News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 12, 2013

Children’s Museum to present ‘Spirit of Competition’ upon reopening Sept. 17


News Release

---- — Hop on a bike and try to match Major Taylor’s blistering track speed. Have a civil debate about city vs. country. Watch a short film about Philo Farnsworth, an inventor from Indiana that some say should be credited with inventing the television.

All of this is possible at the interactive “Spirit of Competition” exhibit that features stories about Hoosier competitors. The traveling exhibit, created by Indiana Humanities, will be on display at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum beginning Tuesday. The exhibit is visiting the museum thanks to the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The exhibit includes short films on Hoosier competition-related stories, such as:

• Marshall “Major” Taylor, a world-champion cyclist

• Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the television

• Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the classic rivalry

• Gebisa Ejeta, a World Food Prize winner and Purdue University professor

• Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American millionaire

“We all engage in competition every day — whether it’s by participating in an extracurricular activity, selling a product, creating an innovative solution or trying to beat an opponent on the campaign trail,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “This exhibit teaches us that competition affects us all and contributes to our individual character, as well as the culture of our local communities and our state.”

The “Spirit of Competition” exhibit will be on display at the museum from Tuesday through Sept. 29.

The museum will be closed for cleaning and maintenance through Monday. When it reopens, admission will be discounted to $5 per person through Sept. 29.

The museum is at 727 Wabash Ave. Call 812-235-5548.