TCHA will host Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process, an Indiana Historical Society (IHS) traveling exhibit that shows how Indiana has entertained debates on issues and candidates throughout the state’s history.
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. 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.
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 exhibit were placed in context with support and cooperation from The Indianapolis Star, the Calumet Regional Archives and the University of Southern Indiana.
Exhibit is included with regular museum admission.
American elections have always been controversial and divisive. This lecture will explore the various ways that corruption, scandals, violence, and party divisions, and controversial candidates have shaped presidential elections throughout American history. Using specific electoral battles as case studies we will discuss the historical development of political parties, campaign finance structures, interest groups, media strategies, and voter engagement and mobilization. By examining both continuities and changes in electoral politics, this talk with Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will historicize the contemporary political debates to help citizens navigate the contours of the current electoral climate more effectively.
Complimentary wine & cheese provided.