The Frankfort-free Weekend

Take in some Native American culture at the Eiteljorg.

Take in some Native American culture at the Eiteljorg.

After several weekends of running around, amassing enough furniture for a small army, Caitlyn and I were glad to take a break from Frankfort House duties.

With sunny skies and temps in the upper 40s and lower 50s, we decided to be a tourist in our town and ride our bikes downtown, grabbing a quick bite at Jimmy John’s, before zooming over to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Truly a jewel of the Circle City, the Eiteljorg has one of the largest collection of works produced by and/or about Native Americans and the “Old West” in the country. Sure, you’ll see a totem or two, but you’ll see paintings, sculptures, modern art and, if you’re there at the right time (like we were), a performance artist.

Caitlyn takes in the artwork in one of the galleries.

Caitlyn takes in the artwork in one of the galleries.

Our artist was an actress, sharing the story of Mary Fields, who at the age of 60 in 1895 became the first female African American employee with the U.S. Postal Service. She had to compete against other, younger competitors for the position by racing to see who could hitch a four-horse carriage the fastest. While the story catered mostly to the youngins, Caitlyn and I found the story interesting as well.

The main purpose for our visit was to check out the special Ansel Adams exhibit. More than 75 photos chosen by Adams himself are on display through August 3. Known for his ability to capture the beauty of nature, particularly at Yosemite National Park, Adams became one of the environment’s biggest advocates.

Gas doesn't grow on trees! We biked and locked up right in front of the museum.

Gas doesn’t grow on trees! We biked and locked up right in front of the museum.

Of course, we couldn’t leave without buying a couple of Adams prints – one for our home in Indy and one for the Frankfort House!

I guess it was another Frankfort weekend after all! 😉

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