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Category: Bicentennial

State Museum to receive donation from Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS – Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. has donated the use of one of their Subaru Outback vehicles to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to show the Subaru off to the various parts of the state,” said Laura Minzes, associate vice president of State Historic Sites. “From Vincennes to Corydon, from Levi... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/20/16

Museum’s INVision campaign goes Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Tom King, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, introduced the public phase of INVision , a comprehensive capital campaign to cover renovations of core exhibition galleries in the museum as well as historic site projects around the state. The announcement came during a stakeholder preview of the renovations that included a talk from Laura... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/2/16

Angel Mounds to host traveling bicentennial exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kacey Franklin-Burns, 812.853.3956, kfranklins-burns@indianamuseum.org EVANSVILLE, Ind. – As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the public is invited to Celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial, A Traveling Exhibition on view September 3 through October 16, 2016 at Angel Mounds State Historic Site, located at 8215 Pollack Ave. in Evansville, Ind. The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m.... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/30/16

‘Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay’ to kickoff in Corydon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The public is invited to the kickoff of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. in Corydon, Ind. The relay, scheduled to feature runners from all 92 Indiana counties, will pass through 11 of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ 12 historically significant locations. The 11 historic locations on the relay route include... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/23/16

‘On This Day in History’ ideas from ‘Indiana in 200 Objects’ exhibit at Indiana State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is honoring Indiana as part of its statewide bicentennial celebration with Indiana in 200 Objects , an exhibition on view now through January 29, 2017. The exhibit features 200 superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents.  To assist the media with ideas for bicentennial coverage, below is a list of exhibit objects with... Read More
at 8/12/16

12 great day trips Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org or Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosiers begin planning their Labor Day weekend getaways, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites wants to offer 12 fun Indiana day trip ideas. The 12-site museum system features inspiring historic places in locations throughout the state of Indiana. The 12 locations, connecting visitors... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/11/16

Corydon Capitol to host ‘Murder at the Treasury’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bec Riley, 812.738.4890, briley@indianamuseum.org CORYDON, Ind. – The public is invited to Murder at the Treasury , Corydon Capitol State Historic Site’s sixth annual interactive Murder Mystery on Saturday, August 6 at 6 p.m. The mystery, held at the First State Office Building, 417 Mulberry St. in downtown Historic Corydon, has been specially written by staff for the Indiana bicentennial and takes place in Corydon in 1816. ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/28/16

MEDIA ALERT: Indiana 1816 Constitution Bicentennial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Indiana Archives and Records Administration Contact:   Valerie Michael 317.232.3385; vmichael1@iara.in.gov Jim Corridan 317.232.7191; jcorridan@iara.in.gov June 29 th marks the 200 th anniversary of the completion of the State’s first constitution. The document, written in Corydon, was drafted by the founders of Indiana, the 43 delegates elected by the citizens of the Indiana Territory and tasked with deciding whether Indiana should... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/22/16

Bicentennial event to explore the graffiti art form with cultural activities July 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146,  bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana visual artists from the 219 area code (Lake County) will compete against artists from the 317 area code (Marion County) in a graffiti mural competition on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the museum’s canal terrace. The competition is in celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial and will feature a 20 ft. x 8 ft. panel.  “In... Read More
Posted by Bruce Williams at 6/16/16

‘On This Day in History’ ideas from ‘Indiana in 200 Objects’ exhibit at Indiana State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org   INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is honoring Indiana as part of its statewide bicentennial celebration with Indiana in 200 Objects , an exhibition on view now through January 29, 2017. The exhibit features 200 superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents.  To assist the media with ideas for bicentennial coverage, below is a... Read More
at 6/8/16

Vincennes to host ‘Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2016 Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org      VINCENNES, Ind. – As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the public is invited to Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit, on view May 20 through June 5, 2016 at the Old Cathedral Library and Museum, located 205 Church St. in Vincennes. The exhibition will be open daily from 1 to 4 p.m.    Organized by the Indiana Archives and... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/13/16

Indiana’s Bicentennial Bucket List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org  INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosiers are celebrating the bicentennial year in various ways, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has created Indiana’s Bicentennial Bucket List to help promote traditions and oddities around the state. “We’ve put the bicentennial bucket list together for Hoosiers and non-Hoosiers alike to experience something new about Indiana... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/10/16

PRESS KIT - Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration

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at 4/26/16

Museum to celebrate bicentennial with Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — State businesses, universities and organizations will celebrate their Hoosier history and heritage during Bicentennial Expo slated for May 20 and 21 at the Indiana State Museum. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days, will honor Indiana’s past and present as part of the statewide celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana’s statehood. “This is going to be... Read More
at 4/12/16

Museum uses building façade to showcase rare art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is pleased to announce the installation of This Means War… by Gary, Ind.-based artist Kay Rosen. The work, installed on the exterior of the museum building along the White River State Park Canal, is one of five public art installations included in the museum’s 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy bicentennial art exhibition. “We... Read More
at 4/5/16

Museum to celebrate bicentennial with ‘Indiana in 200 Objects’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is presenting a variety of programming to honor Indiana’s past and present as part of the statewide celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana’s statehood. The exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects will be on view April 30, 2016 through January 29, 2017 and will feature superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents. “This... Read More
at 3/29/16

State Museum to feature loans from U.S. National Archives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Three historical documents will help anchor the Indiana State Museum’s bicentennial exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects . The Northwest Ordinance, The Treaty of Greenville and the Congressional Resolution admitting Indiana to the Union are loans from the U.S. National Archives in Washington, DC, and will be on view the first six months of the exhibition, which runs April... Read More
at 3/29/16

Indiana State Museum Promotes Green Living

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2016  Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org       INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum will promote green living to K-12 students and families at the third annual Eco-Science Fair in collaboration with its Going Green Festival on Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events will feature activities showcasing how individuals and companies can tackle environmental issues.    Each year the... Read More
Posted by Aja May at 3/18/16

State Museum unveils Lincoln bench mallet

Abraham Lincoln artifact available for public display for first time in 188 years  (STRICT EMBARGO: 10:00 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016)    Contact for more information: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146 bwilliams@indianamuseum.org      INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum has unveiled a previously unknown artifact from Abraham Lincoln’s life in Indiana. Lincoln’s bench mallet (circa 1829) will be on public display for the first time in 188 years,... Read More
Posted by Aja May at 2/9/16