Exhibit at Indiana State Library tells ‘Amazing Indiana Music Stories’

The Indiana Music History Project will host a free public reception at the Indiana State Library from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to showcase a music exhibition currently on display titled “Amazing Indiana Music Stories.”

The Indiana Music History Project is the primary initiative of the Indiana Entertainment Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission, in part, is the preservation of Indiana’s rich music history.  The exhibition features items from their collection of music memorabilia including topics such as Indiana Avenue jazz, Gennett Records (Richmond), The Jackson 5, Indianapolis Soul, Indiana Rock, and Indiana Country/Rockabilly.

“This exhibition provides a glimpse of our much larger collection of Indiana’s most significant music history, IEF Executive Director Rick Wilkerson said. “Not all of the members of our board and supporters are musicians, but all of us have been touched by music and Indiana’s proud musical legacy in all genres. We are grateful to The Indiana State Library to showcase these stories and our artifacts.”  

The reception will include refreshments and IEF’s mobile gift shop. Special guests will be on hand to discuss their involvement in and recollections of exciting moments in Indiana music history. Visitors may view the exhibition through the end of March.

IEF is a fledgling nonprofit organization that relies on donations to operate. Visit www.indianafound.org to make donations of artifacts and financial gifts. For more information, email wilkerson.rick@gmail.com.

PHOTO ABOVE: Artifacts showcasing Indiana Avenue’s rich music history are part of the “Amazing Indiana Music Stories” exhibit at the Indiana State Library, located at 315 W. Ohio St.