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The Indiana Historical Society celebrates the past with the launch of Destination Indiana

Hundreds of stories, thousands of photos from one incredible destination

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) launched Destination Indiana earlier this year. This site brings Indiana's history to life through thousands of images and hundreds of stories. These are people and events of the past that helped shape who the residents of Indiana are today, recreated through a vast collection of rare historical photographs and documents.

Destination Indiana is closely integrated with IHS’s instance of OCLC’s CONTENTdm® Digital Collection Management Software. Using CONTENTdm’s well-defined query API, the Destination Indiana site is able to pull in the historical images and related metadata that are currently stored in CONTENTdm. This educational website was designed with teachers and students in mind and has many classroom-friendly features and tools for student research.

Online visitors to the Destination Indiana site can conduct research or search photographic collections and digital documents. The site features over 300 journeys to help guide visitors as they look through items related to topics like: transportation, agriculture, arts, sports, ethnic history and social reform. Journeys can be viewed as short movies with narration.

Destination Indiana can also be explored in person at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. This display features eight “drive yourself” time-travel stations that can each accommodate up to six guests and a curved, 10-foot by 24-foot screen that plays select journeys. Using innovative technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images, visitors can explore Indiana’s history.

More about the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, IHS has been connecting people to the past in Indiana by collecting, preserving and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming.