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Indiana Humanities Historic Bar Crawl, June 2-3, 2015

Indiana Repertory Theatre

The IRT is one of the venues during the Historic Bar Crawl. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Kristen Fuhs Wells
On behalf of Indiana Humanities

An upcoming bar crawl through downtown Indianapolis on June 2-3, 2015 will pair adult beverages with historic tales (and re-enactments) of the city’s workers through the decades.

For the third year in a row, Indiana Humanities will host a bar crawl to take history-lovers on a theme through the ages.

Participants will start and end at a courtyard overlooking Meridian Street and journey to four different locations, hearing about how strikes, civil rights and economic conflicts shaped much of the city’s history.

“The bar crawl is one of our most popular events because it allows people to learn about our past and connect with each other in a really fun way,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO at Indiana Humanities.

“This year’s theme is a nod to Indiana’s working people. In an unconventional way, we’ll tell a few surprising and little-known stories about how our jobs – and benefits – became what they are today.”

The PunchIN’ the Clock-themed event will feature interactive performances by Indiana Historical Society actors at each stop, including a boycott of shops where African Americans were not permitted to work in the 1930s, an airline strike led by stewardesses in the 1950s and a chance to experience historic workplaces.

PunchIN’ the Clock: An Indiana Humanities Historic Bar Crawl

Tue/Wed, June 2-3, 2015, 6-9 p.m.

Locations include The Basement’s Courtyard on Meridian Street Bridge, Spoke & Steele, Conrad Indianapolis and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (some details won’t be announced until the evening of the event).

$50 (Ticket price includes food and drink at each location, as well as at the pre- and post-gatherings).

Reservations required:

The event is held in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Sun King Brewing Company and is sponsored in part by CityWay. Other in-kind partners include: The Basement, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Conrad Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele and Downtown Indy.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at