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All aboard at the Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—One might think visiting a train exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum would be a calm traditional museum experience, but among the realistic sounds of train horns, conversations between families and volunteer model train engineers and the overall excitement from young kids taking in the experience, Jingle Rails is a fun and […]

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Governor names first CEO of state’s new tourism department

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed the first head of the newly established Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) that will replace the Department of Tourism Development. Elaine Bedel will serve as secretary and CEO of the new corporation alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who was also appointed by Holcomb to a seven-member board […]

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2021 All-Star Game will lead to children’s projects across Indiana

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Communities around Indiana will be getting new basketball courts and other facilities as part of a million-dollar “Legacy Project” that is an off-shoot of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, the first to be held in Indianapolis since 1958. Rick Fuson, president and chief operating officer for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, summed […]

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Crossroads exhibit focuses on small-town Indiana

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Peggy Dean of the Aurora Public Library District spent the last week getting the small branch in Dillsboro ready to host a traveling exhibit on small towns in rural America and the changes coming to them. Everyone pitched in and for Dean, the library’s director, the experience demonstrated the best of […]

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Got milk? Indiana celebrities did at the State Fair

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana State Fair, crowds of people bounce from booth to booth in the early hours of the day to experience the smoldering sun, sweet aroma of many fried foods and different kinds of entertainment put on throughout the day. But off the busy main path is a […]

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Out of Office: The family’s bees-ness

Out of Office is an occasional series about the people and place of Indiana. By Victoria Ratliff   TheStatehouseFile.com MARTINSVILLE, Ind.— Tracy Hunter’s life in beekeeping took root more than a century ago when his maternal grandfather, Gilbert Perigo, was given a beehive as a high school graduation present from his parents. By 1910, Perigo […]

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Indiana Grown promotes farm products across the state

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Heather Tallman has had a passion for locally-grown food since she began publishing her own blog more than a decade ago. She brings that same passion as the newest program director of Indiana Grown, the state Department of Agriculture’s program to promote produce and other farm products within the state. Indiana […]

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Indiana State Fair honors long-time volunteers with lifetime passes

Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mary Alice Collins has made a yearly appearance at the Indiana State Fair since 1955, competing with her baked goods and winning thousands of ribbons for her pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and so much more. In 2015, she suffered septic shock, losing all ten of her fingers and both of her legs. […]

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Erosion taking a toll at Indiana Dunes as beachfronts erode

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—From 2011 to 2018, Indiana’s beaches along Lake Michigan have shrunk to the point where overlooks and trails no longer lead to beaches, but only eroded land and high waters. That erosion is threatening one of Indiana’s most beautiful resources and biggest tourist attractions as the waters of Lake Michigan eat […]

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Rise of Soccer: Women’s national team is inspiring a new generation

By Haley Carney and Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—On a sunny afternoon in Carmel, the River Road Fields are filled with parents and high school athletes. They are constantly moving around the area, from one field to the next. The speed of the game is fast, with little room for error. This could have been America’s […]

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