Indiana Disasters

Indiana Disasters
June 1 - July 6, 2017
Carroll Gallery

Disasters that have ravaged Indiana communities is a new exhibit on view at The History Museum through July 6. A traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), Indiana Disasters explores all kinds of catastrophes and how they are remembered by Indiana communities.


It is no secret that in Indiana extreme weather such as floods, tornadoes, blizzards and drought persist year to year. The way humans interact with their environment also leaves people vulnerable to fires, crashes, spills, explosions, and other calamities.


Historically, stories of these events have been passed down from generation to generation, including biological, violent and bizarre events such as epidemics, bombs, and even squirrel migrations.


Indiana Disasters shows photographs from IHS collections and institutions across the state, which capture these unforgettable Indiana tragedies. Newspaper headlines, illustrations, and survivor accounts reveal how Hoosiers have persevered in the face of such incidents.


The exhibit Local Disasters, with photographs of fires, storms, and other catastrophes that have occurred in the South Bend community, will also be on view.


Indiana Disasters is made possible by Kroger.


About IHS Traveling Exhibitions

Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at or (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit


About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, 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 exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS 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.

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