Crossroads of America

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This experience is all about connections—learn how Hoosiers connected physically through railroads, and shared messages through newspapers, books and music. See early items from the rise of the middle class, emerging formal professions and the growth of consumer culture. Crossroads of America shows you who these people were through real objects they touched, used and loved.

Early objects | Discover early versions of objects such as washing machines, gym equipment and cars, and compare to how they look and function today.

Time travel | Get an inside eye into what the plants and animals in Indiana looked like before the steel industry arrived in Indiana through realistic paintings by Frank Dudley, the “painter of the dunes.”

Golden Age | Take a seat next to other train station passengers as you wait for your train to arrive. As you wait, learn about arts, literature and politics from Indiana’s “Golden Age.”

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