Author Archives: Amy Lamb

IHS’s Festival of Trees Returns with More Trees, New Chances to See Them by Night

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) 2019 Festival of Trees holiday exhibit will feature more trees—and more chances to see their twinkling lights at night. November 15 through January 4, 92 elaborately decorated trees—a dozen more than last year—will be packed into the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. […]

Securing the Vote: Women’s Suffrage Exhibit Hits the Road

Our latest traveling exhibit, Securing the Vote: Women’s Suffrage in Indiana, explores how women across Indiana passionately labored for suffrage through countless meetings, campaigns and grassroots efforts. Before the 1850s, Indiana women had few legal rights and no political power. In 1851, Amanda Way, a Quaker from Randolph County, decided it was time to talk […]

Block by Block: Our Indianapolis Bicentennial Project

In preparation for the City of Indianapolis’ 200th anniversary, the Indiana Historical Society has been curating collections already in the archive and acquiring new related materials. The goal of our Indianapolis History Collecting Initiative is to identify resources about the people, places and events that have shaped the city over the last two centuries. They […]

IHS Announces Founders Day Honorees

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is proud to announce the 2019 Founders Day award honorees. Each year, the Founders Day awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations whose efforts have enriched the lives of others by conveying awareness and appreciation of Indiana’s history on local, regional and statewide levels. IHS will celebrate the honorees at the […]

Country Girl in Town and Back: A Journal of Transitions in Jennings County in the Late 1890s

From The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections, Spring/Summer 2019. To receive Connections twice a year, join IHS  and enjoy this and other member benefits. Back issues of Connections are available through the Basile History Market. Featured image: Years after losing the presidential elections of 1896 and 1900, William Jennings Bryan was still drawing huge crowds. Having unsuccessfully run for president twice, he took to the […]

Angel Tree: Make the Holidays Brighter for a Child in Need

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program goes back decades, but through the years, its purpose has remained the same: to share the joy of Christmas with struggling families. In Central Indiana, more than 5,300 children living below the poverty line benefitted from an Angel Tree last year. Numbers are expected to grow in 2019, and […]

IHS Presents Four Indiana Companies with 2019 Centennial Business Awards

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is honoring four Indiana businesses for 100 years of service. IHS will present its 2019 Centennial Business Awards to Cummins Inc., Martinsville Candy Kitchen, Sandman Brothers Inc. and Sutton-Garten Company. The presentation will take place during IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick […]

Indiana Historical Society Receives Best Practices Award

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announces it is the recipient of the Best Practices Award from the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM). The award, presented to IHS at AMM’s annual conference, recognizes IHS’s Heritage Support Grants program for its support of regional historical societies, museums and sites across the state. Created in 2016 with […]

New IHS Press Book Shares Never-Before-Told Life Story of Martin University Founder Father Boniface Hardin

INDIANAPOLIS—A new biography shares the never-before-told life story of Father Boniface Hardin, a Benedictine monk best known as the founder of Martin University, Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI). The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press and Martin University are pleased to announce the release of Pickin’ Cotton on the Way to Church: The Life and […]

Conserving the Madam C.J. Walker Collection

From artistic sketches to advertising layouts to architectural drawings to typewritten business documents, translucent and transparent “onionskin” papers are abundant in the IHS archives. But they pose a challenge for conservators, since traditional mending techniques are often not appropriate for these types of papers. Transparent papers are reactive to moisture, and applying a water-based adhesive […]