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Megan Simpson, Director of Public Relations 
317.234.8146

Paige Southerland, Community Marketing Coordinator
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Category: Family

Lincoln in Quilts: Log Cabins, Flags and Roses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Experience a new look at the life of Abraham Lincoln through the textiles of his time. Lincoln in Quilts: Log Cabins, Flags and Roses is a must-see for any quilt lover or Lincoln enthusiast and connects to four key times in Lincoln’s life; his early years, his adult political life and White House years, the Civil War and the mourning period following his... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 10/31/17

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Indiana State Museum to honor Veterans with Heroes from the Heartland display

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has extended the deadline for photo submissions of current and former service members for the annual  Heroes from the Heartland  display. The project recognizes Indiana’s faces of valor by showcasing the images in a large photo display and Facebook gallery. The submission period for photos now runs until ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/14/17

Enjoy a free night of family fun at Spooky Science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Dress in your Halloween best for a night of Spooky Science at the Indiana State Museum. The free, family-friendly event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Enjoy a shocking display of static electricity, test your wild survival skills, make magic minerals glow in the dark and meet our mad scientist! There will also be an area for preschoolers to... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 10/6/17

Spend Columbus Day at the Indiana State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — In search of something to do with the kids this Columbus Day? Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for School’s Out! Columbus Day and enjoy a day of activities and performances. Grab a passport and journey to our Explorer Central stations throughout the Great Hall. Learn what it was like to be an early explorer in Indiana by packing for your... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 10/5/17

The Power of Poison coming to the Indiana State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum explores the historical fascination with toxins in The Power of Poison. The prestigious national traveling exhibition, on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, opens at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. From the promise of immortality to tales of healing powers and mysterious deaths, poison is a popular theme in... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 10/3/17

Join the State Museum for School’s Out! Labor Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Looking for something to do while the kids are out of school this Labor Day? Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for School’s Out! Labor Day and enjoy a day of art activities, performances and special tours focused on Indiana industry.  “On Labor Day, the Indiana State Museum will be filled with fun hands-on activities like making a Labor Day... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 9/1/17

Indiana State Museum to honor Veterans with Heroes from the Heartland display

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is seeking photo submissions of current and former service members for the annual Heroes from the Heartland display. The project recognizes Indiana’s faces of valor by showcasing the images in a large photo display and Facebook gallery.  The submission period for photos begins Sept. 4 and runs until Oct. 14. Heroes from the Heartland ... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 9/1/17

Angel Mounds to host ‘Solar Eclipse Viewing Party’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Elizabeth Bostelman, 812.853.3956, ebostelman@indianamuseum.org   EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to attend a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, Aug. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at Angel Mounds State Historic Site. According to the NASA Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map, Angel Mounds State Historic Site will be at 98.99 percent obscuration, which is the fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon. The site will remain... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 8/9/17

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

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites continue Blue Star Museum discount program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146,  msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites continue to honor America’s service men and women by participating in the Blue Star Museum program. The program provides free admission to any active service military, including National Guard and Reserve, and up to five family members. The discount is valid between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2017 and is accepted at the... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 7/3/17

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

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

Enjoy a mid-week boost of family fun at Canal Nights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum invites you to enjoy a family-friendly night out downtown this summer with Canal Nights. The free event series features themed activities from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July on the canal side of the museum. From games to science and art, each Wednesday offers a different hands-on experience for everyone in the family. Bring out your... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 5/11/17

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

Angel Mounds to host Spring Farm Fest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Elizabeth Bostelman, 812.853.3956, ebostelman@indianamuseum.org   Angel Mounds to host Spring Farm Fest Sixth annual program to feature cultural lifeways of Native Americans EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to attend Spring Farm Fest Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Angel Mounds State Historic Site. Spring Farm Fest honors the farming heritage of Indiana,... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 3/8/17

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

Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, msimpson@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for Remarkable Women of Indiana as we celebrate women in science. Learn more about the women who helped shape Indiana and hear from those who continue to move the Hoosier state forward. The third annual event, which coincides with National Women’s History Month, takes place Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 2/16/17

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

Calling all rock hounds, fossil hunters, jewelers, scouts and families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum will host its 15 th annual fossil, gem and mineral show GeoFest on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the museum, located at 650 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. GeoFest, presented by Indiana-based Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI)... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 2/2/17

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

14th Annual Indiana Art Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Looking for ways to find color during the winter months? Let Indiana Art Fair be the solution. The annual event, featuring some of Indiana’s best artists, will take place Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the first and second levels of the museum.  “I love the Indiana Art Fair... Read More
Posted by Megan Simpson at 1/26/17

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

Indiana State Museum celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Join the Indiana State Museum in celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities, films and performances. WHAT : Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration WHEN : Monday, January 16, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE : Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis WHO : Indiana... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 1/5/17

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

Family New Year’s Eve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — End the year with a bang at a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration featuring face-painting, stilt walkers, arts and craft, games, prizes and music. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style.  WHAT :     Family New Year’s Eve  WHEN :     Saturday, Dec. 31 6 to 9 p.m. ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/16/16

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

‘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

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

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

State Museum and Eiteljorg offer activities along the Downtown Canal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 12, 2016  Contacts: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org Hyacinth Rucker, 317.275.1388, hrucker@eiteljorg.com   INDIANAPOLIS — “Hump Day” just got even better. Downtown Indianapolis residents and workers can celebrate the mid-week with evening activities at two of the city’s premiere cultural institutions. Both the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are offering evening... Read More
Posted by Bruce Williams at 5/12/16 | 0 comments

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

‘Museum INvasion’ puts alternative spin on tours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum recently launched Museum INvasion , a nontraditional customized adventure for audiences of all ages. The program, described as highly interactive, subversive, nontraditional and fun, was designed to engage and retain new audiences. “These hands-on cultural outings connect audiences to Indiana’s art, science and culture in a quirky fun way,” said... Read More
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12 great Indiana day trip ideas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2016 Contacts: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org or Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosiers plan their summer break away from the hustle, bustle and day-to-day responsibilities of their normal lives, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is offering 12 fun day trip ideas for multigenerational adventures. The 12-site museum system features inspiring historic places in locations... Read More
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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
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Museum to host film screening and discussion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2016  Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum will screen Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) , an episode from the three-part, six-hour documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History , followed by a panel discussion on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the museum. The program will focus on the rich and varied experiences of Latino immigrants who helped shape America. ... Read More
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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