If you lived through the 1947-1953 frenzy, during which Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” to depict the secretive actions of the then Soviet Union, it was real-time scary with safety drills in schools and home cellars outfitted with survival gear. We looked over our shoulders, checked shadows at alley ways and generally stayed alert for anyone asking too many questions.
However, if you happen to search for “Cold War Indianapolis”
in your web browser today it might connect you with the Sun King Brewing Company
co-sponsored “Duck & Cover: A Historic Bar Crawl through Cold War Indianapolis.”
The event will happen along Mass Ave.
on June 21 and 22
, from 6-9 p.m.
each evening. Beer in hand, participants will start and end at the IndyFringe Theatre and journey to four different locations to learn about the brave men and women whose vigilance kept Indianapolis “safe” from the Red Menace, and hear about the spies and Communist sympathizers that tried to infiltrate the heartland.
“This is one of the best tickets in town because it’s such a unique event – it’s your only opportunity to hear these historic stories with a beer in hand surrounded by friends,” said Keira Amstutz
at Indiana Humanities
. “This year’s theme is a look at the fear and intrigue that surrounded people in Indianapolis during the Cold War era, and the jobs that were created due to the demand for greater intelligence.”
Indiana Humanities staff members work with the Indiana Historical Society
staff to conduct archival research and interviews in order to develop the vignettes and characters. These vignettes and characters are played by Indiana Historical Society actors. According to an IH news release. “This year’s stops are all based on real events
and include a re-enactment of the first meeting of the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
and a retirement party for a long-time employee of the Eastside’s Naval Avionics Factory
, which produced classified technology for the federal government after World War II,” stated Kristen Fuhs Wells
Duck & Cover: A Historic Bar Crawl through Indianapolis
Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 6 – 9 p.m.
Mass Ave. Cultural District. Locations include IndyFringe Theatre, Union 50 and St. Mary’s Church*
$60 (Ticket price includes food and drinks at each location, as well as at the pre- and post-gatherings)
Reservations required: http://duckandcoverbarcrawl.eventbrite.com
*In keeping with the theme, some of the details are TOP SECRET and won’t be announced until the evening of the event.
The event is held in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Sun King Brewing Company and is sponsored in part by CityWay
. Other in-kind partners include St. Mary’s Church
and Union 50
Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org