History for the Future


Book Launch Event

3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
At the History Center

In Making Your Own Luck, former Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass (yes, that name will be familiar to folks from Madison) recounts how even a self-described "knucklehead" learned to be prepared to recognize and seize opportunities and thus make his own luck through life.

With great humor and insightful reflection, Glass details how he helped keep the Colts in Indianapolis—he spearheaded a massive convention center expansion and the building of Lucas Oil Stadium and even helped to attract the Super Bowl to his hometown. Any of these accomplishments individually would be more than enough to call Glass's career a resounding success, but they were only the beginning. In the latest stage of his journey, Glass led the rebuilding of the athletic program of his beloved alma mater, Indiana University.

Featuring a foreword from IU alumnus and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, Making Your Own Luck is a must-read not only for Indiana sports fans, but for anyone that recognizes the importance of preparation, opportunity and action in creating your own success.

3:00 to 3:30 - meet and greet
3:30 to 4:00 - comments by 
Fred Glass
4:00 to 5:00 - book signing

Co-sponsored with

Summer History Camp
June 14 - 18, 2021
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

We are pleased to announce that summer history camp is back. We will be utilizing our “Unpack the Past” suitcases as we explore the history of the county. Earn “passport” stickers for discovering the early folk arts of quilting, weaving and toy and games making. Weather permitting will find us on the banks of the Ohio River hunting fossils. There will be our traditional ice cream party on Friday! 
Cost is $35/child, which includes the suitcase. Limited space available. Masks will be required in smaller, indoor spaces.  
Call 812-265-2335 
or email JoAnne at
to register
or use the fillable pdf form available here.

History Camp Registration Form

Art Show 2021

Again we are bringing you the annual student art show virtually.
There is some really good art to be seen, so check it out.

art show 2021

Art Show 2020

There is one event - the annual student art show -  that we were able to do virtually. Click this link to see the great art work that the students did in the spring of 2020.

Art Show 2020