You Are There: Eli Lilly at the Beginning
Step back in time to Colonel Eli Lilly's original laboratory on Pearl Street, then a small, locally owned business just getting off the ground.Learn More
The Great War Through Hoosier Eyes
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, this new exhibit examines the war through the lens of what Hoosiers left behind.Learn More
You Are There 1948: Communities Can!
Learn about the newest You Are There exhibit, meet one of the actors and get a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes.Learn More
Rescuing the Red Cross
When five photo albums documenting the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross arrived in the IHS Conservation Lab looking a little worse for the wear, our conservation staff jumped into triage mode.Learn More
New Documents, Letters and Photos Round Out Gene Stratton-Porter Collection
One of the largest archival collections of Gene Stratton-Porter materials is available to researchers, online and in person, at the William H. Smith Memorial Library.Learn More
Traces Is Now Online
The articles featured in Traces from 1989 through 2013 are now available online.Learn More
Ten Years with John Herbst at the Helm
Happy Anniversary to our president and CEO!Learn More
Oral History Collecting Initiative: The Town of Crows Nest
Our most recent oral history collection tells the story of the Town of Crows Next, an affluent neighborhood on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.Learn More
Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative
The rich history, tradition and culture of the gay community in Indiana is now being collected and preserved by the Indiana Historical Society through our Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative.Learn More
Indy's Iconic Architecture: A History
The newly processed collection of D.A. Bohlen Architectural records span four generations of Indy's popular firm.Learn More
A Billy the Kid Mystery Solved
A "new" Billy the Kid letter is discovered in the IHS collections.Learn More
What Is a Hoosier?
It’s safe to conclude the Hoosher and Hoosier nickname adopted by Indiana residents and for them by their nearby neighbors was derived from the dialect term (probably traceable from England) not uncommon among southern immigrants to Indiana and the ...Learn More
A Home in Our Keeping
Historic Twin Oaks serves as IHS's hospitality center.Learn More
Civil War Home Front Collections Now Online
A digital Civil War Home Front collection of more than 1,200 documents provides insight to the feelings of both Indiana soldiers and their loved ones as they dealt with both the major events of the Civil War and more mundane activities such as ...Learn More
Glamour in the Collection
Retired news anchor Howard Caldwell credits his grandmother and parents for instilling in him a love of movies and the theater, but the English Theatre holds a special place in his heart. “It was Broadway in Indianapolis,” he says.Learn More
From Our Blog
- ON THE ROAD AGAIN – Feb. 14, 2017
- Roaming Indiana with Local History Services
- From the Cataloger's Desk: Planning the Perfect Wedding (1950s Style) – Feb. 1, 2017
- Love is in the air at the IHS library!
- Riding in Hitler's Car – Jan. 17, 2017
- Larry Foster once again brings us an interesting story of WWII-era Indianapolis.
- From the Cataloger's Desk: Signatures and Science – Jan. 5, 2017
- Library science and medical science come together in this book!
- The Donut Club – Feb. 24
- Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Member Opportunity
- SPEAK – March 1
- Voices in Indianapolis Black History
- Growing Little Leaves: In Grandma's Kitchen – March 4
- Introduce kids to family history and genealogy.
- Circus Day – March 25
- Underground Railroad Tour - Member Trip – March 30
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