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Center for Culver History hosts traveling exhibit on Indiana political process

February 13, 2012

The Center for Culver History will welcome Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process, a traveling exhibition of the Indiana Historical Society, from February 6 through March 6. This exhibition will be on display at the Culver Union Township Public Library, located at 107 N. Main Street.

Candidates for political office have visited Indiana throughout the state’s history in an effort to garner support and votes. Since the early years of the electoral political system, Hoosiers have attended rallies, expressed their opinions and participated at the polls. They have supported and opposed candidates, and of course, run for office themselves.

Faces in the Crowd is not the story of the candidates behind the microphone, but of the individual citizens in the crowd—each of whom play a crucial role in ensuring the electoral process works. Without voters’ support, enthusiasm, and engagement, candidates would not be able to get the message out and win votes.

Throughout its history, Indiana has possessed active, well-developed political organizations, including political parties as well as special-interest groups. Hoosiers have supported candidates on all sides of the political spectrum. The state has entertained vocal debate on issues and candidates as far back as Abraham Lincoln and as recent as the 2008 presidential election.

The included images have been collected from across the state, showcasing Hoosiers at a host of campaign events throughout history. The IHS collections images that appear in the exhibition were placed in context with support and cooperation from The Indianapolis Star, the Calumet Regional Archives, and the University of Southern Indiana.
Faces in the Crowd is free and open to the public, as are the other exhibits housed at the Center for Culver History. For more information on this exhibition or other programs Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver, please call 574-842-294, email us at historyofculver@gmail.com, or visit culverahs.com

The Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 12pm to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits on subjects ranging from historic town businesses, the history of local Potawatomie Indians, and steamers of Lake Maxinkuckee, we also offer access to our collections of yearbooks, photographs, newspapers, family histories, and other sources. Many of these items are also available online, fully searchable and digitized, at culverahs.com. The Center for Culver History is a project of the Antiquarian & Historical Society of Culver.

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