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Falls of the Ohio Foundation earns national honors
Start Date: 9/8/2017
Event Description:
A non-profit foundation that supports Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville has earned national recognition for helping fund state-of-the-art improvements at the park’s interpretive center.

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation received a President’s Award from the National Association of State Park Directors at the organization’s annual meeting this week, in Missoula, Mont.

The foundation, in cooperation with the DNR Division of State Parks, raised $6 million over eight years to design and install new, immersive and interactive exhibits.

“The award recognizes what a great partnership this has been,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for Indiana State Parks. “Everyone who visits the interpretive center benefits from the tireless work of the foundation staff, board and members. We are honored to work with them.”

Although most fundraising occurred during the recession, the group’s devotion never wavered. The center reopened with new exhibits on Jan. 8, 2016.

A major goal for the foundation and local design firm Solid Light was to create immersive exhibits, not static read-only displays. They built a theater room for a film about Lewis and Clark, complete with state-of-the-art sound and projection systems. Another film welcomes visitors to the Devonian Sea room, where trilobites come to life and large fish swim across a room-size screen.

An exhibit on Shawnee culture has gained national attention. Visitors enter a re-created Shawnee dwelling and hear a Shawnee family talking in its native language. To create this display, members from Oklahoma’s Shawnee and Absentee Shawnee federally recognized tribes were consulted and recorded.

Falls of the Ohio State Park stretches along the north shore of the Ohio River in Clarksville. The property provides access to and interpretation of 390-million-year-old fossil beds that are among the largest, naturally exposed and accessible Devonian fossil beds in the world.

The National Association of State Park Directors promotes and advances America's state park systems and their contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. Learn more at

Falls of the Ohio State Park ( is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

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Name: Ginger Murphy
Phone: (317) 232-4143
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