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BRIEFS Running Bravely Through Life Olympian Billy Mills (OglalaLakota-Sioux) and his wife Pat spent nearly a week in Indiana, in early November, inspiring more than 550 audience members of all ages. Billy, who took the gold medal in the 10,000 meters, at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, was the featured speaker during Running Bravely Through Life, the museum’s Spirit and Place Festival program. In addition to the Eiteljorg talk, Billy spoke to students, faculty and community members at Purdue University and was honored at a reception at the NCAA. Thanks to our partners at Purdue’s Native American Educational and Cultural Center, the NCAA and American Indian Programs, School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The photo above shows Billy talking to students from Faiza Serang’s 5th grade class at Christel House Academy. The kids loved Billy and his stories.

On the cover: Untitled (Two miners with Gold Nugget Stick pins), c. 1853 Unknown photographer Daguerreotype Collection of the Oakland Museum of California. A96.11

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Museum breaks its all-time attendance record If you were one of the more than 161,000 people who visited the Eiteljorg in 2014, thank you for helping us break our all-time attendance record. Ansel Adams, the museum’s 2014 epic exhibition, attracted nearly 88,000 visitors over five months, making it the best-attended exhibition in our 25 year history. Buoyed by this blockbuster show and Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, the Eiteljorg posted total attendance of 161,668—including a record number of daily ticket buyers— 107,239 up 23 percent over the previous year. We also saw our volunteers put in record hours promoting exhibits, teaching school groups and serving our guests. Over 400 volunteers gave 16,100 hours of their time. We love these men and women and look forward to honoring them Apr. 16 at our volunteer recognition dinner. Record crowds enjoyed the holiday tradition, Jingle Rails (right) and the 2014 Ansel Adams exhibit (above).

President and CEO


John Vanausdall

DeShong Perry-Smitherman

Vice President of Development

Contributing Writers

Susie Maxwell, CFRE

Johanna A. Blume Cathy A. Burton Sarah Farthing Kay Hinds Martha Hill Ashley Holland Sheila Jackson Annie Knapp Jennifer Complo McNutt

Membership Manager

Sheila Jackson Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Tamara Winfrey Harris Design

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER Celebrating success and breaking new ground Friends, One year ago I was writing about the incredible run up in attendance the museum had experienced thanks to special exhibits like Red Black: Related through History, Steel Ponies, Guitars! Roundups to Rockers and the Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure holiday experience. I reported a doubling of museum ticket sales in fact. And I was looking ahead to the museum’s exciting 25th anniversary year and our plans for exhibitions and celebrations. Now, looking back on 2014, I am reeling by the results including a 23-percent growth in ticket sales over the previous year’s record-breaking performance! The museum continues to attract a growing family audience. The Ansel Adams exhibition reached 88,000 visitors— becoming the best-attended exhibit in the museum’s history, attracting visitors across age groups and from around the world. Our exhibition of gay rodeo photographs by Blake Little was praised by visitors and received the Paladin Award from the International Gay Rodeo Association at its annual meeting in Denver. Sales at the Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale again reached $1.2 million, and New Art of the West returned after a long hiatus. We closed the year with the 5th annual presentation of Jingle Rails, which brought thousands of new faces, many of them grandparents sharing the experience with their

little ones. So, following a banner year like 2014, the obvious question is, “What’s next?” The answer is Gold! Perhaps no aspect of the history of the American West has evoked more passion than the quest for gold. Few would disagree that no lure to the promised land of the West was more compelling than the siren call of the discovery of yet another field of gold. But, the chasm separating success and failure was deep and imperiled. Whether fueled by the pursuit of a better life or pure greed, the thirst for gold made a few wealthy and left many broke. Gold! Riches and Ruin tells the stories of those who came in search of the elusive glittering mineral, how they struck it rich or hit bottom, and how they changed America forever. You can read more about Gold! on page 2 of this magazine. We are also looking forward to breaking new ground (literally and figuratively) at the Eiteljorg. This spring, a beautiful structure will be built along the back of the museum that will change the look of the Downtown Indianapolis Canal, and provide shade and comfort to our guests. School students will get to enjoy Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) programming related to our Gold! exhibit. On June 20, the museum will invite the community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth—a tradition honoring the end of slavery

in Texas. And, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of our new Native American curator Scott Shoemaker. Here’s to an exciting 2015!

The Ansel Adams exhibition reached 88,000 visitors— becoming the bestattended exhibit in the museum’s history.

John Vanausdall President and CEO Eiteljorg Museum

This is a rendering of the Eiteljorg’s new shade structure. When it is completed this spring, it will change the look of the Downtown Indianapolis Canal.

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What could tempt a New England doctor and his wife to leave their home and children, and risk their lives on a grueling journey through a Central American jungle? Persuade financiers to back perilous and chancy exploits? Dramatically change the lives of Native people? Redraw the face of the American territory on maps and in the actual landscape?


Ned Wakeman Gold Nugget Ring Loan Courtesy of Greg and Petra Martin. Photography by Douglas Sandberg.

by Johanna M. Blume For more than 150 years, the promise of gold has lured men and women from all walks of life and from around the world to places like California, the Blacks Hills of South Dakota, the Canadian Yukon and Alaska in pursuit of wealth and adventure. Visitors will meet characters like these fortune seekers in the Eiteljorg’s newest exhibit, Gold! Riches and Ruin. Their stories glitter with perseverance, adventure, 2

innovation and success, but boil with greed, violence, sacrifice and failure. Compelling stories of gold rush experiences told through art and artifacts included in the exhibit come alive through public programs, interactive media and hands-on activities for families and children. The objects in the exhibit include paintings, technical illustrations and political cartoons, mining equipment and nugget-

encrusted jewelry. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a gold miner? See if you can strike it rich at the outdoor gold panning unit, and listen to a storyteller bring the adventures of gold seekers to life. Three gold rushes spanning the 1840s to the 1910s are the basis of the exhibit: the California Gold Rush, the Black Hills Gold Rush, and the

Yukon-Klondike Gold Rush. The exhibit also explores the broader appeal of gold up to present day, and our continuing fascination with this rare and valuable mineral. In the gallery you will find a wide array of objects and images including mining equipment and tools, paintings, journals and diaries, clothing and personal effects, and of course, gold itself, in its myriad forms, including nuggets, coins, bars and jewelry.

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Barge on Yukon River, Klondike Gold Rush, 1898 Photographer: unknown Image courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society, 2009.0.1900

Opening Preview and Gold Rush The Eiteljorg will celebrate the opening of Gold! Riches and Ruin with a party where visitors will get to search the museum for gold!

Untitled (Portrait of a Chinese man), c. 1853 Isaac Wallace Baker Daguerreotype Collection of the Oakland Museum of California. A68.94.1

The adventure begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Mar. 6. Guests will tour the exhibit, enjoy hearty gold camp staples and join the hunt for gold with the help of “prospectors.” The guest finding the most gold will win the gold jewelry prize. Reservations : $40 for Eagle members, $45 for museum members $55 for non-members Reserve your chance to strike it rich at the Eiteljorg Museum by calling Sarah Farthing at 317.275.1333 by Feb. 27.

The Promised Land – The Grayson Family, 1850 William S. Jewett, oil on canvas, 50 ¾ x 64 in. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection. 1999.79

See bars of gold salvaged from the shipwreck of the SS Central America, a steamship that sank off the Carolina coast in 1857 loaded with thousands of pounds of gold from the California gold fields. Meet colorful personalities like Ned Wakeman, a steamship captain who transported gold seekers back and forth between Panama and San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. A friend of Mark Spring 2015

Twain, Wakeman was an active member of the Vigilance Committee, groups of private citizens who took the law into their own hands in the rowdy streets of 1850s San Francisco. Find out what motivated people to brave the Chilkoot Pass, an icy, steep 3,000-foot mountain climb, on their way to the Klondike gold fields, while back home, their friends and families might play Parker Brothers’ The Klondike Game,

a board game that mimicked the journey to the Far North. Open Mar. 7 through Aug. 9, Gold! Riches and Ruin gives visitors a chance to explore historic gold rushes in the American West through the tales, tools, and treasures of those who lived it.





PROGRAMMING Gold! S.T.E.M. programs for an enriched student experience by Cathy Burton In Gold! Riches and Ruin there is clear focus on S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, which allows the Eiteljorg to delve into new territory: science and technology to its teachable moments. Science-focused tours and activities Educators are developing a Gold! tour as well as S.T.E.M. studio activities which will lead elementary students to think about how gold is sought, the technology used to extract and value it, and the impact gold mining has on the environment. Tour topics will be focused on art and artifacts within the exhibition. For example, objects such as gold pans, a sluice box and a hydraulic nozzle will illustrate

different gold mining techniques. Additionally, the exhibit includes a wide range of gold objects, including nuggets, gold-bearing ore and jewelry whose color has been modified by chemical processes. These kinds of objects will help to anchor lessons, not only about the physical characteristics of gold, but also about how we determine the purity and value of it. Gold panning outside An outdoor gold panning experience in the Christel DeHaan Family Terrace awaits students and general museum audiences. Connecting young visitors to the economic aspect of gold, they will be able to pan for “gold” and then use that gold to “purchase” an item in the museum store.

Homestake gold mine, Lead, S. Dak. flash-light photographs of the underground workings, c. 1908. Photographer: William B. Perkins, Jr. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-27880

Online S.T.E.M. resources Online S.T.E.M.-related resources for teachers, homeschoolers and families will also help prepare guests for their visit to Gold! and/or be used later to reinforce their museum experience. Tours and studio activities will target upper elementary students and will address specific science, social studies and other Indiana Department of Education State Academic Standards.

Hydraulic mining near French Corral, Nevada County, 1866. Publisher: Lawrence & Houseworth. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-9889


The Indianapolis Public Library collaboration In addition to the Gold!focused experiences in the museum, educators can

also schedule a visit to our collaborator, The Indianapolis Public Library, to use technology to further explore Gold! subjects in The Learning Curve. Eiteljorg admission is just $4 per student. Schools can request a transportation grant for the trip to both. To schedule Gold! group visits (tours for students, studio activities and more) contact the Eiteljorg’s education services coordinators at 317.275.1350. Discover more about The Indianapolis Public Library programs for groups and how to schedule for The Learning Curve at www.imcpl. org. Be sure to click on The Learning Curve section.

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FEATURE Connect with the Eiteljorg with the tap of a finger: The Eiteljorg’s innovative approach to connecting with guests by Dr. Martha Hill, Ph.D. When you walk into the Eiteljorg these days you are not only greeted by our enthusiastic visitor services staff, but a vibrant monitor just left of the entry may also catch your eye. That touchscreen display gives you the opportunity to explore galleries, outdoor art and gardens and upcoming events and programs with just a tap of your finger. We call it our orientation kiosk—and in addition to the one in the lobby, there’s another on the second floor at the top of the stairs. The museum worked with Indianapolisbased Moriarty Media and 22Miles, an innovative software development firm in Silicon Valley, to create an interactive experience for guests. Visitors will learn more about exhibits, explore the galleries via an interactive map, and learn the steps to becoming a member. A special feature, “What’s New in the Galleries,” highlights the latest acquisitions and shows where you can find them. “The kiosks give us another great way to communicate with our visitors and to offer an added level of customer service,” said Kara Baldwin, director of visitor experience. “They are a great compliment to our already amazing visitor services staff.” Since 2010, attendance at the Eiteljorg has risen by 60 percent. Visitors have

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Orientation kiosks are located in the newly remodeled lobby which includes comfortable seating for our visitors.

lost themselves in engaging galleries like the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience and family traditions like Jingle Rails. They have also found themselves in exhibits like Red/Black, Pistols, Guitars! and Steel Ponies. With the influx of first-time visitors, this orientation experience provides an additional way to develop new audiences and ensure the best experience possible—one that’s empowering and compelling enough to encourage a return visit.



Visit for details or call (317) 275-1310 to register or purchase tickets. All events are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Parking is free when visiting the museum, café or museum store unless otherwise noted.



Dr. Modupe Labode, Ph.D.


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1 p.m. Leon Jett Memorial Lecture Moving Toward Freedom: The Process of Black Emancipation In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth— a holiday honoring the emancipation of slaves in Texas—Dr. Modupe Labode, Ph.D. will provide a historical overview of the progression of Emancipation with details on the Indiana experience. Local attorney Fay Williams will relay personal stories about her family’s experience in Galveston, TX in 1865. Monday–Sunday

MAR 9–15 Hospitality Week The museum will offer complimentary admission to the city’s hospitality staff and their families all week long.

Gold! Riches and Ruin Opening Party Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $40 for Eagle members, $45 for museum members and $55 for non-members. Guests can actually search the museum for gold during the Gold! exhibit preview party. The guest who finds the most gold will win gold jewelry! Everyone will enjoy a hearty feast of gold camp staples. Reserve your ticket by calling Sarah Farthing at 317.275.1333 by Feb. 27. Saturday

MAR 7 Gold! Riches and Ruin Exhibit Opens 10 a.m.

Joseph Sharp, with pick axe in hand, 1849 gold miner, of Sharp’s Flat, c. 1849 Image courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley


MAR 14 Golden Sounds of the American West Performance by Taylor Wind Ensemble 1 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Al Harrison, the 45-member Taylor Wind Ensemble, will fill the museum with the melodic selections of classic and contemporary wind repertoire related to Native Americans and the West.

Saturdays 1–3 p.m. Check for the most up-to-date schedule information Storytelling Meet storyteller, Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.


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MAR 21 Women in Art Market 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Buy from some of the best female artists in the region at this annual event.


APR 23 The Prophet Stick, or Crime and Punishment A talk by Dr. Christian Feest, Indianapolis Museum of Art Mellon Curator 7 p.m. Join us for this fascinating story of theft, investigation and intrigue in the museum world as Dr. Feest explores the history of an object reputedly given by the Shawnee Prophet Tenskwatawa to the Winnebago in the early 19th century. No cost.

Spring Social Round Dance Learn how to do Native American Indian social dances. All are welcome.

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Confetti vase by Pam Niccum

Golden Heirloom Appraisal Day with Cowan Auctions 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fee: $20 for the first item, $10 each additional item (up to three) $15 for members for the first item, $10 each additional item (up to three items) Price includes one adult admission. Bring your treasures and let Cowan’s experts tell you what your heirlooms are really worth. Guests can get onthe-spot appraisals of jewelry, timepieces, coins, paintings, documents, photographs, decorative arts, Native American objects and Western artifacts. Registration begins Feb. 21 for Eiteljorg members and Mar. 7 for the public. Call 317.275.1310 to reserve your space.



APR 25 Chuck Wagon Cook-Out 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the West. Visit the chuck wagon and rustle up some grub, hear stories of the gold rush and pan for gold. (Cobbler samples available until they’re gone.) At 2 p.m., enjoy the Gold! exhibit with assistant curator Johanna Blume.

Eiteljorg Explorers Summer Camps Session 1: June 16, 17 & 18 Session 2: July 14, 15 & 16 1–4 p.m. Ages 8–12 Cost: $50 Non-Members $40 Members These unique classes will introduce children to Indiana’s Native cultures through storytelling, songs, dance and art-making activities. Pre-register by calling 317.275.1310.


JUN 20 Juneteenth 150th Anniversary Celebration 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Indianapolis community is invited to the Eiteljorg to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in Texas. The event and museum will be free of charge and will include music, talks, interpreters, dance, theatre, children’s art and Western-themed activities, displays, food, vendors and more!

We’re adding new programs and events all the time. Stay up to date on Eiteljorg Museum happenings, visit and be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter.




The historic Wells Fargo stagecoach heads to the Eiteljorg

Welcome new members!

by Annie Knapp

by Sheila Jackson

No name is more synonymous with the California Gold Rush than Wells Fargo, and the Eiteljorg is honored to have this storied institution as one of the presenting sponsors of Gold! Riches and Ruin. From the earliest days of the gold rush, to the Pony Express and the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, the company played a vital role in the search for gold in the Wild West. In 1852, Henry Wells and William Fargo founded Wells, Fargo & Co. to offer vital services to those who sought their fortunes in the West. This new company offered banking and rapid delivery of gold and other valuables, opening for business in the gold rush port of San Francisco, and soon opened many other offices in other new cities and mining camps of the West. In the boom and bust economy of the 1850s, Wells Fargo earned a reputation of trust by dealing rapidly and responsibly with people’s money, sending its business by the fastest means possible: stagecoach, steamship, railroad, pony rider or telegraph. The name Wells Fargo is forever linked with the image of a six-horse stagecoach

1,266! That’s the number of new members who joined the Eiteljorg Museum family in 2014—a 26 percent increase over our 2013 numbers. And, 2,019 people renewed their memberships. With a new year and new challenges for any cultural institution, the Eiteljorg is still celebrating our recordbreaking year for membership in 2014! The phenomenal Ansel Adams exhibition brought huge crowds to the museum and with that, a heightened awareness of the great benefits of membership. Did you know that a Dual membership is only $5 more than an Individual Plus Guest, and you can bring along two extra guests? The Contributing membership, our best value, is only $15 more than a Family/ Grandparent Plus 2, and you receive four admission passes for friends and entrance into numerous Western museums free of charge! The great perks don’t end there. Be sure to take advantage of your 15 percent discount in the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store and 10 percent savings on food in the Museum Café. And remember, you always enjoy free parking in the White River State Park Garage while visiting the museum (except during Indian Market and Festival and July 4).


The famous Wells Fargo stagecoach paid a visit to the Eiteljorg during WestFest in 2008

thundering across the West, loaded with gold. In 1866, Wells Fargo combined all the major Western stage lines, and stagecoaches bearing the name Wells, Fargo and Co. rolled over 3,000 miles of territory, from California to Nebraska and from Colorado into the mining regions of Montana and Idaho. Wells Fargo has kept its legendary stagecoach history alive through a fleet of 17 reproduction stagecoaches that appear in parades and events throughout the country on special occasions, allowing spectators to experience the sights and sounds of an iconic symbol of the old West. As

part of Gold! Riches and Ruin, Wells Fargo will bring its legendary stage coach to the Eiteljorg for an appearance during the run of the exhibit, helping the rich Wells Fargo history as a pioneer of the Gold Rush come vividly to life. Throughout the Eiteljorg’s history, Wells Fargo has been a valued partner and supporter and we are delighted to join with them once again, this time to present one of the most compelling stories of the American West—the search for gold! GOLD! RICHES AND RUIN MAR 7–AUG 9


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Eiteljorg announces 2015 Contemporary Art Fellows by DeShong Perry-Smitherman


WOMEN IN ART MARKET MAR 21 Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Celebrate creativity from a woman’s perspective. More than 35 regional artists share and sell artistic works in basketry, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, painting and more. Find out more at

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Five premier Native American artists have earned the coveted title of 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow. Their work will be honored with a $25,000 unrestricted grant and a major group exhibition which will open Nov. 14. The 2015 Fellows are: • Invited Artist, Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui)—Painter (Brooklyn, NY) • Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee)—Installation (Decatur, GA) • Brenda Mallory (Cherokee) —Sculpture/Installation (Portland, OR) • Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit) —Sculpture/Installation (Fairbanks, AK) • Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/ Cherokee)—Sculpture (Mustang, OK) Through this program the Eiteljorg supports Native contemporary artists and their legacy, insuring the greater understanding and appreciation of indigenous people in the 21st century. From Nov. 14 through Feb. 14, 2016, the Eiteljorg will showcase the works from this Fellowship class in a special exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will publish a catalogue of scholarly articles and essays giving an indepth look at each artist. A celebration and award presentation will bring the artists to Indianapolis and allow the public to meet them. The museum will also purchase more than $100,000 in art for its permanent collection

from the Fellowship artists. Launched in 1999, the biennial Fellowship program recognizes the work of emerging and established Native American and First Nations artists working with contemporary media and ideas. Since its inaugural class, nearly $1.25 million has been awarded to 50 artists.

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FACILITY RENTAL Become a DIY bride Trying to plan a wedding can be a challenge, and trying to plan a wedding on a strict budget compounds that challenge—adding a level of stress and anxiety to the equation. But if you invest a little time, do a little research, and shop around there are many ways to lower your stress and stay on budget. Here are a few tips. The dress Consider buying used or right off the rack. A brand new wedding dress from a boutique can cost thousands but the exact same dress on a site such as could cost you less than half. Centerpieces Borrow, beg and steal. Ok, don’t steal—but you get the

idea. Ask friends, use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. You could end up with some really cool stuff! Become a DIY bride Pinterest allows brides to find ways to personalize and customize their wedding inexpensively. There are thousands of ideas for party favors, escort boards, centerpieces, florals and much more. Ask for discounts You don’t know what they’ll offer unless you ask. Will the venue lower the rental rate for a Sunday wedding? Will the deejay give you a discount if you order a ceremony sound system along with your reception package? Just ask! And, here’s our big discount:

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Book your wedding by Mar. 2 and we will waive your ceremony fee! Get more tips like this by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter at eiteljorgevents and Instagram at Eiteljorg_events. And, if you’re about to pop the question, or just got engaged, visit the Eiteljorg, Saturday, Feb. 28 for YOU’RE ENGAGED! NOW WHAT? It’s a bridal

planning workshop sure to answer all your questions. Sara Bean is the director of catering and events at the Eiteljorg. She has planned hundreds of weddings. Contact Sarah at 317.275.1333.

SOMETHING SPECIAL For a special gift or every day, the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store is always 15% off for members STORE HOURS MON–SAT: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | SUN: Noon to 5 p.m. 317.275.1300 | 800.878.7978



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CURATOR’S CORNER Welcome new curator, Scott Shoemaker by James Nottage We are happy to announce that Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D. (Miami Nation of Indiana) has joined the staff as Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History and Culture. This is a fortuitous moment in the history of the Eiteljorg. Shoemaker has worked with us for many years as a member of the Native American Advisory Council and as a consultant in the production of Mihtohseenionki (The People’s Place), the gallery that focuses upon the Miami and other tribes important to the history of the Indiana region. Eiteljorg president and CEO, John Vanausdall, notes: “Scott is a brilliant scholar of Native American art, history and culture. The fact that he is a Miami Indian whose culture and family occupied this region before the rest of us is especially gratifying. Further, Scott has been an invaluable cultural advisor to the museum for nearly two decades. We could not have designed a better match.” Shoemaker earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Ball State, a Master of Arts in landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in American Studies, also from Minnesota. His focus has been on American Indian studies and museum studies. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College in St. Paul, and has served on the curatorial staff in ethnology at the Science

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Museum of Minnesota. Shoemaker is a leading figure in the study and recovery of the Miami language and preservation of the traditional art of Miami ribbon work. He has even served as an Eiteljorg artist in residence, demonstrating traditional ribbon work. He lectures frequently at scholarly meetings and cultural gatherings and serves on the board for the Myaamia Foundation, Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, and as director for the Historic and Cultural Preservation Office of the Miami Nation of Indiana. “Working for the Eiteljorg is a homecoming in many ways,” said Shoemaker. “Early on, I— and the Miami people—were made to feel at home here, getting to know the staff and witnessing programs and exhibits over the years. I like being a part of it.” Shoemaker brings scholarship, cultural sensitivity and deep knowledge to the Museum’s presentation of art, history and cultures of Native peoples of North America. At the same time he will lead the museum in becoming a center for the understanding of Native peoples of the larger Indiana and Great Lakes regions. The history and traditions of the Miami people have been the subject of a number of publications by the young scholar and it is anticipated that he will continue contributing to the literature in his capacity as an Eiteljorg curator.

Scott Shoemaker standing in front of images and information about some of his ancestors profiled in the Eiteljorg Museum..

Shoemaker will work closely “My goal is to contribute with the Eiteljorg’s Native to the wonderful success American Advisory Council of the museum, to build and institutional partners, upon a solid foundation including the Smithsonian and expand into areas National Museum of the American Indian. As he works on that we haven’t been able development of our collections, to address. I look forward to focusing on local and relationships with collectors regional history and and donors, and on the cultures and being able to development of exhibitions connect with the broader and publications, he will do much to shape the second 25 stories of Native America.” —Scott Shoemaker years of the museum’s history.


MEMBERSHIPS & DONATIONS Thank you to the following donors for memberships and gifts received between Aug. 1, and Nov. 30, 2014. Due to space limitations, only contributions of $100 or more are listed—with the exception of annual fund, memorial and honorarium gifts. If your name is not listed as you would like it to be, or if it has been omitted, please accept our apologies and call 317.275.1311. Membership gifts ($100 and over) Vision Circle Cumulative giving for 2014 $25,000 and above Frank and Katrina Basile Betsey Harvey Steve and Jane Marmon Chairperson’s Circle Cumulative giving for 2014 $10,000–$24,999 Dr. and Mrs. John C. Lechleiter Donald Woodley Mr. and Mrs. John D. Zinser President’s Society $5,000–$9,999 Dr. Caryn C. Anderson and Mr. David Anderson John H. Holliday Chris Katterjohn Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Paul Evelyn and Thomas Seeley Golden Eagle Society $2,500–$4,999 Susie and Howard Maxwell Beth Meloy and Robert Oppelt Charlotte Mittler Dr. and Mrs. William B. Rodgers Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Schloss Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Skehan Mr. and Mrs. William E. Stanley Michael and Maureen Surak Martha and John Tynan John Vanausdall Mr. and Mrs. C. Daniel Yates Eagle Society $1,500–$2,499 Nancy Ayres Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Sally Booth Georgia Buchanan William and Moira Carlstedt Susie M. Cross Deanna DeBrier Drs. Richard and Becky Feldman Ryan and Stephanie Fuhrmann Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gellenbeck Fred and Angie Green Gloria Griesinger Dr. Ann H. Hunt Duane and Marguerita Johnson


Susan and Mike Lewis Kim and Paul Mannweiler Michael and Patricia McCrory Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Nash Jay and Sally Peacock Mr. Narcisso G. Povinelli Dr. and Mrs. Newell O. Pugh, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rader Michael and Carol Stayton Rosemary Steinmetz Jan Woodruff and William T. Rice Patron Members $500–$999 Fred Duncan James and Pat LaCrosse Andrew and Jane Paine Deborah Tobias Robert and Ellen Whitt Sustaining Members $250–$499 Dick and Kathi Badertscher Mauvene Borton John Carvey C. Jack and Linda Clarkson Pawel and Lou Fludzinski Robert and Linda Glover Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gould Laura Green John and Mary Ann Grogan Roger and Francine Hurwitz Nancy and Thomas Inui Kevin and Rosalie Lavelle Linda and Marvin Maguire John and Janet Nine James R. Sparks Barb and John Stang David and Magdalen Zauner Contributing Members $100–$249 Mr. C. Willis Adams, III Neal and Norma Agee John and Peggy Alexander Jerald and Gayle Ancel Viki and Bruce Anderson Jennifer Anker Anonymous Dr. Charles R. Bantz and Dr. Sandra Petronio Peter and Lisa Blaser Richard and Linda Bloch Jesse Brand and Geri Handley Scott and Maryann Bridge Marilyn C. Burger John E. Burns, III Johneva Campbell James and Jane Carlson John and Barb Chirgwin Ronald and Claudia Clark Charles Costa and Tonicia Smith Carl and Janice Wheater-Cowen Jim Dillard Robert and Sharon Doiron Jon and Barbara Findley Jim and Shawn Floyd David R. and Ann Frick

Ken and Linda Grimes Ronald and Judith Hagan Jay and Mary Ham JoAnn Hamilton Kenneth H. Hamilton Dr. Thomas Z. Hayward, III Hunter and Glenna Heath Christine Heisler Gary and Katie Hoefle Peggy and Helen Hollingsworth Wayne and Donna Huffman Mike Hyer and David Johnson Michael and Pegg Kennedy Robert B. and Cindy J. Kirkpatrick Richard and Gwen Knipstein Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Lamb, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. R. Stephen Lehman, D.D.S. Jack E. and Karen Kay Leonard Rob and Carol Lukemeyer Lucy and Marshall Magruder Zygmunt and Karen Mazanowski Anjelica and Luciano Menossi Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moore, Jr. Col. James Mutter and General Carol Mutter Thalia Nicas and Louis Jungheim Elnora E. Noe Robin and Gregory Pemberton Margaret Drew and Craig Pinkus William K. Ransom Tim and Linda Robb Andrea and Wayne Rumley Robert and Beverly Salyers Jan Schmetzer Michael and Kathleen Schneider William L. Scott Judith Silverman Jack and Barbara Simon Michael and Julie Stalnecker Steve and Santina Sullivan Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor Michael and Debra Townsley Larry and Nancy Vanarendonk James K. Vinton Charles and Kathleen Warren Y. Rosalind Wolen Ms. Gretchen Wolfram Donors All annual fund, memorial and honorarium gifts are listed. Gifts in other categories are for $100 or more. Annual Fund and other designated gifts Mr. C. Willis Adams, III Viki and Bruce Anderson David and Mary Allen Anonymous (4) Laura and Rob Antrim Rosalee Arnett Nancy Ayres Kara and Brad Baldwin Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Baxter Mark K. Bear Stephan Bechtolsheim Ms. R. Nadine Beck

Steve and Debbie Benefiel Ted and Peggy Boehm Debra Bolotin-Cooper and Joel Cooper Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Leland Boren Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Karen Brethauer L. Eugene and Evelyn Park Brown Brian and Kim Buchanan Carolyn Burkley Robert and Nina Butler Edward M. Cambra George and Linda Charbonneau Mary Ann and Frank Clifford Charles and Helen Coghlan Gayle and Carl Cox Faye Craig Angie and Dick Darlington Greg Dawson Dr. Celestine Detrana Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Dollens Alice Dye Roger and Mindy Eiteljorg Louise and Garry Fredericksen Ryan and Stephanie Fuhrmann Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gilmor Terry and Jim Goggan GoodCents Solutions Cris Halter and Bill Fraser Linda Hardin Betsey Harvey Eric and Pamela Hinkle Jane A. Hodgin Tammy and Chris Holmes Liz Hourigan Karen and Ben Howells Gregory and Mary Huebner Kenneth and Kristina Inskeep Sheila and Richard Jackson John and Frances Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. John C. Jenkins E. Jackie Kenney Steven and Sharon Klusman Audrey Larman Lezlie Laxton Frank and Sandra Learned Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Leppert Howard S. Lewis John and Mary Lisher Steve and Jane Marmon Susie and Howard Maxwell Jayme and Rod McComas MET Foundation Inc. Dr. Daniel H. Mowrey Col. James Mutter and General Carol Mutter Mel and Joan Perelman Nancy Peterson and Dennis Drews Mr. Hilary Raab, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Reilly, Jr. Bob and Gail Richards Tim and Linda Robb Miriam Robeson David Ruben Thomas and Linda Sands

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Roger and Barbara Schmenner Kathy and Don Schreiner William L. Scott Carole Shaffer-Koros Joseph J. and Jo Ann M. Shary Roger and Janet Smith Mr. and Mrs. Harvey K. Spivack Frederick and Fresia Steiner James and Cheryl Strain Claudia Swhier Janet and William Taylor Howard and Marlies Terpning The Saltsburg Fund -- Karen Lake Buttrey* and Donald W. Buttrey James and Jayne Thorne Timothy and Janice Torrence Clara Trusty Cathy and Robert Turner Myrna and D.J. Ware Margaret and Scott Watanabe Jon J. White Rev. Thomas C. Widner Dr. Donald L. Wilson Dr. Christian Wolf and Elaine Holden-Wolf Susan and Kevin Woodhouse Douglas W. Wright Ken and Linda Young Marjorie P. Zeigler Steven and Susan Zumdahl Gifts in Honor and Memory In Honor of Emily Ahonen’s Birthday Maryann Lacey In Memory of Richard L. Bloch Lorenzo Clayton In Memory of Debra Cort Burns John E. Burns, III In Memory of Mary Ann Dann Susie and Howard Maxwell In Memory of Ed Davis Susie and Howard Maxwell John Vanausdall In Memory of Virginia Duckworth Dickson Linda Darr In Memory of French Eason Susan and Mike Lewis John Vanausdall In Memory of Donald B. Fisher Cathy A. Burton Susan and Mike Lewis John Vanausdall In Memory of Linda H. McLaughlin Mr. H. Roll McLaughlin In Memory of Jim Pierle John Vanausdall In Memory of Ed West Timothy R. Franson, M.D. Carla and Mike Leppert Brian and Carrie West Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Zimmerman

In Memory of Robert L. Wolen Jamilie Jacobs Foundations, Corporations and Government Gifts $50,000 and above Institute of Museum and Library Services The Indiana Rail Road Company $25,000–$49,999 Chase Indiana Arts Commission The Capital Group Companies/ The American Funds Group $10,000–$24,999 BMO Private Bank Citimark Management Co., Inc. Ice Miller LLP Mickey’s Camp Pappas Family Charitable Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation The Saturday Evening Post Society The Swisher Foundation $5,000–$9,999 Bar Keepers Friend Ice Miller LLP Mr. and Mrs.* John H. Holliday Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation $2,000–$4,999 Blackink IT Citimark Management Co., Inc. Target $1,000–$1,999 Amgen Foundation Bockley Gallery—Minneapolis, MN G4S Indianapolis Power & Light Company MET Foundation Inc. $200–$999 C Wonder LLC. Indiana Humanities Matching Gift Companies Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. In-Kind Gifts Bakersfield Bier Brewery Jim Crabb Endangered Species Chocolate Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Sarah and Evan Farthing Honeymoon Image & Design Dee A. McConville Richard McCoy and Tracey Galliow Monarch Beverage St. Elmo’s Steakhouse Sun King Brewing Co. The Great Frame Up Tin Roof Vontra Foods II, LLC, dba Punch Burger Windsor Jewelry

Project Silver Moon and Project New Moon capital campaigns Drs. Richard and Becky Feldman Estate of Rick Hoffman Stan and Sandy Hurt Ralph G. Nowak Pappas Family Charitable Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation John W. Timothy, Jr., M.D. Cathy and Robert Turner Donald Woodley Mr. Jeffery Wylie Mr. and Mrs. John D. Zinser Endowment Estate of Alice McKinney Exhibitions and Special Events Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure Presented by The Indiana Railroad Company Sponsored by Jim and Gina Bremner JPMorgan Chase & Co. Indianapolis Colts Mothershead Foundation One America In-kind support provided by Planes Companies New Art 2.0 Presented by David Jacobs The Ed Klink Emerging Artist Fund Sponsored by Bockley Brothers Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts The Great Frame Up Nordstrom

2014 Buckaroo Bash Sponsors not listed in previous Storyteller Citimark Management Co., Inc. Blackink IT Donors Dr. Suzanne Combs and Mr. David Combs Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Dunn, Jr. Stan and Sandy Hurt Carol Saviano Fund-a-Need donors Bob and Pat Anker Abdel and Kristine Bouaichi Alex and Carol Braitman Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Barbara and Michael Branic Brian and Betsy Davidson Deanna DeBrier Dave and Tyler Kate Ferguson Tom and Patty Gibbs Fred and Angie Green Gloria Griesinger Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Hess Carrie Kirk and Carol Besore Steve and Jane Marmon Ken and Amy Martin Holly and John Pantzer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Reilly, Jr. Joan SerVaas and Larry Roan William and Tiffany Sharpley Dr. and Mrs. Harry Staley John Vanausdall Margaret and Scott Watanabe Barbara West

Gold! Riches and Ruin Presented by Wells Fargo Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Sponsored by Capital Group Companies, The home of American Funds Steve and Jane Marmon Mr. James R. Zink and Sally A. Dawson 2015 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale Sponsorship Evelyn and Thomas Seeley


Spring 2015


White River State Park • 500 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

Coming soon



JUNE 27 & 28


Truly one of the joys of an Indy summer, the Eiteljorg Museum will celebrate the 23rd annual summer festival of Native American art, cultures, food and music.

Celebrate Juneteenth with music, talks, interpreters, dance, theatre, children’s art and Western-themed activities, displays, food, vendors and more.

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