Indiana Historical Society exhibit explores Hoosier ethnic groups

2013-03-17T17:30:00Z 2013-03-17T21:33:03Z Indiana Historical Society exhibit explores Hoosier ethnic groupsTimes Staff
March 17, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

PORTAGE | The different ethnic groups that have played a part in the Hoosier state’s heritage are explored in the Indiana Historical Society traveling exhibition "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The exhibit will open April 5 and run through April 28 at Portage Community Historical Society Alton Goin Museum, 5250  U.S. 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. The exhibit also is available Fridays by appointment only.

Using photographs, maps, statistics and graphics drawn from the society’s collections and from institutions around the state, the exhibit examines what defines an ethnic group; how and why immigrants migrated to the United States and Indiana; where these different groups settled; and what their home and family life, recreation and religion were like in the new country.

In 1850, the five largest ethnic groups in Indiana were Germans, Irish, English, Canadians and French. Marion County had the largest foreign-born population. Today, the Mexican and Asian-born peoples rival the Germans for being the largest ethnic group in the state, and Lake County has supplanted Marion County in having the largest foreign-born population.

Since 1988, the Portage Community Historical Society has been connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the township’s history. Opening weekend for the museum is April 5-7.

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