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.
Friday, October 20, 2021
At the History Center
To Make a Beginning is the story of Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, the first owners of the Venoge Cottage, near Vevay in Switzerland County. From the promise of a prosperous new life to the realities of crop failures, sickness, death and frontier violence we follow Jacob, Charlotte, their family and others as they create and shape the new State of Indiana. Jacob prophetically wrote in one letter: “It’s hard to make a beginning for one who comes to a new place with empty hands." To Make a Beginning is a film of choices freely made and the reality of consequences accepted. This is the recounting of forgotten lives and individuals whose names you never knew. Their actions helped shape who you are today. It is the quintessential American Story. Filmed on location in Switzerland County, Indiana.
There will be a special pre-screening presentation by
Sara and Matthew Vosmeier, historicans from Hanover College.
Also remarks and Introduction by Steve Abolt, Director
Free of charge - reservations required.
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.
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Again we are bringing you the annual student art show virtually.
There is some really good art to be seen, so check it out.
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