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9/28 Meeting Update

September 29, 2009

In attendance at this month’s meeting were representatives from the Capitol Tour Office, DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana State Library, and the Indiana State Museum.  We welcomed three new faces: Frank Hurdis from the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Rodney Lomax and Sara Meier from the Indiana State Museum.  Elizabeth Lerch alerted the subcommittee that this would be her last meeting.  We wish her luck in her new position and appreciate all she did this year!9-28 Meeting Update

Subcommittee members brainstormed opportunities to promote the Census at upcoming events, such as Statehood Day, the Benjamin Harrison Day, Organization Day, and several museum events such as Breakfast with Santa, Tea with Mrs. Claus, and Geo Fest.  Elizabeth suggested members could apply in the next round of funding for printing of the half-sheet already created for promoting the census in Indiana or other materials for upcoming events.  For promotion at children’s programs, you might turn to the Bureau’s “Census in the Schools” materials and ideas. Check out these links to the Census in Schools main page, Census in Schools Teacher Resources, and Census in Schools Materials for Schools.

Elizabeth mentioned a few upcoming resources we can look forward to:  an FAQ document about the Census and an Indiana Census widget for websites.  She announced the availability of two new resources

1) Census Talking Points for Cultural Institutions (which can be used for talking points or printed as a handout)

2) 50 Ways We Rely on the Census. Maybe you can break this list down into a five-week session of 10 Ways We Rely on the Census for your weekly e-newsletter.

It was announced that our next meeting will be held Thursday, October 22nd at 2PM in Room 405 at the Indiana State Library.  We will continue to look in our networks for subcommittee partners, work on our low-hanging fruit, and begin to plan our actual promotion work at the upcoming events we’ve identified.

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