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Free public libraries were established in Indiana early in the 1850s and were originally associated with the public school system. Now 239 public library systems serve all of the state’s counties. Each year libraries circulate an average of 11.9 books per resident, one of the highest rates among the states. The largest is the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Other important libraries in Indianapolis include the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society library. The Old Cathedral Library and Museum in Vincennes has many rare books printed before 1800. The libraries of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, DePauw University, and Indiana University have several special collections.

Museum


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the state’s principal art museum. It has collections of American, European, and Asian art. There are also art museums in Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Terre Haute.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has exhibits that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures, and the arts.The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, in Indianapolis, collects art of the American West and Native American art and artifacts. Multimedia and interactive exhibits depict Abraham Lincoln and his times in the Lincoln Museum, in Fort Wayne.

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The weekly Indiana Gazette, which was founded at Vincennes in 1804, was the first newspaper published in what is now the state of Indiana. Another newspaper, the Western Eagle, was established at Madison in 1813. In 2002 Indiana was served by 72 daily newspapers. The leading daily newspapers are the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, the Gary Post-Tribune, the Munster Times, Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette and News-Sentinel, and the Evansville Courier & Press.

An experimental broadcasting plant at Purdue University was Indiana’s first radio station. The station acquired a code, 9YB, in 1910, and became fully licensed in 1919. The first commercial television stations in the state were WTTV in Bloomington and WFBM-TV (now WRTV-TV) in Indianapolis, which began operations in 1949. In 2002 Indiana had 79 AM and 140 FM radio stations and 36 television stations.

In the 1920s the Portmanteau Theater, an outstanding repertory company, was active in Indianapolis. Today the city again has an active resident theater company, known as the Indiana Repertory Theater. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1930, is now considered one of the finest orchestras in the Midwest. In addition, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute, and Evansville all have symphony orchestras. "Indiana" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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