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September 19, 2013

‘Destination Indiana’ journeys tell rediscovered Hoosier stories

The Indiana Historical Society’s “Destination Indiana,” part of the Indiana Experience, is sharing new historical Hoosier experiences with the addition of 13 new journeys to its programming at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

The history center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

“Destination Indiana” is a facilitated, interactive opportunity for visitors to “travel through time” using innovative digital technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images and documents, to explore and understand the story of Indiana as a place.

Journeys make this experience possible using engaging selections from the IHS’ extensive collections, which include 1.7 million photographs and tens of thousands of other archival materials such as broadsides, manuscripts, maps, printed items and sheet music.

“Destination Indiana” features eight “drive yourself” time-travel stations that can each hold as many as six guests. The space also includes a large-group experience that offers access to nine journeys on its 22.5-foot by 7.5-foot screen, which features twice the resolution of a 1080 high-definition television set.

The individual stations in “Destination Indiana” now offer 273 journeys, including a total of 3,087 images. Each station contains at least one journey for each of Indiana’s 92 counties, as well as “Indiana Stories” exploring subjects such as African-American Hoosiers, the Civil War, the Ohio River, mapping the state, social justice and reform, rail transportation and agriculture.

The new journey topics include Jefferson Proving Ground, Fortune’s Folly, the Indianapolis area chapter of the American Red Cross, Ball State University, Prince Pu Lun’s 1904 visit to Indiana, Indianapolis Commercial Club, Leedy Drum Manufacturing Co., Indianapolis in the 1950s, Muncie, IHS’ “You Are There 1914: The Violin-Maker Upstairs,” “The Circle of Lights” 50th anniversary, women artists of Indiana and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

While journeys typically include a dozen images apiece, preparation often requires viewing and researching more than 20 images for each one actually used. IHS staff members have reviewed more than 41,000 items on their way to writing narratives and creating the final product.

Images used in “Destination Indiana” are available for viewing on the IHS’ Digital Image Collections website at images.indianahistory.org, which contains more than 58,000 IHS pictures.

Operating hours for the Indiana Experience are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for ages 5-12. IHS members and children under 5 get free admission.

For more information call 317-232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

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