Press release from Ripley County Tourism
(Milan, Ind.) - Car show, parade, large screen movie, autograph session, sock hop and more are being scheduled for the Grand Opening of the new Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum Saturday, June 8. The Milan ’54 Museum board of directors and others have been working to raise funds and remodel the Milan State Bank building on Carr Street in Milan, Indiana to house memorabilia and tell the story of the “Milan Miracle”, the small school that beat the much larger Muncie Central in the 1954 State High School Basketball Championship.
Milan residents and businesses are invited to spruce up their properties and show visitors what Hoosier Hospitality is all about, according to Ripley County Tourism Bureau Director Katherine Taul. “We also invite local residents to in 1954 era clothing for the day to help set the time,” Taul noted.
The movie “Hoosiers”, inspired by the 1954 events, draws international attention to this area. People have traveled to Milan from all 50 states and more than 17 foreign countries.
The Hoosier Hills Car Club will be showing their beautiful 1950s-60s cars at the Milan High School on S.R. 101 beginning at 10am, a movie will be shown on the large screen at the high school, and the newly restored 1954 original banners will be hung back in the gym.
In early afternoon a parade of the 1954 players and “Hoosiers” actors and old cars will travel through town. Downtown will be a host of activities for the afternoon, with 1950s games for all ages, an autograph session, and the museum will be open for visitors.
A very special fundraising dinner will be held in the evening, where fans can have dinner with the 1954 players and “Hoosier” actors for $54/person at the Reservation in Milan. All proceeds from the dinner and other activities will go to the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum operating fund.
The evening will end with a Sock Hop at the Milan High School, admission will be a free will offering. Everyone is encouraged to dress in 1950s attire and enjoy live music by The American Kings, playing 50s and 60s rock and roll.
“Watch for more details as the plans unfold,” Taul added, be sure to check out www.milan54.org or the Facebook page Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum or call 888-747-5394 or 812-689-7431 for more information. Any Milan organizations wanting to get involved should call Taul at the number above.