9/18/2022: Many thanks to Rita Kohn at NUVO for covering our upcoming George H. Rawls, MD Memorial Lecture on the History of Minorities and Medicine. Save your spot today. " Medical care: establishing excellence as equal opportunity Medical History Program, Sept. 29"

4/26/2022: WFYI's Taylor Bennett spoke to IMHM Executive Director Sarah Halter about the Voices From Central State project. "Do you have a story to share about Central State Hospital?"2021

10/21/2021: Indiana humanities organizations getting boost through federal relief funds, from Fox59 News.

10/4/2021: IMHM Receives $50,000 Grant to Expand Patient Memory Archive & Research. Read the press release here. See the National Endowment for the Humanities announcement here.

6/8/2021: Many thanks to Don Knebel for featuring the Indiana Medical History Museum in the latest issue of Current in Carmel! Check it out here.

6/8/2021: Sarah Halter will be talking about the 1918 Spanish flu and its impact in Central Indiana on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:30pm at the Johnson County Museum of History as part of their Voices from the Past: Storyteller Series. Click here to learn more. And click here to here part of her interview today with Chris Wooldridge of KORN Country 100.3 in Franklin.

5/2/2021: IMHM Executive Director Sarah Halter was honored today by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter when she was presented a certificate of award and medal from the Historic Preservation Committee for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

4/13/2021: IMHM is honored to participate in this fun and unique project from Indiana Humanities! Bookmark Indy highlights the places that inspired Indianapolis’ writing community including Central State Hospital. Check out works by former patients including Anna Agnew, Riah Cox and Albert Thayer at and look for the markers at IMHM and other places around town.

4/10/2021: Tune in to Hoosier History Live on WICR 88.7 at noon today to here IMHM Education Manager Norma Erickson and retired attorney Gary Shaw talk more about Presidential Disabilities and Indiana's Role in the Crafting of the 25th Amendment. 

4/1/2021: The Indiana Medical History Museum has reopened again after being closed since last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic! Visits are by appointment only, but you can learn more about our COVID-related precautions and restrictions and reserve your spot here.

2/13/ 2021: Tune in to Hoosier History Live on WICR 88.7 at noon to hear IMHM Executive Director Sarah Halter talk with host Nelson Price about new projects and all of the exciting things happening at the Museum, especially updates on our cemetery project and other efforts to "rehumanize" and memorialize the patients who lived and sometimes died at Central State Hospital. 

2/4/2021: Catch IMHM on WISH-TV's All Indy Adventures: Indiana Medical History Museum with WISH-TV's Alexis Rogers and Visit Indy's Nate Swick.


12/1/ 2020: "Uncertainty For Graves At Central State Hospital Site" Taylor Bennett, WFYI

11/29/2020: Letter to the Editor "IMPD showed disrespect in disturbing Central State gravesite" Dorothy Pratt, PhD, Indianapolis Star

11/27/2020: The IMHM Board sent letters to Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and head of the IMPD K9 Unit Lt. Robert Stradling urging them to work with us to ensure the future preservation of the CSH Cemetery.

11/25/ 2020: "Utility work for new IMPD K-9 facility unearths human remains" Mary Milz, WTHR

11/25/ 2020: "Human remains at Central State 'mangled' in IMPD facility construction, museum says" Indianapolis Star

11/25/ 2020: "Central State Human Remains 'Mangled' by Police Construction" US News & World Report


11/25/2020:"Central State Human Remains 'Mangled' by Police Construction" Associated Press

11/24/2020: We have a heartbreaking update to share about recent incidents in the Central State Hospital Cemetery, Section I. Click here to read the update.

9/26/2020: "Indiana museum traces shuttered mental hospital’s unmarked graves" North State Journal

9/22/2020: "Indiana Medical History Museum, Ball State team up on patient burials" video, the Indianapolis Star

9/19/2020: "Remembering the forgotten: Museum enumerates Central State Hospital's unmarked graves" by Jordan Erb, Indianapolis Star

9/3/2020: IMHM on WFYI "Indiana Medical History Museum Working To Identify Those Buried In Central State Cemetery"

7/28/2020: The Indiana Medical History Museum made Afar's list of "10 Best Road Trips From Chicago for a Weekend Getaway"

7/7/2020: "The Work Goes On at the Indiana Medical History Museum" by Rita Kohn for NUVO

5/28/2020: The Indiana Medical History Museum is a very grateful recipient of a $5,000 Indiana Humanities CARES Grant to help support our operations while closed due to COVID-19.

4/27/2020: The Indiana Medical History Museum is on Hoodline's list of "The 4 Best Museums in Indianapolis."

4/1/2020: Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin Special Feature: Indiana Medical History Museum by Richard D. Feldman, MD, IMS Board Member, IMHM Board Member and Past President, Former Indiana State Health Commissioner

3/18/2020: Today we said goodbye to Dr. Charles A. Bonsett. Dr. Bonsett was working at Central State Hospital when the Pathological Department was closed in 1968 and slated for demolition. He and his colleagues worked tirelessly and invested their own funds to save the building and establish the Indiana Medical History Museum. Dr. Bonsett's support and enthusiasm never wavered, and to the end he was still a member of the Edenharter Circle and attended nearly every event. Without him the Indiana Medical History Museum would not exist and the Old Pathology Building would not have survived. We are so grateful to him for, and he will be sorely missed. Obituary

3/17/2020: One T.C. Steele painting of Dr. William B. Flecter is the newest addition to the Friends of T.C. Steele online compilation of T.C. Steele works from museums, sites, and private collections across the country. See it and learn more about this and other works here.

3/16/2020: IMHM mentioned in Indy South Magazine's article "Museums offer perfect getaways during dicey spring months." 

2/17/2020: IMHM is among the cool places to visit in Indy in this month's issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Check it out here.

2/3/2020: IMHM Announces crowd funding campaign with Ball State University Applied Anthropology Laboratories to locate the burials in the oldest section of the Central State Hospital Cemetery in order to properly memorialize the patients buried there. Click here to learn more, watch the video, or make a donation.

1/21/2020: We're excited that we made this USA Today 10 Best list of must see quirky and unique museums in the United States! We're certainly won't find anything else like the Indiana Medical History Museum in the country! But stop by to see for yourself!


12/15/2019: The IMHM Winter 2019-2020 newsletter is now available as a PDF online.

8/12/2019: If you subscribe to SiriusXM, tune in tomorrow morning to Doctor Radio's Everyday Health show hosted by Dr. Carol Bernstein on SiriusXM110. Sarah Halter will be on this morning from 8 to 8:30am talking about the Indiana Medical History Museum and the new interpretation of the Museum's specimen collection.

8/9/2019: Check out Dr. Richard Feldman's Indianapolis Business Journal article on the work of Dr. Charles Bonsett, neurologist and one of the founders of the Indiana Medical History Museum. Dr. Bonsett's work on Duchenne's muscular dystrophy was done right here in the Old Pathology Building.

8/8/2019: Executive Director Sarah Halter was a guest on WFYI's All In today talking about the uniqueness of the Old Pathology Building and the importance of preserving its history. Listen to the full show here!

7/9/2019: Rehumanizing the IMHM Specimen Collection featured on Fox 59 News.

7/8/2019: More coverage of our Rehumanizing the IMHM Specimen Collection exhibit from John Russell for the Indianapolis Business Journal healthcare blog The Dose.

7/2/2019: Our project to "rehumanize" the specimens in our collection was featured in Smithsonian Magazine online. Check it out here!

6/21/2019: Many thanks to Victoria Ratliff and Haley Carney from for their recent visit! Their article can be viewed here.

6/7/2019: Listen to IMHM's Sarah Halter and Norma Erickson talk to host Nelson Price on Hoosier History Live! Aired on 6/1/2019. Click here for the recording.

4/16/2019: The Indiana Medical History Museum is featured on today's blog from The Rest is History. Check out the post here.

3/25/2019: Wednesday, March 27th at 8pm, IMHM will be featured on the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum. 

3/8/2019: Sarah Halter, executive director of IMHM, shared the story of Dr. William Fletcher and his reform efforts at Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in the 1880s on Hot Pepper History presented by the Indiana Historical Society.

2/12/2019: This is a wonderful tribute to a very special person. Narcissa Hocker was an incredible woman and a great supporter of the Indiana Medical History Museum. Click here to ready the full tribute from ASCLS.

2/9/2019: Indianapolis and the Indiana Medical History Museum have also been included in the National Educators Association's  5 Offbeat Ideas for an On-budget Vacation in 2019. Read the full article here.

1/22/2019: Indianapolis made Texas Lifestyle Magazine's list of 19 Places to Go in 2019, and IMHM and our Medicinal Plant Garden are must sees!


10/12/2018: Many thanks to Fox59 and Lindy Thackston for visiting this week and highlighting IMHM and Central State Hospital for Your Town Friday. See the video here.

10/12/2018: Congrats to IMHM Board member and volunteer Norma Erickson on the unveiling of a new historical marker commemorating Lincoln Hospital. See Will Higgins' Indy Star article.

5/18/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is in good company in Forbes' article "6 Great Reasons to Visit America's Most Underrated City Right Now." Click here for the full article.

3/28/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is among 7 Reasons Indy is Ideal for Your Next Family Vacation in this blog post from Stephanie Black at Visit Indiana.

3/7/2018: Exciting things are happening this week at IMHM! We're gearing up to replace all three of our cracked and leaky skylights thanks to a Heritage Support Grant from the  Indiana Historical Society made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

2/16/2018: On Saturday, February 10th, our very own Norma Erickson was a guest on Hoosier History Live with Nelson Price talking about African American health care in Indiana during the early 20th century. Listen to a podcast of the show here.

2/14/2018: Indiana Medical History Museum was featured in this Washington Post's article highlighting Things to do in Indianapolis!


11/29/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is featured in an article by Chris Flook on Visit Indiana's website.  History & Science Are Both on Display at This Medical History Museum- click here for the full article.

11/22/2017: Will Higgins of the Indy Star has some great holiday gift ideas from local museum gift shops including Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012 by Lucy Jane King, MD and Alan D. Schmetzer, MD. It's available at the Indiana Medical History Museum for $20!  Click here to see Will's full list.

10/18/2017: Our speaker for the Fall 2017 Forensic Science Lecture, Dr. Darin Wolfe, is featured in this article from  Indiana autopsy doctor talks about life, death, and myths of the morgue

9/18/2017: Here's an interesting take on the Museum from the Times of Northwest Indiana.  See the full article here.  A second article covers Frankenfest our upcoming launch of Indiana Humanities' series One State/One Story: Frankenstein. Click here.

9/10/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is a  ‘Tangible Reminder’ Of Indiana’s Mental Health History from Indiana Public Media. Click here for the article and video.

8/23/2017: Canadian radio show host Jeremy Bradley paid us a visit this summer while recording his travel radio show On the Road with Jeremy Bradley here in Indianapolis.  Check out photos from his visit and listen to an on air interview with Sarah Halter here.

8/23/2017: On Sunday, August 20th IMHM was featured in an article about all of the cool happenings on the former grounds of Central State Hospital.  The article was printed on the front page of the Living section, but you can read the online version here.

8/17/2017: Just in time for GenCon, the Indiana Medical History Museum made the list of 14 Amazingly Nerdy Places in Indy.  See who else made the cut here.

8/16/2017: IMHM Executive Director Sarah Halter is one of twelve history professionals nation-wide selected to participate in the American Association for State and Local History's immersive three-week training program Developing History Leaders @SHA.  Read more.

8/2/2017: Indiana Humanities has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund a fleet of programs inspired by the classic novel Frankenstein, which turns 200 in 2018. As a result of this funding, organizations from across Indiana will have the opportunity to participate in a statewide read and to bring innovative humanities-based programming to their communities to discuss the book and its themes. This year-long, state-wide series of events kicks off right here at the Indiana Medical History Museum with Frankenfest on Saturday, September 30th!

7/30/2017: A few weeks ago, Rose Brewington of the Cincinnati Refined visited the Indiana Medical History Museum.  Check out our entry with her photos and comments here.

5/2/2017: This morning IMHM Executive Director Sarah Halter joined Marsh Davis of Indiana Landmarks and April Fisher Cumberland town manager to talk out Indiana Landmarks Ten Most Endangered list and our experience on the list in 2015.  You can listen to the show here.

3/24/2017: The IMHM was featured in the April 2017 issue of Senior Life--see the article by Matthew Silver on page 10 (PDF)

3/11/2017: The States of Incarceration traveling exhibit is coming soon to the Central Library in Indianapolis. The IUPUI-curated portion of the exhibit explores intersections of mass incarceration and mental illness, as well as a series of public programs on topics like prison education and re-entry.

3/9/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum has been nominated for "Best Museum" on the Indy A-List.

1/6/2017: Our recently acquired foreign bodies cabinet was featured on the IU Health News Hub: The Bizarre, Long-lost Objects Found Inside Patients’ Bodies

1/5/2017:  WTHR reports, the IMHM just received a $50,000 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society, funded by the Lilly Endowment, to replace our three leaky skylights.


9/2/2016: Our Indiana Historical Bureau marker to commemorate Central State Hospital was delivered today!  Stay tuned for details about our upcoming unveiling ceremony.

6/14/2016:  We're thrilled to announce that we have received a matching Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service for the second year in a row!  This $47, 400 grant will help cover the cost of the rest of the exterior masonry.  We'll begin this project in the coming months and complete it this fall.

5/12/2016: Thanks to individual donations and a grant through Indiana Landmarks from the Marion County Preservation Fund, we have now completed the masonry work on the north and east elevations of the Old Pathology Building.  We removed old mortar that was smeared on the brick faces, repointed where needed, and replaced spalled and broken bricks.

4/28/2016: Although we remain on Indiana Landmarks' watch list, we have been left off of the Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered List for 2016!  We have a long way to go, but we're very proud of our progress so far!  Thanks to all of our Capital Campaign donors who have made this possible.  And thank you for your continued support as we forge ahead.

1/28/2016: News release describes the work of Jane Schultz, IUPUI Professor and IMHM Board Member, a historical consultant for Mercy Street, a PBS Civil War medical drama.

1/27/2016: Indiana at 200: Indiana Opened First Mental Hospital in 1848


11/29/2015:  IMHM is featured in this week's My Money MD column by Shirley Mueller, MD in Physician's Money Digest. 

11/20/2015:  Winter Hours begin Saturday, December 12th.  From 12/12/2015 through 1/16/2016, IMHM will be open for public tours on Saturdays only.

11/9/2015: Work began on Phase I of repairs to the Old Pathology Building! Masonry work on the roof, such as re-pointing, replacing damaged bricks, and repairing chimneys, is the first step; Phase I work will also include replacing the shingled and membrane roofs of the building and repairing and reattaching gutters. Learn more about our effort to save the Old Pathology Building.

10/13/2015: A Time Capsule from the year 1958 was found in the cornerstone of the Bahr Treatment Center on the former Central State Hospital Grounds this summer. The time capsule contained audio and video recordings and documents commemorating the inauguration of the Treatment Center, as well as newspapers from July 1958. We posted a photo album of these materials, which are currently on loan at the museum, on our Facebook page, and we plan to display them at the museum soon (watch our website and social media for more details).  Here are some links to news coverage about the time capsule.

Indy Star online article and Photo gallery 

WTHR TV coverage and Online article

10/9/2015: Grave Robbing in Central Indiana was the subject of a talk at the annual meeting for the Hoosier Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, hosted by the IMHM on October 9. This event was mentioned in NUVO and covered in an article from Will Higgins at Indy Star.  

9/26/2015: Seeking Asylum, the event we presented with Indiana Landmarks on September 26, was covered by Victoria Davis from the Indianapolis Recorder. Davis talks about the program, preservation and development at Central State, and our Capital Campaign to save the Old Pathology Building.

9/8/2015: The IMHM and its Capital Campaign were featured on the front page of the Indianapolis Star

8/10/2015The IMHM's Capital Campaign is the featured cover story in the new August issue of the Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin. 

6/8/2015:  IMHM is excited to announce that it has received a $50,000 matching Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service toward replacing the roof on the Old Pathology Building and other "gutters & up" work which will begin shortly.  This is the first phase of a massive repair and restoration project to stabilize and preserve the Old Pathology Building.


5/29/2014: On Monday, June 2 at 10:30 am Mayor Greg Ballard, City/County Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer, and the Indiana Medical History Museum will dedicate a new grave marker in the Central State Hospital Cemetery (182 North Tibbs Avenue).

4/4/2014: NASA's Destination Station is making a stop at the museum! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm for a presentation by a NASA scientist about medical advances aboard the International Space Station. RSVP at 


8/26/2013: Indy A-List Winners Announced: IMHM made the TOP FIVE again, thanks to your support!

7/6/2013:  Check out the video of IMHM's Executive Director Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage in a segment on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

7/5/2013: IMHM will be featured in a segment on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick this evening at 7:30pm on WFYI (PBS).  It will also be shown on WTHR (NBC) on Sunday, July 7th at 11am.  Check us out!

6/24/2013: Once again, the Indiana Medical History Museum has been nominated for BEST MUSEUM on the Indy A-list.  Help us win it this year! Vote for us at

6/1/2013:  IMHM was featured on today's segment on WTHR.  Check it out here.


10/31/2012:  The Indiana Medical History Museum is featured in the November 2012 issue of Indianapolis Monthly.  Check us out!  There is also a photo gallery on the Indianapolis Monthly website.  Click here to view the gallery. 

1/18/2012:  News spreads about brain tissue in the IMHM collection (see links above)

1/11/2012: Article about brain tissue research appears in Daily Diagnosis.

1/11/2012: Article about brain tissue research appears in the Daily Mail (UK).

1/10/2012: Huffington Post has article about brain tissue research.

1//9/2012: Scientific American reports on Dr. Sandusky's brain tissue research.


12/10/2011: You Tube - A 4.5 minute news film shot and narrated by Dave Nicholson, a reporter for WFIU/TIU in Bloomington.

12/7/2011:  Brain tissue in the IMHM collection used to advance modern medicine.  

10/20/2011: The IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden receives award at International Master Gardener Conference.                                    

8/31/2011:  Check us out in the September/October issue of Indiana Gardening!

7/8/2011:  Jane E. Schultz, PhD was a guest on Sound Medicine last week discussing the Civil War diary of nurse Harriet Eaton.

6/28/2011:  IMHM featured

6/10/2011:  IMHM is collecting donations of school supplies for the United Way of Central Indiana's Back Pack Attack.  Drop off donations at the museum Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, June 23rd through July 15th.

4/19/2011:  Culinary Herbalist and Food Writer visits Indianapolis and the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden Read her blog.

3/11/2011:  IMHM Partners with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis for their 70th Classical Concert Season, "The Arts of Music and Science"  


10/31/2009: A group of nurses in Indianapolis for the 40th Biennial Convention of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) visited the Indiana Medical History Museum, sponsored by the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.   One of them wrote an article about the experience.

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