New Exhibits & Historical Marker Dedication

The new historical marker

On August 18, representatives of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, the Indiana Historic Society, and the Indiana Historical Bureau joined together to dedicate a new historical marker honoring Glenn A. Black, the first professional archaeologist to excavate at Angel Mounds. During a brief ceremony, speakers shared stories of Black’s legacy in Indiana archaeology. You can watch the ceremony on our YouTube channel!

In addition, Saturday also marked the opening of a brand new exhibit at the Angel Mounds Interpretive Center: the Glenn Black and Eli Lilly Experience, which looks at Black’s and Lilly’s collaboration in the 1930’s and 1940’s to begin scientific excavations at Angel Mounds. The new display combines amazing prehistoric artifacts from Lilly’s personal collection with authentic archaeological equipment used at Angel in the mid-20th century. There are also fun interactive displays that explain how Black’s excavations revealed the hidden past of Angel Mounds.

Survey equipment used by Glenn Black at Angel Mounds

The new exhibit highlights both sides of Angel Mounds’ story: the prehistoric Mississippians who lived here, and the dedicated archaeologists who helped us to recover their history. Come by and check it out soon!