Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Jingle Rails, Trickster Tales and FREE ADMISSION Jan. 20

by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Jan 10, 2014

January Events at the Eiteljorg Museum
Jump aboard Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure through Sunday, Jan. 19! Each year, Jingle Rails offers guests an amazing adventure through a locomotive wonderland, filled with imaginative landscapes created from natural materials. Features include: Eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains, nearly 1,200 feet of track, 13 overhead walk-under bridges, working waterfall feature and more than 30 structures including: N.K. Hurst Bean Company and Aspen ski scenes (NEW THIS YEAR), Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium, The Indiana State Fair, OneAmerica Tower, Chase Tower, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and more! *Pictured: WTHR Crimebeat reporter Steve Jefferson checks out the Indianapolis scene in Jingle Rails.

“Coyote This and Rabbit That”

Native Trickster Tales by storyteller Tim Tingle
Saturday, Jan. 18
1p.m. – 2p.m.
Tim will perform a story titled, “Coyote This and Rabbit That, Native Trickster Tales.” The definition of a trickster is a person who is either a mischievous messenger or menacing enemy. A trickster can also help mankind by giving us the sun and fire or cause death and destruction. Tim’s story will teach how tricksters have influenced our world, including what they’ve given us and what they’ve taken from us. Tim is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and memories of this family epic fuel his writing and telling.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
FREE ADMISSION with canned food donation
Monday, Jan. 20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In honor of the life of civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Eiteljorg Museum offers FREE admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. Drop off your donation at the Eiteljorg or any WRSP institution and experience all the park has to offer.

American Girl Josefina® Day
Saturday, Jan. 25
10 a.m. – 5p.m.
Guests will enjoy games and activities inspired by the New Mexican culture of the American Girl doll, Josefina. Activities include creation of paper roses, colcha embroidery, playing loteria (a Mexican game of chance) and  a performance by the Anderson Ballet Folklorico.

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Opening Night Party
Friday, Jan. 31
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$20 per person for members
$30 per person for nonmembers
* Event features tour of the exhibit with the artist, wine and Hors d'oeuvres and a performance by the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

The Blake Little exhibitwill feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer, Blake Little. The Seattle native became captivated by the gay rodeo scene in 1988 and began documenting the lives of its contenders, victors and their devoted fans. The exhibit opens to the public, Saturday, Mar. 1. Please visit for details.

Storytelling Saturdays throughout the month
Stories of the West
1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.
Hear the amazing true stories of two prominent African Americans in the West, Stagecoach Mary Fields and mountain man, Jim Beckwourth, as told by actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston.

1p.m. – 3p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.


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