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Allison Duerk: "The Art in the Debs Museum"

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of hosting  Allison Duerk from the Eugene V. Debs Museum for our monthly First Friday speaker series. Allison took us on a fascinating journey through the Debs House, uncovering the artistic treasures hidden within this iconic Terre Haute landmark. For those unfamiliar, the Debs House was the home of Eugene V. Debs, a renowned labor organizer and five-time presidential candidate.  

Allison's talk offered unique insights into the art, history, and community. She highlighted various artworks throughout the house, providing context on the artists and the inspiration behind their pieces. From intricate murals to thought-provoking sculptures, each work told a story deeply rooted in Terre Haute's cultural fabric. 

One of the highlights was Allison's in-depth look at the murals on the third floor, which she explained were created by local artist Dr. John Laska.  

For those who missed the event, we've included a recording of Allison's talk below. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in gaining a deeper appreciation for the art scene in our community and the rich heritage preserved within the Eugene V. Debs House. 


We extend our sincere thanks to Allison for sharing her knowledge and passion with us. Events like these remind us of the incredible talent and creativity thriving right here in Terre Haute. Be sure to mark your calendars for our next First Friday speaker event on April 5th at 6 PM where Micheal Moore will talk about his winning eclipse poster.  


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