From unique destinations to Hoosier profiles, join us as we explore the people, places, and events that continue to shape our state.
On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 launched carrying hundreds of tree seeds; the seeds, known as “moon trees,” were later distributed in honor of the US bicentennial.
After forty years as a center of culture and music, Indianapolis’ jazz haven, Indiana Avenue, crumbled under the weight of economic downturn and desegregation.
Established in 1916 as part of Indiana’s centennial, Turkey Run State Park was purchased from a lumber company, saving old growth trees for future generations.
Located in Owen County as part of the Lieber State Recreation Area, Cataract Falls is the largest waterfall in Indiana by volume, dropping 86 feet in elevation.
For thirty years, the White River Bowhunters Club hosted the International Bowhunters Organization’s first leg of the Triple Crown National Championships.
As Indiana Avenue thrived, local talent emerged including trombonists J.J. Johnson and David Baker, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and guitarist Wes Montgomery.
During the 1930s, Indianapolis’ Ferguson Brothers created a successful musical circuit, establishing jazz nightclubs and promoting local black entertainers.
Founded in 1997 by Damien and Rita Gabis, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens has reclaimed over 330 acres of farmland, transforming it to Indiana’s native landscape.
In 2012, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens partnered with the Trumpeter Swan Society to introduce a pair of Trumpeter Swans to their “Windows to the Wetland” exhibit.
In Indianapolis, the jazz scene grew along Indiana Avenue in the early 20th century, fostering some astounding talents and contributing to jazz across America.