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Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

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The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana's Storyteller". It is housed in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 West Ohio Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, in The Canal and White River State Park Cultural District, neighboring the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. In 2019, the center hosted 112,732 visitors. The Indiana Historical Society is the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.
A private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1830, the IHS maintains a research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. The IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult, and family programming, including Indiana's participation in the National History Day Competition series. Finally, it is responsible for appointing and training the state's 92 county historians. The Indiana Historical Society opened a new 165,000-square-foot (15,300 m2) headquarters in downtown Indianapolis in July 1999, built on the site of the prior Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Indianapolis.
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  • I went for the Festival of Trees exhibit, but what really drew me in was the Eva Kor exhibit. It is a highly interactive exhibit featuring Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who passed away in 2019. She... 
    I went for the Festival of Trees exhibit, but what really drew me in was the Eva Kor exhibit. It is a highly interactive exhibit featuring Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who passed away in 2019. She...  more »
  • We were in town during the holidays so we got to see their Christmas tree display. There were trees on every floor and they had hidden pickles placed on some of them. A local school was on a field... 
    We were in town during the holidays so we got to see their Christmas tree display. There were trees on every floor and they had hidden pickles placed on some of them. A local school was on a field...  more »
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  • It was a lovely museum, and a phenomenal gift shop. I truly enjoyed learning about how they repair historic books, and photographs. They have a fantastic section of historical books/library. I felt as though it was more of a general museum, and not really focused on the history of Indiana? Since it is listed as the Indiana Historical Society/Museum I expected to learn more of Indiana’s history? I actually learned much more about Indiana, on my free tour at the State House nearby. Museum has a nice entrance to the canal, and I appreciated free parking with admission to the museum.
  • The Christmas tree festival is one of my kids favorite stops during the holiday season. The pickle search and finding our favorite tree can only be topped by the delicious cookies we get at the Cafe. Highly recommend. You can also visit the history exhibits which are excellently done.

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