Spend part of your Fourth of July with us and explore democracy, civics and government. Put your own spin on famous political speeches, test your U.S. civics knowledge and learn how bills become laws. Also, show off your skills with frontier-era games and activities. Admission to the History Center is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Who is a Hoosier?
Take a Civics Naturalization Test
Test your civics knowledge with real questions a U.S. government officer asks future U.S. citizens to receive citizenship.
Design Your Own Flag
Flags have been around since antiquity to mark militaries. In some cases, these evolved into national flags. Today, organizations, states, counties, and even towns have their own flag. Draw and color your own.
Play games that settlers might have played on Fourth of July when Indiana was still the Frontier.
Find out how political party platforms have changed throughout history by playing a game.
Write a Letter to Our Military
Write a letter to members of the U.S. Military – active, reserve and veterans – for them to receive while at home, abroad or recovering from injury. Letters will be sent through A Million Thanks.
Schoolhouse Rock! The Election Collection
Get in the spirit of democracy and 1776 by viewing classic Schoolhouse Rock! videos that will inspire a new generation of patriots.
Recreate a Famous Speech
Have your chance to give a known speech by famous Hoosiers and other notables. You can even wear some historical props to set the scene.
Enjoy patriotic music in the Cole Porter Room. Feel free to sing along.
Just added! The Eva Experience
See The Eva Experience, an interactive virtual reality exhibit of Auschwitz answering Holocaust survivor Eva Kor’s charge: What can I do to make the world a better place? “The Story of Eva” – a short version of the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary “Eva: A-7063” by Ted Green, Mika Brown and WFYI Public Media – will be shown at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The film tells the astonishing tale of this amazing woman, tracking her from Auschwitz to Israel to the United States – even into the U.S. Capitol for her jaw-dropping arrest – and ultimately to her courageous return to the Nazi death camp.
Admission is free. Appropriate for school-age children with parental discretion. (Nothing graphic, but a difficult topic and use of the word “badass.”)