Indiana Music And Entertainment Museum Offers Free Event

Sources: Indianapolis Reporter – By Leslie Fuller | All Things Michael


From Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 in Gary, to Wes Montgomery in Indianapolis, to WICR-FM’s broadcasting legend Chuck Workman, the Hoosier State boasts some amazing legends in its music, film and broadcast history.

Now, a group of veteran entertainment authors, collectors and historians is launching The Indiana Museum of Music and Entertainment (IMEM), featuring Indiana’s contributions to music, film and broadcast history.

IMEM, an Indiana non-profit organization founded in 2014, expects to establish a permanent brick and mortar location for this endeavor once funds are available, allowing visitors to listen to, view and discover Indiana music, film and broadcasting history.

The museum will also be focused documenting, displaying and preserving artifacts and educating Hoosiers about the state’s rich entertainment history. The launch of the project is Saturday, April 4 from 6-10 p.m. at the Wheeler Arts Theater, 1035 Sanders St., in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood.

Visitors can browse exhibits and meet Indiana authors, exhibitors, founders of IMEM and enjoy live music from jazz musician Clifford Ratliff and Friends, Tim Wright (Wright Brothers) and Karen Irwin; and Cathy Morris. It was recently announced that veteran Hoosier broadcaster Jimmy Mack will attend.

Participating authors include: David Fulton, Naptown Rock Radio Wars, Larry Goshen, Let The Good Times Roll, David Humphrey, All Those Years Ago, Monika Herzig, David Baker – A Life in Music, David Williams,Indianapolis Jazz, and Julie Young, Famous Faces of WTTV.

Exhibitors will include: Tom Fontaine with rare memorabilia and film from both The Beatles 1964 Indiana State Fair performance and Elvis Presley’s last concert at Market Square Arena; Larry Goshen with early Indiana rock and jazz memorabilia; John Rabold with radio and TV memorabilia (including WTTV’s former production console); and Rick Wilkerson with rare Indiana records, posters and concert flyers.

Full disclosure: this reporter has friendships with many of the organizers.

Admission is free. Patrons will have an opportunity to learn more about the museum’s future plans and become involved in helping the mission of IMEM become a reality. Sponsors include the House of Blue Lights, Irvington Vinyl, Arthur’s Music Store, Flanner and Buchanan, and Musical Family Tree.

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