Our Host City: Indianapolis

The city of Indianapolis serves as not only SHA’s home base, but also as our campus. The concentration of nearby museums and historic sites are a study collection in themselves, teaching by example, contrast, and content.

Indiana Historical Society

IMG_9061The Indiana Historical Society, our host, offers a modern classroom for SHA ideally suited for presentations and discussions.  Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, 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 experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also 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.  IHS is headquartered in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the Indiana Experience, in downtown Indianapolis.

Residence Inn

Residence InnHousing for participants and faculty is in the Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal, a TripAdvisor Certificate Excellence Winner less than a block away from the Indiana Historical Society.  It is one of the few extended-stay hotels in Indianapolis with spacious suites, 50 percent larger than normal, with full kitchens equipped with stainless-steel appliances and everything you need to prepare tasty meals. Free perks including Wi-Fi and breakfast, convenient grocery delivery, and weekly social with cocktails and appetizers. A 24-hour fitness center affords you the ability to work out on your time, day or night, and the pool provides a great place to cool off. SHA participants receive a significant discount on lodging and have access to a reserved meeting room. Nearby are short-term car rental stations for BlueIndy and ZipCar, as well as Indiana Pacers Bikeshare for bicycles.

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Indianapolis Canal Cultural District

The Residence Inn and Indiana Historical Society are located in the popular Indianapolis Canal Cultural District, one of six officially-recognized Cultural Districts in the city. Scattered along the Canal and throughout 250-acre state park are the city’s most inspiring museums, attractions, and historic sites, as well as festival space, public art, unique cafes, and three miles of walkways on the refurbished historic Central Canal.

For more information about Indianapolis, visit www.indy.org.

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