Category Archives: Indiana Bicentennial 2016

Exploring favorite Hoosier things…

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Indiana in 200 Objects

By Jazmyne Keyes

The Indiana in 200 Objects exhibit shows the history of Indiana in many ways, whether it is sports, fashion or even fossils.

“I really enjoyed all the parts that had to do with sports, whether it is was the dress, the jersey from the Indiana Fever or the rings won by the Crispus Attucks basketball team,” said Linda Jones, who attended the exhibit.

Sports objects in the Indiana State Museum exhibit were among the favorites of those viewing the objects.

“My favorite object was the South Bend Blue Sox uniform because to me it showed women’s empowerment,” said Christa, another person attending the exhibit. The uniform worn by Helen Filarski was an interesting piece because it showed the evolution of the world in a way. Women were never really thought of as athletic; it as always a man thing. During World War II, the professional male players were sent to fight. Women stepped up to show how athletic they really were while still looking feminine. Helen Filarski was an infielder and outfielder who played from 1945 to 1950. The women who played in the All American League broke the social norms of the day.


Medical objects show Indiana’s impact on medicine

By Diamond Lomax

A brain, joint replacements, Prozac – these are just a few of the 200 objects that show the significant impact Indiana has had on medicine.

The objects are in the Indiana State Museum as part of the Indiana in 200 Objects exhibit. “This exhibition will introduce significant moments, events, artifacts and people from Indiana’s past and present, as well as present our state’s amazing natural history,” said Dale Ogden, chief curator of history and culture at the museum. “The experience will showcase the breadth and depth of Indiana’s history including its contributions to the nation and the world.”

The most interesting medical object at the museum is the human brain. The human brain belonged to a young man ,who was shot in the head, in the Spanish-American War in 1898. The Central State Hospital treated the young soldier and he died and kept his brain for research.

Among the most recent objects were the joint replacements in 2015. Warsaw made joints implants using wood then metal. Over time the medical technology has improved. “Arthritis and injuries in an aging population are increasing demand for orthopedic medical devices including artificial hip and knee joints and spinal parts,” according to the Indiana State Museum.

The world changing medicine in 1988 was Prozac. The development of Prozac affected depression medicine worldwide. Dr. David Wong helped the world see Prozac as a good thing for depression. The name redefined how people thought of depression. “Forty million patients worldwide, including one in 10 Americans, suffered from depression,” according to the Indiana State Museum.


By De’Monie Johnson

A Ku Klux Klan chaplain’s robe worn by the Huntingburg chief of police in 1979 is being displayed as part of the Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration exhibit as a reminder of one of the darker periods of Indiana’s history.

In the 1920s, things weren’t so nice and friendly in Indiana. There were over 500,000 Ku Klux Klan members, including the mayor of Indianapolis and governor of Indiana. The clan got smaller over the years but still existed in the 1970s when this robe was worn.

Since this dark past, Indiana has changed its ways to see a brighter present. Barb, an Indianapolis native, doesn’t think of the Klan when she thinks of Indiana.

“When I think of Indiana, what do I think of first?” Barb said. “Friendly people, good people, hardworking people.”

Another Indianapolis native said that Indianapolis was boring when he was a child but now it’s popping.

“These past couple of years, downtown has been pretty good,” he said. “A lot of new stuff is popping up. City living is in the air.”

Brynden, a museum employee, said she loves Indiana and all of the museums and parks.

 “It’s really nice how much Hoosier pride everyone has,” she said.


By Audree Nealy

Upward Bound’s Urban Media class visited the State Museum June 21. The Indiana State Museum is celebrating 200 years by portraying it in 200 objects. Indiana is known for people like James Dean and Michael Jackson. But, we have yet to hear about the dark past of Indiana’s history. The State Museum was one of the first they have visited to tell the back story of Belle Gunness, and the Ku Klux Klan leader of Indiana.

Above (to the left) is Belle Gunness. Gunness is a Norwegian immigrant who is known for her infamous schemes and murder  to collect life insurance. In the middle, is the robe of the 1979 leader of the Indiana KKK. And to the right is a picture of two African-American males who were lynched for unknown reasons during segregation times.

This few objects show some of the not so happy times in Indiana.


Izzy Stradlin: Indiana Kid

By Thomas Elder

IMG_1655Indiana has many famous musicians, including Michael Jackson and Kenneth Brian Edmonds, also known as Babyface, and among these is famous guitarist Izzy Stradlin.

Izzy Stradlin is a guitarist for the legendary band Guns N’ Roses. He was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. You can find his guitar in Indiana State Museum for the new exhibit, “Indiana in 200 Objects”. He has used this guitar to make his songs with and to practice.

“Every guitarist from Indiana is going to have to be compared to Izzy Stradlin. He’s a legend,” museum visitor Nathan said. “I remember listening to Guns N’ Roses, and remembering asking who was the guitarist. After going to this exhibit, I learned that my childhood band’s guitarist was raised in Indiana.”

“Growing up listening to Guns N’ Roses was something that I will remember,” Jill, who attended the exhibit, said. “Now. knowing that Izzy Stradlin is a Hoosier; I am proud to know we have many famous musicians from Indiana.”


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