Take a trip through history with the Indiana Experience!

Norman Thomas Indianapolis 1935Norman Thomas in Terre Haute, 1935Take a trip back through time with the ACLU of Indiana at the Indiana Historical Society's Indiana Experience. Part of the Destination Indiana series, the interactive journey uses innovative technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images so you can explore the ACLU of Indiana's history while you're in the driver's seat.

  • Journey back to 1935, when Norman Thomas, one of the founders of the National Civil Liberties Bureau, a forerunner of the American Civil Liberties Union, began organizing activities in Indiana.
  • See the Catholic church in Indianapolis where the Indiana Civil Liberties Union held its first meeting in 1953, amid much controversy and debate in the community over where the group would meet.
  • Learn about the challenges this organization has taken on, from fighting for better jail conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, to protecting free expression of students who wanted to wear long hair, to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2000 stopping the City of Indianapolis from using drug-sniffing dogs at roadblocks.

Where: The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis 46202

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Journey Sponsors: Lawrence M. Reuben and his wife, Candice Reuben; the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

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