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Tour curated by: The Discover Indiana Team10 Locations

Indianapolis had a history of engagement with professional and amateur sports long before hosting the 2012 Super Bowl. This tour will introduce you to some well-known stories and highlight some less well-remembered ones. This tour is primarily…

Tour curated by: Lyndsey Blair, Nicholas K. Johnson, John Sureck | 7 Locations

What is a sacred space? For the following stories, “sacred” refers to places that have been (and continue to be) regarded with reverence by the people of Indianapolis. This includes traditional religious spaces such as churches, synagogues, and…

Tour curated by: Brittany D. Kropf, Jordan B. Ryan, Gail Gráinne Whitchurch | 10 Locations

Since Indianapolis became the Indiana state capital in 1825, issues of illness and health have had an impact on the city and its citizens, in part because of rapid population growth and density. Like a human body, a metropolis may grow and…

Tour curated by: Alyssa Boge, Braden Catt, Carolyn Harris, Meghan Hillman, Callie McCune, Adrienne Nirde, Stephanie Schulze, Laura Weiss, Jordan Ryan; Editors Jeannie Regan-Dinius and Rebecca Shrum | 8 Locations

The narrative of Indianapolis' LGBT+ community is just beginning to be told in the mainstream. Long hidden behind closed doors, LGBT+ people have become increasingly visible in recent decades. The history of this community is the story of the…

Tour curated by: University of Louisville Public History Program | 6 Locations

Soon after its founding in 1813, New Albany became a leading center of trade and manufacturing. From the mid-1820s through the Civil War era, shipbuilding fueled the local economy. New Albany builders produced more than 200 steamboats for operation…

Tour curated by: University of Louisville Public History Program | 9 Locations

African Americans, enslaved and free, had a presence in Floyd County from the beginnings of European settlement in the area. The 1830 census listed 265 black residents. The population grew dramatically in later decades. By 1860 New Albany had the…

Tour curated by: Annette Scherber, Rebecca Denne, Jenny Holly; Edited by Rebecca Shrum | 7 Locations

What do you think of when you think of art? Who is an artist? Over the course of Indiana’s 200-year statehood, individuals have created artistic works in many different forms. Fashion, sculpture, paintings, literature, architecture, and…

Tour curated by: Melanie Hankins, Kristin Lee, Andy Townsend | 6 Locations

History books are full of stories of the wealthy, the powerful, and the influential—the insiders. History has also taught us influence easily captured can be easily lost. Insiders can become outsiders and outsiders can be absorbed into the ranks of…

Tour curated by: University of Louisville Public History Program | 9 Locations

The Ohio River has been a constant in the history of New Albany and southern Indiana for centuries. Long before Europeans arrived, native peoples relied on the river for drinking water, for transportation, and for irrigating crops. When Joel,…

Tour curated by: University of Louisville Public History Program | 8 Locations

Religious institutions have thrived in New Albany for nearly 200 years. This tour highlights several important congregations and other aspects of religious history. The sites featured illustrate the role of religion in southern Indiana since the…

Tour curated by: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | 17 Locations

Every downtown had one. They were grand old opera houses and movie palaces, built in the bustle of the city center. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, these venues served as the heart of entertainment in most communities. Such theaters were…

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