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New early childhood space opening at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 6, 2019) – A new space just for families with children ages 6 and younger is opening Jan. 3 at the Indiana State Museum. Firefly Landing is a classroom space for early childhood public and school programs, and a spot where families will find new, daily engagement to help the museum’s littlest visitors enjoy activities just for them, including interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more.  The space is part of the... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 12/6/19

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires chief development officer

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2019) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named a new chief development officer.  Nora Woodman brings more than 25 years of progressive development and fundraising experience to the position. Most recently, Woodman served as director of effective philanthropy at Central Indiana Community Foundation. There, she managed the donor services function of the foundation and led a team of philanthropic officers responsible for stewarding... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/20/19

Celebration Crossing returns to Indiana State Museum Nov. 29

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2019) – The holiday season will kick off at the Indiana State Museum on Nov. 29, when Santa arrives via helicopter on the museum’s front lawn at noon.  WHAT: Celebration Crossing includes holiday fun for the whole family, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music from local bands and choirs, rides on the Santa Claus Express train, and tons of fun in Santa’s Workshop and Santa’s Front Yard. Visitors can help pack... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 11/7/19

A Dream of Beauty holiday event returns to Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – A favorite Rome City tradition will take place once again this December at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site during the annual A Dream of Beauty celebration. WHAT: Attendees are invited to enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides around Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at this annual event. Plus, explore Gene’s Cabin all decked out for Christmas, according to her description of the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 11/1/19

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

NASHVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – Holiday magic will return to T.C. Steele State Historic Site with their annual event, Steele’s Country Christmas, on Dec. 8. WHAT: Celebrate the holidays with this special event, featuring cookies, mulled cider, crafts and holiday music during this annual celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Attendees can tour T.C. Steele’s home all decked out for the holidays, as well as see real artwork from Steele in his Large Studio.  St.... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 11/1/19

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hosts Harvest Celebration

ROME CITY, Indiana (Oct. 31, 2019) – New this year, visitors are invited to a Harvest Celebration at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.  WHAT: At this brand new event, attendees can celebrate the fall season and harvest time in Noble County. Visitors will sample chili, roast marshmallows around a campfire and enjoy a hike through the restored Hemingway Wetlands (weather permitting). During the hike, attendees will learn about the farming history of the area prior to the... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/31/19

Indiana State Museum to open new exhibit on opioid crisis

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2019) – The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting our families and communities, with Indiana at the epicenter: opioid use disorder. This February, the Indiana State Museum plans to talk about it.  A new exhibit that has been in the works for more than two years – “ FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis ” – will be at the museum from Feb. 1, 2020, through Feb. 7, 2021. Working with more than 50... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/30/19

Art exhibition inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter to open at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

ROME CITY, Indiana (Oct. 18, 2019 ) – Experience the beauty of Indiana nature through watercolor creations soon to be on display at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. The exhibition titled "The Artist-Naturalist" will open at the site on Oct. 23, and it includes 15 watercolor paintings by Alex Warnick, a natural history artist based in Columbus, Indiana.  As a child, Warnick remembers taking turns reading chapters aloud on family road... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/18/19

“Native Americans: Beyond the History Book” coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 9, 2019) –  On Nov. 8, a special event at the Indiana State Museum will explore Native American traditions of the past and present during “Native Americans: Beyond the History Book.” The event is in honor of Native American Heritage Month. This program is in partnership with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission. This day is geared toward school-aged children, although all ages of the public are invited to attend.  WHAT: ... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/9/19

Murder mystery dinner to be held at New Harmony State Historic Site

NEW HARMONY, Indiana ( Oct. 9, 2019 ) – On Oct. 19, see if you can figure out ‘who-done-it’ during the Murder Under the Big Top murder mystery dinner at New Harmony State Historic Site’s Community House No. 2. WHAT: Get ready for a killer time and become a character in this circus-themed murder mystery dinner.  In attempts to make his circus stand out from the others, ringmaster Clyde Brown creates show-stopping attractions, fostering rivalries that extend... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at 10/9/19