Museum Day Live! for 2017

Museum Day Live! for 2017

09/23/2017

The Howard County Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“This is a wonderful way to share not only the beauty of the mansion but our unique heritage. The intertwining stories of Monroe Seiberling, Howard County, and the Indiana Gas Boom help us understand how and why this county and state are among the most industrial in the nation – and why innovation is an integral part of our culture. We’re pleased to join with Smithsonian and hundreds of other museums in helping people understand the historical and cultural foundations of America in the 21st century,” said Dave Broman, Executive Director of the Howard County Historical Society.

The Seiberling Mansion was built in 1891 by industrialist Monroe Seiberling. He was one of the first entrepreneurs to take advantage of the huge natural gas field discovered under east central Indiana, and led the change from an agricultural economy to one of manufacturing. Seiberling built the Diamond Plate Glass factory in Kokomo, which was the largest and most sophisticated such plant in the country at that time. He was instrumental in a number of other developments in the region before the gas fields depleted, then moved on to other projects outside of Indiana. The mansion was home to other community and business leaders in the following years, including George Kingston, who designed and manufactured the carburetor used in Henry Ford’s Model T. After Kingston, the property became the campus of Indiana University Kokomo. From 1964 to 1972, it sat abandoned and deteriorating until it was acquired by Howard County and rehabilitated by the Howard County Historical Society as the home of the county museum. Today, visitors have the opportunity to see rooms restored to their Victorian elegance as well as exhibits representing the history of the county and its people.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

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