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IHS Offers Free Admission, Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Jan. 4, 2011

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 17, as it honors and celebrates the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Throughout the day, guests will enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience, behind-the-scene tours of the History Center, programs featuring IHS staff and You Are There historic interpreters, and crafts, as well as family-friendly fare in the Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin To Go.

Original materials from the IHS collection related to the upcoming experience You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, opening Feb. 22, will be on display in the library, and guests can view the traveling exhibition Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process.

The History Center will also host the Martin Luther King Community Center’s Living the Legacy Awards in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater. Performances of music, poetry and dance will take place throughout the day.

The History Center is normally closed on Mondays but will be open on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normal operating hours for the History Center and the Indiana Experience are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this celebration and other IHS events, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. The Indiana Rail Road Company is the official 2011 sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society.

 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.


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