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In recent years the public has become more concerned with the condition of historic cemeteries. While this recent public awareness for cemeteries has resulted in a number of new laws protecting these important cultural sites, it has also increased the number of people wanting to mark these sites. This has led the Indiana Historical Bureau in conjunction with the DNR-DHPA to create a special sign to commemorate and mark these sites.
For this reason, the Indiana Historical Bureau has a program designed to mark cemeteries that are over fifty years old. The IHB is working with the DHPA to ensure that when these important cultural resources are identified with Cemetery Heritage Signage, they are also catalogued in the Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry for protection.
This Cemetery Heritage Signage initiative has three purposes: to reinforce the importance of cemeteries as a resource for the interpretation of Indiana’s history; to bring attention to the existence of Indiana’s remaining cemeteries with a visual reminder of their importance; and to assist the many individuals and groups working to preserve and maintain Indiana’s cemeteries through a heightened awareness of their existence and needs.
To find a complete list of those cemeteries with Cemetery Heritage Signs or to learn how to obtain a Cemetery Heritage Sign, contact the Indiana Historical Bureau at 317-232-2535 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Indiana Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry or to determine if a cemetery is listed in the Registry, contact the DHPA at 317-232-1646.