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Photo ContestHistoric Preservation Month Photo Contest - 2015 Winners!
The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is in the midst of celebrating Historic Preservation Month and you can still be a part of the festivities! The DHPA holds a photo contest every year.

See this year's winning photos here.

Historic Preservation Month PosterHistoric Preservation Poster
If you’d like a glossy memento to commemorate Historic Preservation Month 2015, check out our “Nothing Like Neon” poster that showcases some of Indiana’s flashy neon signs! For a free copy, contact Amy Borland at or (317) 232-1647.

Check out our Facebook page to find out which Indiana buildings make a bunch of architectural historians giddy. Every day in May, we will be unveiling a new historic resource chosen by the DHPA staff as some of Indiana’s best in our new “Building of the Day” posts.

Find us at

Dr. HenryDHPA Welcomes a New Friend! 
DHPA would like to extend a warm welcome to our new friend, Dr. Henry, Professional Archaeologist (Get it, DHPA). Henry’s career has fallen a bit “flat” lately, so he came to us for some excitement! As exciting as things are at DHPA, we need some help keeping Dr. Henry entertained. As part of the activities leading up to Indiana Archaeology Month this year, we will be choosing various institutions to send Dr. Henry so he may have adventures and learn about archaeological and/or historical resources in the state. We are asking those that choose to participate to provide us short blurbs and photos that we can put on our Facebook page. Everyone can follow Dr. Henry’s adventures at (#drhenrydhpa) to see what kinds of interesting places he gets to visit! 

Dr. Henry is looking forward to meeting you! If you are interesting in having Dr. Henry visit, please let us know at

National Register HouseNew National Register Listings
From January, 2015, through April, 2015, Indiana added four listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings - houses, a county home, and an archaeological site - have added approximately 12 historic resources to the National Register.

Annual Historic Preservation Awards
Standouts in preserving cultural resources were presented with 2015 Indiana Historic Preservation Awards at Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference in Kokomo this past April. 

  • Indiana Archaeology Award was presented to the Dr. Kira Kaufmann in recognition of her outstanding efforts in promoting the preservation, interpretation, and management of Indiana’s archaeological shipwrecks.
  • The Indiana Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Grant-Assisted Rehabilitation was presented to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities for the window rehabilitation of the former Holy Trinity Rectory (New Albany, Floyd County).
  • The Indiana Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Grant-Assisted Rehabilitation was presented to the Town of North Liberty for the rehabilitation of the WPA stone features at the North Liberty Community Park. 
  • Outstanding Historic Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Credit Project went to South Bend Heritage Foundation, Inc and Great Lakes Capital Fund Non-Profit Housing Corporation in recognition of their rehabilitation of the Rushton Senior Apartments (South Bend, St. Joe County).
  • Outstanding Historic Residential Rehabilitation Tax Credit Project went to Karen and Ryan Haynes in recognition of their rehabilitation of the John A. Ross House (Frankfort, Clinton County).

Planning for Archaeology in September
The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) coordinates Indiana Archaeology Month every September. Planning for the 20th annual statewide celebration of archaeology in our state is already underway. Partnerships are important to Archaeology Month, and we look to universities, historical societies, museums, avocational archaeology groups, etc. to help host archaeology-related events. Archaeology is for the young, and young at heart, and the science captures the imagination, so the DHPA encourages you to become involved!

Learn more about hosting an event in 2015, and the benefits of doing so.

New logoNew Logo
In the run up to this September’s 20th anniversary of a statewide celebration of Indiana archaeology, you will be seeing this logo. As a remembrance of the first poster for Indiana Archaeology Week in 1996, the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology now has the same vintage look central image, but with the 20th anniversary celebration language. We’ll be using this logo on advertising materials for Indiana Archaeology Month, in our e-newsletters, etc. Indiana Archaeology Month will have a full calendar of events, and we hope you will be able to participate in some of the many activities focused on archaeology that will take place in September. As with past years, there will be commemorative posters and t-shirts. 

To learn more about Indiana Archaeology Month, go to  

gorgetMann Site, “Triskele” Shell Gorget
The one known example of a “triskele” shell gorget found in Indiana was collected in 1964 by Mr. Charles R. Lacer, Jr., in Posey County, Indiana, during the rescue excavation of a heavily disturbed part of the small, late prehistoric Caborn-Welborn village and cemetery at the Mann site. The Mann site is Indiana’s largest and most complex prehistoric Native American site. The gorget itself was made from marine shell, a type of large conch, or whelk which once was abundant on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Learn more about the Mann Site here.

Reminder for Grant Applicants Proposing National Register Nominations
Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant proposals in the Architectural & Historical (A&H) category that seek to prepare nominations for National Register Historic Districts may require pre-verification of eligibility.

To learn more, click here.

Genealogy and Local History Fair
The Indiana State Library offers a free Genealogy Fair every year.  This year it will be at the Indiana State Library on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and the fair is open to the general public.

To learn more,

Hoosier Heritage DayHoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair
On Aug. 17, 13 state agencies and 3 not-for-profits will take over the State Fair Boulevard at the Indiana State Fair. You can stroll along State Fair Boulevard to learn about Indiana’s past, present, and future. Visit with the military re-enactors, watch the demonstration of costumed interpreters, play a game, take a history and architecture trolley tour of the fairgrounds, learn some Hoosier facts, talk with a HAM radio operator, and discover what State agencies and not-for-profits have available to help you learn more about Indiana.  But most of all have FUN!  

To see a complete list of events happening at Hoosier Heritage Day, visit during the month of August.

New Resource for Old Resources
Our office received a PDF document illustrating antiquated structural systems. We pass this on to you for your use as you work to preserve Indiana’s historic resources.

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past
In 2009, USGS began the release of a new generation of topographic maps in electronic form, and is now complementing them with the release of high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States.  Historic maps are snapshots of the nation's physical and cultural features at a particular time. Maps of the same area can show how an area looked before development and provide a detailed view of changes over time. The goal of The National Map's Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) is to scan all the USGS historic topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. The Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) exists online as a digital collection at and as a physical paper collection of maps in the USGS Clarence King Library in Reston, Virginia.

Michael Graves, architect and designer, dies
Michael Graves, an American architect and designer, died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, of natural Michael Gravescauses, according to his firm.  Graves was one of the most revered contemporary architects, known for his postmodern designs, and won hundreds of prizes in his field. He started his practice in 1964, which designed over 400 buildings worldwide.  Architecture critics hailed him as one of the original American voices in architecture as he has designed hundreds of buildings for corporations, governments, foundations and universities. Among his noted works are The Portland Building in Oregon, The Humana Building in Louisville, Kentucky, the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indiana, and the Team Disney building in Burbank, California.

His line for Target included practical items from tea kettles and drying racks to whimsical kitchen equipment like an avocado scooper and large bamboo salad tongs. His Target line came with a simple, idealistic premise: "Good design should be affordable to all.  Born in Indianapolis, Graves received his training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard. In 1962, he began teaching at Princeton University.

Heritage Preservation Programs Transition to FAI
Throughout its 33-year history, first as the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and then under its current name, Heritage Preservation has fulfilled its mission to preserve the nation’s heritage for future generations through innovative leadership and educational agendas. It has steadily advocated for the protection of cultural heritage by creating programs, publications, and easily accessed products that advance the field of conservation and serve the needs of allied preservation professions. 
Heritage Preservation’s programs have been tested and proven.  Hence, they are trusted and highly valued. Research undertaken over the past six months indicates that several synergies exist between the programs of the DC-based Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and Heritage Preservation. For this reason, following the recent vote by Heritage Preservation members approving its dissolution as of June 30, 2015, several popular Heritage Preservation programs will transition to FAIC, thus ensuring their continuation. 
FAIC will administer and lead three primary emergency planning, preparedness, and response programs currently offered by Heritage Preservation: Alliance for Response, State Heritage Emergency Partnership, and Risk Evaluation and Planning Program. FAIC will also promote the annual MayDay campaign in 2015 and into the future. Heritage Preservation’s plan to develop an app called the Disaster Assessment Reporting Tool (DART) is on hold until funding is obtained to develop a prototype.
Transfer of the Connecting to Collections Online Community program, and other activities related to the statewide preservation planning and implementation program developed and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with programmatic assistance from Heritage Preservation, began in December 2014, and has been fully implemented as C2C Care. 

Indiana Landmarks Announces it’s 10 Most Endangered List
Annually, Indiana Landmarks lists the state’s 10 Most Endangered to call attention to important historic places in severe jeopardy. Some of the 10 Most are long-vacant and dilapidated structures that have outlived their original purposes. Others are threatened by lack of redevelopment prospects. 

Read more about  the list of structures.

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, archaeology, and preservation jobs, acquire news skills, and deliver important products for the office. Internship applications for the fall internship are due July 15. You can get your internship form here.

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