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Out of Office: The hidden history of Central State Hospital

Editor’s note: Out of Office is the first in an occasional series  highlighting interesting places and activities in Indiana. By Victoria Ratliff and Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—In the shadows of old wooden bookcases sit jars filled with embalming fluid preserving decades-old brains that have signs of disease caused by tumors, strokes and ulcers. Sarah Halter […]

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First round of trails funding announced

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—Gov. Eric Holcomb spent his 51st birthday in Speedway Thursday by handing out the first grants of his Next Level Trails program—$4.9 million for new trails connecting Speedway with the west side of Indianapolis. Holcomb was joined by Cameron Clark, director of the Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and […]

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Newly designed exhibit celebrates 30th anniversary of the Eiteljorg

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “I often ask if Mr. Eiteljorg would be happy, and I think he would.”  John Vanausdall has been president of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for nearly 23 years, and on the museum’s 30th anniversary, he couldn’t help but think how the founder, Harrison Eiteljorg, […]

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Garrett, Shelbyville basketball great, deserves more acclaim

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Jackie Robinson of college basketball fought back against the racial slurs lobbed at him on the court from spectators and opponents the best way he knew how. “He’d just smile, turn around and score a couple more points,” said Don Chambers of William “Bill” Garrett as he reflected on the […]

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New tourism director takes over in January

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New tourism director takes over in January

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch has named an Orange County economic development leader to run Indiana’s Office of Tourism Development effective Jan. 14. Misty Weisensteiner bring her experience as the executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership to the state’s tourism agency. While in the Orange County role, she initiated the […]

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Indiana celebrates 202 years with fourth graders from across the state

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—State leaders preached that history is happening now to a gathering of fourth graders as Indiana celebrated its 202nd birthday. Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with Chief Justice Loretta Rush and other leaders, welcomed youngsters from schools across Indiana to celebrate Statehood Day Tuesday under the dome of the capitol. Following a […]

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Eiteljorg exhibit evokes a magical world

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Part of the holiday season is about making memories, reminiscing about the good times and sharing traditions. And Tom Bromstrup, chief engineer of the Jingle Rails exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, has been part of many of them over the last […]

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2019 state park passes on sale through DNR

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoors enthusiast in your family? How about a 2019 state park pass? On sale now through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are annual entrance permits, horse tags, off-road cycling permits and lake permits for 2019. The passes can be purchased at the DNR […]

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Holcomb joins poultry group in an annual effort to help those in need

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb said he used up all his good Thanksgiving puns last year, so for this year’s annual Indiana State Poultry Association annual donations “all I have is leftovers.” Thanks to the association, though, some needy Indiana families will be getting something better than leftovers. Turkeys, ducks, chickens and more […]

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Auction gives Hoosiers a chance to own Indiana history

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A grandfather clock carved from the trunk of a 2,000-year-old tree and a portrait painted by legendary Hoosier artist T.C. Steele in 1899 are just two of the items being offered up through an auction by the Indianapolis Medical Society. The IMS acquired the clock and the painting in 1959 from […]

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