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The Indiana State Library creates in-house exhibits highlighting its vast and varied collections, as well as sponsors traveling exhibitions. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Group tours are available by request.

Current Exhibit

Hardship & Hope (May 9 - Aug. 29)
The Life of the Hoosier Soldier on the Civil War Battlefield

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday in the Indiana State Library’s Exhibit Hall. Click here to learn more about this unique exhibit.

Hardship & Hope Opening Reception: May 8

An opening reception will kick off the Hardship & Hope exhibit on Thursday, May 8th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT) at the Indiana State Library. The free event will feature special guests and entertainment including:

  • Michael Peake, Civil War Historian, presenting his latest publication, Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana.
  • Fred Schaefer, CSFA-OS, Civil War Medical Historian, discussing medical history and techniques on the battlefield.
  • Bernie O’ Bryan, Mid States Living History Association and Lew Wallace interpreter, covering pre-war life in Indiana, Wallace’s relationship with Oliver P. Morton, and military career.
  • 49th Indiana, Company F. and 18th Light Artillery reenactors portraying the common soldier’s war perspective with uniforms and special equipment on display, including a Coehorn Mortar.

Among the guests for the opening reception will be representatives of the Indy Eleven, Indiana’s new professional soccer team. The team’s nickname pays homage to Indiana's 11th Regiment Indiana Infantry in the American Civil War. The inspiration for the name came from Donna Schmink, the Collection Manager at the Indiana War Museum, who, when asked by team officials for ideas a team name connected to Indiana history, suggested "the Eleventh" in honor of the regiment that valiantly fought under the initial direction of Colonel Lew Wallace...Learn more.

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Past Exhibits