Indiana Historical Society Celebrates Contributions of Hoosier Women
The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to
celebrate the contributions of Hoosier women — both past and present — with its
new exhibit, “Be Heard: Women’s Voices in Indiana.” The exhibit is now on
display through April 18 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History
Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
With just under 3.4 million women living in Indiana, it’s fair to say women have been and still are an integral part of the state’s defining moments. Over the last century, women have made significant advances toward gender equality in economics, education, health care, politics and more.
“Be Heard: Women’s Voices in Indiana” features the stories of women in the state over time, from Civil War nurse Lovina Streight and architect Avriel Shull to Roselyn Richardson, an active participant in the fight to desegregate Indianapolis Schools, and Chief Frances Dunnagan of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana.
Guests can tour the exhibit in the Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery on the fourth floor of the History Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. “Be Heard: Women’s Voices in Indiana” is included with admission to the Indiana Experience, which is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children (ages 5 to 17). IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission.
Visitors also have the chance to tour the exhibit when IHS hosts two programs on Saturday, Feb 8, that mark the centennial of women’s suffrage. The first, Women’s Suffrage and You: Girl Scout Workshop, takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, supported by Women4Change and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, will help Girl Scout Cadettes, Ambassadors and Seniors earn badges by learning about the Hoosier women who helped get the 19th Amendment passed and building a campaign that explores how to enact legislative change.
Then from 1:30-3 p.m., IHS will host Determined to Rise: Ladies and Liquor, a conversation about the connections between women’s suffrage and prohibition. This event is presented in partnership with the National Women’s History Museum, whose series of lively discussions across the country looks at the achievements and limitations of women gaining the right to vote.
Together, these offerings just scratch the surface of the contributions of women in Indiana. IHS has more than 400 collections on women’s history available in its archives, which can be viewed in the History Center’s William H. Smith Memorial Library. The library is free and open to the public during the History Center’s regular operating hours.
For more information about “Be Heard: Women’s Voices in Indiana” or related collections and offerings, visit www.indianahistory.org or call IHS at (317) 232-1882