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  1. RSVP Today for Unique Dillinger Exhibit Reception

  2. Celebrate Hoosier Heritage Day at the State Fair

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RSVP Today for Unique Dillinger Exhibit Reception

DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier LegendPlease join the Friends of the Indiana State Archives for a special grand opening reception for the DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend exhibit. This reception features private after-hours tours by the creators of the exhibit and an exclusive viewing of original Dillinger documents, artifacts and photographs only viewable at this one-time event.

Dress in your favorite 1930’s garb (optional) and enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and interesting  perspectives with Dillinger descendents Jeff Scalf (great nephew), Mike Thompson (nephew and son of John Dillinger's half-sister Frances) and his son and federal police officer Travis Thompson. See never before seen John Dillinger artifacts courtesy of Mike Thompson, including:

  • Dillinger's Fox Sterling which was used for hunting on the family farm in Mooresville;
  • A Colt Pre Woodsman 22 semi-automatic given by Dillinger in 1934 to his brother Hubert during Sunday Dinner at the family farm;
  • Dillinger's Belgium Richard 12-gauge double-hammer shotgun used for hunting;
  • A size 40 hunting out outfit made in Chicago that was left behind by Dillinger at the Little Bohemia Lodge in Wisconsin where Dillinger and his gang escaped an FBI trap; and
  • A pocket watch once owned by Dillinger and passed down through his family.

This one-of-a-kind event takes place next Wednesday, July 15th at the Indiana State Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT). The event only costs $20 and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Indiana State Archives who are paying for the reception and for parts of the exhibit.

To RSVP for the Special Reception & Exclusive Viewing or for more information about the DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend exhibit, visit The State Library also has several free Grand Opening public events scheduled for July 15.

Celebrate Hoosier Heritage Day at the State Fair

Hoosier Heritage Day at the State FairJoin the Indiana State Library for the first-ever Hoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair on August 13th. Hoosier Heritage Day will be marked by special events and presentations that will celebrate a variety of historical aspects of Hoosier living. State Fair Boulevard will be packed with displays and presentations from a number of groups, including the State Library, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana State Museum, Indiana War Memorials Commission and many more. There will be barn raisings throughout the day in Pioneer Village and a free concert featuring Indiana’s own Jon McLaughlin, The Elms and The Why Store in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand that night.

The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 840,000 people annually.  This year's fair stretches over three weekends August 7 - 23 as it celebrates the "Year of Tomatoes" presented by Red Gold.  Known nationally for its livestock shows, Pioneer Village, Little Hands on the Farm T and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair offers tremendous family entertainment for a gate admission of $8, $7 in advance (kids 5 and younger are free). 

For more information, please visit