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IHS Gives Guests the Chance to Make Bicentennial History with Portrait Exhibition, Three Days of Free Admission

Feb. 23, 2016

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is giving guests a chance to make Bicentennial history with the final year of its free event, #300in3. From Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13, photographer Tom Styrkowicz will return to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St., with the goal of taking at least 300 portraits in just three days.

From noon to 4 p.m. each day, those guest portraits will be taken and incorporated into an on-the-spot exhibition. In addition, the images will become a permanent part of the IHS digital collections. Participants are asked to come as they are or come with props, but above all, come with an open mind.

"So many people think history happens to other people, in other places, a long time ago," said Kyle McKoy, IHS vice-president of education and exhibitions. "#300in3 shows them that every person contributes to the story of Indiana's history every day. And, what better way to celebrate Indiana's 200 birthday than putting your face into history?"

In addition to becoming part of the live exhibition and part of the IHS digital archives, participants will receive a copy of the portrait to take home. Images will also be posted on the IHS Facebook page for participants to tag, like and share with family and friends.

The free admission days include both #300in3 and IHS's Indiana Experience. The Indiana Experience will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (March 11) and Saturday (March 12), and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday (March 13).

For more information about IHS's #300in3 event, a Tom Styrkowicz production, or other IHS programs and events, call (317) 232-1882 or visit IHS online at www.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, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization and Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, 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 exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS 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 programming. Normal operating hours for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


For photos or to set up an interview, contact Rachel Hill Ponko, IHS director of public relations, at (317) 233-8814 or rhillponko@indianahistory.org.