Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will receive the Heritage Keepers Award at the 2013 Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Tribute event May 7. The reception and dinner will be held at the museum, located at 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.
The Heritage Keepers Award is given to Indiana’s greatest ambassadors for their embodiment of the Hoosier spirit in their accomplishments, leadership and service to the state. Lugar will be the third honoree following Earle Goode and the Hulman-George Family.
The fifth generation Hoosier is being honored for his leadership in helping create a better Indiana during his 48 years of public service. His political career began in 1964 when he was elected to the Indianapolis School Board. In 1968 he became mayor of Indianapolis and implemented policies that secured the city’s path for economic growth and development. In 1976 Lugar was elected to the U.S. Senate and is the longest-serving Congressman in Indiana history.
In addition to being recognized as a gifted local and state leader, Lugar became a respected national and international statesman while serving in the Senate, exercising leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear nonproliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and he was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.
Throughout his career, Lugar has been passionate about developing new leaders for Indiana through programs including the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, Fund for Hoosier Excellence, Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders and newly-formed Lugar Academy, which will help prepare students from the University of Indianapolis for the diverse challenges of public service.
Proceeds from the Tribute, which is being chaired by community leader Judy Singleton, will be used to develop high- quality exhibitions and programming on all things Indiana for the state museum and historic sites.
More information about the ISMHS or event are available online at indianamuseum.org. For ticket and sponsorship information, persons may contact email@example.com.