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Opening Events Kick Off Indiana Historical Society's Indiana Experience

Feb. 27, 2010

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will make Indiana’s past brand new with a variety of events celebrating when it introduces the Indiana Experience, which opens to the public March 20, 2010, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indiana Experience Gala will take place Friday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Guests to this special event will be among the first to see the new Indiana Experience and will enjoy hors d’oeuvres stations, desserts, an open bar and interaction with characters from Indiana’s past. Tickets are $50 per person, or $92 for two (in honor of each Indiana county), and party attire is suggested. For reservations, call (317) 233-6578. The gala is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Keystone Construction Corp.

Saturday, March 20, marks the Public Grand Opening, which will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, special activities, characters from Indiana's past and music will be offered throughout the day as visitors enjoy the public opening of the new Indiana Experience. The History Center will remain open on the Sunday of Grand Opening Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the Indiana Experience
The Indiana Experience brings both the people of the state and visitors from around the world a uniquely Indiana experience. Interactive and high-technology experiences allow the IHS to share the tremendous archival holdings of the IHS, including 1.6 million photographs, in easy and enjoyable ways.

Regular operating hours for the Indiana Experience and the William H. Smith Memorial Library are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Basile History Market is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Stardust Terrace Café is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission to the Indiana Experience. Regular admission cost is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60 and older) and $5 per child (ages five to 17). Group rates for adults, seniors and students are available. Admission to the William H. Smith Memorial Library, Basile History Market and Stardust Terrace Café is free.

Parking is complimentary for members visiting the History Center, with paid admission to the Indiana Experience, for patrons of the William H. Smith Memorial Library and/or with a $7 purchase at the Stardust Terrace Café or Basile History Market.

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. 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.

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To receive an electronic copy of this press release, more information and/or images, or to schedule an interview, please contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.