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Midwestern Roots Genealogy Conference, July 15-16, 2016

April 3, 2016 Leave a comment

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By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

Early registration starts next week for a premier genealogy event that only comes around every two years.

Starting Monday, April 4, 2016, anyone who wants to learn more about their family history and genealogy can sign up for the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS) Midwestern Roots 2016: Family History and Genealogy Conference.

Midwestern Roots 2016 will take place July 15-16, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This year’s event will feature more than 30 sessions by nationally known speakers such as Cece Moore, The Genetic Genealogist, from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Genealogy Roadshow.

Conference sessions are open to everyone, from the beginning enthusiast to the seasoned professional. Most will cover topics such as using ever-changing and emerging technology and sources online. Other sessions will cover DNA, methodology, using traditional sources and legal genealogy.

Registration cost is $169 ($145 for IHS members, $75 for students) for the basic two-day workshop (including lunches) and $110 ($95 for IHS members, $45 for students) for single day registration (including lunch) for those who sign up between April 4 and June 30.

The Friday evening banquet and presentation is $50 (no conference registration required). In addition, a number of pre-conference activities will be offered Thursday, July 14, for a fee. Activities include a workshop for people who work or volunteer in genealogy collections, hands-on computer labs, writing sessions and an evening program.

Early registration will be available online at www.indianahistory.org by clicking on the “Our Services” tab, then “Family History.” Participants can stay up-to-date on the latest news by following @indianahistory on Twitter, as well as ‪#‎yourstory‬.

Take Part in IHS’s Other Genealogy Programs

Genealogists who are ready to get started can join IHS for a free afternoon program on Saturday, May 21. From 1 to 3 p.m., Growing Little Leaves: Fashionable Genealogy will focus on the history of fashion and how it can help unlock the secrets of family trees. The family-friendly program will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Growing Little Leaves: Fashionable Genealogy is free, but registration is encouraged. Participants can sign up for the program, or Midwestern Roots 2016, by calling (317) 232-1882 or by visiting IHS online atwww.indianahistory.org.

Free Teacher Workshop at the Indiana History Center, Feb. 5, 2016

January 23, 2016 Leave a comment

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By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

Registration is underway for the first free teacher workshop presented by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and Indiana Humanities in 2016. The one-day workshop, celebrating the state’s Bicentennial, takes place Friday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Dr. James H. Madison, noted historian and coauthor of Hoosiers and the American Story, will give the keynote address. Participants will receive a free copy of the book, designed as a supplemental text for grades eight through 12. It explores Indiana examples of topics taught in U.S. History classrooms, such as Native Americans, westward expansion, the Civil War, industrialization and Civil Rights, just to name a few.

Another highlight of the event involves the IHS resource, http://www.destination-indiana.com. The website allows teachers and students to both view and create time-travel “journeys” by grouping together images on a particular subject. New journeys added in the past year include James E. O’Donnell, Hoosier Hero; Christmas at L.S. Ayres; the Goodrich Family; Indiana’s 1816 Constitution; and Indiana’s 1851 Constitution.

The event is geared toward grades eight through 12, but fourth grade teachers who want to learn more about Indiana history are also welcome. Select age-appropriate materials for fourth grade students will be provided. Space allowing, media specialists, teachers of other grades/subjects and other K12 school personnel may also enroll in the program.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, reflecting six hours of professional development, which may be submitted for Professional Growth Points (PGPs), as well as lunch and a gift card to help offset travel expenses. IHS will also reimburse schools or districts for substitute teacher fees, in order to allow teachers to attend.

Educators can register online now through 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at http://www.indianahistory.org. This program is made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information about the workshop and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he began teaching Indiana history three decades ago. An award-winning teacher, he has also taught at Hiroshima University (Japan) and the University of Kent (Canterbury, England). Madison serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society, and is a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885–1977 (1989); A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America (2001); Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (2007); and World War II: A History in Documents (2010). His most recent book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana (2014), is co-published by Indiana University Press and Indiana Historical Society Press.

“Mapping Indiana” Released by IHS Press

January 12, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

After more than a decade in the making, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press announces the release of Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society, with essays by Erin Kirchhoff, Eric L. Mundell and Amy Vedra.

Although it is not known exactly when the first map found its way into the IHS collection, the organization has actively collected cartographic gems over the last 186 years. Now with the release of Mapping Indiana, 107 of the most dynamic and treasured of those maps are being shared with the world, just in time for the state’s Bicentennial celebration.

The scope of the maps ranges from several Old World views of North America to more contemporary views of Indiana counties and towns, with many designed to be as artistic as they once were functional.

Readers will be treated to such images as a map showing important events and places in the life of Abraham Lincoln. Another map, from 1833, shows the country’s then-territorial boundaries under the wings of a patriotic eagle.

In addition to the maps and accompanying essays, Mapping Indiana features introductory essays by noted map specialist Donald Creswell and historian Nicole Etcheson, which relate the history of mapmaking from the early days of maps in America to the present, as well as the history of maps in the state.

The beautiful, oversized book is available for only $59.95 in the Basile History Market, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, or online at www.indianahistory.org.

Those who enjoy the book will also enjoy a new exhibition at the History Center. From Saturday, Jan. 16, to Saturday, April 2, thirty maps from IHS’s collection will be on display in the Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery. The Mapping Indiana exhibition will also feature information on Hoosier mapmakers and their lives. For more information on the exhibition, book or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882.

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Title: Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society
Price: $59.95
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Size: 17 x 13
Format: Hardcover
Publication: December 2015
ISBN: 978-0-87195-277-6

Festival of Trees at Indiana History Center Opens Nov. 27, 2015

October 24, 2015 Leave a comment
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By Rachel Hill-Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

In just its second year, the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees is growing in both popularity and scope. This year, around 50 elaborately themed trees will be on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St., up from 25 trees in 2014. The winter wonderland opens on Nov. 27, 2015 and runs through Jan. 2, 2016.

“Last year’s Festival of Trees brought thousands of people into the History Center to see themed trees that were whimsical and reflected our unique Hoosier character and culture, ” said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. “This year we have doubled the number of trees to 50. In addition to trees that celebrate Indiana companies past and present like L.S. Ayres and Weaver Popcorn, and icons like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we added a lot of ethnic themed ones.”

This year’s featured trees also include a tribute to the Indiana holiday classic A Christmas Story, an upside-down tree, and even a tree you could win to display in your own home. You can take part in the fun during the History Center’s regular hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This holiday season, guests will also be able to tour Festival of Trees an extra day each week. The History Center will be open noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The History Center will also extend its hours on Tuesday, Dec. 22, staying open until 9 p.m.

In addition to the winter wonderland, guests to IHS can tour an exhibition highlighting holiday-based photos in Lanham Gallery and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and events.

For more information on Festival of Trees and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Concerts on the Canal at the History Center, May 28-July 30, 2015

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‘Concerts on the Canal’ at the Indiana History Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amy Lamb
Indiana Historical Society

There are plenty of ways to enjoy downtown Indianapolis in the summer, and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer two favorites this summer—its popular Concerts on the Canal series and its successful Museum Nights on the Canal program, which offers free admission and extended hours on concert dates.

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, along the picturesque, historic Central Canal.

On Thursday evenings this summer, the IHS will host some of the area’s best performers and several musical styles, from jazz, blues and classic rock to big band, swing and the Great American Songbook. Local and regional favorites like Endless Summer, Jenn Cristy, The Woomblies, Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon and Living Proof are just a few of the acts on this season’s schedule.

Concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 28 to July 30, 2015, in addition to IHS’s annual Independence Day Bash on Saturday, July 4, which will start at 5 p.m. with the Indianapolis Municipal Band and feature Naptown Boogie.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to Concerts on the Canal, but food service is also provided in the HistoryCenter’s Stardust Terrace Café and at an outdoor grill, both operated by Hoaglin To Go. All alcohol must be purchased on-site, and a cash bar will be offered. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the Plaza. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the HistoryCenter’s parking lot.

Seating can be purchased on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace in tables of eight ($50/$40 IHS members) or four ($40/$30 IHS members), and single-seats at the community table ($10/$8 for IHS members). Free seating is available across the canal on the grassy knoll. The 2014 Concerts on the Canal series is presented by Main Source Bank, in partnership with the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology.

On each Thursday concert date, Museum Nights on the Canal will offer free Indiana Experience admission and extended hours, staying open until 8 p.m. Other weekly offerings include a look at one of IHS’s traveling exhibitions and a cornhole tournament organized on the grassy knoll featuring bags with images from IHS’s collections. Indiana Experience admission will also be free on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2015 Concerts on the Canal series is presented MainSource Bank, and free admission days are made possible by Citizens Energy Group. IHS is also proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum Program and extends free year-round admission to members of the active military and their families.

To reserve a table in advance or more information on Concerts on the Canal or Museum Nights on the Canal, call the IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit http://www.indianahistory.org/.

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; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming.