The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center offers Hoosiers insight into their shared history. Explore Indiana and Indianapolis history at this incredible Indianapolis Museum with prime Indianapolis real estate along the Indianapolis Canal Walk. Take a trip to the heart of Indianapolis downtown to experience all of the upcoming events at the Indiana History Center in January 2012. Step inside history at the Indiana Experience. You Are There is an interactive exhibit featuring insight into major events in Indiana’s past. Meet notable Indianapolis people like Cole Porter. Take advantage of innovative technology to immerse yourself in the history of every corner of the Hoosier state. All this plus special Indianapolis events that are coming up this January.
Indiana History Center Exhibits
Destination Indiana -This Indiana History Exhibit puts you in control of your learning experience through innovative technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images. Browse stories and images from all of Indiana’s 92 counties on a range of topics including African-American history, the Civil War, the Ohio River, social justice, reform, transportation and agriculture. Visit one of eight “time-travel stations” and watch as an impressive curved 10 foot by 24 foot screen plays the journey of your choice. Discover your destination at the Indiana History Center.
You Are There – This Indiana History Center exhibit offers a unique interactive experience with famous events in Indiana history. You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks paints the scene of Kennedy’s famous speech on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. You Are There 1920: Busted! Prohibition Enforced takes visitors behind the scenes of a bootlegging operation run awry. Finally, You Are There 1950: Making a Jewish Home takes patrons inside the lives of a Jewish family in post World War II America. See historic photographs of each of these events and hear from first-person interpreters as you become a part of the story.
Cole Porter Room – One of Indianapolis music’s most influence people, Cole Porter, invites you into his favorite spot at New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Immerse yourself in this 1940s inspired, cabaret setting featuring a digital grand player piano and photographs from Porter’s illustrious life. Also, hear an elegantly dressed actor-interpreter sing some of your favorite Cole Porter originals. Enter into the life and times of this songwriter and famous crooner. Learn about this Hoosier legend who hails from Peru, Indiana.
W. Brooks Fortune History Lab -The images and documents preserved at the Indiana History Center offer incredible insight into our past. But how are these documents preserved for future generations? Find out at the W. Brooks Fortune History Lab, where trained facilitators demonstrate how original documents and photos are restored and preserved. Try your hand at restoration with an exciting activity where you can work on actual envelopes that have been deaccenssioned from the Indiana Historical Society collection. Discover an entirely new career at the Indiana History Center.
Lilly Hall – Lilly Hall is full of fun for visitors to the Indiana History Center. In the mezzanine level of Lilly Hall enjoy four exhibits with changing topics from Indiana history. The focal point of this section is “It’s About Time,” an impressive sculpture suspended from the ceiling. Then check out the INvestigation Stations offering hands-on experiences that explain and demonstrate various ways of working with history. Finally, visit Indiana Legends, a looped multimedia program that presents the lives of those who have been named Living Legends by the Indiana Historical Society.
January Events at the Indiana History Center
Naughty Bawdy Senior Stories told by Roslyn Bresnick-Perrysaw – “Although there is snow on the roof, it doesn’t mean the fire is out.” So say the seniors from Roslyn Bresnick-Perry’s endearing stories. There are a lot of notions about aging, some that are true and some that are not so true. Bresnick-Perry is here to assure us of one misconception about senior settings, delivering the message that sex does go on. It may not have the same type of passion as budding youthful romance, but their are many surprises about senior love both in and out of bed. Take a joyful romp with this bawdy storyteller at the Indiana History Center.
MLK Day Celebration – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the life and times of one of America’s most tremendous leaders. To honor the man who changed a country, take advantage of free admission to the Indiana History Center. Visit You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks to relive a tragic day in Indiana history. Plus, view special collection items and enjoy music, dance and spoken word performances. All this and more for FREE on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Boy Scouts Circuit of Fun – The Indiana History Center and the Indiana State Museum are teaming up to offer an exciting two day event for Boy Scouts called “Circuit of Fun.” Enjoy two fun filled days on January 21 and 28. Boy Scouts and their families will receive discounted admission, enjoy interactive exhibits and earn patches by completing fun activities. Visit both the Indiana History Center and the Indiana State Museum for this fun-filled Indianapolis event.
Behind the Indiana Experience: What’s New for 2012 -Visit the Emison Room at the Indiana History Center to discover what’s in store for the Indiana Experience in 2012. Be the first to know what new You Are There exhibits are slated to open. Discover the new journeys available at Destination Indiana. And make your own suggestions for exhibit development. Your idea might be the next new exhibit at the Indiana History Center.
Sharing Hoosier History told by Bob Sander – Storytelling Arts of Indiana presents Bob Sander. Sander was commissioned by SAI and the Indiana Historical Society to develop stories about Indiana, including an anecdote about Indiana’s connection to NASA and space exploration. A favorite of the storytelling community, Sander will wow audiences once again this January.
Take advantage of all the fun exhibits and events at the Indiana History Center this January, 2012. Afterward, enjoy the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown including the nearby White River State Park and Indianapolis Canal Walk. Chow down on fine dining at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Or continue your discussion of Indiana history over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202