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Historic Preservation Month—May 2017! store

Although the snow has just started flying, spring will be here before we know it. This means it’s time to start thinking about activities your group or community can do for Historic Preservation Month.




Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

Contest photo

The DHPA is holding its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest again in 2017 and we need YOU! There are still some nice fall days left so get out and find something old to take a picture of (but you have until April 7, 2017 to send it in). Well…you can take Grandma’s picture, but for this photo contest we’re looking for pictures of buildings or other designed features (landscapes, bridges, cemeteries, etc). If you are struggling to come up with a potential subject, consider round/polygonal barns. Our poster for Historic Preservation Month in 2017 is going to feature round/polygonal barns- if you live near one or see one out on your adventures, snap a photo and send it in. Other basic requirements:

  • subject of photo must be at least 50 years old (our threshold for “historic”) and in Indiana
  • photos should be 8x10 prints and framed or matted on or with a white 11x14 matte board

Photographers must fill out an entry form for each photo and attach to photo (limit of 3 photos per photographer).

The deadline for the contest is April 7, 2017. Submissions must be in the office at the end of the business day. This is not a date-stamped deadline.

To learn more, see previous winners, and access the entry form. 

Early Peoples of Indiana

Our most requested archaeology outreach document, Early Peoples of Indiana, has been revised and updated. It was first published in 1999, revised in 2003, and updated and revised again in 2008 and 2012. The authors, State Archaeologist Amy Johnson and retired State Archaeologist Dr. James R. Jones III, thank Lindsay Brown of the DNR’s Division of Communications for her work on the redesign of the document.
Early Peoples of Indiana
Per state statute (Indiana Code 14-21-1-12), one of the duties of the DHPA is to develop a program of archaeological research and development, including the publication of information regarding archaeological resources in the state. Also, Indiana Code 14-21-1-13 states that the Division may conduct a program of education in archaeology. Indiana’s cultural resources management plans have also listed educating the public about Indiana’s prehistoric and historic Native American cultures and identifying, and studying Native American, African-American, and other ethnic and cultural heritage resources, as ways to accomplish several preservation goals. This document is one of the ways the DHPA continues to address these mandates and goals.

The 2016 edition is on the DHPA website and visitors to the DHPA may pick up printed copies of the volume. DHPA Archaeology Team members will also bring copies to events they attend.

Newly Listed Properties on the National Register of Historic Places 

National Register house

From May, 2016, through September, 2016, Indiana added 12 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings - houses, college campus buildings, a covered bridge, a school, 

and farms (including an orchard) - have added approximately 89 historic resources to the National and State Registers.  Read about the listing.

For information on Indiana properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures.

Indiana’s Main Street Highlighted at Indiana Preservation Conference conference

Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing historic buildings and neighborhoods, will go to Wabash, April 26-28. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders.

Section 106 and Section 18 Training

As a part of Preserving Historic Places, the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will be hosting FREE on Tuesday, April 25th a one-day workshop on Section 106 and Section 18 – how it works, submitting a good application, finding historic resources, determining if a property is in the National Register of Historic Places, and other topics that will help consultants submit the information staff needs to review projects under State and Federal Compliance Review. You will be able to register for this as a part of your Conference Registration or as a single event – either way the Section 106 Workshop is free.  Registration opens Feb. 1, 2017.

Hoosier Women at Work Women’s History Conference

women at work logo

The Hoosier Women at Work: Women in Medicine, Science, and Technology - Women’s History Conference  will be held April 1st  at the Indiana State Library. This one-day conference, sponsored by the DHPA, Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Women’s History Association, and Indiana Humanities will explore and expand knowledge of women’s contributions to Indiana through their labor in science, medicine, and technology. Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Sharra Vostral, Associate Professor at Purdue University, will provide an overview and remarks at the luncheon.  Cost is $20. 

For more info, see

Internships at DHPA

Throughout the year, the DHPA frequently hosts interns from universities across the state (sometimes even from outside of Indiana).  These unpaid positions are an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about real world history and preservation jobs, acquire news skills, and deliver important products for the office.  If you or someone you know is interested in interning at the DHPA, contact our office at 317/234-1268 or

Tell us what you think!

We are always interested in your ideas.  If there is a topic you would like to see in an upcoming issue of Eavesdropping, send us an e-mail at

  • Images can be black and white or color and should be current (taken within the last 2 years).
  • Each photographer is limited to three (3) entries and each entry must have the entry form.

Follow DHPA on Facebook

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is now on Facebook!  Follow us at to find out about upcoming events, participate in trivia, find out about things to see and do throughout the state, and learn interesting facts about preservation in Indiana.  If you have suggestions for topics or questions for future discussions let us know at