Dialogue Blog: Camp Favorites

by Katy Creagh, School Programs Developer, and Eric Todd, Gallery Programming Manager

041113_katy_ericKATY: Eric, I am so excited! My job has changed and I am now the Indiana State Museum Summer Camp Director. Now, I know you have a special place in your heart for Summer Camps, so I thought it might be fun to discuss our Top 5 favorite things about camp.

ERIC: If there are two things I love, they are camp and lists. So sure, I’ll play along. 

KATY: Great, I’ll go first.  At number five, I have recess. You get to spend time outside playing games and enjoying the summer weather. It has all the perks of recess when you were in elementary school.

ERIC: You may have just stolen one of mine, but that is fine. My fifth favorite thing about summer camp is the free camp t-shirt. Every time I get one, that’s one more day before I have to do laundry.

KATY: Are you sure it’s just one more day? For number four, I went with looking for fossils. That includes microfossils in Diggin’ Indiana and Exploring Nature Camps and then sifting dirt in Paleontology II. It’s something I’ve never experienced before coming to the museum, and it’s fun to think that I’m doing the same work that REAL scientists and paleontologists do.

ERIC: That is cool, I agree. My number four is making things. You might call them crafts, but it’s really more than that. By summer’s end my desk is always filled with awesome new decorations that also serve as reminders of the fun I had.

KATY: Perfect transition, my number three is also crafty—weaving. You get to try weaving in two different camps (Indiana Artists and History Alive!) and make my favorite, “mug rugs.”

ERIC: I would normally give you a hard time about “mug rugs,” but I do have one at my desk that I use daily. My number three choice is a repeat of one of yours, but you’ll notice I placed it a bit higher on my list. Recess, lunch break and snack time. I have so much fun in those moments! I loved recess as a kid, but now I really appreciate it. And, if my boss is reading this, Susan — what are your thoughts on instituting museum recess?

KATY: I’d vote “yes” for that one. Alright, now we’re getting down to the big ones. At number two on my list, I have all things crafting. See how high it is on my list compared to yours? From the end of the week presentations to making a mosaic in Diggin’ Indiana camp … I love all the projects and crafts we get to make.  

ERIC: I am shocked that is not your number one, frankly, especially with the new Indiana Fashion Runway Camp which I imagine will let you craft around the clock. My number two is behind-the-scenes tours. As you know, even as museum employees we don’t have access to everything in the museum, but during camp, we get to go places and see things that most visitors — and staff — never see.

KATY: Nice choice. But now the big one. My number one favorite thing about summer camp at the Indiana State Museum is … the campers! Spending time with old friends and making new ones — I get to play games and learn new things about Indiana and don’t have to sit at my desk all day … I get to hang out with cool people all day which is way better.

ERIC: Great minds think alike — my number one choice is also the people. I always meet the coolest people in summer camp. From wildlife experts (with their animals) to Abraham Lincoln himself, you never know who you’ll see stopping by an Indiana State Museum camp. Oh, and the campers and counselors are pretty cool, too!

From shabby to chic!

by Jennifer Schoening, Sales Associate in the Indiana Store

In a day and age when most of us have to choose between unconscious consumption of material goods and the conscious acquisition of experience, there are more and more of us choosing experience.

You can now buy the experience of shabby turned in to chic at the Indiana Store!

Leather flower bracelets.

We would like to welcome life-long Indiana resident and artist Anita Hopper and her 3-year old company Refind Originals! A line of re-purposed old leather garments that have been transformed into unique one-of-a-kind bracelets, coin purses, clutches and headbands with vintage fabrics and embellishments. With a mission of being mindful of the stuff we consume, Anita has taken her passion for antique and vintage shopping combined with her panache for sewing and quilting and has created these beautiful objects from items that most others wouldn’t even glance at twice! You can feel the connection between the artist and the item in every piece!

Memories can last a lifetime, so trade in your $5 Old Navy handbag for one that tells a story to its observer! Trust me, I know! I own two of her pieces and hope to add a third to my collection shortly!

Buy indie and create happiness!

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Workshops will have you in stitches

For the second year in a row, the Indiana State Museum is presenting the Stitch in Time workshops. Last year’s workshops focused on the museum’s quilt collection and quilt conservation and were very successful. This year, we aim to take a twist and focus high fashion as well as conservation topics.

Stitch in Time: Funky Hats features Indianapolis milliner Emily Clark in a two part workshop. On Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, Emily will focus on the history of women’s millinery using examples from the museum’s hat collection. From 1 to 3 p.m. Emily will bring the world of couture hat fashion directly to you. The afternoon session will allow participants to construct their own 1940s inspired cocktail perch hat. Participants will receive a piece that does not require blocking but will allow for embellishing with feathers, flowers, ribbons and veiling. Basic sewing skills are required. Interested? Then don’t forget to bring your own needle, thimble and scissors!

Have you, or are you, getting married? Or perhaps you just celebrated a christening? Then you will be interested in our Stitch in Time: Ghosts in the Closet workshop. From 9 a.m. to noon, museum conservator Gaby Kienitz will show you how to conserve and preserve your wedding or christening gown. Participate in a frank discussion about re-using that family heirloom for a new special occasion. Additionally, learn cleaning and storage options for modern wedding dresses and get small samples, supplier lists and Internet resources.

Registration is required for both workshops! Please call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot today.

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Nature’s Palette, Always in Style

Written by Davie Kean, master gardener at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site



Somewhere, there are people who are paid to predict (or create) which colors will be ‘hot’ for the coming year. Apparently there are people who are color blind in the fashion sense — unable to decide for themselves what color to wear or decorate with. There are even websites to consult when in doubt.

I choose my color schemes on my daily drive to work, and at home enjoying the view from my porch. I follow nature’s seasonal palette rather than fashion’s fickle trends. I’m not sure where the color consultants get their inspiration, but indirectly, it probably comes from the same source as mine.

Anyone who has looked at photographs from National Geographic or Discovery magazines will recognize that even the most outlandish colors were first found in nature. Hot pinks, florescent greens, electric blues — Mother Nature just smiles and thinks, “Been there, done that.”

Fashion color preferences are cyclical. Every few years, ‘naturals’ are the latest cool thing (again). Sometimes we fall under the illusion (or delusion) that we have created these colors or color combinations, but we are really just copying or interpreting what has always been around us.

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