Indiana State Museum

LOU'S VIEWS: No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show

November 30, 2013
Lou Harry
No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show. Thoughts on the exhibit that focuses on beasts that once roamed Indiana.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Star Wars exhibit on display in a State Museum not far, far away...

June 1, 2013
Lou Harry
Warning: The following column contains a critical mass of geeky references. If you don’t know your elbow from an Ewok, discretion is advised.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lincoln exhibit highlights presidential precedents

February 23, 2013
Lou Harry
It’s the fringes where those of us not steeped in Lincoln lore might find the freshest material.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dean demystified

December 1, 2012
Lou Harry
A new show at the Indiana State Museum includes memorabilia, film clips and more from the legendary James Dean.
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Museum's IMAX hopes alchohol sales will fuel movie attendanceRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Museum has been fine-tuning service in preparation for Batman premier.
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State museum uncovers hidden Steele painting

May 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The unusual find occurred when the museum, which boasts the largest collection of T.C. Steele paintings in the country, shipped one of the Hoosier artist's works to be cleaned by a conservator. He said the 122-year-old hidden canvas he found underneath was like a "King Tut" discovery.
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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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LOU'S VIEWS: Exhibition on ice

October 22, 2011
Lou Harry
When I tell you the Indiana State Museum’s exhibition “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” isn’t a tactile show, don’t let that turn you off.
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Indianapolis outpaces Atlanta pound-for-pound on tourismRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With 1.8 million people, the Indianapolis area is only one-third the size of Atlanta, yet the area holds its own in conventions and tourism. Indianapolis, for example, has about half the convention space of Atlanta.
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Indiana State Museum hopes for new start

July 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Museum begins a new fiscal year Friday with a different governance structure and a $1.1 million surplus.
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Titanic buoys state museum attendance

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" attracted 88,465 paying visitors during its 103-day run and boosted overall museum attendance by 45 percent.
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New commission could run state museum

December 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Interim leader is hoping that a more streamlined governance will help the struggling, state-supported museum be more successful in raising private donations and keeping CEOs.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Old favorites still satisfy

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, some top picks from Indianapolis museums' and attractions' permanent collections
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lost & found at state museum's 'Titanic' exhibit

September 25, 2010
Lou Harry
What is it about the “Titanic” that continues to attract us—through books, films, a stage musical and, in the case of the touring show at the Indiana State Museum, an exhibition of artifacts?
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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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LOU'S VIEWS: At Eiteljorg, it's all in the family

May 22, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, free-associating across the arts landscape from the “Generations” show at the Eiteljorg Museum to “Heartland Art” and a one-man play at the Indiana State Museum to the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lincoln shows take over State Museum galleries

February 13, 2010
Lou Harry

I took my first look through the then-yet-to-be-opened pair of Abraham Lincoln exhibitions at the Indiana State Museum before the galleries were available to the general public.

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Friends of Lincoln Collection raises $6.9M to care for artifacts

January 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group formed to support a prized collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts has raised $6.9 million in its first six months, including $3 million from Lilly Endowment. Friends of the Lincoln Collection in Indiana announced the fund-raising milestone Wednesday afternoon.
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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indiana State Museum to name interim CEO

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The board of the museum's private foundation is expected to confirm Thomas A. King's appointment Thursday afternoon
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State Museum to close on most Mondays

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The museum has been facing tight budgets and dropping attendance.
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Governor still mulling creation of new Indiana 'heritage' agencyRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The idea of merging the State Library, Indiana State Museum and several other history-related entities into one new agency is still on the table, a state representative said.
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Governor to merge state museum into new agency

October 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is planning to merge the Indiana State Museum, 12 historic sites and state library under one new agency, according to sources close to the museum.
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Indiana State Museum chief Dressel abruptly resigns

October 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Barry Dressel has resigned as the president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum, the state's Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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