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2016-2017 Speakers Bureau

Media Contacts:

Megan Simpson, Director of Public Relations 

Paige Southerland, Community Marketing Coordinator
Historic Sites media

Christine Totten, Vice President of Marketing

Category: Indiana State Museum

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

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

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

Re-imagined L.S. Ayres Tea Room readies for holiday crowd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org COMMUNITY CALENDAR ADVISORY INDIANAPOLIS — There is nothing more exciting and magical than spending meal time during the holidays with close friends and family at the re-imagined L.S. Ayres Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum. The beloved historic restaurant was located inside the former downtown L.S. Ayres department store. This year it will be decked out in white and gold... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/22/16

Top 5 Holiday Gifts at the Indiana Store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2017 Contact : Paige Southerland, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org   Top 5 Holiday Gifts at the Indiana Store Indiana State Museum store to make holiday shopping easier   INDIANAPOLIS — Each year, the Indiana State Museum announces the top 5 items in the Indiana Store that would make the best holiday gifts. This year’s list is detailed below. 1. Custom Ornaments $20-$30 Come shop from our exclusive custom... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/21/16

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

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

Applications are now being accepted for the docent program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum Docent Program is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to apply for the fall 2016 class. Applications are due on Monday, Sept. 12. “Those candidates selected for the program will participate in rewarding and rigorous training led by our curatorial and education staff and serve as instructors and mentors to other volunteers and future... Read More
at 8/3/16

T.C. Steele site’s 3-phase, multi-year implementation began with revitalization of formal gardens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146,  bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is reclaiming and preserving the historic T.C. Steele State Historic Site gardens, in Nashville, Ind., with a major 3-phase rehabilitation. The gardens were once the subject of many of Theodore Clement (T.C.) Steele’s paintings. Steele was an American Impressionist painter known for his Indiana landscapes. ... Read More
Posted by Bruce Williams at 7/13/16

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

State Museum to host talk detailing America’s move from enslavement to freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum will host afro studies scholar Dr. Veta Tucker in a retrospective discussion on America’s turbulent civil rights past with the program Created Equal: Abolitionists on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. in the museum’s Dean and Barbara White Auditorium.  Dr. Veta Tucker is an author, educator, scholar and recently retired director... Read More
at 6/24/16

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

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 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
at 4/22/16

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
at 4/15/16

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

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
at 4/4/16

Robert Indiana’s ‘Indiana Obelisk’ to turn 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — This Saturday will mark the 14th anniversary of the unveiling of the Indiana Obelisk at the Indiana State Museum. The sculpture, sponsored by Indianapolis-based philanthropist Polly Horton-Hix, stands just under 50 feet tall and is the largest work of art ever fabricated by Robert Indiana, one of Indiana’s most famous visual artists. Fourteen years ago, during the... Read More
at 4/4/16

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

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
at 3/22/16

WWII combat veterans to participate on panel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — As part of the Indiana State Museum’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial, several Hoosier combat veterans of World War II will participate in a 90-minute panel discussion on Friday, April 15 beginning at 10 a.m. in the museum’s Dean and Barbara White Auditorium. “This is an opportunity for Hoosiers to witness a panel discussion featuring five surviving members of the... Read More
at 3/22/16