2016 Exhibit – The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries of Hoosier Music

A celebration of Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial, this exhibit highlights the songs, people and places that have helped Indiana carve out a distinct niche in America’s musical landscape. A tour of many of the state’s important contributions to music, both including and beyond the Great American Songbook, featured artists include Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Florence Henderson, the Ink Spots, the Jackson Five, Joshua Bell, Crystal Gale, Sandi Patty, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Noble Sissle, Steve Wariner, Carrie Newcomer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and many more.



People love music! Everywhere in the world, we enjoy the magical combination of rhythm, melody, and meaning. The connection between performer and audience is both powerful and intimate – it might have even predated the creation of language!

Hoosiers love their music just as much as anybody else, and we’ve been making music in every corner of the state for a very long time. People in Indiana have mastered every style of American music, from bebop to gospel and hard rock to opera. As composers, performers, and audiences, we have made our mark on the history of music in America and the world.

Join the Great American Songbook Foundation as we celebrate our state’s birthday with an exploration of our state’s great music-makers!

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