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IHS Launches 2013 Run of Indiana Bicentennial Train

Aug. 29, 2013

Indianapolis—After a five-year hiatus, history will once again hit the rails as the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), in a unique collaboration with The Indiana Rail Road Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation, launches a four-year run of the Indiana Bicentennial Train and its on-board exhibition, The Next Indiana. The Bicentennial Train 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).

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.

In addition to the exhibition, temporary “depots” are set up at each venue to provide an enjoyable, comprehensive experience. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities, catch a 1916 interpreter presentation, engage in a community creativity space and purchase items from a pop-up History Market. 

The 2013 Indiana History 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.

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 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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