How Your Ancestor Died

Ever read an obituary from the 1800s and saw they died from “consumption” or “grippe,” or even worse “Horrors.” These old-fashioned names for diseases and ailments can tell us a lot about our ancestors, but you just need to know what those diseases were. The Indiana Medical History Museum’s Executive Director, Sarah Halter will take us through some of the most common names, help you interpret those names, and talk about what that might have meant for Hoosiers.


  • $10 per person
  • Must be purchased in advance online
  • NO tickets will be sold at the gate

Location: Gothic Chapel (enter the 34th Street Gate, 3402 Boulevard Place) 

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program contains some topics, photographs, and descriptions that some parents may find unsuitable for their children.  Topics include death, funerals, corpses, and sickness.

Purchase Tickets
Thursday, August 24
  • $10

  • 6:30 p.m.