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Indiana History Center Posts Attendance Record

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. staff photo.

By Kim Easton
Indiana History Center

Indianapolis— The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the Indiana Historical Society, has seen blockbuster increases in attendance and library use as well as higher sales in the Basile History Market. The History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis along the canal.

Ticketed attendance for the Indiana Experience was up 71 percent over 2010, and overall visitors to the building increased 15 percent. Additionally, the William H. Smith Memorial Library served 14 percent more guests. IHS also saw increases in retail sales over 2010: Basile History Market revenue is up 13 percent. January 2012 attendance – up 78 percent over January 2011 – indicates the upward trend is continuing this year.

The Indiana Experience, which opened to the public in March 2010, provides visitors an interactive and high-technology experience – a new way to live history – from the You Are There series featuring historical interpreters to Destination Indiana’s virtual tours of the state using touch-screen technology.

“We are truly connecting people to Indiana’s past,” says IHS President and CEO John A. Herbst. “The attendance numbers are a wonderful indication that we’re on the right track – that the innovative and exciting programs we’re providing are engaging our guests.”

The December 2011 receipt of a $425,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the endowment for the Indiana Experience provided a large boost to a fundraising campaign that is closing in on its goal. The grant will help to leverage significant private funds for the ongoing implementation of the Indiana Experience and is in addition to the more than $1.2 million in grants IHS received in 2011 from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, among others. The Campaign for the Indiana Experience ends in December 2012.

The five-year Campaign for the Indiana Experience began in December of 2007 and has steadily progressed since that time, receiving significant support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

For more information on the Indiana Experience and other IHS programs, call 317-232-1882 or visit

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.