Milan Museum Events
Hoosiers Museum Grand Opening June 8
6/8/2013 - 6/8/2013
THIS EVENT HAS PASSED
Milan's 1954 basketball team and their
supporters will be gathering in Milan,
Indiana Saturday, June 8 for the Grand
Opening of the new
Milan '54 Hoosiers Museum. Located in
the former State Bank of Milan, 201 W.
Carr Street, the museum has more space
than ever to showcase
the memorabilia that has been collected
over the years representing the 1954
Milan team that won over the much larger
Muncie Central in the
state basketball championship. The
stories about the team inspired Angelo
Pizzo to write the movie "Hoosiers".
The events will kick off at 10am with a
car show featuring 1950-60s vehicles
from the Hoosier Hill Car Club. The car
show will be located
(if it doesn't rain) in the Milan High
School parking lot, 609 Warpath Dr
(State Rt. 101), in Milan.
A DVD will be shown in the Milan High
School gym on the big screen from 10:30-
12:30, for a free will donation. Watch
for details on what the
DVD is about!
At 1pm a special unveiling of the
original 1954 State Championship banners
will be held in the gym. They were just
restored, with funding
from the Rising Sun Regional
Foundation.Following the unveiling, a
parade will go through town carrying the
1954 team and any "Hoosiers"
actors who are able to make it. Everyone
is encouraged to line the streets and
cheer them on, just like in 1954.
The official ribbon cutting for the
Museum will be at 2pm, on the steps of
the new Milan '54 Hoosiers Museum, 201
W. Carr St, Milan. "We're
so excited to finally be at this point!"
noted Marianne Wiggers, Milan '54 board
president, "Many people have worked for
a very long time to
make this happen, especially Roselyn
McKittrick, who we greatly appreciate."
An Autograph Session will be held from
2:30 to 4pm in the Milan Town Hall on
Carr Street. Those wanting autographs
can pick up items to get
autographed in the Museum, or at the
autograph session. The cost to those
wanting autographs is $15/person, with
the funds going to help
support the museum.
Games for all ages will be held from
2:30-5:30 on the blocked-off W. Carr
Street, in front of the museum. Milan
High School Student Council
members are organizing the games for the
day. Chris and Laura Ault will also be
on hand to share their knowledge of '50s
dances to prepare
visitors for the evening Sock Hop. The
Ripley County Community Foundation is
sponsoring the games for the day. A
Museum Fundraising dinner
is scheduled for 5:30-7pm, where for
only $54/person fans can enjoy a sit-
down (special menu) dinner with the 1954
Team and actors attending
at the Reservation Restaurant in Milan.
Fans will enjoy hearing the banter
between the team members and have
conversations with them.
Seating is limited for the special
dinner, and reservations must be made by
calling the Ripley County Tourism Bureau
Get your good socks out for a special
Sock Hop at the Milan High School. The
American Kings Band from Cincinnati, OH
will be on hand to spin
rock n' roll tunes from the 1950-60s.
Free will donations will be accepted for
the Milan '54 Hoosiers Museum. The dance
is being sponsored
by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.
More information on the day's events is
available by calling the Ripley County
Tourism Bureau, 888-747-5394, or
Information about the Milan '54 Hoosiers
Museum is available at www.milan54.org
or calling 812-654-2772.