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Monday, November 21, 2005

Statehouse Visitor Center: Ball State Students Present Plan

At 2 PM today at the Indiana Statehouse, a group of Ball State University architecture students will present plans and a model for a museum and visitors' center for the Statehouse. Jessica Kerman, writing for the Ball State Daily News:

Professor of architecture Sonne Palmer, who worked with the Statehouse for its centennial celebration in 1988, was approached to help with the project by the State House Museum Committee.

“They originally wanted us to use some space on the first floor to make a museum of the Statehouse,” Melisa Green, one of the students working on the project, said. “We looked at different options, different ideas about how we could do that.”

The group started working on ideas in the beginning of the fall semester, and on Oct. 21, it presented the final idea to the committee, which is comprised of eight senators and representatives.

The plans include removing the media area from the first floor of the Statehouse. The story in the Ball State Daily News didn't indicate whether the plans included designation of a spot for the relocation of the Statehouse reporters. Indiana Parley speculates that given the current trends in newspapers the BSU plans might include placement of the print reporters in the proposed Statehouse museum.

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