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IHS Offers Fun-Filled Evening of “Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse"

June 4, 2013


Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS), along with several community partners, will offer a fun-filled evening of food, drink, information and the undead with its Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse program on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. The event will take place throughout the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Guests are invited to step into an imagined world where zombies are real and the History Center is the location of an outbreak of Virus Z, a virus that reanimates the dead and turns them into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Thanks to the quick response of public health officials with the Indiana State Department of Health and other first responders, the virus was largely contained, and the building is serving as both a command center for local responders and a relief station for the Red Cross.

Throughout the evening, guests may encounter some less-aggressive zombies who are being rehabilitated and are helping with the evening’s festivities. In keeping with its role as Indiana’s Storyteller, IHS will share documentation of the fictitious Virus Z outbreak as well as real-life archival examples from its collections. Local experts will also be on hand to help train guests on the art of survival, including first aid, how to prepare a bug-out bag, bartering for needed skills and supplies and more.

Cost is $30 for the general public and $25 for IHS members, which includes food and beverages. For more information or to register, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.  Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited, but walk-ins will be welcome until the event is sold out. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse is presented with Indiana State Department of Health, American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, Trade School Indianapolis, Indiana Self Defense, Sun King Brewery and Circle City Sweets.

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, images or to schedule an interview, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at

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