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Additional On-Site Activities Offered With Indiana Bicentennial Train Experience

Aug. 29, 2013

Indianapolis—While the Indiana Bicentennial Train and its on-board exhibition, The Next Indiana, are a draw unto themselves, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) offers a host of additional entertaining and educational activities at each site.  The Bicentennial Train, presented by IHS in a unique collaboration with The Indiana Rail Road Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation, will travel to four stops in the fall of 2013—Kokomo (Sept. 26-28), New Haven (Oct. 3-5), Valparaiso (Oct. 10-12) and Delphi (Oct. 17-19).

Before or after seeing The Next Indiana, guests can visit temporary “depots” filled with hands-on activities, games and presentations for all ages. Visitors can also shop for souvenirs as well as collect information on the IHS and all the local partners who made the Bicentennial Train’s site visits possible.

Inside the activities tent, visitors can create their own community flag, design their own park based on various scenarios involving land-use issues and participate in an Indiana railroad map game that highlights some of the railways of the state’s first century. They can also vote for their favorite Hoosier innovation, from Elwood Hayne’s pioneer automobile to Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.

Nearby, guests can sit and enjoy a presentation from interpreter Kevin Stonerock as he portrays Daniel Morgan Cook in the year 1916. Cook (a character derived from several primary and secondary historical accounts) spent most of his younger life working on and around trains, and he is just returning via rail from one of the many Indiana centennial celebrations held around the state. He will reminisce about some of his experiences, including observations of rail travel, the centennial and some of the characters he met along the way.

Also on-site will be the Creativity Commons tent, where visitors can share their thoughts and ideas about their town, facilitated by questions posted on white boards around the perimeter of the tent. Guests are also encouraged to design a postcard of their town, highlighting a building, park or other favorite place of their choice. A table within this tent will also contain information from many local partners about additional community offerings and opportunities that are available locally.

The Bicentennial Train and its accompanying activities are all free and open to the public, operating 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and every visitor will receive a complimentary pass to visit IHS's Indiana Experience at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Group reservations are available by calling (317) 232-1882 (space is limited).  For more information on the Indiana Bicentennial Train and other IHS programs, visit www.indianahistory.org.


About the Indiana Bicentennial Train

The Indiana Bicentennial Train consists of three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars and features a free traveling exhibition, The Next Indiana (designed by the IHS exhibitions team). Originally known as the Indiana History Train, it has welcomed nearly 58,000 visitors at 24 stops in communities across Indiana from 2004 to 2008.

The 2013 Indiana Bicentennial Train is presented by the Indiana Historical Society and sponsored by The Indiana Rail Road Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and Indiana Humanities.

About The Indiana Railroad Company

The Indiana Rail Road Company is a privately-held, 500-mile railroad based in Indianapolis. The company hauls the equivalent of more than 800,000 truckloads of consumer, industrial and energy products each year, serving central and southwestern Indiana and eastern Illinois, with service to the North American rail gateways of Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville. The company, founded in 1986, is also active in the community, operating the popular Santa Train, serving as a major sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society and “Jingle Rails” at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and providing education and public safety-related community grants. For more information, visit the Indiana Rail Road online at www.inrd.com or on Twitter and Facebook.

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 disseminating the state's history. A nonprofit membership organization, the IHS also publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; provides youth, adult, and family programming; provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; and maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest.



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