Indiana State Museum wants to Honor Your Hoosier Hero

Warren Bandy; July 1942 - January 1946; U.S. Navy; Terre Haute, Ind.; submitted by Ken Bandy

Warren Bandy; July 1942 - January 1946; U.S. Navy; Terre Haute, Ind.; submitted by Ken Bandy.

We’re working on a Veterans Day project and we need your contribution. Last year, we introduced a new component to our Veterans Day celebration that consisted of a community photo mural. We sent a call out for photos of Hoosier veterans and active military personnel and then turned those photos into magnets that were displayed on a giant Heroes from the Heartland display board. Visitors to the Museum could turn the photo over to find out about the person featured. We received photos from across the state and as far away as Afghanistan.

This year, the program has been expanded. Instead of four days, the community photo mural will be displayed from Nov. 1 through 11. We have also decided to accept electronic photos this year in lieu of physical copies. Photos will be accepted from today until Sept. 30. Due to limited space, we will only be able to post the first 300 photos received and we are limiting photos to one per person (meaning that you can submit more than one photo, but they have to be of different people).

In addition, from Nov. 1 through 11 the Indiana State Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION to veterans and active military personnel and discounted admission to their families. Closer to November, we will update the blog with more information about music and demonstrations we will offer as part of our Veterans Day celebration.

Heroes from the Heartland

  • Photos accepted electronically until Sept. 30
  • Community photo mural displayed Nov. 1 – 11, 2009.
  • E-mail photos to: kbaugh@dnr.in.gov

The first 300 photos will be displayed on the community photo mural and on the Indiana State Museum Facebook Fan page and Flickr Heroes from the Heartland Group.

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50 Ways to Say Thank You

In spring 2008, the Indiana State Museum partnered with the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis (QGI) in an outreach program focused on the Quilts of Valor program, a nationwide program that collects charity quilts to give soldiers who were injured while fighting in the conflicts of Afghanistan or Iraq. The program coincided with the museum’s exhibit Quilting Blocks & Binding Threads, which focused on the history of quilts as gifts.

The original goal of the program was to pass out 800 kits to museum visitors. Each kit, prepared by QGI, contained materials needed to complete one quilt block. When the blocks were completed, they were asked to be returned to the museum to be used in creating Quilts of Valor. The hope was to receive enough blocks back to create five to 10 quilts.

It was pretty evident within the first month the exhibit was opened that more than 800 kits were needed. The response was so great that QGI made, and the museum handed out, over 1,800 kits! Not only did Hoosiers around the state volunteer to do their part by completing a block (several completed enough blocks for a whole quilt), but the museum received blocks from all over the United States and even one from Bristol, England.

All 50 of the Quilts of Valor are held in the museum’s Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall by members of the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis, Indiana State Museum Volunteers and Indiana State Museum staff.

All 50 of the Quilts of Valor are held in the museum’s Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall by members of the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis, Indiana State Museum Volunteers and Indiana State Museum staff.

Now the project has come full circle, as all of those blocks have been pieced and finished into a lap-sized quilt. Enough blocks were received for 50 Quilts of Valor, all of which will be given to a soldier as a way to say thank you for his or her service to our country. Thanks to all of those who participated in the program. We could not have done it without your support!