500 Festival is new feature of Destination Indiana at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

500 Festival is new feature of Destination Indiana at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Fri, 2012-12-21

INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2012) – The 500 Festival joined Destination Indiana, a programmatic element of the Indiana Experience exhibit at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

Destination Indiana is a facilitated, interactive opportunity for visitors to “travel through time” using innovative digital technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images and documents to explore and understand the story of Indiana as a place. The exhibit features eight “drive yourself” time-travel stations that can each hold as many as six guests as well as a large group experience on its 22.5-foot by 7.5-foot screen, which features twice the resolution of a 1080i high-definition television set.

In addition to geographic options such as a look at all 92 Indiana counties,  the exhibit includes “Indiana Stories” on subject matters such as the Civil War, the Ohio River, mapping the state, social justice and reform, rail transportation and now, the history of the 500 Festival.  The 500 Festival is the first festival to be included in the exhibit. The experience showcases the 500 Festival’s 56-year tradition and rich history and includes 83 photos and stories behind the evolution of the Festival which advocates and celebrates the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®.

By offering a wide variety of cultural, educational and social events, the 500 Festival touches more than 500,000 people annually. Its signature events – like the IPL 500 Festival Parade and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – connect the community in large proportions and showcase Indianapolis on a world stage. This journey was generously funded by the 500 Festival Foundation, a fully-charitable organization dedicated to generating funds in support of educational and youth programming initiatives of the 500 Festival.

Images used in Destination Indiana are available for viewing on the IHS’s Digital Image Collections Web page, http://images.indianahistory.org, where more than 37,000 IHS digital images are currently available online. An online catalog of all processed IHS collections material is available at www.indianahistory.org/library.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there celebrating the legacy.

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