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IHS Offers Doughnuts, Coffee, Free Admission for Veterans on Veterans Day

Nov. 1, 2010


Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society is proud to honor the nation’s veterans by offering them free coffee, doughnuts, parking and admission on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 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.


In addition to free admission for veterans on this special day, the IHS now also offers year-round complimentary admission for active military personnel and their immediate families through the Blue Star Museum Program. 


In March, the Indiana Historical Society launched its Indiana Experience—a set of new interactive and high-technology experiences that allow the IHS to share its tremendous archival holdings, including 1.6 million photographs, in meaningful and enjoyable ways.


Ongoing elements of the Indiana Experience include:

  • You Are There experiences are three-dimensionally recreated historic photographs that include trained first-person interpreters who interact with visitors and elicit personal connections to the past, allowing visitors to step through—and into—the image to become part of that history. Three of these are currently available (You Are There 1945: Hoosier Home Front, You Are There 1924: Tool Guys and Tin Lizzies and You Are There 1914: The Violin Maker Upstairs).


  • Destination Indiana is a facilitated, interactive opportunity for visitors to "travel through time" using innovative digital technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images and documents to explore and understand the story of Indiana as a place. Guests can choose from more than 200 “journeys” (groupings of 10-12 images).


  • The W. Brooks Fortune History Lab is a hands-on demonstration lab that allows visitors to learn and participate in conservation and preservation activities. Within that space, INvestigation Stations provide a series of activity areas for visitors to engage in the process of “doing” history as they learn how to analyze historic documents, research their family tree, search for clues in historic photographs and explore careers in history.


  • The Cole Porter Room is an intimate multimedia space with a performer/facilitator and original materials dedicated to the interpretation of Cole Porter’s life and work.


The Indiana Experience is available Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and cost is typically $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for youth (ages five to 17). IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission, and Indiana Experience guests receive complimentary parking in the History Center’s lot.


For more information this and other programs of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at 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.