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Holiday Activities Abound at the Indiana History Center

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo.

By Amy Lamb
Indiana History Center
http://www.indianahistory.org/

Any time is a great time to visit the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, but the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer extra opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the facts and fun of Indiana’s history this holiday season. The History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Now through Dec. 30, step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo op or check out I See The Rhythm of Gospel, an exhibition by award-winning artist and Indianapolis native Michelle Wood. Guests can also enjoy a sneak peek of a 2012 holiday exhibit featuring classic American toys and games from the 1950s and 60s.

The 9th annual Holiday Author Fair, Saturday, Dec. 3, noon to 4 p.m., allows book lovers and gift givers alike to connect—in person—with more than 70 Indiana-related authors covering a variety of genres. Attendees can have books signed and enjoy special presentations.

Tuesdays through Fridays, Dec. 20-30, families can enjoy a variety of special activities and offerings with Winterfest, presented by Macy’s. The vintage fun includes Slinky races, hula hoop competitions as well as Tinker Toy and Frisbee challenges. Kids can make bike streamers, decorate wooden cars, make a Spirograph masterpiece, have fun at a Silly Putty station and more.

Also, as a special holiday gift to the community, the IHS will offer free admission to its Indiana Experience, including Winterfest, on Friday, Dec. 23. As a different added treat the following week, Radio Disney will make an appearance at Winterfest on Dec. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In another effort to make the holiday season a little brighter, the IHS is also partnering with WRTV6 to collect items for its annual Toy Drive. Each guest who donates a new, unwrapped toy for a child of any age at the History Center between Nov. 25 and Dec. 16 will receive free admission to the Indiana Experience (one toy per admission).

As always, the perfect place for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping this season is the Basile History Market, and the Stardust Terrace Café offers some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches in town.

All IHS holiday activities taking place during regular business hours are free with admission to the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Experience. For more information on holiday hours and offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

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 sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ADMISSION OFFERS

Special Admission Offers During the Holidays Nov. 25 through Dec. 16 – Free Indiana Experience admission with on-site donation of new, unwrapped toy for the RTV6 Toy Drive (one admission per toy) Dec. 23 – Free Indiana Experience admission all day as IHS’s holiday gift to the community

Holiday Author Fair
Dec. 3, noon to 4 p.m.
Free with admission to the Indiana Experience

Meet more than 70 Indiana authors at the Ninth Annual Holiday Author Fair at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Filmmaker Angelo Pizzo, Chef Daniel Orr and local media personalities Howard Caldwell, Dick Wolfsie and Lou Harry are signing books along with bestselling authors James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom and 2009 Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf.

Author Fair is a great chance to do holiday shopping for the best in fiction, nonfiction, history, gardening, cooking, poetry and children’s books.Select authors are presenting in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater throughout the day, and we’ll offer special activities for kids. Presented by Lorene Burkhart.

Founders Day
Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
$50 per person

We’re honoring a variety of individuals and organizations from around the state for their accomplishments in the fields of history and genealogy. We’re also thanking our generous corporate and foundation contributors and recognizing Indiana’s centennial companies – businesses that have been in business for 100 years and have earned a place on the Historic Business Register.

For more information or tickets, contact Kimberly Rohl at (317) 233-5658 or e-mail krohl@indianahistory.org. Presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Centennial Business Awards sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Winterfest
Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 27-30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday)
Free with admission to the Indiana Experience

We have eight full days of fun planned for winter break! Bring your family to the History Center to enjoy special activities, exhibitions and offerings during Winterfest. The fun begins Tuesday, Dec. 20, with a special visit from artist Michele Wood, who will lead a musical tour of her exhibit I See The Rhythm of Gospel at 1 p.m. and a sign her books afterward at the Basile History Market.

Guests can step into a scene from A Christmas Story and enjoy a sneak peek of a 2012 holiday exhibit featuring classic American toys and games from the 1950s and 60s. The vintage fun includes Slinky races, hula hoop competitions, and Tinker Toy and Frisbee challenges. Make bike streamers and Spirograph masterpieces, decorate wooden cars, have fun at our Silly Putty station, and more!

Radio Disney will visit Dec. 30 (1 to 3 p.m.), handing out prizes, playing music and encouraging a good time for all. The Stardust Terrace Café is offering kid-friendly snacks and lunches all through Winterfest. Presented by Macy’s

I See the Rhythm of Gospel
Rose McKee Lanham Gallery, Fourth Floor
Nov. 15-Dec. 30, 2011
Free with admission to the Indiana Experience

For more than a decade, Indianapolis native and award-winning artist Michele Wood has inspired the hearts and imaginations of readers with her books, entertained art lovers with her exhibits and educated students in her workshops and residencies.

I See the Rhythm of Gospel, Wood’s latest exhibition, is an incredible collection of 19 colorful and dramatic paintings that highlight the history and worship experience of African-American gospel music. It seeks to take viewers on a musical journey through time to see, feel and hear the rhythms of this distinctive and powerful sound.

Wood created the paintings as illustrations for her highly acclaimed children’s book of the same name. She will be on hand for a presentation and book signing on the opening day of Winterfest (Dec. 20).

For more about the artist, visit www.michelewood.com. Thanks to Michele Wood Fine Art Studios; Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan; and Children’s Book Press.

Hours and Admission Information

All IHS holiday activities are free with admission to the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Experience. The History Center’s regular operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). For more information on holiday hours and offerings, call 317-232-1882.

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