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Photo by Christopher Smith

Oct. 1 through Nov. 12
Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

See 42 images from the Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project documenting Indiana’s historic high school gymnasiums and the many basketball stories they share.

The Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project: A Journey to Indiana’s Historic High School Gyms showcases the work of two photographers, Michael E. Keating and Chris Smith, who have traveled the state capturing exciting and haunting images of gymnasiums that celebrate the thrill of victory and the bitterness of defeat.

Photo by Michael A. KeatingKeating, a former photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Smith, whose work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, have been working on this project for three years. Together, they have created images from some of the country’s largest gymnasiums to gyms that are no longer standing or are little more than a hoop attached to a tree. Their photos of Hoosier basketball moments run the gamut – from communities coming together to cheer on their teams to tranquil shots of older players recalling glory days on the court.

“In 2013, we began a journey to document some of the places where high school basketball has lived,” says Smith. “By the summer of 2016. we had traveled more than 10,000 miles in all kinds of weather, visited 130 gyms, watched countless hours of basketball and shot more than 150,000 digital frames. In the process, we have become true believers that this game holds an important place in the history of the Hoosier State.”

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Stories from the Road

Saturday, Oct. 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, History Center

Enjoy behind-the-scenes tales and adventures in Hoosier Hysteria from photographers Michael E. Keating and Chris Smith.

Free for members or with admission. Register here.

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