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Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites temporarily closes in response to COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2020) – At the direction of the governor and in compliance with recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), all 12 locations of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, effective March 17. This decision was made in the interest of protecting visitors, staff and volunteers. This situation continues to evolve, and a reopen date will be established in... Read More
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Activist art show opening at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2020) – On March 28, a new experience will open at the Indiana State Museum, featuring art from female artists with Indiana ties. These artists were inspired by various causes, from mental health or the environment to AIDS or immigration.  Cause and Æffect: Art That Speaks Out will feature works from 14 different artists in a variety of mediums, including paintings, tapestry, sculpture and more. The show is in honor of the 100th anniversary of... Read More
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Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites adds director to development team

INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has added a director of foundation and government relations to its development team.  Swati Gunale joined the State Museum on Feb. 24. In her new role, she is responsible for leading the strategic management of foundation and government funding support for the museum system. Gunale recently served as the director of grants and foundation relations for WFYI Public Media. Prior to that, she served as... Read More
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GeoFest gem, fossil and mineral show returns to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2020) – Rock, mineral and fossil lovers are invited to GeoFest at the Indiana State Museum on Feb. 21-23.  This annual gem, fossil and mineral show will feature 22 vendors from all over the country, including bead and jewelry-makers, as well as vendors selling gems and fossils. Community partners will also be on site with hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy.  For photos of past GeoFests, go here: http://bit.ly/3blYuCl  WHAT: ... Read More
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Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to offer free admission on Presidents’ Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will offer free admission to the downtown Indianapolis museum and all currently open state historic sites on Feb. 17 in honor of Presidents’ Day. Please note, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, New Harmony State Historic Site in New Harmony and Whitewater Canal State Historic Site in Metamora have seasonal hours and are currently closed. WHAT: Celebrate Presidents’... Read More
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Irsay Collection to loan ‘Big Book’ from Alcoholics Anonymous for display in Indiana State Museum’s opioid exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24, 2020) – In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), it’s known as the "Big Book" – a treatment plan that lays out the 12-step program that the group is known for.  The original draft of the manuscript is coming to the Indiana State Museum starting Feb. 1 and will be on display in the museum’s new exhibit, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis . The book is on loan to the museum from The Jim Irsay Collection, a robust assemblage... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/24/20

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hires program developer

ROME CITY, Indiana ( Jan. 20, 2020 ) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired a program developer at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site . Lauren Oxley joined the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites on Jan. 6. Oxley previously worked as an interpretive naturalist at Pokagon State Park in Angola and for Club Demonstration Services in Fort Wayne.   She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/20/20

Indiana State Museum and IU to host naloxone training event

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Indiana University’s Responding to the Addiction Crisis Grand Challenge will host a panel discussion and naloxone (brand name Narcan) training event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 1. This event coincides with opening day of the museum’s exhibit, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis . Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that is administered in an emergency to counter the effects of an... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/17/20

Celebrate creativity during CREATE! at the Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 15, 2019) – Visitors to the Indiana State Museum can celebrate all things creativity during the museum’s second annual CREATE! event on Jan. 25 For photos of last year’s CREATE! go here: http://bit.ly/37VYrKG WHAT: Imagination and artistry are front and center at this celebration featuring fun for the whole family. Attendees will experience art, film, music and more through artistic displays, musical performances and a chance to invent... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/15/20

Free admission offered at Indiana State Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum will offer free admission and special activities from museum staff and community partners throughout the museum on Jan. 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There will also be free admission offered at all of the museum system’s currently-open historic sites around the state: Angel Mounds (Evansville), Corydon Capitol (Corydon), Culbertson Mansion (New Albany), Levi and Catharine Coffin (Fountain City),... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/6/20

Winter and Spring 2020 Media Tips from the Indiana State Museum

Below are the upcoming experiences and events for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for January through April 2020. Tickets for programs can be purchased online at indianamuseum.org, by calling 317.232.1637 or at the door. Events requiring advanced reservations are noted. Museum admission is not included with most programs but can be purchased for a discounted group rate. $5 parking vouchers are provided for all program attendees. For images of the below events, go here: ... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/2/20

Family New Year's Eve to ring in 2020 at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2019) – On Dec. 31, even the littlest family members can ring in 2020 at Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum – a family-friendly event featuring a balloon drop at 8 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall.  To cover the event, please contact Hannah Kiefer at hkiefer@indianamuseum.org or (317) 234-8146. For photos of past events, go here: http://bit.ly/2RIKfjo   WHAT: This New Year’s Eve celebration will... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/19/19

Experience a light show like no other this holiday season at Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

NEW ALBANY, Ind. ( Dec. 19, 2019 ) – If holiday lights are on your holiday must-see list this year, be sure to add a visit to the Culbertson Mansion . While there aren’t any holiday lights on the exterior of the mansion, a light show on the interior is one-of-a-kind. Known as the Culbertson Mansion’s “winter moment,” a unique architectural feature from a simple stained glass window on the third floor of the mansion showcases just how spectacular the winter... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/19/19

Rube Goldberg exhibit coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 16, 2019) – Beginning in January, visitors to the Indiana State Museum will be able to explore – and create – machines that work in as inefficient and silly a way as possible, in the traveling exhibit “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit.” This exhibition showcases humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his humorous storytelling and inventive cartoons. In the exhibit,... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/16/19

Surrealist Ball coming to Culbertson Mansion

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (Dec. 13, 2019) – Black tie, long gowns, surrealist heads: that’s the dress code for the Surrealist Ball, coming to Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site on Dec. 28. The evening will be an experience like none other. Attendees will use their own flare and imaginations to create a unique and interesting outfit for the evening. Within each room of the mansion, there will be vignettes expressed through performance and art that exemplify various aspects of... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/13/19

New early childhood space opening at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 6, 2019) – A new space just for families with children ages 6 and younger is opening Jan. 3 at the Indiana State Museum. Firefly Landing is a classroom space for early childhood public and school programs, and a spot where families will find new, daily engagement to help the museum’s littlest visitors enjoy activities just for them, including interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more.  The space is part of the... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/6/19

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires chief development officer

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2019) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named a new chief development officer.  Nora Woodman brings more than 25 years of progressive development and fundraising experience to the position. Most recently, Woodman served as director of effective philanthropy at Central Indiana Community Foundation. There, she managed the donor services function of the foundation and led a team of philanthropic officers responsible for stewarding... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/20/19

Celebration Crossing returns to Indiana State Museum Nov. 29

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2019) – The holiday season will kick off at the Indiana State Museum on Nov. 29, when Santa arrives via helicopter on the museum’s front lawn at noon.  WHAT: Celebration Crossing includes holiday fun for the whole family, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music from local bands and choirs, rides on the Santa Claus Express train, and tons of fun in Santa’s Workshop and Santa’s Front Yard. Visitors can help pack... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/7/19

A Dream of Beauty holiday event returns to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – A favorite Rome City tradition will take place once again this December at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site during the annual A Dream of Beauty celebration. WHAT: Attendees are invited to enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides around Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at this annual event. Plus, explore Gene’s Cabin all decked out for Christmas, according to her description of the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 11/1/19

Steele’s Country Christmas returns to T.C. Steele State Historic Site

NASHVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – Holiday magic will return to T.C. Steele State Historic Site with their annual event, Steele’s Country Christmas, on Dec. 8. WHAT: Celebrate the holidays with this special event, featuring cookies, mulled cider, crafts and holiday music during this annual celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Attendees can tour T.C. Steele’s home all decked out for the holidays, as well as see real artwork from Steele in his Large Studio.  St.... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 11/1/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hosts Harvest Celebration

ROME CITY, Indiana (Oct. 31, 2019) – New this year, visitors are invited to a Harvest Celebration at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.  WHAT: At this brand new event, attendees can celebrate the fall season and harvest time in Noble County. Visitors will sample chili, roast marshmallows around a campfire and enjoy a hike through the restored Hemingway Wetlands (weather permitting). During the hike, attendees will learn about the farming history of the area prior to the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/31/19

Indiana State Museum to open new exhibit on opioid crisis

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2019) – The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting our families and communities, with Indiana at the epicenter: opioid use disorder. This February, the Indiana State Museum plans to talk about it.  A new exhibit that has been in the works for more than two years – “ FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis ” – will be at the museum from Feb. 1, 2020, through Feb. 7, 2021. Working with more than 50... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/30/19

Art exhibition inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter to open at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Indiana (Oct. 18, 2019 ) – Experience the beauty of Indiana nature through watercolor creations soon to be on display at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. The exhibition titled "The Artist-Naturalist" will open at the site on Oct. 23, and it includes 15 watercolor paintings by Alex Warnick, a natural history artist based in Columbus, Indiana.  As a child, Warnick remembers taking turns reading chapters aloud on family road... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/18/19

“Native Americans: Beyond the History Book” coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 9, 2019) –  On Nov. 8, a special event at the Indiana State Museum will explore Native American traditions of the past and present during “Native Americans: Beyond the History Book.” The event is in honor of Native American Heritage Month. This program is in partnership with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission. This day is geared toward school-aged children, although all ages of the public are invited to attend.  WHAT: ... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/9/19

Murder mystery dinner to be held at New Harmony State Historic Site

NEW HARMONY, Indiana ( Oct. 9, 2019 ) – On Oct. 19, see if you can figure out ‘who-done-it’ during the Murder Under the Big Top murder mystery dinner at New Harmony State Historic Site’s Community House No. 2. WHAT: Get ready for a killer time and become a character in this circus-themed murder mystery dinner.  In attempts to make his circus stand out from the others, ringmaster Clyde Brown creates show-stopping attractions, fostering rivalries that extend... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/9/19

Real Haunted Happenings event coming to Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

CORYDON, Indiana ( Oct. 9, 2019 ) – On Oct. 26, take a walk on the spooky side while hearing stories about unexplained events from the past and present during Real Haunted Happenings at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site. WHAT: Explore Indiana’s first state capitol building and the Governor’s Mansion by lantern light during one of two tours. Travel through the buildings where visitors and staff alike have witnessed a ghost-like lady in red, unexplained... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/9/19

Indiana State Museum to host Indiana game-makers at Hoosier Game Expo

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana ( Oct. 7, 2019) – Gamers are invited for a day of non-stop gaming with a Hoosier twist this November at the Indiana State Museum.  WHAT: About 30 community partners will put on a day of video games, board games, roleplaying games, virtual reality, game-making and more at the inaugural For the Win: The Hoosier Game Expo, featuring dozens of Indiana-based gaming companies.  Whether visitors are into the ultra-modern or old-school arcade games,... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/7/19

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires three staff members

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana  (Oct. 1, 2019) -  The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired three new staff members.  Andrea Eberle  joins the museum as the executive assistant to the president and CEO. Eberle has held previous executive assistant positions, including her most recent position at Mid America Clinical Laboratories, where she served as the liaison to the board of directors, and organized and staffed quarterly board meetings. Prior to... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/2/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site to host Owl-oween

ROME CITY, Indiana (Oct. 1, 2019)  — Children of all ages are invited to attend the annual Owl-oween event at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 12. This event looks past the myths and scary stories to discover the truth about bats, owls and other creatures of the night. Participants will walk throughout the property, stopping at different stations to learn more about animals not normally seen during the day. Children are encouraged to... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/1/19

Family-friendly Fright Night returns to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 27, 2019) – On Oct. 11, families can enjoy spooky fun and jumpstart the Halloween season with Family Night Out: Family Fright Night at the Indiana State Museum.  WHAT: Families are invited to dress in their Halloween best for a night of spooktacular fun. Attendees can help a mad scientist conduct experiments, learn about monsters that may call Indiana home, create light-up ghosts, enjoy a “spiderpult” catapult and more. Activities... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 9/27/19

Two new staff members join Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

MADISON, Indiana (Sept. 24) – Two new staff members have joined the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) at Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Emily Reth has been hired as site manager at the location. Reth comes to ISMHS from the Barker Mansion and Civic Center in Michigan City, Indiana,  where she served as director. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, and has a master’s degree in history and public history from... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 9/24/19

Hunter education offered in partnership with Wild Game Cookout

ROME CITY, Indiana ( Sept. 11, 2019)  – Current and future hunters are invited to take a hunter education course offered at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  Indiana Hunter Education Courses provide instruction in the areas of safe firearm use and handling while hunting and in the home; hunter ethics and responsibility; game identification; and conservation management. Anyone born after December 31,... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 9/11/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site to host Autumn Tea

ROME CITY, Indiana ( Sept. 4, 2019 ) – On Sept. 21, staff at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site will host their annual Autumn Tea featuring a presentation on wildflowers, plus a menu inspired by flowers and all things fall.   Hoosier naturalist, author and photographer Gene Stratton-Porter worked diligently to protect and relocate many species of wildflowers in and around Noble County that were in danger of being destroyed. Thanks to her handiwork, visitors can still see... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 9/4/19

Indiana State Museum awarded reaccreditation from American Alliance of Museums

Six state historic sites also earn accreditation and reaccreditation status INDIANAPOLIS ( Aug. 21, 2019 ) – The Indiana State Museum has received reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in recognition of the museum’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. The Indiana State Museum was initially accredited in 1988. Accreditation through American Alliance of Museums is the highest... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 8/21/19

Maze mind-benders to challenge logic, problem-solving skills in new experience at the Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS ( Aug. 2, 2019 ) – Beginning Aug. 31, visitors to the Indiana State Museum can show off their true maze-master skills in a new experience full of challenging mazes and puzzles. The new experience called A•MAZE•D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips features gigantic indoor puzzle mazes and encourages discovery and play while using problem-solving skills. Visitors will challenge themselves by moving their bodies along color paths and tiles to figure out correct... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 8/2/19

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires site director at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Indiana ( July 30, 2019 ) - The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired a site manager for Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Tiffany Parker, who previously served as the site’s naturalist, was promoted to site manager at the location effective June 17. She has been with the museum since 2010. In her new role, Parker oversees daily operations, programming and interpretation, and visitor and community relations, among other duties. She looks forward to... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 7/30/19

95th annual Hoosier Salon art exhibition returns to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS ( July 18, 2019 ) - Artwork created by 140 Hoosier artists will be featured during the 95th annual Hoosier Salon exhibition when it returns to the Indiana State Museum beginning Aug. 2. The annual competition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition and is considered to be the preeminent juried exhibition of Indiana art by Indiana artists. This year, 225 artists applied to the show and entered more than 570 pieces of artwork. Jurors accepted only 161 pieces from 140... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 7/18/19

Apollo Lunar Module fuel tank to be displayed at the Indiana State Museum in honor of Apollo 11's 50th anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS ( July 12, 2019 ) – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and see a real piece of the Apollo spacecraft during a special installation at the Indiana State Museum. Thanks to Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust - Allison Branch, visitors to the Indiana State Museum can get up close to an actual Apollo Lunar Module fuel tank from July 17 through Aug. 18. Each of the Apollo spacecraft systems contained an Apollo Lunar Module, which used these titanium tanks to... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 7/15/19

Art exhibition inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter, Limberlost Swamp opens at Limberlost State Historic Site

GENEVA, Indiana ( July 5, 2019 ) – Experience the beauty of Indiana nature through watercolor creations now on display at the Limberlost State Historic Site. The exhibition – titled "The Artist-Naturalist" – includes 15 watercolor paintings by Alex Warnick, a natural history artist based in Columbus, Indiana.  As a child, Warnick remembers taking turns reading chapters aloud on family road trips from the books of Indiana naturalist Gene... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 7/5/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hosts birding workshop and ice cream social

ROME CITY, Indiana ( July 1, 2019 ) – Bring your family to the Family Birding Workshop and Ice Cream Social July 13.  WHAT: Families will work together to build a birdhouse and learn about the birds that call the site home, then enjoy birdwatching during a bird hike. Participants will also listen to a reading from “Morning Face,” a book written by Gene Stratton-Porter for her granddaughter, featuring sing-songs and short stories about birds and plants found at the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 7/1/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site to receive Midwest Travel Journalists Association GEMmy Award

FOUNTAIN CITY, Indiana ( June 21, 2019 ) – Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site will be honored with a GEMmy Award during a ceremony on June 28.  The award, given by the Midwest Travel Journalists Association, recognizes outstanding travel sites, attractions and experiences that highlight the discovery and education travel can bring. The state historic site was nominated for the GEMmy Award by travel writer Elizabeth Granger of Fishers due to the powerful and emotionally... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 6/21/19

Indiana State Museum to host "Techno Color" event

INDIANAPOLIS ( June 14, 2019 ) – On June 28, visitors ages 21 and older are invited to a celebration of style, fashion and bold color during Techno Color at the Indiana State Museum. Visitors are encouraged to channel their fashion icon and dress in their most vibrant celebration outfits, then get ready for a night of fashion and fun – plus dancing and drinks, of course! This evening of style and self expression will include a performance by host Miss Mossy Stone, lip sync... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 6/14/19

Capitol Ball returns to Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

CONTACT Laura Spalding Program Developer Corydon Capitol State Historic Site lspalding@indianamuseum.org (812) 738-4890 CORYDON (May 29, 2019) — Lovers of Jane Austen, history and dance are invited to the annual Corydon Capitol Ball this June, hosted by Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.  This ball will take attendees back in time to 19th-century Indiana during the Regency Period – the time in which Jane Austen’s novels are set. At the ball,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/29/19

Free summer fun kicks off June 5 at Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2019) – Free, family-friendly fun returns to the Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum beginning June 5 during Canal Nights and the Summer Under the Sails concert series. Both events are free and open to the public, and they take place on Wednesday evenings in June and July along the Downtown Canal. The Indiana State Museum ’s Canal Nights take place outside the museum’s canal entrance from 6-8 p.m. and will feature a variety of topics,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/16/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site presents “An Evening in Gene’s Gardens”

CONTACT Tiffany Parker Interim Site Manager Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site tmparker@indianamuseum.org (260) 854-3790 ROME CITY, Indiana (May 13, 2019) – On June 8, visitors are invited to enjoy an evening stroll through the gardens, along with music, food, wine tastings and more during “An Evening in Gene’s Gardens” at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. This event provides a perfect summer’s night out. Locally-crafted beer and wine... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/13/19

Blue Banquet event coming to Culbertson Mansion

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (May 10, 2019) – A culinary event like no other is coming to New Albany’s Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site.  On May 20, the Blue Banquet will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. for adults ages 21 and older. At the event, local chefs will adapt the Culbertsons’ historical menu into a modern, three-course experience, which attendees will enjoy outside at tables decked out in blue lining Main Street. Chefs include: Rachel Hall (Orange Clover... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/10/19

New experience featuring artist Felrath Hines to open at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS ( May 8, 2019 ) – On June 22, a new experience exploring the life and work of artist Felrath Hines will open at the Indiana State Museum.  “ It’s About Time: The Artwork of Felrath Hines ” will highlight Hines’ work as an artist and art conservator. More than 20 original paintings will be on display – including “It’s About Time,” “Open End” and “Midnight Garden” – as well as personal... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/8/19

VP of Historic Preservation and Operations joins Indiana State Museum and Historic

INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2019) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired a vice president of historic preservation and operations, effective April 29.  James Sved joins the museum system from Archaeometrix, Inc., a full-service environmental and cultural resources consulting firm in Alhambra, California. There, he served as vice president and director of architecture. In his position at ISMHS, Sved will be responsible for the preservation of the museum system’s... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/6/19

Seymour mastodon bones accepted into Indiana State Museum collection

INDIANAPOLIS (May 2, 2019) – In early April, bones belonging to a mastodon dubbed “Alfred” were found during work on a sewer project at a farm in Seymour, Indiana.  Now, those bones – including two limb bones, as well as parts of a skull and tusk – will be processed and join the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.  “Ice Age paleontology is a center of excellence for the museum,” said Susannah Koerber,... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/2/19

New visitor center, activities to open at T.C. Steele State Historic Site

NASHVILLE, Indiana (May 1, 2019) — A whole new experience will greet visitors to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site this summer, beginning June 15.  The new, 4,600-square-foot Singing Winds Visitor Center is included in the changes, featuring indoor restrooms, programming space, a gift shop and a video introduction to the site’s history, among other amenities.  Along with the new visitor center, visitors will also find new experiences to enjoy around the site.... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 5/1/19