IHS Announces Launch of Indiana Bicentennial Minute Campaign

Last Updated on December 13, 2015 by cassnetwork

Indianapolis—As a fitting culmination of Statehood Day festivities, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announced the launch of the Indiana Bicentennial Minute. A media campaign voiced by Hoosier native and broadcast icon Jane Pauley, the project will deliver 52 fascinating Indiana stories of the last two centuries to Hoosiers statewide.

The Indiana Bicentennial Minute, endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, will be presented throughout 2016 in partnership with WISH-TV and select television partners across Indiana. The 52 weekly PSAs will begin airing in January, with each 60-second segment designed to captivate the public and highlight noteworthy moments of Indiana history.

“We are very excited to bring history to life for our fellow citizens—of all ages—with the Indiana Bicentennial Minute campaign,” said John A. Herbst, IHS President and CEO. “Together with so many valuable partners, we hope this sharing of our vast archival collections in a new and exciting way will inspire Hoosiers to learn more about where we have been, and connect that knowledge with where we can go in the next 200 years.”

The videos are being professionally produced through a partnership with Dennis Neary, owner of Neary Creative, and Lee Nassau, founder of DL Images. In addition to having Pauley as the voice of the campaign, select PSAs will be produced in collaboration with her alma mater, Warren Central High School, and its in-house production studio, Frontrunner Media Productions.

Segment topics include the path to statehood, as well as subjects such as agriculture, automobiles, business, entrepreneurship, labor, medical innovations, military service, music, politics, railroads, social justice, sports, transportation and more.

The segments will appear throughout 2016 on Media General’s four Indiana television stations in Indianapolis (WISH-TV), Fort Wayne (WANE-TV), Terre Haute (WTHI-TV) and Lafayette (WLFI-TV), as well as in South Bend (WSJV-TV) and Evansville (WEVV-TV).

“For more than six decades, WISH-TV has been here reporting and recording the news and events that have shaped Indiana’s history,” said Les Vann, president and general manager of WISH-TV. “We’re proud to be the official broadcast partner of the Indiana Historical Society Bicentennial Minutes.  We look forward to celebrating our state’s rich history over next year in many different ways across all our platforms.”

Along with television exposure, the Bicentennial Minutes will be promoted on-air with WIBC-FM, with videos being posted on WIBC.com. They will also be available to the public through IHS’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account.

The Indiana Bicentennial Minute is presented by IHS, with support from the law firm of Krieg DeVault, and is endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

“Krieg DeVault is honored to be the exclusive partner of the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Bicentennial Minute program,” said Deborah J. Daniels, Managing Partner at Krieg DeVault. “For much of the state’s 200 year history, our law firm has had the privilege of supporting many of Indiana’s finest achievements, milestones, and growth initiatives. We thank the Indiana Historical Society for so eloquently honoring the history of our great state, and we look forward to continuing our growth within Indiana for many years to come.”

For more information about this project and IHS’s many other Bicentennial offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit IHS online at www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming. Normal operating hours for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.