Category Archives: Community Engagement

Where There is Food, There is a Farmworker

Indiana’s history is deeply rooted in agriculture from family farms to large-scale corporations, the last week of March is National Farmworker Awareness Week, recognizing their contributions and current issues they face. For over 100 years, foreign farmworkers would be a part of Indiana’s agricultural history. From beets to beef cattle, there is more than corn […]

The Early Beginnings of the Mexican Consulate in Indiana: 1907-1927

In November of 2002 at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana’s first and only foreign consulate would open its doors to support Mexican citizens. However, this is not the first time in Indiana’s history that there existed a foreign consulate office in Indiana. On that day, no one realized this history began 95 years earlier. […]

How Indianapolis Got to Sesame Street

“Sunny Day Sweepin’ the clouds away On my way to where the air is sweet Can you tell me how to get? How to get to Sesame Street” Since November 1969, children have grown up spending their mornings learning from well-known characters such as Big Bird, The Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie. […]

Cedar Lake Historical Association Uses Heritage Support Grants to Grow, Expand Mission

This post is based on an interview between Bryce Gorman, fundraising educator for Local History Services, and Julie Zasada, executive director of the Cedar Lake Historical Association for 13 years. Through the hard work of Julie and her board, CLHA has received eight Heritage Support Grants. Heritage Support Grants, made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc., […]

Behind the Scenes: Virtual Programming

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and caused shutdowns in March 2020, the Education and Engagement department was busy travelling the state for National History Day in Indiana contests, running in-building programs, and planning for a full summer schedule. When our job centers on engaging Hoosiers around the state, and we’ve traditionally been doing that in […]

Living the Legacy: Resources for Moving Toward a More Equitable Future

Redlining – the discriminatory practice by which banks refuse or limit mortgages to people of color, ethnic minorities, and low-income workers within specific geographic areas- still defines much of where we live or can live in Indianapolis. These federal government policies, established by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation in 1933, reinforced segregation and disinvestment in […]

Pukwudgies and Where to Find Them

Probably unknown to most Hoosiers is Indiana’s rich history with cryptids, animals that claim to exist but have never been proven. With Halloween just around the corner, now is the best time to learn about the 3-foot-tall creature lurking in the forests near you.   Many Indigenous people have legends of the Pukwudgies, but one of the most popular places to see […]