By Amie Sites
---- — DELPHI — History will hit the rails in Delphi Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The train has three 65-foot renovated freight cars and features a traveling exhibit called The Next Indiana. The exhibit will feature more than 400 images and helps visitors reflect on the past, present and future of the Hoosier State, according to a press release from the Indiana Historical Society.
Amy Lamb, the society’s media relations manager, said one of the goals is to get people thinking about what the next 200 years will be like.
“We strive to make information we present relevant to everyone from kids to adults and seniors,” Lamb said. “We want everyone to get a sense of the last 200 years of Indiana.”
The first freight car will display Indiana’s early history through 1900. The second will explore the 20th century, and the third will be about the state as it is today and might be in the future.
“Visitors are encouraged to look at where Hoosiers have been, how they got there and where they are going through the lenses of transportation, land use, talent and community,” the press release said.
The Bicentennial Train has already toured four different locations this fall, starting in Kokomo in September then moving to New Haven and Valparaiso,
Lamb said the event has been well attended, even with some rain during one of the stops.
In addition to the train, there will be an interpreter presentation and hands-on activities.
There will also be games and a pop-up history market for visitors to shop for souvenirs.
About 58,000 visitors have seen The Bicentennial Train, originally known as the Indiana History Train, at 24 stops across Indiana from 2004 to 2008.
“People have been enjoying the experience,” Lamb said. “We’re looking forward to a great run in Delphi.”
In addition to the Bicentennial Train, visitors will be able to enjoy several activities while in Delphi. The Wabash and Eerie Canal Association will offer the last Canal Boat rides of the year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children.
Tickets can be purchased at the toll booth between the Canal Center and the boat dock. For more information, call Steve Gray at 765-447-1627.
There will also be free trolley rides available between the Carroll County Courthouse, the Opera House Annex and the Canal Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The train is presented by the Indiana Historical Society and is sponsored by The Indiana Rail Road Company and Norfolk Southern Corporation, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and Indiana Humanities, a press release said.
The exhibit is free and will be open Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To reserve a group spot or class field trip, call 317-232-1882. For more information, visit www.indianahistory.org.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.
If you go: • WHAT: Bicentennial Train • WHERE: 1030 N. Washington St., Delphi • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday • COST: Free admission