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IHS Launches Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process into Statewide Travel

Aug. 16, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                                    

Contact: Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager

(317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org

 

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society is proud to launch its newest traveling exhibition, Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process, into statewide availability. After debuting at the 2010 Indiana Black Expo and being displayed at the Indiana State Fair, the exhibition will next travel to the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County and Hagerstown Museum.

Candidates for political office have visited Indiana throughout the state’s history in an effort to garner support and votes. Since the early years of the electoral political system, Hoosiers have attended rallies, expressed their opinions and participated at the polls. They have supported and opposed candidates, and of course, run for office themselves.

Faces in the Crowd is not the story of the candidates behind the microphone, but of the individual citizens in the crowd—each of whom play a crucial role in ensuring the electoral process works. Without voters’ support, enthusiasm, and engagement, candidates would not be able to get the message out and win votes.

Throughout its history, Indiana has possessed active, well-developed political organizations, including political parties as well as special-interest groups. Hoosiers have supported candidates on all sides of the political spectrum. The state has entertained vocal debate on issues and candidates as far back as Abraham Lincoln and as recent as the 2008 presidential election.

The included images have been collected from across the state, showcasing Hoosiers at a host of campaign events throughout history. The IHS collections images that appear in the exhibition were placed in context with support and cooperation from The Indianapolis Star, the Calumet Regional Archives, and the University of Southern Indiana. 

IHS traveling exhibitions are managed by its Local History Services department. For more information on this and other IHS programs, please call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

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, 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.