Amazing Maize Back at Indiana State Museum
INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2016) — Visitors to downtown Indianapolis once again have the opportunity to learn more about a crop that has shaped Indiana’s history, economics and culture. The Indiana State Museum is hosting the exhibit “Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn” exhibit until June 19, 2016.
“As the U.S. population is farther removed from agriculture than ever, it is important that agriculture tell its story to consumers,” said David Howell, farmer from Middleton, Ind. and a ICMC director on the Indiana Corn Marketing Council which is a sponsor of the exhibit. “The Amazing Maize exhibit serves as an interesting vehicle to demonstrate how corn has played a vital role in society over the centuries and continues to provide important new contributions not even imagined by earlier generations.”
The 3,000-square-foot exhibit includes videos and interactive displays, including interactive Native American tools used to farm, grind and cook corn, an interactive station on genetic modifications of corn over time and more.
“This exhibit provides an understanding about corn which can pave the way for constructive thought and dialogue about the importance of production agriculture,” Howell said. “It is important to have the visual experience to explain maize’s past and present, and hopefully inspire young minds to make corn production even more amazing in future generations.”
Indiana corn farmers, through the ICMC, were local presenting sponsors of the original Amazing Maize exhibit when it debuted in 2011 at the Indiana State Museum. After it wrapped at the State Museum, the entire exhibit was sold to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. and the museum staff spent the next year and a half developing a traveling exhibit that is smaller in size. Its first stop was at Angel Mounds State Historic Site near Evansville in early 2015. The traveling exhibit was at the 2015 Indiana State Fair before making this stop at the Indiana State Museum.
For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.indianamuseum.org/exhibitions. For more information about ICMC, visit www.incorn.org.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting farmer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.