American Structurepoint is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society’s “You are There” exhibit on the Great Easter Flood of 1913. We are the only engineering firm participating, and some of our clients are co-sponsors with us.
“You are There” is not just historical entertainment; the ever-changing exhibit features living history experiences based on specific time periods in the state’s history, which provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the unique struggles, challenges, and triumphs Hoosiers have faced in the past. “You are There” experiences give guests the opportunity to learn history first hand. They can touch, smell, see, hear, and interact with elements of real events, times, places, and people in Indiana history.
The entire experience is designed to make guests feel as if they have stepped into a photograph from that time period. Unlike scripted museum theater, this living history interpretation is an improvisation-based, visitor-led experience. No visitor ever has the same experience twice.
I was honored to attend the opening event for the exhibit with my wife, Penny. The overall experience was amazingly authentic and realistic. We felt like we had been transported back in time to the place where the impact of the flood was being felt, “talking” to people as they experienced it.
Natural disasters can be devastating and we, as engineers and architects, are the leaders who are charged with the responsibility to make sure we are as prepared as we can be. We design our projects for “worst case” scenarios, never fully understanding what it might be like if they actually occurred, and seeing the 1913 Flood Exhibit helps put that into perspective. Our sponsorship is one way we can help educate our community on the importance of the incorporation of disaster planning in our designs.
I encourage you and your family to visit the exhibit to understand the impact of the event, the way our community responded, and the lessoned learned. Located at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Historical Society, at 450 West Ohio Street, the exhibit launched on March 26, and will run for one year, closing on February 2, 2014. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To view exhibit details, click here.