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Local Treasure: Indiana's Post Office Murals

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The elaborate and colorful murals installed in the post offices of numerous Hoosier communities during the 1930s are highlighted in this traveling exhibit. The exhibition gives a brief history of the federal Section of Painting and Sculpture, which was established in the summer of 1934 "to secure suitable art of the best quality for the embellishment of public buildings," and then focuses on the histories of some of the 36 murals commissioned and executed for Indiana post offices that are still in existence today. The exhibit is based on a 1995 publication A Simple and Vital Design: The Story of the Indiana Post Office Murals by John C. Carlisle with photographs by Darryl Jones.

Ideas for use: Plan a tour of local murals in your community or invite visitors to contribute to a temporary mural at your site while this exhibit is on display.

Local Treasure is a 7-foot tall, freestanding exhibit with a separate stand containing individual images. It requires at least 200 square feet of floor space.

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To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-3110.