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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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

Limberlost to host Geneva’s Geneva

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – Adults 21 and over are invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitors Center on Friday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the birthday of author, naturalist and nature photographer Geneva Stratton-Porter. “We once again will celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday as well as her life in the town of Geneva,” said Bill Hubbard, Limberlost... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 7/25/16

Arts Commission accepting applications for Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grants  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Rex A. Van Zant 317-232-1273 (voice) 317-232-5595 (fax) www.in.gov/arts rvanzant@iac.in.gov (Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that it is now accepting applications for the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant program. “This program provides funding for Indiana arts organizations, non-arts organizations, and Hoosier individual artists to bring arts programs, services and... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 7/25/16

Kid's Discount Day at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jay Dishman, 812.273.4531, jdishman@indianamuseum.org   METAMORA, Ind. – Families are invited to Whitewater Canal State Historic Site for a day of outdoor play at Kid's Discount Day , scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Up to two children will ride the historic canal boat Ben Franklin III for $1 when an adult or senior pays general admission. “ Kid’s Discount Day is a chance for families to come out and... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 7/20/16

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

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 State Museum to loan rare artifact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact : Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum is scheduled to loan the pamphlet Lynch Law in Georgia (circa 1899) to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The fragile pamphlet was made by noted journalist and early civil rights leader Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). NMAAHC is scheduled to... Read More
at 6/29/16

Lanier Mansion offers summer camp for ages 8 to 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, afairchild@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. — The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will host Moving and Making at the Mansion Art Camp July 13 through 15. The 3-day immersive camp, targeted children ages 8 through 13, is scheduled daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is now open and can be done by contacting Anne Fairchild, program manager at 812.273.4531 or afairchild@indianamuseum.org . ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/28/16

Corydon Capitol to host ‘Murder at the Treasury’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Bec Riley, 812.738.4890, briley@indianamuseum.org CORYDON, Ind. – The public is invited to Murder at the Treasury , Corydon Capitol State Historic Site’s sixth annual interactive Murder Mystery on Saturday, August 6 at 6 p.m. The mystery, held at the First State Office Building, 417 Mulberry St. in downtown Historic Corydon, has been specially written by staff for the Indiana bicentennial and takes place in Corydon in 1816. ... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/28/16

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

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

MEDIA ALERT: Indiana 1816 Constitution Bicentennial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Indiana Archives and Records Administration Contact:   Valerie Michael 317.232.3385; vmichael1@iara.in.gov Jim Corridan 317.232.7191; jcorridan@iara.in.gov June 29 th marks the 200 th anniversary of the completion of the State’s first constitution. The document, written in Corydon, was drafted by the founders of Indiana, the 43 delegates elected by the citizens of the Indiana Territory and tasked with deciding whether Indiana should... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 6/22/16

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 hosts beehive to educate visitors about declining honeybee population

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org   INDIANAPOLIS — According to reports from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture, honey bee populations are declining as a result of many factors including parasites and pests, pathogens, poor nutrition and sublethal exposure to pesticides. To educate the public and raise awareness of the importance of bees, the Indiana... Read More
at 6/9/16

‘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

State Historic Site to host Studio Centennial Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — The public is invited to a birthday party celebrating 100 years of T.C. Steele’s Large Studio at T.C. Steele State Historic Site on Saturday, June 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. “This celebration has something for everyone,” said Cate Whetzel, T.C. Steele Historic Site program developer. “We hope to see multigenerational families enjoying cake and ice... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/26/16

Limberlost to present Loblolly Wildflower Safari

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – Guests of all ages are invited to get up close and personal with native plants at the Loblolly Wildflower Safari on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve. A Limberlost naturalist will lead guests on a leisure stroll along the Loblolly trails to discover what spring wildflowers and plants are growing. “Come join us on our... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/26/16

‘Festival of Flowers PaintOut’ winners announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org NASHVILLE, Ind. — Winners from this past weekend’s Festival of Flowers PaintOut at T.C. Steele Historic Site have been announced. See list below. Teens Age 13 through 18 First Place:  Donnie Mattos, Bloomington, Ind.  Second Place:  James Szalkie, Indianapolis Third Place: Lillian Wooten, Morgantown, Ind. Honorable Mention: Jacob Wooten, Morgantown, Ind.;... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/26/16

Sycamore Community Band to lead ‘Music at the Mansion’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Gerry Reilly, 812.273.0556, greilly@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. — The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will kick off its 2016 concerts series Music at the Mansion on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. on the north lawn of the mansion. Launching the series will be Cincinnati-based Sycamore Community Band led by Pete Metzger. The band, comprised of 65 members including teachers, doctors, dentists, lawyers and engineers, will perform a mix... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 5/26/16

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

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

PRESS KIT - Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration

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at 4/26/16

History returns to Angel Mounds State Historic Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Mike Linderman, 812.853.3956, mlinderman@indianamuseum.org EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The family of Ida Black, the wife of famed Indiana Archaeologist Glenn A. Black, has returned, with love, the couple’s personal effects to Angel Mounds State Historic Site after 52 years. The Blacks lived on the site from April 1939 until his death in September 1964. Black is considered the only professional archaeologist focusing on Indiana ancient history through the 1960s.... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 4/26/16

T.C. Steele Historic Site to host annual ‘Festival of Flowers PaintOut’

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 annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “en plein air” (in open air) art competition is open to emerging and well-known artists of all ages.    “This event provides a unique insight into the work of Hoosier Group... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 4/19/16

Get up close and personal with wildlife at Limberlost State Historic Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Curt Burnette, 260.368.7428, cburnette@indianamuseum.org GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to Creatures of the Night on Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve. Attendees will learn about creatures that roam the Limberlost when the sun goes down.    “Humans are most comfortable in the daylight, but we want them to get out of their comfort zones and come to the Loblolly Marsh to see what nature’s night shift is... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 4/19/16

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site to host 5K/10K fun run and walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, afairchild@indianamuseum.org METAMORA, Ind. – The public is invited to participate in an active weekend getaway during the sixth annual Towpath Dash 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 8 a.m. at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. “Participants really enjoy coming out for this event each year,” said Jay Dishman, Whitewater Canal State Historic Site manager. “They like the ambiance of the old canal... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 4/14/16

T.C. Steele State Historic Site to host Gustave Baumann expert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org   NASHVILLE, Ind. — The T.C. Steele State Historic Site will kick off its 2016 program series Sunday at Home on Sunday, April 10 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Large Studio of the historic site, with a lecture and demonstration dedicated to woodblock printing. The series will occur on scheduled Sunday’s throughout 2016. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the Brown County period of... Read More
Posted by Paige Southerland at 4/5/16

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site to host ‘A Garden Affair’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2016 Contact: Gerry Reilly, 812.273.0556, greilly@indianamuseum.org MADISON, Ind. — The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will welcome spring in style with A Garden Affair on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event, sponsored by Lanier Mansion Foundation, will include a silent auction, luncheon and a talk. The event will take place at the Old Market, located at 801 W. Main St. in historic Madison, Ind. “After a long winter, it will be... Read More
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MEDIA ADVISORY - Indiana native Pizzo to speak at high school film festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2016 Contact: Bruce Williams, 317.234.8146, bwilliams@indianamuseum.org WHAT: Indiana native Angelo Pizzo, most known for writing the sports films Hoosiers and Rudy , will speak to festival contestants and members of the public during the 10th annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Phantoscope is a juried short film competition open to Indiana students in grades 9 through 12. The competition allows young... 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

MEDIA ADVISORY - Press Conference

WHAT:      Indiana State Museum to announce and unveil a previously unknown artifact from Abraham Lincoln’s life in Indiana.  This is one of the most significant artifacts found since his death in 1865. Lincoln lived in southern Indiana for most of his adolescence, from 1816 to 1830. WHO:          Mike Pence , Indiana Governor Tom King , President and CEO, ISMHS Steve Haaff , foremost expert on Lincoln furniture made in Indiana Dale... Read More
Posted by Aja May at 2/2/16 | 0 comments

‘200 Years’ represents works of the past and present

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers will be introduced to a special body of artwork this year during the 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy exhibition, March 19 through October 2 at the Indiana State Museum. The exhibit will be comprised of more than 100 two- and three-dimensional works of art. Works by important early Indiana artists will provide a historical perspective. Additional works include modern and contemporary pieces illustrating the development of the visual arts in Indiana,... Read More
Posted by Aja May at 1/13/16 | 0 comments

State Museum celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

INDIANAPOLIS — Join the Indiana State Museum in celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with theater performances, art making activities and film viewings. WHAT :         MLK Day Celebration WHEN :         Monday, January 18, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE :         Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis WHO :  ... Read More
Posted by Aja May at 1/4/16 | 0 comments