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Hosted by Indiana Historical Society

Learn about the Ku Klux Klan’s rise to power in Indiana in the 1920s and hear the stories of the people who resisted and combated the Klan’s hate.

April 13 @ 10:00 am EDT – September 30 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
$5 – $15

Event Details

The Indiana Historical Society’s exhibit RESIST! explores a pivotal 1924 event and the context that surrounded it. At the height of its power, the Ku Klux Klan planned a rally in South Bend, Indiana, in May 1924. The city is home to the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution that in the mid-1920s had approximately 2,500 students. This set up a major flashpoint between the Klan and a religious group it had villainized and persecuted.

This exhibition will seek to help visitors understand key questions and realities around the Klan’s rise to power in Indiana. It will also highlight how people resisted, including Notre Dame students in 1924, and how they raised questions about how to combat hate.

The exhibit runs from April 13, 2024, to August 2, 2025, and is open during the Indiana Historical Society’s regular hours. For more information about hours and admission, visit the historical society’s website or call 317.232.1882.

This program received support through an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.