In 2008 the Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) was incorporated as an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to education about the rich cultural heritage and abundant achievements of Indian Americans. IAHM builds on a strong foundation of successful and on-going programs and activities begun in 1994. They include:
- Hundreds of presentations to school and university students.
- Credit workshops for teachers including a Fulbright-funded six-week study tour in India.
- Participation in the Field Museum’s Cultural Connections programs.
- Educational seminars for universities, tour groups and corporations.
- Publication of a pictorial history, Asian Indians of Chicago (Arcadia Publishing, 2003)*.
Programs are conducted with the enthusiastic support of the Indian American community.
They include collaboration with other ethnic museums and leading institutions such as the Field Museum Center for Cultural Change and Understanding, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Opera Theater.
Affiliation with the Chicago Cultural Alliance and the hospitality of the Indo-American Center help IAHM pursue its goals.