Jackie Sheckler Finch

Indianapolis International Travel Examiner

From her country home in Indiana, Jackie Sheckler Finch has traveled the globe in search of good stories. For most of her adult life, she has been a newspaper reporter and photographer covering a wide array of topics - from birth to death with all the joy and sorrow in between. Editor of two Hoosier publications, Jackie also has written 15 guidebooks and been named the Mark Twain Travel Writer of the Year a record five times.

A King's Home: Elvis Birthplace adds statues of the boy and the entertainer
August 1, 2017
As a child, Elvis Presley would climb a hill behind his two-room birthplace in Tupelo and dream about the future. With his $7.75 hardware-store guitar on his knees, the Mississippi boy would imagine becoming a singer. "We didn't know how his life would turn out," says childhood buddy Guy Harris. "He was just one of us. He was on the same level as me when we grew up here, and he was on the same level as me when he died. Elvis never forgot where he came from." Guy grew up to become a policeman. Elvis, of course, became the world's most famous entertainer.
Indy 500 roars in May
May 7, 2017
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
Magnificent Architecture in Columbus, Indiana
February 8, 2017
Surrounded by flat Indiana cornfields, Columbus (population 45,775) seems an unlikely place for an architectural treasure trove. But worldwide travelers have discovered that the Hoosier city is home to more than 70 buildings and pieces of public art designed by some of the world's greatest architects. Like the famed explorer for which the city is named, Columbus has dared to reach great heights in its architectural quest.
Hot Spots To Visit In The Hoosier State
December 30, 2016
Make 2017 the year to visit Indiana, see the sights and hear a few stories. By the time the group returns home, they too will be Hoosiers at heart.
Midcentury Modern Marvel: Historic Columbus home is ready for the holidays
December 1, 2016
When Xenia Miller decorated her home for Christmas, she kept in mind the true meaning of the holiday. Her famed architectural showcase was filled with some of the more than 100 nativity scenes, also called crèches, that the world traveler had collected over the years. "Her collection truly was a very global representation," says Erin Hawkins, marketing director for the Columbus Area Visitors Center. "It is so interesting to see the different cultures represented in her collection."
Old West celebrated at National Ranching Heritage Center
December 1, 2016
Once upon a time, the one-room schoolhouse was where the children of cowboys, ranchers and homesteaders learned how to read and write. Built near the turn of the 20th century and used until 1937, the Bairfield Schoolhouse had a cast-iron stove set on stones so sparks wouldn't land on the wooden floor and burn down the small school.
Indy Zoo Orangutan Center To Help Endangered Species
September 1, 2016
Ambling through an open door, Azy the orangutan flops on a large seat and eyes the computer screen in front of him. Watching Dr. Robert Shumaker through a huge observation window in an adjoining room, Azy patiently waits for symbols to appear on the computer screen. Then the action starts.
Centennial Indy 500: 100th Running of Indy 500 To Be Celebrated
May 1, 2016
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
Tibetan Blossoming in Hoosier Countryside
May 1, 2016
A kind-faced woman smiles from a silver- framed photograph. Something about the happiness in her eyes looks familiar. A nearby picture of a young man shows a strong resemblance. He, too, radiates joy and seems almost on the verge of laughing out loud.
Bloomington: Experience History Art and Wine In Southern Indiana
May 1, 2016
When night spreads its velvet cloak over Bloomington, Indiana, and stars shine their brightest, it's easy to see how composer Hoagy Carmichael was inspired to write his lovely classic, "Stardust." The story goes that Carmichael - who was born in Bloomington and attend- ed Indiana University (IU) - was taking an evening stroll around the campus in 1927 when the starry night sparked his imagination. Hurrying to an old piano in the Book Nook, Carmichael composed the popular tune. Today, visitors can see Carmichael's gravesite at Rose Hill Cemetery and his statue seated at a piano on the IU campus.
Check out the Turkish fiddle and Buddhist sand art
November 6, 2015
Featured in the 7,000-square-foot exhibition are fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Israel, a large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jewish devotional objects taken into space by former astronaut David Wolf; the trunk Mormon leader Brigham Young carried from New York to Utah, a piece of the Kiswa (a gold-embroidered fabric, which drapes the Kaaba in Mecca), a replica of the Shroud of Turin and a statue of Ganesh, the Hindu god of good fortune.
Sacred Journeys at Indy Children's Museum seeks to bring peace, understanding
October 25, 2015
Although it was much bigger, far more worn and centuries older than his copy at home, Trey Scott knew immediately what was in the exhibit case before him. "It's the Bible," he says, turning to see his father, Will Scott, nodding in agreement.
Sacred Journeys at Indy Children's Museum seeks to bring peace, understanding
October 25, 2015
Museum officials note that America is home to followers of hundreds of religious faiths, yet few know much about their neighbor's beliefs, practices or traditions. The goal is that by visiting the exhibit families will be able to observe, discuss and begin to understand some of the beliefs and sacred journeys made by people around the world.
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