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North Manchester Center for History Hosts Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process


Indianapolis—The North Manchester Center for History will welcome Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process, a traveling exhibition of the Indiana Historical Society, from September 13 through October 10.  This exhibition will be on display at the Center, 122 E. Main Street, North Manchester.  The Center for History brought this exhibit to town to provide historical context during a highly contested Presidential election year.


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.


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.


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.  


The North Manchester Center for History hosts two traveling exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society every year.  The Center for History is happy to be a resource to bring these interesting and informative exhibits to our community.  The Center has 9,000 square feet of newly renovated and expanded exhibit space. Its 28,000-item collection features 1,200 items of farm equipment collected by 4 generations of one family, a rare 1910 opera house curtain, and a significant collection of prehistoric Native American tools and weapons.  The Center for History is open week days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by arrangement for group tours.  Visit the NMHS website at or contact them at 260-982-0672 or at


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. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.