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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to your parking lot?

From West Street, turn east on New York Street and take the first right into our lot.

Is parking free?

It’s free with paid admission to the Indiana Experience, a visit to the William H. Smith Memorial Library or a $7 purchase at the Basile History Market or Stardust Terrace Café.

Can I eat lunch there?

The Stardust Terrace Café on our Canal level has a great menu by Hoaglin To Go and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Is your building open on the weekends?

Yes. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Café and History Market are also open on Mondays. The IHS also occasionally offers programs and hosts performances on Sundays and Mondays.

I want to research my family. Where do I start?

You can visit the William H. Smith Memorial Library at the History Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and talk to our helpful staff. You can reach them at the reference desk at (317) 234-0321. For more about our family history services, click here.

Can I buy a print or a scan of a picture I see online?

Yes! We can make prints or digital copies of most of the images seen in our Digital Image Collection (or ask about other items not yet scanned). E-mail us at visualcollections@indianahistory.org to place an order or for more information.

Can you tell me how much my historic item is worth?

Though we can’t provide monetary appraisals of any kind to the public, we can provide referrals to a number of appraisers who can assess the likely value of an item for a fee.

How do I donate an item or collection?

For questions concerning the donation or sale of manuscript, printed or visual materials, please call (317) 234-0321.

How can I learn more about the history of my house?

Our library has many sources to help uncover the history of a house, including city directories, local histories, photographic and architectural collections, and maps. 

Where can I find out more about the Historic Marker program?

You’ll need to contact the Indiana Historical Bureau through www.in.gov/history or by calling (317) 232-2535.

I need guidelines on how to fix up an old house.

Please contact the Indiana Landmarks at (317) 639-4534 or visit www.indianalandmarks.org.

How can I find local information for my county?

Our Local History Services department maintains a contact list of county historians, historical societies and genealogical societies here.

Can you provide a speaker for my event?

We maintain a list of speakers, interpreters and presenters who will come to your organization to speak. Click here, to find the right person for you.