reservations are recommended with a... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thanksgiving: A tradition centuries in the making

By Renee Bruck On Thursday, millions of Americans will take time to celebrate and give thanks during a meal with family and friends on the day known as Thanksgiving. But do you know where this tradition came from, or when the national holiday actually came to be? How about why everyone flocks to the store in search of a turkey for their holiday meal? Well, take a few minutes before the football games or plotting your Black Friday shopping strategy to learn some history and a few fun facts... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

Discover the place where modern archaeology in Indiana began at Angel Mounds State Historic Site

By Renee Bruck Hundreds of years ago, thousands of Native Americans known as Mississippians called a thriving metropolis on the banks of the Ohio River home. But, the community had left by the time European explorers reached the area. What was left behind in the ground were millions of artifacts buried in the Indiana dirt and more questions about the people who once lived there than answers. Yet it was the search for these answers that led to the birth of modern archaeology in the state... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, November 5, 2018

Spookiest items from the museum’s collection

The permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites contains more than 500,000 objects, from tiny archaeological finds to massive mastodon skeletons. The collection spans across topics, including paper artifacts, pop culture, furniture, clothing and just about whatever else you can imagine.  Together, these objects tell the story of Indiana and the Hoosiers who have shaped the state.  But, the history of Indiana isn’t always cheerful. Sometimes,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, October 26, 2018

Uncovering an interest in Ice Age animals from his uncle’s backyard to Megenity Cave

By Renee Bruck Tommy Anderson remembers exactly when his interest in Ice Age animals began – at age 5 after his uncle found the leg bone of a mastodon. He remembers having an interest in dinosaurs, but seeing the bones of an American mastodon and its skull excavated from his uncle’s pond near Monticello left a long-lasting impression on the youngster. Tommy, who is now 21, still remembers the two weeks when a team from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites set up the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, October 12, 2018

Find your own inspiration from scenic views that influenced one of Indiana’s most well-known artists

By Renee Bruck T.C. Steele knew from a young age that he wanted a career in art, but it wasn’t until age 60 that he discovered property in Brown County that inspired some of his most well-known works. That 211-acre property — now T.C. Steele State Historic Site — still attracts art lovers and provides artists the opportunity to create their own plein air paintings today. Much of the property and home remains just as it did when the Steeles lived there, which allows... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, October 4, 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

The Making of an Exhibit: Cardboard Engineering

Everything is ready to go by the time visitors walk into our brand-new Cardboard Engineering experience. But have you ever considered how much work goes on behind-the-scenes before each and every experience opens? Maybe not. Here, get a quick glimpse into how one of our newest experiences came together at the Indiana State Museum. Planning and painting After coming up with the idea, months of planning began even before the last experience completed its run at the museum! These... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, September 28, 2018

Indiana State Museum launches app for people who are visually impaired

Starting Sept. 19, the Indiana State Museum has a new app that will help provide access to the museum for a unique demographic: People who are blind or visually impaired. While most visits to a museum consist of looking at objects and reading labels, staff at the museum have been working for two years on bridging the gap for people who cannot see well or at all. “As we started working on renovations to our permanent galleries, we realized that we wanted to think beyond the standard... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Experience a one-of-a-kind national treasure at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

By Renee Bruck Use of Indiana’s Whitewater Canal for commercial transportation lasted less than 15 years in the 1800s, yet the early mode of transportation made an impact that continues today throughout the Whitewater Valley. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site – which preserves a 14-mile section of the canal from Brookville to Laurel – gives visitors a glimpse of canal towns that grew and thrived along canal systems in the 1830s and 1840s. These towns became hubs of... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, August 31, 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

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