Dreams Come True! We Are Grateful!
KURT VONNEGUT’S NEW “FOREVER HOME” OPENED NOVEMBER 9, 2019!
Thank you to the many volunteers, donors, vendors, community partners, and others who made our Grand Opening and VonnegutFest a huge success! What a great day of meaningful and entertaining programming! We are here to provide our guests a wonderful visit, thanks to you. Indianapolis City-County Council President Vop Osili changed his busy schedule to make sure to be able to attend our event. Thank you, Vop! His entire speech was wonderful, here’s an excerpt:
On a day, in a week, and in a month where I know many will be reaching for their favorite Vonnegut quotes, I’m reflecting today on one of my own. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “The death of a library, any library, suggests that the community has lost its soul.” And in the anticipation of this afternoon’s events and the opening of this incredible facility, I’ve been wondering—if Vonnegut was right about that, does that mean perhaps the opposite is also true? If the death of a library suggests that a community has lost its soul, does the birth—or rebirth—of a library help a community find its soul? Are we here to cut a ribbon this afternoon? Or are we perhaps here to tap the well of our city’s collective soul?
I’d be hard-pressed to call this afternoon a mere ribbon cutting. As we stand in this spot that brings together the writings and legacy of Kurt Vonnegut with this city’s tradition of jazz, which he loved so much, and this uniquely hometown café, and so much beautiful art inspired by Vonnegut’s own work, I believe we are driving a nuanced and needed tap into the well of Indianapolis’ soul. As Midwesterners, we so often fool ourselves into thinking that culture and art belong to the coasts; we become habituated to looking “out there” for the treasure of talent and overlook our own rich artistic and cultural traditions.
But Kurt Vonnegut always understood the fallacy of that outward focus. “All my jokes,” he once said, “are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.”
I am grateful to Vonnegut and this museum and library for helping us all see what is Indianapolis.
If you were not able to join us this past weekend, please come see us soon. We can’t wait to show you around.
The desire to grow and improve is ever present!
Thank you for supporting our Kickstarter campaign to bring Unstuck in Time: A New Slaughterhouse-Five Exhibition to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Thanks to 350+ contributors, we raised the nearly $40,000 needed. We are grateful!
“Free Speech 50” Sponsors (It’s not too late to join this list!)
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library opened at 543 Indiana Avenue November 9, just in time for VonnegutFest!
One of our permanent exhibitions focuses on Freedom of Expression.
You are invited to become one of 50 donors (individuals or corporations) to contribute $500 to support the creation of phase one of this important educational exhibition.
Donor names will be displayed at the exhibit and highlighted in future newsletters and select event programs. Thanks to those who have already donated:
- Anonymous Gift in Honor of Brett Stoker
- Theresa and Terrian Barnes
- Sharon D. Battista
- The Charles Bruce Foundation
- Dr. David A. and Mrs. Mary F. Cory
- Nicholas Croce
- James Forest Day on behalf of Montana Wildhack
- DePauw University Libraries
- Juliet and Alan Duncanson
- Valerie Elliott
- Mary Lee Gambone
- Matthew and Anne Gillingham
- Gregory & Appel Insurance
- Sarah Harrell and Kristin Cutler
- Paige Christine Harrington
- Heartland Hemp and Supply Co.
- James Lucas Jones and Jennie Jones
- David and Mimi Lepreau Jose
- Victor R. Jose
- Marshal A. Miller
- Frank Noge
- John and Lisa Nolan
- Mark Pfaff in honor of Daniel W. Pfaff
- Mark Remington
- Patrick Rummel
- Stephanie Salter
- Bonnie Schall
- Kimann and Mike Schultz
- Sherwin Williams (Downtown Location)
- Kurt Simerman
- Candace and Neil Teixeira
- Kevin Toner and Susan Toner
Join us! Call KVML CEO Julia Whitehead (317) 652-1954
to learn how you can help make history with your contribution.
Click here for more info and a donation form.
Thank you for your support!
Remember our partnership with Butler University last year in which we presented a dramatic reading of Kenneth Jones’s Alabama Story? Now, it’s a play! Meet Emily Reed, an Indiana native who becomes state librarian of Alabama and finds her life and livelihood at risk when a controversial children’s book crosses her desk. This innocent tale of a white rabbit marrying a black rabbit angers politicians in the civil rights era. Will the librarian give in to demands to burn the book? Find out October 25 to November 17 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Because we are a sponsor of this production, all KVML members can receive discounted tickets (any day but Wednesdays). Contact us at [email protected], and we’ll give you the code. Not a member but want to join for this and many other KVML benefits? Go here. For more information on the play click here.
Don’t miss our current Slaughterhouse-50 art exhibition, now through the end of the year. L.A. based artist Lance Miccio spent the last three years painstakingly working on fifty unique paintings based on the text from Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. From Billy Pilgrim to those crafty little Tralfamadorians to the beautiful Montana Wildhack, you don’t want to miss this exhibition! Lance also has posters and postcards of his work in our gift shop and online.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
REGULAR HOURS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 10, 2019
Winter Hours: October 1 to March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: April 1 to September 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Closed on major holidays.
- KVML Members: FREE
- Adults: $12
- Active Military, Veterans, and Seniors: $11
- Children (ages 5-17) & College Students with ID: $7
- Pre-school (ages 4 & under): FREE
- Blue Monday Special – FREE for All on First Monday of Every Month!
Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
543 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
About Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut is a renowned author who took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which is 50 years old in 2019.