Sharing Hoosier History

Bringing history to life has always been important to me. As an Air Force kid, I had the opportunity to visit castles, Roman ruins and ancient burial sites. Each new place I visited was a chance to gather experiences and turn them into stories of the people who lived there and the wonders they encountered. I became the family storyteller or, as my dad liked to call me, the family “tour guide.” How amazing is it then that I now get paid to direct tours at the Indiana State Museum!

docent_tourI’ve found the same fascinating stories and amazing objects right in my own Indiana backyard and I have the pleasure of training docents to share them with visitors. Our docent tour guides get to explore the beautiful modern architecture of our building on the Indiana State Museum Architecture tour, they connect with the ancient Native American’s and the more recent immigrants who have called Indiana home on the More than Arrowheads and the New Lands, New Homes tours, and they help protect our eco-system each time they give the Indiana Safari tour.

If you’ve always wanted to be a tour guide yourself, maybe our docent training program is for you. We are now accepting applications. For more information, visit our website. If leading a tour doesn’t appeal to you, why not get a group together and come share a guided tour with us? With a little planning, your next visit (or your first) to the Indiana State Museum can be a personal connection with history.

Call 317.232.1637 to book a guided tour. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance and are complimentary with museum admission.

Christa Thacker is the education presentation specialist at the Indiana State Museum.

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Bats…are they smarter than your 4th grader?

Wildlife experts were at the museum this week, educating school children about bats and helping to dispel popular misconceptions about them.  Why are the important (they eat icky bugs and pollinate flowers in our gardens) and how have they survived despite human population growth?    As I did some research on them myself, I came across this story, about how a bat tried to fly into space with NASA!

Enjoy this little girl named “Patience”….aw, isn’t she cute? (?)

Patience the Red Bat

Patience the Red Bat