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[ICPR] Indiana State Archives Receives Hand-Carved Stone Commemorating Scottish-Americans
Start Date: 8/2/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/2/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2012) – A hand-carved piece of Indiana Limestone from California stone carver Frank Maurer was dedicated to the Indiana State Archives on July 30th. Maurer has traveled the country, providing numerous states archives with hand-carved stones representing their states. Through the stones, Maurer seeks to draw attention to the heritage of Scottish-Americans and Tartan Day. Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan accepted the Tartan Stone from Maurer at an event on July 30th at the Indiana State Library.

“The Tartan Stone is a welcome addition to Indiana’s cultural heritage as it commemorates the significant contributions of the thousands of Scottish Hoosiers who have contributed to Indiana and the nation,” said Jim Corridan, Director and State Archivist of the Indiana Commission on Public Records.

Tartan day was first declared by the United States Senate as a Resolution in 1998 and later as a national day of recognition in 2008. April 6th was chosen as Tartan Day because the Declaration of Arbroath was written in Arbroath Abbey on that date in 1320, asking for the freedom of Scotland from England. Thomas Jefferson later used this document as a model for the Declaration of Independence. Maurer created the first Tartan Stone in 2000 with a presentation to the California State Archives.

Information about the Stone is available at the Indiana Tartan Stone webpage.

About Frank Maurer
Frank Maurer holds a doctorate in Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology from Cornell University, and has been interpreting the world and its biological systems for several decades. Maurer has traced his ancestral connections to the Picts of Scotland, the master Celtic stone carvers. Launching his stone carving career with a miniature of The Craw Stane of Rhynie, Scotland, Maurer has since branched out, creating both Celtic and non-Celtic themes in stone.

About the Indiana State Archives
The Indiana State Archives collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indices of select records.

Contact Information:
Name: Ted Cotterill
Phone: 317/232-3385
Indiana Tartan Stone
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  • Celebrations
  • Hoosier History
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  • Agency Name
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