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The Next Indiana Featured On-Board IHS's Indiana Bicentennial Train

Aug. 29, 2013


Indianapolis—More than 400 images aboard the Indiana Bicentennial Train’s on-board exhibition, The Next Indiana, will help visitors reflect on the past, present and future of the Hoosier State. The Bicentennial Train, presented by the Indiana Historical Society (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).

Relying heavily on IHS's extensive visual and archival collections, The Next Indiana occupies the three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars that comprise the Bicentennial Train. The first car explores Indiana’s early history through 1900, the second covers the 20th century, and the third prompts thought about the state as it is today and might be in the future.

Visitors are encouraged to look at where Hoosiers have been, how they got there, and where they are going through the lenses of transportation, land use, talent and community.

As the crossroads of America, Indiana has a rich and vibrant relationship with the complex history of transportation in our country, and Indiana can be proud of the contributions made by its citizens. Stories shared include the creation of the National Road (known today as U.S. 40), the evolution of different methods of travel and the future of transportation in Indiana.

Indiana’s most valuable possession continues to be its land. Hoosiers throughout history have argued over the best way to use resources to meet basic needs, while simultaneously preserving the land for future generations. Topics include the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act, putting the state’s natural resources to work and finding a balance between maximizing resource use while preserving the Hoosier landscape.

Modern-day Indiana has been shaped by the innovations and accomplishments of many Hoosiers, who have in turn, had long-lasting effects far beyond Indiana’s borders. Through education and discipline, Indiana residents have reached the highest levels in a variety of fields. Examples included are the founding of New Harmony, music in Indiana and the creation of an educational system to best cultivate the talent of tomorrow.

Hoosiers are connected to one another not just in the neighborhoods in which we live, but in the various ways we come together based on shared goals, interests, religions, and backgrounds. As we celebrate the groups who have contributed to our past, the changing demographic nature of the state welcomes new voices that can provide a vision for the future.

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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