One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read Mary Shelley’s classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than 70 organizations across Indiana will receive funding, books and other resources to help them plan and carry out local programs including book discussions, scholar talks, read-a-thons, film screenings and more.
More than a dozen other programs—including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror writing festival for teens, a weekend retreat for adults and a speakers bureau—will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. Additionally, fourteen colleges and universities are coordinating programs and activities commemorating Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary. Highlights include two exhibits featuring first editions, at Indiana University’s Lilly Library and University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library; the development of undergraduate and “communi-versity” courses; the production of an original musical written by Ball State University faculty; and a variety of talks, panels, film festivals and conferences for on- and off-campus audiences throughout the year.
Indiana Humanities partnered with the acclaimed Examining Ethics podcast for a special Frankenstein-themed episode exploring questions about the ethics of autodidacticsm and scientists working in isolation. In the spring, Indiana Humanities will partner with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library for a program about the ways Indianapolis’ native son drew inspiration from Shelley and her most monstrous creation. One State / One Story: Frankenstein kicked off with Frankenfest, a one-of-a-kind celebration on September 30, 2017 that included a full read-a-thon of the novel, a pop-up exhibit of rare anatomical textbooks from the time of Mary Shelley, a live theatrical performance, tours and curatorial talks, and a Franks-n-Steins beer garden at the Indiana Medical History Museum.