Topics at 12: Evansville and the Great War

In this presentation, the Museum’s curator of history Tom Lonnberg will explore the impact of World War I on Evansville and how people served their country in various way to support the effort. It will recall those who served in the military—including James Bethel Gresham, the first American combat fatality of the conflict—and the effect of the war on the home front.

The Topics at 12 series are a free brown bag lunch series where Museum curators discuss art, history or science. Each topic will be held in the Evansville Museum’s Old Gallery throughout several Free Fridays at 12:00 PM. For complimentary reservations to these events, please call the Evansville Museum at (812) 425-2406.

2018 Evansville Museum Ball

The board of trustees & the advisory council of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science and honorary chairs Mayor Llyod Winnecke and Carol McClintock and chairmen Randy and Lisa Moore invite you tot he 2018 Evansville Museum Ball!
The committee and museum staff have been working diligently on each detail to ensure a memorable event. We know there will not be a dull moment starting with the VIP champagne reception through the five course gourmet meal. The evening will culminate with a dynamic, non-stop 3 hour show by the Atlanta based band, the Celebrity AllStars. Their energy and music will bring the house down.
Tickets prices coming soon!

First Thursday Artist: Dawn Murtaugh

The Evansville Museum Gift Shop will host Dawn Murtaugh on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 PM. First Thursdays give an opportunity for the public to meet the artist and find out about his or her inspiration and art techniques. First Thursdays are free and open to the public. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Textile artist Dawn Murtaugh creates meticulous images reflecting nature and her life experiences. Using recycled materials, she hopes to bring an increased awareness to pollution created by manufacturing processes. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her work is donated to environmental causes.

Artist Demonstrations: Lea Volimer and Sara Rhoades

First Thursdays are now expanding to including artist demonstrations! On the first Thursday of every other month, from 6:00–8:00 PM, Museum guests can interact with working artists, observe art technics and learn how a work of art is created.

Fiber artist Lea Vollmer will share her love of knitting in a unique demonstration of an antique circular sock knitting machine made popular during the homefront war effort in both World War I and World War II. Sara Rhoades will demonstrate the art of silversmithing in her contemporary silver jewelry designs.

First Thursdays are apart of the Your Thursday Nights! program. This program delivers not only free admission from 5:00–8:00 PM every Thursday but also free access to lectures, family activities, workshops and other fun activities to the general public! This program is made possible with a generous grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.

Urban Geology Walking Tour

Does geology and architectural history go together? Yes! The foundation stones, slate roof shingles, statues embellishing buildings, decorative facades, marble floor tiles and rock veneers all have a story to tell. And did you know that before 1920, Evansville used remarkably little Indiana limestone? This is a very different look at architectural history and geology!

Join architectural historian Dennis Au on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 PM for this intriguing tour. Dennis Au, well-known for his knowledge of Evansville’s past, spent 19 years as Evansville’s Historic Preservation Officer.

SPECIAL NOTE: This tour departs from the Vine Street side of the Old Courthouse.


Are you a history enthusiast? Are LEGO® building bricks your thing? Visit the Evansville Museum Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, for the largest presentation WWII in LEGO® from Brickmania in the Old Gallery.

Highlights of this year’s presentation include:

• A 27’ long model of the battleship USS Missouri

• An 11’ long model of the destroyer USS Nicholas

• A fully landscaped 24’ long diorama of Omaha Beach

• 5’ x 8’ dioramas of the Battles of Peleliu, Kursk, El Alamein, and Stalingrad

• A diorama of the Brandenberg Gate

• 12 World War II Heroes Mosaics

• Plus dozens of armored vehicles and aircraft of all types

• World War I items to recall the centennial of the end of this conflict

Over the past two decades, the Brickmania team has created an international reputation for offering the highest-quality, historically themed building kits made from genuine LEGO® building bricks. They have expanded on their passion for building history by creating epic dioramas and mega-models for the purpose of passing on valuable history lessons to the next generations.

Their outstanding collection of models and displays have been a crowd favorite at hundreds of events, memorials, and museums all around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Brickmania’s amazing historical LEGO® recreations.

War of the Worlds Broadcast

On Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM, the Evansville Museum will present a program recalling the famous or infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and Orson Welles. Presented in the Koch Immersive Theater, this program will feature the radio broadcast from 80 years ago—October 30, 1938—and commentary by the Museum’s Curator of History Tom Lonnberg. Come learn more about this broadcast that panicked people across the nation (or did it?) and the aftermath of the Mercury Theatre’s presentation.

Seating is limited. For complimentary reservations, call the Evansville Museum at (812) 425-2406.

Radio Age

The November 11, 2018-January 27, 2019 exhibition Radio Age will highlight one of the key inventions of the 20th century—an invention that revolutionized the way people experience life.

With the coming of commercial broadcast radio in the 1920s, radio sets became a fixture in homes in Evansville and across the country. Radios produced by companies such as Atwater-Kent, RCA Victor, Zenith, and Westinghouse became common place as families gathered around them to experience the latest news, sports, and entertainment. As radios became one of the most important parts of an American home, companies continually appealed to consumers through improved technology and innovative styling.

In this exhibition, radio sets from various eras will illustrate these developments as well as their impact on society.

The exhibition will explore how radio led to the greater homogenization of society as people shared common experiences from coast to coast. This occurred as radio networks broadcast popular shows, sporting events, and news to audiences across the country. Shows such as Little Orphan Annie became popular throughout the nation and Orson Welles frightened a number of Americans with the famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast

in 1938. 

Through vintage radios, imagery and other artifacts, Radio Age will provide a nostalgic look at an interesting segment of history.

Earthrise Screening

The first people to see the Earth from the Moon were not poets, artists or scientists. They were astronauts. The view afforded to Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders as they viewed our planet rise from behind the limb of the Moon in December, 1968 was an iconic moment fifty years ago. The Apollo 8 astronauts recount their memories of capturing the first images of Earth rising from behind another world in the film Earthrise. The 29-minute documentary evokes the awe of seeing Earth framed against the blackness of space.

Three showings of the film Earthrise will be screened during Christmas week, December 26, 27 and 28. Screenings will take place at 3:00 PM in the Koch Immersive Theater. Tickets will be $5 for Museum Members, and $7 for Not-Yet Members or included with Museum admission for Not-Yet Members.


The Museum’s annual science day will take place on Saturday, October 13. The focus of this year’s event will be dinosaurs, the fossil record and a celebration of all things science.

At Sciencepalooza children (and adults) will have an opportunity to observe, learn, discover and explore the wonders of science and experimentation. Highlights of the day will include a family-friendly science lecture, stage demonstrations, storytelling activities, experiment stations, observing through telescopes and full-dome dinosaur movies in the Koch Immersive Theater and Planetarium. Members of the Evansville Astronomical Society will be on hand to help with learning about the Sun and the Moon using powerful telescopes. Students from the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana present science demonstrations followed by hands-on activities.

Returning this year, Master Storyteller Susan Fowler will present a participatory story for children. Other activities for the day include making craters, a Dinosaur Jeopardy Game, Fossil Digging and an all new dinosaur planetarium show.