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


Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078,

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 Bruce Williams, director of media and public relations. “The program allows us to make our skills, talents and resources available to agencies and groups that might find them of value and mutually beneficial.”

The program, in its first year, will offer lectures in a wide range of disciples including: Abraham Lincoln; Agriculture; Archaeology; Collecting Indiana History; Conservation; Cultural History; Exhibit Design & Development; Fossils; Historic Preservation; Ice Age & Paleontology; Indiana Art; Indiana Business; Indiana Furniture & Decorative Objects; Indiana Pioneers; Indiana Statehood; Natural History; Quilts & Textiles; Restoration; Rocks & Minerals; State Historic Sites and Technology.

The bureau is free to Indiana organizations, however, an honorarium or donation to the museum's Annual Fund would be greatly appreciated from groups outside of central Indiana to help offset the cost of travel. Organizations must be able to provide an appropriate site and audience of 25 or more people. Program hosts may include schools, libraries, historical societies, museums, civic associations, public agencies, senior centers and other community groups. The program is also open to media interested in covering a specific Indiana topic.

To apply, applicants must complete an online form located at The approval period is 30 days from submission.

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.