The Marshall County Museum invites visitors to explore the experiences of Latinos and their impact on Indiana with a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). The exhibit, “Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana,” will be open to the public from mid-September through mid-October.

“Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana” offers a glimpse into the stories of individuals of varying cultural backgrounds who recall what it has been like to be Latino in the Hoosier State throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The stories reflect on the Latinos’ cultures, as well as on their contributions to local communities or the state of Indiana.

This exhibit builds off the Indiana Historical Society’s years-long collecting initiative to gather the often historically excluded narratives of Hoosier Latinos who have settled in Indiana in large numbers for more than 100 years. Major immigration began in the late 1910s, but Latinos have appeared on the state’s census rolls since the late 1800s. This community has seen its share of struggle, including a wave of repatriations and deportations in the 1930s, but has remained, contributing to the state through commerce, science, education, activism, and more.

Using photographs, oral histories, newspapers, letters, and other documents, this exhibit introduces a larger story that is still being written — a story that has had and will continue to have a transformative impact on Indiana and beyond. A Spanish translation of the text is also available.

“Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana” is made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The photo is courtesy of the Raul Piñon Family, Indiana Historical Society.

For more information or to plan your visit, call 574-936-2306. The museum is located at 123 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

About IHS Traveling Exhibitions

Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools, and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at or (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit

About the Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society collects and preserves Indiana’s unique stories; brings Hoosiers together in remembering and sharing the past; and inspires a future grounded in our state’s uniting values and principles. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.