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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

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

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

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

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

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

Limberlost to host annual New Year’s Eve party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an early New Year’s Eve celebration. The highlight of the event will be a countdown to a noon New Year balloon drop and pop. “Our daytime event allows families to celebrate together before parents head out for evening parties,” said Connie... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/19/16

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

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

Angel Mounds State Historic Site: Year-End Appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Limp, 630.899.9354, LLimp@indianamuseum.org   EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Angel Mounds State Historic Site is in the midst of its public appeal for 2016. Gifts received will directly benefit Angel Mounds State Historic Site to help ensure annual initiatives continue. In 2016, Angel Mounds welcomed more than 70,000 visitors to the site. School children, guided tours, tourists from across the world, scholars and members visit Angel Mounds to... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 12/6/16

Limberlost State Historic Site to host annual Santa at the Cabin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of holiday celebration and shopping at the Limberlost cabin. “On this special day our visitors will not only be able to see the Christmas beauty of the cabin,” said Marla Laux, Limberlost State Historic Site tour guide and holiday coordinator. ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/29/16

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

Indiana State Museum to hold press conference

Press Conference Media Advisory Contact: Paige Southerland, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org WHAT : Indiana State Museum to unveil the newly-completed Interpretive Center at Levi Coffin State Historic Site and make special announcement regarding the site. The Levi Coffin State Historic Site was considered the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. WHO : Tom King, President and CEO, ISMHS             Robin Winston, Member of the... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/21/16

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — The T.C. Steele State Historic Site will open their home to friends and neighbors for its annual holiday celebration, Steele’s Country Christmas. On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Large Studio of the historic site, visitors will be welcomed into the fully decorated historic studio and house. Children and families will have the opportunity to visit and... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 11/17/16

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

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site to host ‘An Evening with Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, afairchild@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. – Join actor David McDaniel as he portrays the greatest fictional detective to ever come from the British Isles: Sherlock Holmes. A 1940s’ style radio hour will take place in the double parlors of the historic Lanier Mansion in downtown Madison, Ind. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The program begins at 7 p.m. “This year we have had a... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/26/16

Angel Mounds to host Native American Fine Art Show and Sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Laura Limp, 630.899.9354, LLimp@indianamuseum.org EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to the annual Native American Fine Art Show and Sale November 5 and 6 at Angel Mounds State Historic Site, located at 8215 Pollack Ave. in Evansville, Ind. An opening night reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Angel Mounds State Historic Site staff has hand selected Native American artists from around the United States to show and sell... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/25/16

Limberlost to host Music of the Wild Nature Preserve tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to join Limberlost State Historic Site Naturalist Curt Burnette for an exciting guided tour of the Music of the Wild Nature Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. “Gene Stratton-Porter wrote about this area in her nature book Music of the Wild ,” said Bill Hubbard, Limberlost State Historic Site naturalist. “This nature... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/7/16

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site to host ‘Haunted Lane’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jay Dishman, 765.647.6512, jdishman@indianamuseum.org METAMORA, Ind. – The public is invited to grab their flashlights  for Haunted Lane , a spooky stroll along the canal route in Metamora, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 22. Three guided tours, held at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. will replace the annual Spooky Halloween Cruise on the Ben Franklin III Canal Boat while the aqueduct is being repaired. Visitors will meet the... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/7/16

Angel Mounds State Historic Site to partner with Barnes and Noble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Limp, 630.899.9354, LLimp@indianamuseum.org   EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to a book fair benefiting Angel Mounds State Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, located 624 S. Green River Road in Evansville, Ind. A percentage of all sales made on October 29 will be donated to Angel Mounds State Historic Site and will include purchases made in the Bistro. The book fair fundraiser... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/7/16

Limberlost to host ‘The Animalia Live Animal Program’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to watch a fun and educational live animal presentation by Thorntown-based Animalia, Inc. on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitors Center. The program will feature animals indigenous to Indiana in honor of the state’s bicentennial. “Animalia is the name of the animal kingdom,” said Bill... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/7/16

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site to host ‘Real Haunted Happenings’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bec Riley, 812.738.4890, briley@indianamuseum.org CORYDON, Ind. – The public is invited to Real Haunted Happenings , Corydon Capitol State Historic Site’s fifth annual ghost tour on Saturday, Oct. 29. Lantern-guided walking tours will lead brave attendees to various downtown locations where reported hauntings and happenings have occurred. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to enter the historic First State Capitol Building and... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/5/16

Reception held for Bicentennial Torch Relay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — T.C. Steele State Historic Site was the location of an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay reception for Brown County torchbearers on Friday, Sept. 20.   “We would like to thank all of our sponsors and the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau for organizing the relay and inviting us to host the reception,” said Cate Whetzel, T.C. Steele State... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/4/16

Bicentennial program to take place in Bloomington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — The public is invited to an art-filled weekend in Bloomington, Ind. as T.C. Steele State Historic Site hosts T.C. Steele’s Bloomington on October 7 and 8. As Indiana University’s first Artist-in-Residence, American Impressionist painter T.C. Steele paved the way for professional artists to take their place within the university and in academic... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/4/16

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site to host ‘Spooky Mansion’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, afairchild@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. — Lanier Mansion State Historic Site is treating young ghosts and goblins to the 8th annual Spooky Mansion on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, targeting children ages 3 through 12, will feature an array of not-so-scary Halloween activities inside the historic mansion and Lanier-Madison Visitor Center.   “This year we are having... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 10/3/16

MEDIA ALERT: Ben Franklin III Canal Boat Rides Halted

MEDIA ALERT Contact: Jay Dishman, 812.273.4531, jdishman@indianamuseum.org METAMORA, Ind. – Due to structural circumstances at the historic Duck Creek Aqueduct, also known as the Metamora Aqueduct and Whitewater Canal Aqueduct , rides on the Ben Franklin III Canal Boat at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site have ended for the season. “Engineers have been called in to evaluate the structure and we await the decision on how best to enact the repairs to maintain... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 9/30/16

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site to host ‘Spirits of Desperados’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Gerry Reilly, 812.273.0556, greilly@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. — The public is invited to the 10th annual Night Spirits at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Costumed actors portraying “spirits” will recount how several desperados, including members of the infamous Reno Gang of Seymour, Ind., met justice at the end of a rope.    “We are very grateful to... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 9/28/16

Artist Sought to Paint Official Governor’s Portrait

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS – The state of Indiana is now accepting applications from Hoosier artists to paint the official portrait of Governor Mike Pence. The Indiana State Museum will coordinate the selection process to determine the artist who will paint the approximately 42-inch by 32-inch oil or acrylic portrait.  A gubernatorial portrait is completed for each Indiana governor and will become... Read More
at 9/20/16

Angel Mounds to host ‘Native American School Days’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Limp, 630.899.9354, LLimp@indianamuseum.org   EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to attend Native American School Days Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Angel Mounds State Historic Site. With more than 2,000 school aged-children, educators and chaperones scheduled to attend, Native American Schools Days will introduce students and visitors to the lifeways of those who lived at Angel Mounds... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 9/15/16

‘Great Outdoor Art Contest’ winners announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — Winners from this past weekend’s Great Outdoor Art Contest at T.C. Steele State Historic Site have been announced. See list below per category. Children Age 12 and Under First Place: Barrett Timmons, Bloomington, Ind. Second Place: Violet Whittemore, Yorktown, Ind. Third Place: Grace Whittemore, Yorktown, Ind. Honorable Mention: Brooke Becher, Carmel; Ava... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 9/13/16

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

State Historic Site to ‘Murder on the Whitewater Canal’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, afairchild@indianamuseum.org METAMORA, Ind. – The public is invited to grab their detective hats for Murder on the Whitewater Canal , an interactive Murder Mystery on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. The mystery, beginning in downtown Metamora, Ind., will be hosted by Whitewater Canal and the Whitewater Canal Byway Association. “This is an official Bicentennial Legacy Project that will take place... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/23/16

‘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

SPEAKERS BUREAU - Museum set to deliver talks on Indiana’s art, science and culture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, psoutherland@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to make an even greater contribution to the knowledge Hoosiers have about their state and the pride that comes with that knowledge, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) has launched the 2016-17 Speakers Bureau .  “We are excited to roll out a program that connects Hoosiers to the highest level of museum thought,” said... Read More
at 8/23/16

Holcomb presents “Coffin Sisters” with Bicentennial Beacon Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS (August 19, 2016) – In honor of the State of Indiana’s bicentennial, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) presented sisters Saundra Jackson and Janice McGuire of Fountain City with the Bicentennial Beacon Award for their unwavering service and volunteerism during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair . For nearly 40 years, Jackson and McGuire have dedicated themselves to the ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/22/16

T.C. Steele State Historic Site to host annual ‘Great Outdoor Art Contest’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — The public is invited to a fun and relaxing day at the 28th annual Great Outdoor Art Contest (GOAC) at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The contest honors the birthday of T.C. Steele (Sept. 11, 1847). The “en plein air” (in open air) art competition is open to emerging and well-known artists of all... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/18/16

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

Angel Mounds to host Quake Cottage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Polly Root Sturgeon, 812.855.1378, proot@indiana.edu EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The public is invited to attend Earthquake Experience , a demonstration and lecture promoting earthquake preparedness education in Indiana. The demonstration will feature the Indiana Geological Survey’s earthquake simulator Quake Cottage , which will be open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 12 to 5 p.m. at to Angel... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 8/15/16

Indy puppet group relocates to State Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, a Midwest leader in marionette and puppetry performance, has entered a 2-year partnership agreement with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to relocate their studio to the museum. The 40-year old business will move into a 2,016 square-foot space at the museum... Read More
at 8/12/16

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

‘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