“Several activities talked about how important the community is,” Scheets said. “We tried to show that what they do can contribute to the next Indiana.”
The actual exhibit on the train featured 400 photographs and 200 years of history. The exhibit was to celebrate Indiana’s past, present and future, Scheets said.
The exhibit proved to be something many could enjoy, she said.
“You might hear someone say they’re not a history person, but everyone is a sucker for a story,” Scheets said. “We try to really bring stories, that are contemporary, to life that will resonate with people. We want stories people can relate to.”
For Scheets, it’s important to study the past 200 years. About 58,000 visitors have toured the train, originally known as the Indiana History Train, at 24 stops across Indiana from 2004 to 2008.
“We often can look to the past issues and they usually are similar issues that we face today,” Schees said. “We’ll deal with our present and be prepared for our future.”
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.