For Immediate Release

September 27, 2018

Contact:  Mary Chrastil, North Manchester Historical Society]



North Manchester Center for History Will Host IHS’s Who Is a Hoosier? Traveling Exhibit


North Manchester, Ind.—Many people ask "What is a Hoosier?"—and while the term's origins may be up for debate, a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) looks at how people with many different backgrounds have come to take pride in the nickname. From September 14- October 16, the North Manchester Historical Society is hosting the exhibit Who Is a Hoosier? at the North Manchester Center for History, located at 122 E.  Main Street, North Manchester. 


The traveling exhibit uses maps and informational graphics to highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups over time. It shows how the comings and goings of newcomers to the state, through immigration or migration, have created the Indiana we know today—and will continue to shape its future.


In addition, photographs from various IHS collections and from institutions across the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration.  Who Is a Hoosier? is made possible by Kroger.


For more information about this exhibit, call 260-982-0672 or visit The Center offers free admission so all community members can enjoy its exhibits, including this one.  Many people enjoy stopping at the museum during Harvest Festival, October 6, to see new exhibits and join in special games and activities held for the festival.


About the North Manchester Historical Society.  The North Manchester Center for History (NMCH) of the North Manchester Historical Society (NMHS) serves to promote the Society’s mission as a nonprofit educational association that collects, preserves and interprets the history of North Manchester and the counties of the Eel River Basin.  Since 2000, the number of items in the Center’s collection has grown from 2,200 to over 29,000; clearly the community trusts and relies on NMCH in this capacity. 


About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving 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 experiences 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 programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.