Celebrating Hoosier Women

3 stars

Indiana History Center

This year-long series of exhibits currently features “The Women of White County” with a focus on six generations whose stories are told through primary sources in a “scrapbook” format on panels crafted by Indianapolis artist Joe Valorani. As much a story of Indiana settlement as it is a series of personal vignettes, this is worth the 15-20 minutes stop on the way to the larger Indiana State Library exhibit on eugenics. “The panels were deliberately put together with a simplicity that will not intimidate the visitor,” commented Paula Bongen, exhibits coordinator. “We want visitors to begin thinking of their own female relatives and their stories.” The intention is working because visitors have indeed come forward with their stories, necessitating separate display areas. To date we have witnessed the stories of women in the armed services during WWII and a daughter’s memories of her mother shared through photographs and personal comments. Best to enter the exhibit from the Ohio Street entrance just across the street from the parking garage. For more information, call 317-232-2535.

 

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