Itis an especially exciting tim e to visitIndianapolis,as the state marks its 200th anniversary.Learn about Hoosier history and celebrate this m ilestone with us! INDIANA SPIRITS BICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY BASH W hat’s a birthday without a party? Join the Indiana State Museum Oct.1,7-11:30 pm ,for a vibrant celebration com plete with live music from Indianapolis’ ow n The Doo! Band,food from localrestaurants and Indiana-m ade beer, wine and spirits.You can even make your ow n party hat and strike a posein the photo booth. W hile you’re there, be sure to check outthe m useum’stwo bicentennialexhibits:“Indiana in 200 Objects,” a collection Bobby Plump warmup jacket on exhibit at ISM of 200iconicitem s,each signifying mom entsin Indiana history,culture and science,and “200 Years ofIndiana Art,” works by artistsfrom acrossthe state.650 W. Washington St.,317.232.1637. CIVIC HISTORY TOURS The city ofIndianapolis was founded inJanuary 1821,five years after Indiana becam e a state. To this day,the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis rem ains the center ofstate governm ent. Visitors can take a Indiana Statehouse tour ofthe building on weekdays, 9 am -3 pm , and Saturdays,10 am -1 pm .From Septem ber on, explore the building’s brand new Bicentennial Plaza— also the finalresting place for the BicentennialTorch. 200 W. Washington St., 317.233.5293. HIT THE BOOKS Nowhereisthe full weight of 200 years of Indiana history heftier than atthe Indiana State Library. Thelibraryis a treasure trove for even the most casual history bu , with the state’slargest collection of genealogy records and asthe o cial depository for county,state and federal docum entation. On Oct. 22,the library hosts the Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair, them ed “200 Years of MyIndiana Hom e.” 315 W. Ohio St., 317.232.3675. HISTORY IN ART As artreflectslife, naturally three ofIndianapolis’ core culturalinstitutions honorIndiana’s bicentennial bylooking back at the talented artists and perform ersthe state has produced overthe past 200 years.The Indianapolis Museum of Art (4000 Michigan Road, 317.923.1331) presents “19 Stars ofIndiana Art,” paintings,sculptures, photography,printm aking and design by 19 artists with localties. From Oct.18-Nov.3, Indiana Repertory Theatre (140 W. Washington St., 317.635.5252) presents a specialcollaborative perform ance,“Finding Hom e:Indiana at 200,” created by writersfrom Lobyn Hamilton, Dark Fantasy, mixed media on canvas, 2001 acrossthe state,that blends music,comedy and dram a forajoyful look atIndiana history and fable. And,join the Indianapolis Sym p hony Orchestra (45 Monum ent Circle, 317.639.4300)Sept. 24 for opening night of its 2016 season,aspecial pops concert honoring both the bicentennial of Indiana and the centennial ofthe orchestra’s concert hall,Hilbert Circle Theatre.