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April Image Gallery

Begin the celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial by viewing photos with historical ties to this month.

In April of 1976, President Gerald Ford visited Indianapolis to drum up support for re-election – seeking the Republican nomination against former California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Ford would win the nomination in a tight race before losing the general election to the Democratic nominee, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter. Four years later, Reagan would come back to win the presidency in 1980. (Indiana Historical Society)

Ford visits Indy

Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart poses here with Edward C. Elliott, president of Purdue University, on the roof of the university’s administration building in April of 1936. Earhart was the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, after Charles Lindbergh, and the first to fly solo from Hawaii to California. (Purdue University)

Amelia Earhart

Astronaut Neil Armstrong (middle, with close-cropped haircut), the first man to walk on the moon, is greeted at the Purdue University airport on April 30, 1966, by his brother, Dean, sister-in-law, Marilyn, and Etheridge B. Baugh (far right), manager of Purdue Alumni public relations. Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue. (Purdue University)

Neil Armstrong

A just-completed multiple through-truss bridge with stone piers is shown with a car preparing to cross the Wabash River in April of 1937. The city of Clinton, Ind., is visible in the background. (Purdue University)

Bridge over the Wabash River

Purdue President France A. Cordova and Susan Bulkeley Butler unveil the sculpture of former Purdue faculty member and famed pilot Amelia Earhart during an event on April 16, 2009. The 8-foot-tall sculpture is at the entrance to Earhart Dining Court on campus. Earhart was at Purdue from 1935 to 1937. (Purdue University)

Earhart statue

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center in West Lafayette, Ind., took place April 7, 2008. The building, which will open in 2009, is part of the 725-acre Purdue Research Park. (Purdue University)

Technology center

The 2008 Purdue Grand Prix winner Jon Laski trails 2007 winner Liz Lehmann into a turn during the 51st running of the race April 19, 2008. Lehmann, a Purdue senior majoring in management from Fort Wayne, Ind., finished third. (University News Service)

Grand Prix race

This photo of Owen Hall at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Ind., was taken in April of 1993. The building was named after Richard Owen, who became Indiana State Geologist and an IU professor in 1860. Owen served as Purdue University’s first president, while still maintaining his professorship at IU. (Indiana University)

Owen Hall

This aerial photo of the historic Old Crescent section of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., was taken April 25, 1994. (Indiana University)

Old Crescent

March Image Gallery

This old fire truck at Weir Cook Municipal Airport was labeled to reflect the airport's name at the time, "Indianapolis Municipal Airport" in this 1972 photo. (Indiana Historical Society)

Airport fire truck

A Snowy street in Syracuse, Indiana, March, 1960. That month saw 20 consecutive days of temperatures that never rose above freezing ( (Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum)


The YMCA located at 12th and Jackson Streets in Anderson, circa 1922. Local businessman, John Brant, donated $125,000 seed money to build the Y, in March of 1915. Although it was originally for men and boys only, the YMCA today offers aquatics and fitness programs for everyone. (Bass Photo Co. Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

Anderson YMCA

The Crispus Attucks team celebrates its championship in March 1956. The Attucks Tigers team defended its 1955 title by finishing the season 31-0, becoming the first undefeated team to win the IHSAA crown. (Indiana Historical Society)

Crispus Attucks Basketball Team

A diesel engine passes through the precarious curve, just north of Bedford Indiana, March, 1947. (Indiana Historical Society)

Diesel Engine

The view from Krannert School of Business building at Purdue University after a March 2013 snowfall. This is the view looking west down State Street, toward the Memorial Mall. (John Feister)

Purdue University

On March 11, 1813, the Indiana General Assembly approved the State Capital Act, allowing the capital of the Indiana Territory to move from Vincennes to Corydon. This photograph of the Old Statehouse in Corydon was taken by Heimberger & Sons Photography of New Albany, Indiana, circa 1890-1900s. (Indiana State Library)

Indiana State Capitol

February Image Gallery

In February 1888, firefighters tested the Covert aerial ladder and telescopic stand pipe for training purposes in front of the English Hotel. The hotel was on Monument Circle in Indianapolis, which still had a dirt road. (Indiana Historical Society)

Testing fire equipment

British Commander Henry Hamilton surrendered Fort Sackville to Gen. George Rogers Clark on Feb. 25, 1779. This played a decisive part in the U.S. acquiring the Northwest Territory that included Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This re-enactment occurred on Feb. 25, 1929. (Indiana Historical Society)

Surrender of Fort Sackville

Born in Marion, Indiana, James Dean become a world-famous actor, known for roles in “Rebel Without a Cause,” “East of Eden” and “Giant.” Dean was born on Feb. 8, 1931. Here he is shown in a publicity photo for “Rebel Without a Cause.” (Warner Bros. [Public domain])

James Dean

Daniel Senise here throws a switch while at work in an Indiana Harbor Belt Line railroad yard in February 1943. (Library of Congress).

Indiana Harbor Belt Line

A long line of people wearing winter coats and hats wait on the sidewalk to enter a showing of “Gone With The Wind,” which is written in large letters over the entrance of the theater. There are pictures of Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable near the theater ticket boxes in Terre Haute. (Martin Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

Gone With the Wind

This home portrait is of young William H. Kobin in February 1930. The customer card identified the Kobin family at 4305 Park Avenue in Indianapolis. His parents were Henry V. and Florence Kobin. Henry Kobin was president of the National Silk Hosiery Mills, located at Davidson and Michigan streets. Census records show Henry was 29 and Florence was 25. Young William was 1 year old. (Bretzman Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

William Kobin

January Image Gallery

NASA announced that Virgil "Gus" Grissom, a graduate of Purdue University from Mitchell, IN, would command the first flight of the Apollo spacecraft--the ship that would take American astronauts to the moon and back. Joining Grissom on the crew were Ed White (center), a veteran of the Gemini program and the first American to walk in space, and Roger Chaffee (right), a Purdue graduate and a rookie astronaut. The mission never took place as a fire during a launch rehearsal on January 27, 1967 took the lives of all three astronauts. (NASA)

Apollo 1 Crew

Otis "Doc" Bowen, M.D. began his career as a family physician and went on to serve in the Indiana legislature and then as Indiana's governor from 1973 to 1981. In 1985 he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held until January 1989. Two reports submitted by Bowen's Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, M.D. have become milestones in the history of tobacco control. Here Bowen is pictured meeting Pres. Reagan on 7/23/1987. From left: Unknown, Otis 'Doc' Bowen, James B. Wyngaarden, Pres. Ronald Reagan, unknown. (National Institute of Health)

Gov. Otis Bowen

James Danforth Quayle was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 4, 1947 and eventually moved to Huntington with his family in 1963. Quayle was elected to Congress in 1976, the Senate in 1980 and as Vice-President in 1988. He was sworn in as Vice-President on January 20, 1989. Here he is shown, at left, visiting the NASA Glenn Research Center on Jan. 8, 1990. (NASA)

Dan Quayle

Authors Mark Twain and George W. Cable held readings at the Plymouth Church in Indianapolis on Jan. 7, 1885. The Indianapolis Journal described the readings as "The most unique and thoroughly enjoyable entertainment ever given in Indianapolis..." (New York Public Library)

Mark Twain

On January 1, 1827, five miles west of Madison on a headland overlooking the Ohio River, the Reverend John Finley Crowe founded Hanover College, the oldest private liberal arts college in the state. Hanover has progressed from its origin as an academy to train youth for the gospel ministry into a coeducational college offering a wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum. (Hanover College)

Hanover College

A railroad switch engine is shown here in January 1943 at the Calumet Stockyards. (Library of Congress)

Indiana Harbor Belt


December Image Gallery

One of the storefront windows of L.S. Ayres and Company department store, which was open in downtown Indianapolis from 1872-1992. This photo was taken on 12/7/1945. (Bretzman Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

L.S. Ayres and Company

An aerial view of Monument Circle and the Christmas lights in 1990. The lights make the Monument look like a giant Christmas tree.(Indiana Historical Society)

Aerial view of Monument Circle

Planning of the Indianapolis streets was completed by Alexander Ralston on Dec. 7, 1821. Shown here is an aerial view of the city in 1961 facing southeast. (W.H. Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society).

Aerial view of Indianapolis

Planning of the Indianapolis streets was completed by Alexander Ralston on Dec. 7, 1821. Shown here is an aerial view of the Monument Circle area in winter 1984. Market Square Arena, the round building in the distance, was razed in July 2001. (Indiana Historical Society).

Indianapolis 1984

In 1816 mapmaker John Melish initiated a project to produce a map for each state and territory then in the Union. The Indiana map was the first one that Melish published in 1817. It was also the first map of Indiana produced by anyone. Rapid arrival of white settlers in the state led Melish to revise the map soon thereafter. The revised version is the one shown here. The map clearly shows that the pattern of settlement in Indiana was from south to north. The map also includes the township and range system, county names and boundaries at the time, Indian treaty lines and Native American villages, the major white settlements, rivers and creeks, trails and roads, forts, portages between rivers, and springs. (Indiana Historical Society)

First State Map

November Image Gallery

An aerial photo taken of the campus in November 1946. The photo is looking toward the northeast. (Indiana University)

Aerial view of Indiana University

The first Old Oaken Bucket game, between Indiana University and Purdue University was played in 1925. Russell Gray of Purdue and Dr. Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding a suitable trophy. They recommended that "an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana." Shown before the game that ended in a 0-0 tie are Umpire Melly (from Army), George Ade (alumnus of Purdue), Captain Harold Harmeson (of Purdue), Unknown game official, Referee Hackett (from West Point), Captain Lawrence Marks (of I.U.), Field Judge Ray (from Illinois), and Harry Kurrie (alumnus of I.U. and President of the Monon Railroad). Though the teams have played since 1891, Purdue leads the series for the bucket 58-28-3. (Indiana University)

First Old Oaken Bucket game

The front page of the Indiana Daily Student newspaper, 11/23/1963, the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (Indiana University).

Indiana Daily Student on Kennedy Assassination

Ovid Butler donated land for the creation of North Western Christian University, which began classes on Nov. 1, 1855. Eventually renamed Butler University, here is Holcomb Observatory on Nov. 1, 2011. (Butler University).

Butler University

Begun in 1962, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis is adorned with lights each November. This photo, taken in 2012, shows the 50th anniversary of the event. Each year, nearly 5,000 lights are strung. (Indiana Historical Society)

Monument Circle of Lights

This photo, from November 1930, shows the Circle Theater. The marquee indicates that "Feet First," starring Harold Lloyd, a famous actor at the time, was being shown. This building currently houses the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. (Indiana Historical Society)

Circle Theater

Mayoral-candidate Richard Lugar (second from right) and city council hopeful Rev. Andrew Williams chat with two ministers during a "coffee" at the home of Mrs. Jeanette More in this photo from 9-23-1967. Also pictured are Rev. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B., associate pastor of Holy Angels (second from left) and Rev. James Odom, pastor of 25th Street Baptist Church. Lugar won the 1967 election and was re-elected in 1971. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1977-2013. (Indianapolis Recorder Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

Richard Lugar

Constructed in 1908, the ninety-two-foot granite obelisk commemorates William Henry Harrison's victory over the Indian confederation led by the Prophet in November 1811. The displayed photo was taken in 2009. (Indiana Historical Society)

Battle of Tippecanoe Monument

Indiana veterans participate in the dedication day parade for the Vietname Veterans Memorial on 11/13/1982. (National Archives)

Dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial

October Image Gallery

Involvement with Aeronautics and Astronautics extends back to the Purdue Aero Club of 1910 and the first aeronautical courses offered in 1921. Pioneers like Macolm Ross in the Strato-Lab tested the space suit used by the Mercury astronauts and Iven Kincheloe, Jr. in the X-2 aircraft was the first to fly above 100,000 feet. Purdue's 22 astronauts, include Virgil "Gus" Grissom who was the second American in space, Neil Armstrong the first man to set foot on the Moon, and Jerry Ross who holds the record for the most space flights undertaken by any astronaut. (Purdue University)

Purdue Astronauts

Miller began to gain national recognition, both for his success in business with Cummins Engine Company, headquartered in Columbus, and for his courage and leadership at the National Council of Churches. In 1967, unbeknownst to Miller, Esquire declared that he had the best resume and was just the leader the United States needed to run for President in 1968. For more information about Miller and his accomplishments, read his obituary. (Indiana Historical Society)

J. Irwin Miller

FedEx, then known as Federal Express, opened its Indianapolis hub in October 1988. FedEx has expanded its operations three times since arrival, making Indianapolis the second largest FedEx hub in the country. On average, 400,000 packages are processed through the facility each day. (Indiana Historical Society, M1080)

FedEx planes

FedEx, then known as Federal Express, opened its Indianapolis hub in October 1988. FedEx has expanded its operations three times since arrival, making Indianapolis the second largest FedEx hub in the country. On average, 400,000 packages are processed through the facility each day. (Indiana Historical Society, M1080)

FedEx hub

Zaharako's was opened on Oct. 20, 1900 by a family of Greek immigrants. Located on Washington Street in Columbus, the ornate interior featured oak wall panels, glass candy cases, a 50-foot backbar of solid mahogany and a 40-foot Italian marble counter. Menu items included cheeseburgers and cinnamon Cokes. The store briefly closed following the death of the last family owner, but has since been re-opened. (Indiana Historical Society)

Zaharako's Confectionary Store

September Image Gallery

Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks at the Indianapolis Airport to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on 9/11/06. (Indiana Historical Society, M1080)

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Men with pitchforks stand on a wagon feeding hay onto a conveyor. Additional men stand on top of the towering wall of hay and arrange the bundles of hay as they arrive, in this photo taken on September 2, 1930.(Indiana Historical Society, Martin Collection)

Wall of Hay

Young women are completing forms as they prepare for school at St. Mary's of the Woods College, located near Terre Haute on September 18, 1946. (Indiana Historical Society, Martin Collection)

St. Mary's of the Woods registration

The precursor to the University of Evansville, Moores Hill College volunteers sit at a registration booth in Evansville. The college moved to Evansville and began classes in September 1919. (University of Evansville)

Moores Hill College registration

The Civil War monument built by E.M. Heltzer in 1917 is in the center of downtown Angola, seen here on Sept. 14, 1953. Four statues at the bottom represent the branches of the military and the peace loving Columbia atop the monument is holding a flag and facing east. (Indiana Historical Society)

Downtown Angola

The Ball Brothers Company displayed their latest products in the Manufacturer's Building during the 1934 State Fair, held in September. The Ball Brothers are the namesake for Ball State University, located in Muncie (Indiana Historical Society) (National Archives)

Ball Brothers State Fair exhibit

Classes began at the University of Evansville in September 1919. Shown here is a current photo of Olmsted Administration Hall. (University of Evansville)

University of Evansville

August Image Gallery

The 10th Pan American Games were held in Indianapolis from August 7-23 in 1987. Here, the airport welcomes athletes and visitors to the city. (Indiana Historical Society, M1080)

Pan American Games

Nighttime view of Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute in Aug. 1934. Globe streetlights and neon signs glow in the darkness. Railroad tracks run down the middle of the street. Cars are parked along the curbs and pedestrians are walking on the sidewalks.(Indiana Historical Society, Martin Collection)

Wabash Ave in Terre Haute

Chickens are standing on a wooden board that rests on sawhorses at the Vigo County Fair in August 1935. (Indiana Historical Society, Martin Collection)

Chickens at the Vigo Co. Fair

Though the war in Europe ended on May 7, 1945, the fighting continued in the Pacific until August 14, 1945. Here a crowd gathers outside an Indianapolis American Legion to celebrate the end of WWII. (Indiana Historical Society)

Crowd celebrates end of WWII

A young girl enjoys cotton candy at the 1933 State Fair. The 2014 State Fair runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 17 (Indiana Historical Society)

Cotton Candy at the State Fair

Sammy Davis, Indiana's only Living Medal of honor Recipient, is shown here at Eagle Base in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Aug. 2004. At the ceremony, the headquarters of the base were named after Davis. In the photo, from left to right, are IN Army National Guard Maj. Gens. Gregory J. Vadnais and R. Martin Umbarger, Former First Lady Maggie Kernan, and USA Maj. Gen. Virgil L. Packett II, and Davis. For more information about Davis and his connection to Forrest Gump visit (National Archives)

Sammy Davis

Here an F-16C Fighting Falcon jet from the 122nd Fighter Wing Blacksnakes, based out of Fort Wayne, flies through the sky in Iraq on Aug. 16, 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (National Archives)

Indiana Air National Guard F-16C

July Image Gallery

President Ronald Reagan visited Indianapolis 3 times during his presidency. Here he is boarding Air Force One after speaking at the National Convention of Counties on July 13, 1987. (Indiana Historical Society)

Pres. Reagan visits Indiana

The present Boone County Courthouse was dedicated on July 4, 1912. Constructed of Indiana limestone, the 8 columns weigh almost 30 tons each. At the time of construction they were said to be the largest one-piece limestone columns in the world. (Indiana Historical Society)

Boone County Courthouse

The cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis delivered critical components of the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima to Tinian in the Marianas Islands. Three days after it left, on July 30, 1945, the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine; of the 1,200 men aboard, only 316 lived to be rescued after five days in shark-infested waters. The memorial is shown in 2012 (Indiana Historical Society).

U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial

In 1935 Amelia joined the faculty of Purdue University as a female career consultant. It was through Purdue that she purchased the Lockheed Electra airplane that she would use in her attempt to fly around the world. In June 1937 she embarked upon the first around-the-world flight at the equator. On 2 July, after completing nearly two-thirds of the flight, Amelia vanished along with her navigator, Frederick Noonan. Here she is shown next to a plane in an undated photo from 1928. (Indiana Historical Society)

Amelia Earhart

This image of the Madison Fire Department was taken on July 4, 1904. At the center is an Aherns Custom Built 450 GPM Steam Pump, one of the largest and most powerful of the time. It was used until December of 1916 when the first motorized pump was received. (Indiana Historical Society)

Washington Fire Company

Gus Grissom, the second American in space, was born in Mitchell and graduated from Purdue University in 1950. Here he is shown before the launch of the Liberty Bell 7 on July 21, 1961. Grissom flew for 15 minutes and 37 seconds. (NASA & Indiana HistoricalSociety)

Gus Grissom

June Image Gallery

The bridesmaids proceed to the altar in the garden from the Oldfields mansion during the Landon sisters double wedding in June 1920. The Oldfield mansion became the Lilly house and gardens and currently sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (The Bretzman Collection)


The town of Shoals, seen here on June 19, 1941, was settled in 1816 under the original name of Memphis. Legend says once the railroad came through they began to call it Shoals since it was near a shallow part of White River. The citizens became fond of this name and decided to keep it. (Indiana Historical Society)

Indiana Shoals

The Champion Poultry and Egg Judging team at the Purdue University 4-H Club Round-Up in 1952 was from Sheridan, Indiana, seen here on June 12. Left to right: William Hunt, high individual, John A. Hiatt, William Alexander, and Coach Ben Hobson. (Indiana Historical Society)

Champion Poultry and Egg Judging Team

Cole Porter, born June 9, 1891 in Peru, is shown in this portrait at age 4. Porter is world renown for his songs and musicals. (Indiana Historical Society)

Cole Porter

The Indiana Black Expo debuted on June 19, 1971 to celebrate African-American history and achievement. In the first year, 5,000 people attended the two day event. Today the Expo runs 10 days and draws upwards of 300,000 attendees. (Indianapolis Recorder Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

First Indiana Black Expo

Former Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks died in June of 1918 and his funeral procession is seen here passing in front of the Indiana State House as citizens pay their respects. Fairbanks served as U.S. Senator from 1897-1905 and as Vice-President from 1905-1909. (W.H. Bass Photo Company Collection, ca. 1897-ca. 1970)

Fairbanks Funeral

The Kellar Mill was established in 1825 in Brewersville. Shown here is George Robinson, the last miller and descendant of the mill's founder, on June 9, 1925. (Indiana Historical Society)

George M. Robinson, Kellar Mill

Paul Terry (left) of Flanner House and Frank Sigafoos (right) former Indianapolis Indians outfielder open the Little League season on June 6, 1958. (Indianapolis Recorder Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

Opening of Little League

A shipment of Ford Motor Cars is delivered to an automobile dealer in Milan, June 2, 1915. (Indiana Historical Society)

Ford Cars delivered to dealership

May Image Gallery

On May 15, 1902, after nearly 14 years of construction, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was officially dedicated. (Indiana Historical Society)

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Dedication

The band in a Welcome Home Parade after World War I on N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, May 7, 1919. (Indiana Historical Society)

Band in Welcome Home Parade

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, 88 years to the day from its dedication, after four years of exterior restoration, May 15, 1990. (Indiana Historical Society)

Monument Restoration Work

Citizens of Michigan City are gathered under the funeral arch for Pres. Lincoln on May 1, 1865. (Indiana Historical Society)

Funeral Arch for Pres. Lincoln

In May 1971, Henry Moore's 'Large Arch', over 20 feet tall and weighing 5 ½ tons, was placed in the plaza in front of the Cleo Rogers Public Library in Columbus(Indiana Historical Society)

Henry Moore's Arch

Vice President and Governor Thomas R. Marshall lived in this home, seen here on May 1, 1913, from 1877 until 1909. The home is now the Whitley County Historical Museum. (Indiana Historical Society)

Home of Thomas Marshall

The Crown Prince of China, Pu Lun visited Indiana in May 1904. Here he is seen having lunch at Laycock Company, a furniture specialist in Indianapolis. (Indiana Historical Society)

Laycock Company Luncheon

The 'flying start' of the 1981 race shows car number 3, driven by eventual winner Bobby Unser, leading the field into the first turn. (Indiana Historical Society)

May, 24 1981 Indianapolis 500

Pictured is Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp winning the first Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911. The car was named the Wasp because of its black and yellow color scheme.(Indiana Historical Society)

Ray Harroun

The roundhouse and turntable for the Pennsylvania and Erie Railroads was located on W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Photo taken on May 27, 1930. (Indiana Historical Society)

Roundhouse Repair crew

The Wonderland Amusement Park opened on May 16, 1906 at E. Washington and Gray Streets in Indianapolis. The park's 24 buildings and amusements surrounded an artificial lake.(Indiana Historical Society)