December 15 to January 20, 2018
This Bicentennial year, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is using its award-winning You Are There series to pull back the curtain on the man behind Indiana's most successful startup.
IHS's newest exhibit, You Are There: Eli Lilly at the Beginning, will take visitors back in time to Colonel Eli Lilly's original laboratory on Pearl Street in Indianapolis. Visitors will learn how the Colonel's experiences helped shape his ideas on leadership, perseverance and philanthropy and how those ideas continue to influence today's multinational corporation. With hands-on activities and interactions with talented actors, guests also will get a feel for the Indianapolis wholesale district in the late 1800s.
Inside the space, visitors will meet a special cast of characters, including an actor portraying Eli Lilly himself. Other characters will include the Colonel's son J.K. Lilly Sr., then a teenager helping in his father's business; Augustus Kiefer, a local wholesaler who encouraged the Colonel to open his own business; and Caroline Kruger, one of the company's first employees. In addition, visitors may cross paths with a local newspaper reporter interviewing the Colonel about his Civil War experiences.
In another section of the exhibit, visitors will learn about advances in the pharmaceutical industry and see artifacts on loan from Eli Lilly and Company. Guests also will see how the Colonel's legacy lives on in both the philanthropic and business communities in Indianapolis and around the world.
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