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Celebrate Holocaust survivor Eva Kor and her story of forgiveness and journey to activism with Eva Education Day on Janu...
01/10/2024

Celebrate Holocaust survivor Eva Kor and her story of forgiveness and journey to activism with Eva Education Day on January 27! Join us for activities throughout the building—all included with regular price of admission to IHS. For more information and tickets, visit: https://indianahistory.org/events/eva-kor-education-day/

Presented by Old National Bank Foundation

We need judges for the 2024 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) competition! NHDI judges encourage students in grades...
01/10/2024

We need judges for the 2024 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) competition! NHDI judges encourage students in grades 4-12 to explore history in the form of papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. For more information and to submit your request to volunteer, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBFbx-2pNF3ERCZ4b4ypUEVz1sbRVMGvtgTZ8JVkE9CR6uWg/viewform

Presented by Indiana Constructors, Inc
With support from Rooker Family Foundation and Vigran Family Foundation
And made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities

National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) judges encourage students in grades 4-12 to explore history. Students ask questions about a wide variety of historical topics, research primary, and secondary sources, analyze and interpret information, then present their learning in the form of papers, website...

We have a FREE ADMISSION day coming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Join us January 15 to be uplifted and en...
01/09/2024

We have a FREE ADMISSION day coming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Join us January 15 to be uplifted and encouraged by storytelling, music and activities. For an itinerary and more information, visit: https://indianahistory.org/events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-free-admission-2/

Presented by The Charlitta and Robin Winston Family Fund for African American History.
Supported by Charity Cares and the University of Indianapolis.

On this day in 1851, the town of Argos was platted in Marshall County, Indiana. The original name was Sidney, after an e...
01/08/2024

On this day in 1851, the town of Argos was platted in Marshall County, Indiana. The original name was Sidney, after an early settler. A post office was established there and called Argos in 1857. In 1859, the town changed its name to the same.

Calling all teachers! Join us next month for a free teacher professional development workshop! Join National History Day...
01/07/2024

Calling all teachers! Join us next month for a free teacher professional development workshop! Join National History Day at IHS to learn how to bring inquiry-based learning to your classroom. Find out more by visiting: https://indianahistory.org/events/nhdi-introductory-workshop/

Presented by Indiana Constructors, Inc
With support from Rooker Family Foundation and Vigran Family Foundation
And made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities
Special project support provided by Bezos Family Foundation

Free Teacher Professional Development Workshop! Join National History Day® and the Indiana Historical Society to learn how to bring inquiry-based learning to your classroom for the 2024/2025 academic year. Learn about a grant supported by the Bezos Family Foundation that includes teacher stipends a...

Today is the LAST day to see Festival of Trees at the Indiana Historical Society! Get the chance to vote for the fan fav...
01/06/2024

Today is the LAST day to see Festival of Trees at the Indiana Historical Society! Get the chance to vote for the fan favorite tree of the year and stay tuned for the announcement. Peruse the 78 trees and enjoy the holiday cheer one last time! Find out more: https://indianahistory.org/events/festival-of-trees/

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

Make sure you stop by and see Festival of Trees before it’s over! Get immersed in the winter wonderland of 78 decorated ...
01/05/2024

Make sure you stop by and see Festival of Trees before it’s over! Get immersed in the winter wonderland of 78 decorated trees around the IHS building, and vote for your favorite. Get tickets now: https://indianahistory.org/events/festival-of-trees/

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

Today is National Trivia Day! To celebrate, here is a photo of Radio Announcer Max Fetty in 1946. Fetty worked at WIRE 1...
01/04/2024

Today is National Trivia Day! To celebrate, here is a photo of Radio Announcer Max Fetty in 1946. Fetty worked at WIRE 1430 in Indianapolis and hosted the Tello-Test radio quiz show where he would call numbers around the city and ask trivia questions. Give us your best trivia question in the comments!

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with us at the Indiana Historical Society! Join us January 15 for FREE ADMISSION an...
01/04/2024

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with us at the Indiana Historical Society! Join us January 15 for FREE ADMISSION and activities all day to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. For more information and tickets: https://indianahistory.org/events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-free-admission-2/

Presented by The Charlitta and Robin Winston Family Fund for African American History.
Supported by Charity Cares and the University of Indianapolis.

When you visit our exhibits, you will be immersed in Indiana history—from discovering the story of Chuck Taylor, to lear...
01/03/2024

When you visit our exhibits, you will be immersed in Indiana history—from discovering the story of Chuck Taylor, to learning about Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, to feeling sporty with Hoosier basketball history. There’s something for everyone! Find our list of exhibits and events here:

Step into three-dimensional re-creations of historic photographs complete with characters that come to life in You Are There, or take virtual journeys throughout the state in Destination Indiana, or pull up a stool at the cabaret and immerse yourself in the music of Hoosier legend Cole Porter in the...

Looking for a fun way to start 2024? Visit Festival of Trees at the Indiana Historical Society! We are open until Januar...
01/02/2024

Looking for a fun way to start 2024? Visit Festival of Trees at the Indiana Historical Society! We are open until January 6, so come enjoy our winter wonderland of 78 decorated trees. Get your tickets today! https://indianahistory.org/events/festival-of-trees/

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

On this day in 1908, a streetcar strike began in Muncie, Indiana, between the union, the Amalgamated Association of Stre...
01/01/2024

On this day in 1908, a streetcar strike began in Muncie, Indiana, between the union, the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees, and the Indiana Union Traction Company. This caused Governor Hanly to place Muncie under martial law for about two weeks. The Indiana National Guard arrived to uphold the law, and the last of the troops left January 17.

Happy New Year! From all of us at IHS, we wish you a great start to 2024. How did you ring in the new year? Pictured her...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! From all of us at IHS, we wish you a great start to 2024. How did you ring in the new year? Pictured here is a New Year Greeting Card from 1911.

On this day in 1903, the Chimes of Normandy was performed at Das Deutsche Haus, now known as The Athenaeum, in Indianapo...
12/31/2023

On this day in 1903, the Chimes of Normandy was performed at Das Deutsche Haus, now known as The Athenaeum, in Indianapolis. The Chimes of Normandy was a comic opera by Robert Planquette. Pictured here is an illustration by Brandt Steele promoting the opera. Among those who performed in the opera were Richard Lieber, Augusta Rentsch, Otto Leffler, Alexander Ernestinoff and Harry Porter.

Today is National Champagne Day, and how perfect that it be today on New Year’s Eve! Get ready to pop that bubbly tonigh...
12/31/2023

Today is National Champagne Day, and how perfect that it be today on New Year’s Eve! Get ready to pop that bubbly tonight to celebrate! 🍾Here is a photo of Kathleen McNutt, former Indiana First Lady, christening a new Liberty Ship by smashing a bottle of champagne on the bow in 1944.

Don’t forget! IHS will be closed January 1 for the holiday. We hope everyone has a great new year!
12/30/2023

Don’t forget! IHS will be closed January 1 for the holiday. We hope everyone has a great new year!

On this day in 1819, a post office was established in Aurora, Indiana, in Dearborn County. Pictured here is a view of Au...
12/30/2023

On this day in 1819, a post office was established in Aurora, Indiana, in Dearborn County. Pictured here is a view of Aurora from the Ohio River in 1961.

Today is National Playing Card Day! To celebrate, here is a photo of a group of service men playing cards circa 1942. Wh...
12/28/2023

Today is National Playing Card Day! To celebrate, here is a photo of a group of service men playing cards circa 1942. What is your favorite card game to play?

FOX59 News’s own Sherman made a visit to Festival of Trees! If you still want to feel that holiday cheer, be sure to sto...
12/27/2023

FOX59 News’s own Sherman made a visit to Festival of Trees! If you still want to feel that holiday cheer, be sure to stop by IHS now until January 6! Get your tickets today! https://fox59.com/video/where-is-sherman-festival-of-trees/9281344/

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

You still have time to enjoy the beauty of the holidays. Sherman visited the Indiana Historical Society to get a look at this year's 10th Anniversary Festival of Trees

We want to wish all who celebrate a happy Kwanzaa. Let the seven nights of Kwanzaa bring you peace, light, and prosperit...
12/26/2023

We want to wish all who celebrate a happy Kwanzaa. Let the seven nights of Kwanzaa bring you peace, light, and prosperity. To celebrate, pictured here is a Kwanzaa celebration at the Fall Creek YMCA in 1983. The event was sponsored by the Black Student Union at IUPUI.

Happy holidays from all of us here at the Indiana Historical Society! We wish everyone a day full of love, light and hol...
12/25/2023

Happy holidays from all of us here at the Indiana Historical Society! We wish everyone a day full of love, light and holiday cheer. To celebrate, here is a photo of an L.S. Ayres Santa Claus with a baby in 1940.

12/24/2023

Reminder! IHS will be closed tomorrow, December 25. We wish everyone a happy holiday!

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

12/23/2023

The Indiana Historical Society will be closed tomorrow, December 24. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

Festival of Trees Presented by The Salvation Army
Supported by The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica, Printing Partners and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

We are getting ready for the holidays with photos from our collections! Here is a photo of the L.S. Ayres Department Sto...
12/22/2023

We are getting ready for the holidays with photos from our collections! Here is a photo of the L.S. Ayres Department Store decorated for the holidays circa 1960. Did you know you can take photos with re-imagined L.S. Ayres window displays at Circle Centre Mall today? Head down there for Holidays Full Circle, and tag us in your holiday photos!

Have you been interested in our events and need another gift for the holidays? Give the gift of history with a membershi...
12/21/2023

Have you been interested in our events and need another gift for the holidays? Give the gift of history with a membership to the Indiana Historical Society! Becoming a member gets you special pricing on events, exclusive content, benefits at hundreds of organizations and museums nationwide and more! Find out more: https://indianahistory.org/contribute/why-join-ihs/

Today is Go Caroling Day. Many families and organizations go around neighborhoods to spread holiday cheer by caroling do...
12/20/2023

Today is Go Caroling Day. Many families and organizations go around neighborhoods to spread holiday cheer by caroling door to door. Pictured here are the Indiana National Bank Christmas Carolers performing in 1950. What is your favorite caroling song? 🎶

On this day in 1929, a bridge over the Ohio River connecting Madison, Indiana, with Milton, Kentucky, opened with ceremo...
12/20/2023

On this day in 1929, a bridge over the Ohio River connecting Madison, Indiana, with Milton, Kentucky, opened with ceremonies including speeches and a parade. This bridge no longer stands today.

If you are a teacher and want to make your classroom learning more inquiry-based, sign up for the National History Day i...
12/20/2023

If you are a teacher and want to make your classroom learning more inquiry-based, sign up for the National History Day in Indiana Introductory Workshop on February 2! This FREE professional development workshop is open to teachers, specialists and educators. For the full list and more information, visit: https://indianahistory.org/events/nhdi-introductory-workshop/

Presented by Indiana Constructors, Inc
With support from Rooker Family Foundation and Vigran Family Foundation
And made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities
Special project support provided by Bezos Family Foundation

Free Teacher Professional Development Workshop! Join National History Day® and the Indiana Historical Society to learn how to bring inquiry-based learning to your classroom for the 2024/2025 academic year. Learn about a grant supported by the Bezos Family Foundation that includes teacher stipends a...

  has found a new hiding spot! Can you find where our Elf on the Shelf is “hanging out”?
12/19/2023

has found a new hiding spot! Can you find where our Elf on the Shelf is “hanging out”?

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