Indiana History Center

Historical Society bags $3.2M from auction of Audubon works

April 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana Historical Society paid $4,000 for "The Birds of America" in 1933 and $900 for "Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America" in 1951.
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Indiana history group to auction valuable Audubon collections

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Historical Society says it plans to auction complete sets of valuable works by John James Audubon in April to raise money to benefit its mission. The sets are expected to raise millions of dollars.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A critical mass of theater critics descend on Indy

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
A pack of conferencing critics had their eyes opened to Indy’s arts pleasures. In turn, they opened my eyes to some things I shouldn’t take for granted.
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Indiana Historical Society wraps up $19M campaign

December 3, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Indiana Historical Society has raised $19.5 million to support the Indiana Experience, its series of interactive history lessons intended to draw more visitors to the local not-for-profit’s downtown facility.
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Canal Walk popular, but full of opportunities missedRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
City leaders once envisioned the Canal Walk as a bustling pathway lined with restaurants and shops, but residential and office buildings have sprouted instead on most of the parcels along the meandering 1-1/2-mile stretch--making it more of a local amenity than a visitor attraction.
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Historical society reports more visitors at Indiana ExperienceRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Attendance at the living-history attraction that opened in 2010 grew 71 percent last year.
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Veteran broadcaster Ahern joins Indiana Historical Society teamRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The retired WISH-TV anchor will be a community affairs adviser and make presentations at the history center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Verse comes to verse

September 10, 2011
Lou Harry
Indiana-connected poets fill new book from Indiana Historical Society Press.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Making history at arts venues

February 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Three leading Indiana institutions—the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg, and the IRT—look at volatile moments in American history.
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Museum group recognizes 'Indiana Experience' exhibit

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Association of Midwest Museums recognized the attraction for bringing history to life.
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Fitch gives ‘A’ rating to Indiana Historical Society

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy Central Canal

August 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Summer on the Central Canal is like a beachfront boardwalk, teeming with life. People push strollers, hold hands and walk their dogs. There are boats and bikes and Segways for rent. And four museums are steps away from the water. Yet most of them capture few of the passersby.
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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

May 12, 2010
Society says the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center.
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$24M makeover readies Historical Society for new era

December 10, 2007
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis Historical Society leaders are taking the next step in the evolution of the archival-research-based group. The group's 8-year-old facility, the Indiana History Center, is getting a Disneyesque makeover, as is its programs.
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  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

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