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IHS Presents 2011 Indiana Black History Challenge throughout February

Feb. 4, 2011

Indianapolis—In celebration of Black History Month, the Indiana Historical Society invites children and families to learn about Indiana’s rich African-American history by participating in the Indiana Black History Challenge. The Challenge will run through Feb. 28.

Since 2001, the IHS worked with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on this contest that encourages the investigation of the state’s black heritage. Last year, nearly 4,000 students and families participated in the Challenge. The 2011 Challenge focuses on rural communities.

Participants can take the Challenge online at www.indianahistory.org/challenge. Printed game cards are available at all branches of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Two tickets to the Indiana Experience at the History Center will be awarded to the first 5,000 entrants to the Indiana Black History Challenge.

Participants who complete the Challenge with 10 correct answers will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, which includes an overnight stay at the Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, an IHS household membership, a $25 gift certificate to Weber Grill and four tickets to special exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. One winner from each IMCPL branch and the History Center will receive a runner-up prize of a family four-pack of tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game.

The grand prize and runner-up prizes will be drawn March 4. Information about the Challenge can be found at www.indianahistory.org/challenge. Answers to the Challenge questions will be posted after Feb. 28.

For more information on this and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. The Indiana Black History Challenge is supported by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Indianapolis Indians, Printing Partners and Indianapolis Downtown Inc. 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. 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.