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Category: Exhibitions

Media Tip Sheet – Q3 2017

Media Tip Sheet – Q3 2017 Upcoming major events and exhibitions at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites through 2017 SECTION A: Indiana State Museum Welcome to 2017 – “The Year of Science” Exhibitions presented by Lilly   EXHIBITION – Ice Age Graveyards   February 25 to September 4, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat.] 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Sun.] Admission: Included with museum admission ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 7/5/17

Stone Country: Then and Now opens June 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Empire State Building. Yankee Stadium. The Pentagon. Not buildings you’d typically associate with Indiana. But all three, and thousands more, come from the bedrock of the Hoosier state – limestone. The Indiana State Museum is proud to feature Stone Country: Then & Now. The exhibition will feature 30 original photographs by award-winning photographer... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 6/29/17

Corydon Capitol to host traveling Lincoln exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Laura Spalding, 812.738.4890, lspalding@indianamuseum.org CORYDON, Ind. – The public is invited to Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War , on view June 24 through July 8, 2017, at the First State Office Building, located at 417 N. Mulberry St. in Corydon, Ind. The exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. “We are excited to share the details of Lincoln’s life with the people of southern... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/7/17

Only two weeks left to experience Nature Unleashed at the State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Don’t miss your chance to see Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters at the Indiana State Museum. The traveling exhibition, on loan from the Field Museum in Chicago, goes inside the forces that drive earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanoes to help explain what causes these natural phenomena to happen. It also looks at the human impact, and the... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 5/16/17

State Museum celebrates 50 years of the Pacers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum proudly joins with the Indiana Pacers to celebrate a major milestone in Hoosier basketball history in the new exhibition, Indiana Pacers 50 th Anniversary, 1967-2017 . The exhibition, now open in Legacy Theater, runs until June 18, 2017. With the construction of Market Square Arena, city leaders took a gamble on the franchise, hoping... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 4/13/17

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters explores the cause and effect of natural disasters on our planet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS —Come witness the raw power of nature in Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. Explore the science behind earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and volcanoes. See what causes the ground to shake, the wind to spin and rock to melt, and hear firsthand accounts about what it was like to live through a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Nature Unleashed: Inside... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 2/22/17

Angel Mounds to host traveling Lincoln exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Elizabeth Bostelman, 812.853.3956, ebostelman@indianamuseum.org EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War , on view now through April 16, 2017, 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. on Sunday. “We are excited to share this exhibition with the people of... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 2/13/17

Ice Age Graveyards reveals Indiana’s cool past

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum digs into the Hoosier state’s icy history in Ice Age Graveyards. The exhibition features several Ice Age mammals unearthed across Indiana and uncovers what it takes to bring their remains to the surface. Ice Age Graveyards takes an in-depth look at the mammals that roamed what is now the state of Indiana during the last ice age. It also... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 2/10/17

From Munich to Brown County: The Life and Artwork of T.C. Steele at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Craig Hadley, Director/Curator Richard E. Peeler Art Center DePauw University 765-658-6556 E-mail: craighadley@depauw.edu  depauw.edu/arts/peeler/ Greencastle, IN – Indiana artist Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926) is perhaps the most widely celebrated Hoosier Impressionist painter of the early 20th century. In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration, From Munich to Brown County: The Life and Artwork of T.C. Steele ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 2/1/17

Why paper? Pulp: Works on Paper explores the mystery behind the medium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Museum is unveiling a new exhibition, Pulp: Works on Paper, showcasing 26 original contemporary works of art on paper.  The exhibition features many recent acquisitions on display for the first time, and represents a variety of styles, techniques and subjects all created by artists with an Indiana connection. Artists have a wealth of options when it... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 2/1/17

Last chance to view ‘Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration’ exhibition – closes Jan. 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — From the literal bedrock of Indiana to a pair of Chuck Taylor’s Chuck Taylors, Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration , will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 29. The exhibition explores and celebrates the history, science and culture of the Hoosier state through 200 iconic and interesting objects. The exhibition includes a fully mounted mastodon skeleton,... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 1/19/17

Media Tip Sheet – Q1 2017

Media Tip Sheet – Q1 2017 Upcoming major events and exhibitions at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites through 2017 SECTION A: Indiana State Museum Welcome to 2017 – “The Year of Science” Exhibitions presented by Eli Lilly and Company   PROGRAM – Museum INvasion Ongoing dates 1:30 p.m., or by appointment [Sat.] Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members [price includes museum admission] Don’t just... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/27/16

New Interpretive Center to Showcase Arc of Indiana’s Underground Railroad Past

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Conta ct : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind. — Today, The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, in conjunction with the Levi Coffin House Association, hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new 5,156-square-foot, state-of-the-art Interpretive Center and announced the renaming of the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site (formerly the Levi Coffin State Historic Site.) The Center will open to the... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/8/16

10 reasons to celebrate the holidays at the State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, “Nobody does the holidays like the Indiana State Museum.” This year promises to be more exciting than before as visitors enjoy food, fun, sights and sounds. Beginning Nov. 25, the Indiana State Museum will open its doors to the immensely popular annual Celebration Crossing exhibit. The exhibit will... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/16/16

Museum Undergoes Bold Transformation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Revised] Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — As the Indiana State Museum and Historic Site’s 150th anniversary approaches in 2019, the museum is pursuing a bold plan to transform the museum and 11 historic sites into places that not only reflect its past, but lead it into the future. “Because of all the changes in technology, we are changing the way we tell Indiana’s stories,”... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/3/16

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

Explore Your Creativity in Indiana State Museum’s New Exhibition — DESIGN ZONE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — What does it take to create an addictive and fun videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes behind creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills? Discover the secrets behind how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers... Read More
Posted by Bruce Williams at 8/16/16

‘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
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Museum seeks photos for Veterans Day exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s veterans and active military personnel will be honored this fall at the Indiana State Museum in Heroes from the Heartland , a special exhibition on view November 1 through Veterans Day, November 11.  Hoosiers are invited to submit photos of themselves, friends and family members who have served or are currently serving in any branch of the military.... Read More
Posted by Bruce Williams at 8/12/16

Come see an original signature of America’s first President George Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — One of the featured objects on view in Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration exhibition at the Indiana State Museum bares the signature of America’s first president George Washington. The Treaty of Greenville, which followed the Native American loss at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, ended the Northwest Indian war in the Ohio County.  Having been... Read More
at 6/30/16

Limberlost to host ‘The Limberlost Then and Now’ exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org Geneva, Ind. – As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the public is invited to The Limberlost Then and Now , on view July 1 through December 10, 2016 at the Limberlost Visitor Center, located at 200 E. 6th St. in Geneva, Ind. The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition will put a focus on the Limberlost... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/30/16

Indiana’s oldest Latino graffiti art crew readies for 30th anniversary show opening July 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum, in partnership with Crazy Indiana Style Artists (CISA) of Lake County, Ind., will present Still Crazy: 30th Anniversary of CISA , an art exhibition featuring more than 30 two- and three-dimensional works of original art by CISA chronicling their 30-year history.  The exhibit, on view July 2 through September 5, 2016, is a part of the... Read More
at 6/24/16

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org Corydon, Ind. – As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the public is invited to Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit on view June 10 through 29, 2016 at the First State Office Building, located at 417 N. Mulberry St. in Corydon, Ind. The exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Organized by the Indiana... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/1/16

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

PRESS KIT - Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration

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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
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Media Alert: Press Preview for ‘Indiana in 200 Objects’ Exhibition

For Immediate Release April 4, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum will host the bicentennial exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects April 30, 2016 through January 29, 2017. The exhibition, organized into nine themes addressing some aspect of Hoosier life, will feature superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents. A special press preview is set for Tuesday, April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. ... Read More
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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
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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