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The Suffrage Centennial Block Party is going virtual and we’ve created FREE  limited-edition bags to get you ready to pa...
07/29/2020

The Suffrage Centennial Block Party is going virtual and we’ve created FREE limited-edition bags to get you ready to party! Each kit will have everything you need to get started including an activity booklet, suffrage-themed swag, party favors and more. To request a toolkit and learn more about this online event celebrating the 100th anniversary of women voting in Indiana, visit: http://ow.ly/ItER30r1vRu

What fashion trend are both women modeling in this photo? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections
07/28/2020

What fashion trend are both women modeling in this photo? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections

Thank you to the IndyStar for featuring our newest exhibit, You Are There 1927: Gennett Studio. Learn more about this on...
07/27/2020
How a quirky Indiana studio was the first to record many of America's famous musicians

Thank you to the IndyStar for featuring our newest exhibit, You Are There 1927: Gennett Studio. Learn more about this one-story studio that was the first to capture horn titan Louis Armstrong, Delta blues giant Charley Patton and Hoagy Carmichael's famous "Stardust."

Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, was born at a piano factory. Its blues, jazz, country and gospel records continue to influence musicians today.

Hoosier motorists had hopes for easier traveling on this day in 1919. The newly-organized state highway commission was b...
07/27/2020

Hoosier motorists had hopes for easier traveling on this day in 1919. The newly-organized state highway commission was busy laying out our present system of state highways. At the time,
only a few stretches of highways were paved. Most were covered with gravel or crushed stone.

July is National Picnic Month! What is your favorite dish to bring to a picnic?
07/24/2020

July is National Picnic Month! What is your favorite dish to bring to a picnic?

Our president and CEO, Jody Blankenship, sat down with WISH-TV's Katiera Winfrey to talk about the Project Take A Stand ...
07/24/2020
'We Stand Together': Jody Blankenship, Indiana Historical Society

Our president and CEO, Jody Blankenship, sat down with WISH-TV's Katiera Winfrey to talk about the Project Take A Stand – Listening to the Voices of Protest collecting initiative and why it's important for Hoosiers to share their stories. http://ow.ly/aRop50AHkdi

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- Some say the protests and continued fight for justice we're seeing will hold a firm spot in our history books. What we do now will be remembered. And the Indiana Historical Society has made it it's mission to keep up with our history. News 8's

Did you catch our African American history coordinator, Susan L. Hall-Dotson, on FOX59 News this morning? She explained ...
07/23/2020
“Project Take a Stand” Expands Indiana Historical Society’s Collecting of African American History

Did you catch our African American history coordinator, Susan L. Hall-Dotson, on FOX59 News this morning?

She explained the kind of issues and movements our “Project Take a Stand: Listening to the Voices of Protest" collecting initiative will include.

If you would like to submit your own stories, photos and other items visit: http://ow.ly/hRLl30r0c5f

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society is launching “Project Take a Stand: Listening to the Voices of Protest.” It will help expand its collecting initiative of African Ame…

Midwestern Roots 2021 will be here before we know it, and we’re doing our first-ever Call for Session Proposals! IHS is ...
07/21/2020
Midwestern Roots - Indiana Historical Society

Midwestern Roots 2021 will be here before we know it, and we’re doing our first-ever Call for Session Proposals! IHS is looking for engaging and energetic presenters to help tell the many stories of the Midwest. The 2021 theme is "Immigration and Migration." Select sessions will also be live-streamed. If you have an engaging topic, consider submitting a proposal by August 10, 2020. http://ow.ly/GwjG50AfPVC

Save the Date! Midwestern Roots 2021 on Friday and Saturday, July 30 - 31 and preconference on Thursday, July 29.

Did you use some of the time during the recent stay at home order to start spring cleaning and go through old items? Che...
07/20/2020
Thinking About a Donation to IHS? These Guidelines Will Help - Indiana Historical Society

Did you use some of the time during the recent stay at home order to start spring cleaning and go through old items? Check out our donation guidelines to see if your historical finds might be useful in our library! http://ow.ly/SWjc50AfOB2

Many have been taking greater advantage of opportunities recently presented at home to sift through cupboards, closets, attic storage spaces and other nooks and crannies to uncover what is there. Assessing memorabilia and the cumulative legacies of material boxed up, stuffed into corners and drawers...

Logansport residents began receiving their first daily newspaper, the Daily Telegraphic Pharos, on this date in 1861. Th...
07/15/2020

Logansport residents began receiving their first daily newspaper, the Daily Telegraphic Pharos, on this date in 1861. The paper was published by Samuel A. Hall, publisher of the Weekly Pharos. Unfortunately, the paper was only distributed for a short time and ceased publication after October 1 the same year.

What 19th century photography trend is shown here? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections
07/14/2020

What 19th century photography trend is shown here? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections

This summer may be light on summer camp options, but some students are still able to participate in day camps and enjoy ...
07/11/2020

This summer may be light on summer camp options, but some students are still able to participate in day camps and enjoy time outdoors, like the boy pictured here playing tennis in 1980!

In today's edition of All IN on WFYI, a group of people, including IHS President and CEO Jody Blankenship, talked about ...
07/09/2020
How Do We Remember Our Ugly Past?

In today's edition of All IN on WFYI, a group of people, including IHS President and CEO Jody Blankenship, talked about the history of the KKK in Hamilton County and throughout Indiana along with a collection of KKK documents now being shared with the public. Take a listen!

A list of Hamilton County Ku Klux Klan members from the 1920's is public for the first time since it was discovered 25 years ago. Today we talk about the history of the KKK in Indiana, and efforts to conceal it.

Learn about a recent Civil War letter we acquired from Lieutenant Harland Richardson of the 19th Indiana (Iron Brigade) ...
07/09/2020
A Civil War Letter from Libby Prison - Indiana Historical Society

Learn about a recent Civil War letter we acquired from Lieutenant Harland Richardson of the 19th Indiana (Iron Brigade) to a Mr. Reilly on April 24, 1864. Richardson was taken prisoner at the Battle of Gettysburg. This letter was written from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. http://ow.ly/4qX350AfG6k

After 40 years of processing manuscript collections, I can still find some that excite me. Such is the case with a recent Civil War letter we acquired, a letter from Lieutenant Harland Richardson of the 19th Indiana (Iron Brigade) to a Mr. Reilly on 24 April 1864. This is particularly exciting for a...

Are you and your family heading to the beach this summer? Share your favorite photo from a past beach vacation!
07/08/2020

Are you and your family heading to the beach this summer? Share your favorite photo from a past beach vacation!

Through our new collecting effort called Project Take A Stand – Listening to the Voices of Protest, we hope to tell a bi...
07/08/2020
Documenting Indiana's fight for racial equality, how you can help

Through our new collecting effort called Project Take A Stand – Listening to the Voices of Protest, we hope to tell a bigger story about the Black Lives Matter movement. If you are interested in submitting items into the Project Take A Stand Collection virtually, visit http://ow.ly/bINp30qX5BL. If you are hoping to drop off materials at the IHS, please contact us at [email protected] or call 317.234.0321 to make an appointment.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - State historians are asking for help in documenting the recent protests over police brutality. Through a new collecting effort called Project Take A Stand – Listening to the Voices of Protest, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) hopes to tell a bigger story

Destination Indy
07/07/2020

Destination Indy

The Indiana Historical Society is excited to open to the public and resume normal business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). All guests must buy advance admission tickets and should perform a health self-assessment before visiting. Per CDC guidelines, all staff and guests (except those under age 2) will be required to provide and wear a cloth face covering or mask. The IHS asks that all guests practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently to help prevent the spread of infections.

The Stardust Terrace Café will be open and operated by a new partner, Jonathan Byrd’s (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Both indoor and outdoor seating will be available and configured for social distancing.

07/07/2020
Indiana Historical Society Reopening

See what we’re doing at IHS so you can have a fun, educational and safe return. Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff. We’ll walk you through our latest safety measures to give you the best possible experience. It’s the same museum you’ve always loved, with new plans to keep you safe. For more information visit http://ow.ly/GwI730qWNaz.

On this day in 1872, Spiceland Academy was formally incorporated by the Spiceland Monthly Meeting of Friends. A school i...
07/06/2020

On this day in 1872, Spiceland Academy was formally incorporated by the Spiceland Monthly Meeting of Friends. A school in the area began as early as 1826, with a school being held in the Friends meeting house not long thereafter. The school eventually occupied three buildings, two of them brick. Though it catered to various grade levels throughout its history, by 1872 it was concentrated as a high school, college, business and teacher-training institution.

Happy Fourth of July! Large community gatherings, like the parade pictured here from Huntington in 1912, may be canceled...
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July! Large community gatherings, like the parade pictured here from Huntington in 1912, may be canceled this year, but we hope everyone still enjoys time with friends and family this Independence Day!

As we prepare to reopen the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to the public on July 7 and resume normal bu...
07/02/2020
WELCOME BACK! WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WE REOPEN - Indiana Historical Society

As we prepare to reopen the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to the public on July 7 and resume normal business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), there are several key items for you to know before you arrive and during your visit. For more information about what to expect, visit: https://indianahistory.org/welcome-back-what-to-expect-when-we-reopen/

As the Indiana Historical Society prepares to reopen the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to the public on July 7 and resume normal business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), below are several key items for you to know before you arrive and during your visit. Before...

We are excited to be one of the Indianapolis museums reopening to the public next week!
07/01/2020
Reopened Museums

We are excited to be one of the Indianapolis museums reopening to the public next week!

Do you miss going to the museum and pretending like you're smart and full of culture? Us too. Never fear, these Indianapolis museums have either reopened or announced their reopening date to the public. Go learn something (if you feel safe doing so)!

What was Howard County’s original name? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections
06/30/2020

What was Howard County’s original name? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections

Join two of our archivists, Jordan Ryan and Maire Gurevitz, for a free virtual talk diving into the cool Mid-Century Mod...
06/30/2020

Join two of our archivists, Jordan Ryan and Maire Gurevitz, for a free virtual talk diving into the cool Mid-Century Modern collections of the William Henry Smith Library. Register for The Mod Squad virtual event today!

Preserving Historic Places Conference 2020 Virtual Series

Since we can't see each other, check out the Preserving Historic Places Conference 2020 Virtual Series

The Mod Squad
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Noon-1:00 p.m. EDT

Join archivists Jordan Ryan and Maire Gurevitz for a free virtual talk diving into the cool Mid-Century Modern collections of the William Henry Smith Library at the Indiana Historical Society. Using the collections of the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Family, Woollen, Molzan, and Partners, and Avriel Shull, we’ll consider the ways in which modern architecture is inherently Midwestern and how our culture may have influenced a propensity for modernistic projects in Central Indiana. Who knew Hoosiers were so hip?

https://preservinghistoricplaces.regfox.com/the-mod-squad?utm_source=eblast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020%20PHP%20Virtual%20Session%20-%20Mod%20Squad

Did you catch the Indianapolis Bicentennial Celebration program yesterday on WISH-TV? One of our archivists, Jordan Ryan...
06/29/2020
Celebration for Indy's bicentennial kicks off

Did you catch the Indianapolis Bicentennial Celebration program yesterday on WISH-TV? One of our archivists, Jordan Ryan, shared some of her favorite items from the Indianapolis Bicentennial Collecting Initiative and exhibit. Check it out!

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- The bicentennial celebration for Indianapolis is officially underway. "Indy Turns 200: The Celebration Begins" is a special program created by WISH-TV and hosted by Phil Sanchez and Kylie Conway. The show features messages from Mayor Joe Hogsett, plus the

In the IHS Press book “Gentleman in the Shadows,” author and award-winning journalist Douglas A. Wissing examines Evans ...
06/28/2020
Six Questions With Douglas Wissing, Author of "Gentleman in the Shadows" - Indiana Historical Society

In the IHS Press book “Gentleman in the Shadows,” author and award-winning journalist Douglas A. Wissing examines Evans and his career as an officer and top-level executive with the Central Intelligence Agency. Wissing took some time to answer questions about Evans and his work on this biography. http://ow.ly/pKPk50zLQVj

From America’s post-World War II crusade to democratize Japan, the Korean War, nuclear standoffs with the Soviet Union, the Bay of Pigs, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, Benjamin C. Evans Jr. of Crawfordsville, Indiana, participated in the events that shaped his country’s and the world’s histor...

We are continuing to add new virtual resources so you and your family can experience our exhibits and collections from h...
06/27/2020
Virtual Resources - Indiana Historical Society

We are continuing to add new virtual resources so you and your family can experience our exhibits and collections from home!

From games and activities to virtual tours and History Happy Hour videos, we are happy to provide e-learning opportunities to fellow Hoosiers and visitors from around the globe. If you're looking for fun, educational and historical online experiences, check this out! http://ow.ly/q4fg50zWEDX

Want to dig into Indiana’s history from the comfort of your home? Now you can! The Indiana Historical Society offers valuable — and free — virtual resources and e-learning opportunities to fellow Hoosiers and visitors from around the globe. If you, your students, kids or grandkids are looking ...

Elvis preformed his last concert on this day in 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. "The King," as he was known...
06/26/2020

Elvis preformed his last concert on this day in 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. "The King," as he was known, died August 16, the same year.

Have you seen a more adorable quartet? Learn about Elsie Sweeney and the fleeting phenomenon of the Little Giant Quartet...
06/24/2020
Elsie Sweeney and the Fleeting Phenomenon of the Little Giant Quartet - Indiana Historical Society

Have you seen a more adorable quartet? Learn about Elsie Sweeney and the fleeting phenomenon of the Little Giant Quartet by Archivist, Maire Gurevitz today! http://ow.ly/ktF850zWEA5

One of the best parts of my job at IHS is that I get to do a lot of reference work helping folks access the behemoth that is the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Family Collection. Mostly, I spend a lot of time with J. Irwin and Xenia Miller’s papers and with Cummins Engine Co. items that relate to …

Although Ralph Teetor (1890-1982), a native of Hagerstown, Indiana, was unable to drive due to a childhood accident that...
06/23/2020

Although Ralph Teetor (1890-1982), a native of Hagerstown, Indiana, was unable to drive due to a childhood accident that left him blind, he invented a device that many rely on in their automobiles. This 1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight did not have this option, but later models did. What is it? #TriviaTuesday #FromYourCouchToOurCollections

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! We hope you have a wonderful day making memories with loved ones.
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! We hope you have a wonderful day making memories with loved ones.

Today is the first day of summer! We hope everyone enjoys the warm weather and spending time having fun this season like...
06/20/2020

Today is the first day of summer! We hope everyone enjoys the warm weather and spending time having fun this season like these children from the 1900s.

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Can the library identify what neighborhood this was? Someone asked on another site?
Just got back from visiting the family up home and I was looking through my grandpa's old newspapers. I thought everyone would enjoy them I have lots of pictures I took that I did not add.
Loved my time in Indianapolis, enjoy this time capsule from 1979/80 from my Streetwalking series.
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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!! My name is Patricia McDaniel. I founded and chair the Historic National Road Yard Sale which extends for 824 miles from Baltimore to St. Louis. After concurring with Barbara Ballint, Executive Director of Belmont County (Ohio) Tourism, Nancy Sartain, Leisure and Marketing Director, Old National Road Welcome Center (Richmond, Indiana) and Karen Barber, COO, Heart Of Ohio Antique Center it was decided to continue to host the Historic National Road Yard Sale each year the first Wednesday AFTER Memorial Day. Next year the sale will be held June 2-6, 20021. FOR STRINGENT YARD SALE AFICIONADOS, SUBMIT YOU VACATION DATES FOR JUNE 2-6, 2021 !!
1807 First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg & Greendale, Indiana Established in 1807 the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg-Greendale is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in the State of Indiana. Here's the history on the church...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN1kc-ZnuA8 I'm looking to make videos on other churches. Do you have any recommendations? Upcoming videos include: Stanley School House, Albion, Indiana Haunted Whitley County Jail, Columbia City, Indiana State Route 1 Phantom Bridge, Dearborn County, Indiana Pella Crossing, Dearborn County, Indiana Dunlop Creek Bridge, Callagan, Virginia
Arch Madness! It’s the Final Four! We are deciding the “Coolest Artifact” in Southwestern Indiana. 8 Institutions started in the Sweet 16, now it’s down to the Final 4! I want to thank everyone for helping to make this a great success! We are not done yet, and I still need your help VOTING & SHARING this post. What made it to the Final Four?? What will make it to the Championship Round? Be part of making this the best Arch Madness ever, even with the current limitations!
Arch Madness Continues!! It's the Elite 8! Check out who went on and who got left behind! Keep voting for your favorite artifact!
Evansville Boneyard Black History Month "We Ask Only a Fair Trial" http://evansvilleboneyard.org/2008_february.htm
Went on a walk today at the Versailles state park with the friends group and this sits close to the old 4h camp that is no longer there. Some call it a potato peeler but we are hoping someone who may know what it really is. The inside is concrete with a pulley on the bottom that spins. It has a copper line that is inside that has like a release valve on the bottom outside. It's missing the lid and a piece on the side that would be a door that goes up.and down to release whatever. Please help
Needs to be back in Indianapolis
How is this Sears house in Gary connected to Pee-wee's Playhouse?