The exhibit Dillinger! Forging a Hoosier Legend opens today at the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St. It features media related to John Dillinger and his gang, including newly rediscovered documents, photos and testimonials. The Friends of the Indiana State Archives will host a special grand opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., including private after-hours tours by the creators of the exhibit and an exclusive viewing of original Dillinger documents, artifacts and photographs only viewable at this one-time event, including Dillinger's original burial permit. 1930s costumes are optional but encouraged; the reception includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and discussion with Jeff Scalf, great nephew of John Dillinger. Cost of the event is $20 with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. For more information and to RSVP, go to www.dillingerlegend.org. For more on the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31 with free admission, go to www.dillingerlegend.org. Free public tours will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A special forum with Scalf will begin at 3 p.m. He will give a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.
In conjunction with the grand opening of the Dillinger exhibit, Crown Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery and Heritage Foundation will offer four 20-minute Dillinger gravesite talks July 15 at 12, 1, 7 and 8 p.m. (the 8 p.m. talk is included in the ticket price of the Friend's Reception). They will be presented by Crown Hill Cemetery tour guide Tom Davis. He will discuss the life, death and burial of Dillinger, and guests will get to see a copy of his burial permit. Reservations are not required. Meet inside the 34th Street Gate, 3400 Boulevard Place. Cost is $2 per person. Funds raised will support the road re-paving project around Dillinger's gravesite. For more information on Crown Hill, go to www.crownhill.org.