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IHS Celebrates Circle City IN Pride Week with History Night, Traveling Exhibit

May 25, 2017

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is giving guests a chance to cruise down memory lane with two events that celebrate Circle City IN Pride Week. First, IHS and Indy Pride are teaming up for Last Call, an evening of conversation, storytelling and signature drinks. The free event takes place Wednesday, May 31, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Last Call will revisit stories from some of Indy's iconic LGBT clubs. Although known historically as places of community, safety and activism, at least five of these bars have closed across the city since 2015. For one night only, Last Call invites guests to look back at the history and evolution of Indy's LGBT establishments.

The event begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Signature drinks and mocktails will be available for purchase. While admission is free, registration is encouraged. Sign up online at www.indianahistory.org.

In addition to Last Call, guests are invited to stop by IHS's booth at the Circle City IN Pride Festival on Saturday, June 10, where they can learn more about the Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative and see the traveling exhibit A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality. The exhibit, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Cummins, features a collection of photographs by Mark A. Lee, which provide a glimpse into the public and private lives of LGBT Hoosiers in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

A Visual Journey also highlights IHS's work with its Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative, which focuses on collecting, preserving and sharing stories of LGBT Hoosiers. First announced in 2014, the collection includes oral histories, photographs and research materials donated to the IHS archive. The Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund and by a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.

The Circle City IN Pride Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Historic Military Park at White River State Park. Admission is $4 in advance, $5 at the gate. More information is available at www.circlecityinpride.org.

For more information on IHS events connected to Circle City IN Pride Week, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. Organizations that wish to book A Visual Journey should contact Karen DePauw at (317) 233-3110 or at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

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