IHS honors Indiana veterans with November program

Sunday, October 23, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Delve into Civil War-era letters from soldiers, wives, friends and family members when the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) holds a special program ahead of Veterans Day.

The program, called Tales of War from Indiana’s Civil War Regiments, takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Speaker L. Bao Bui, a visiting assistant professor from Ball State University, will use the letters to show how Hoosiers lived through and experienced the Civil War through the writing and sharing of personal triumphs and tragedies.

Tales of War is included with admission to the Indiana Experience, which costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children (ages five to 17). IHS members and children under the age of five are free. In addition, IHS offers complimentary admission year-round for active military personnel and their immediate families through the Blue Star Museum Program.

Guests to Tales of War are encouraged to come early or stay late and take full advantage of admission to the Indiana Experience, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Current exhibits include You Are There: Eli Lilly at the Beginning, which explores Colonel Lilly’s first Indianapolis laboratory, as well as his own Civil War experiences.

Register for Tales of War online at www.indianahistory.org. For more information about this program or other IHS offerings, call 317-232-1882.

About L. Bao Bui

L. Bao Bui received his doctorate in history from the University of Illinois in May 2016. His dissertation examined epistolary privacy in the letters of Civil War soldiers. He holds degrees in English literature from Pomona College and in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of Illinois, he has taught courses on military history, the Civil War, media studies, human rights, Jane Austen and the politics of food. Prior to returning to graduate school, Bui worked as an English teacher in Hungary, a forest fighter in Colorado and a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. He currently is a visiting assistant professor in the history department at Ball State University.

About the Indiana Historical Society

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.

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