Indiana State Museum to Honor Richard Lugar on May 7
By Kathi Moore
Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will honor Richard G. Lugar at its 2013 annual Tribute event on May 7, 2013. The reception and dinner will be at the Indiana State Museum located at 650 West Washington Street. Lugar will be the museum’s third honoree following Earle A. Goode and the Hulman-George Family. He will be the first to receive the museum’s new Heritage Keepers Award.
The Heritage Keepers Award is given to Indiana’s greatest ambassadors for their embodiment of the Hoosier Spirit in their achievements, leadership and service to the state of Indiana.
The museum is honoring Lugar, a fifth generation Hoosier, for his leadership in helping to create a better Indiana during his 48 years of public service. His political career began in 1964 when he was elected to the Indianapolis School Board. In 1968, he became Mayor of Indianapolis and implemented policies that secured the city’s path for economic growth and development. In 1976, Lugar was elected to the United States Senate and is the longest serving member of Congress from Indiana.
In addition to being recognized as a gifted local and state leader, Lugar became a respected national and international statesman while serving in the U. S. Senate, exercising leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and he was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.
Throughout his career, Lugar has been passionate about developing new leaders for Indiana through programs such as the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, the Fund for Hoosier Excellence, the Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders and the newly formed Lugar Academy, which will help prepare students from the University of Indianapolis for the diverse challenges of public service.
Proceeds from the Tribute, chaired by Chairman’s Advisory Council member and seventh generation Hoosier Judy Singleton, will be used to develop high quality exhibitions and programming about all things Indiana for the museum and historic sites.
For more information about the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites or the event, visit indianamuseum.org.