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IHS Kicks off Indiana Town Hall Series on Environmental Issues

Oct. 7, 2010

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will kick off its three-part Indiana Town Hall Series, covering the subject of environmental concerns, on Thursday, Oct. 21. This month’s free program, State & Regional Environment Issues & Opportunities, will take place in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

 

The Indiana Town Hall Series is an ongoing series of public forum discussions with expert panelists exploring contemporary, yet enduring, topics from a variety of perspectives. While the program itself begins at 7 p.m., participants are encouraged to arrive as early as 6 p.m. to meet with representatives from local environmentally-focused groups, enjoy light refreshments and pose their own questions that will be used in the dialogue between panelists.

 

State & Regional Environment Issues & Opportunities will begin with environmental historian Phil Scarpino laying the foundation for the series by exploring how a historical perspective on the environment can create a better understanding of today’s realities. Guest panelists will help participants understand issues currently facing Indiana, including: Jesse Kharbanda (Hoosier Environmental Council), Gabriel Filippelli (Center for Environmental Health and the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy), Tom Swinford (Department of Natural Resources) and Joe Tutterrow (The Nature Conservancy).

 

The Indiana Town Hall Series will include two more evenings in 2010: the Nov. 18 program will focus on Urban Environmental Issues & Opportunities, while a discussion of Rural Environmental Issues & Opportunities will take place on Dec. 16. The 2010 Indiana Town Hall Series is presented in part by Schmidt Associates Inc. with support from the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and has been made possible through a matching grant from the Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

For more information on the Indiana Town Hall Series and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit 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, 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 also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

 

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For more information and/or images, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.