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Annual Historic Preservation Awardsawards

Standouts in preserving cultural resources were presented with 2017 Indiana Historic Preservation Awards at Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference in Wabash this past April.

  • Outstanding Hoosier Preservationist Award was presented to Donald R. Cochran in recognition of decades of service studying, protecting, and educating about Indiana’s archaeological heritage.
  • The Indiana Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding HPF Grant Rehabilitation project was presented to the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society for the rewiring and restoration of the original lighting in the Lew Wallace Study National Historic Landmark (Montgomery County).
  • The Indiana Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit was presented to Historic Whitlock, LP / Flaherty & Collins, Developers in recognition of the Outstanding Rehabilitation Tax Credit project for Culver Union Hospital, Crawfordsville (Montgomery County).
  • The Indiana Archaeology Award was presented to Brian P. Baird, Johnson County Commissioner.
    Kathleen A. Hash, Johnson County Attorney, and Dr. Christopher W. Schmidt, University of Indianapolis in recognition of excellent coordination on the Johnson County Middle of the Road Grave Project.
  • The Indiana Archaeology Award was presented to Beth McCord, Gray & Pape and Don Cochran, Gray & Pape in recognition of excellent work and leadership as Principal Investigators on the Preserve America Mounds and Earthworks Initiative.

Review Request Submittal Form

If you submit Section 106 or State Reviews to our office please note that the Review Request Submittal Form has been revised and the current version is available on our website. When completing the revised form please remember that the finding section of the form will only apply for Section 106 (federal) projects and that only one finding should be checked for a project. This form should be attached to the front of any project that you send in for review. If it is additional information for a project that we have already reviewed please make sure to include the DHPA number (which can be found in the subject line of our previous response letter) so that the additional information is attached to the previous in our system.  We are currently still working in a paper based system so projects must be submitted to our office in hard copy. Please keep in mind that we have 30 days from the date that we receive a project to respond, so plan ahead for the review process in your project timeline.  

If you have any questions about the form, please contact Ashley Thomas at

New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places

national registerFrom January, 2016, through May 2017 Indiana added 12 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings— residential and commercial historic districts, a city park, a railroad depot, a gymnasium, a library, and other community landmark buildings—have added approximately 355 historic resources to the National and State Registers. Read about the additional listings.

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

My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” 4th grade essay contest

West Baden

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is pleased to announce the winner of the Annual “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” 4th grade essay contest.  This year, we received over 200 essays representing all parts of the state.  The essays were scored by volunteer judges, who evaluated the submissions based on quality of writing, content and theme, and originality of thought.  The Committee awarded first place to Jilliam Stemler of new Albany for her essay on West Baden Springs Hotel. 


Read Jillian’s thoughts on West Baden.

Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

The annual Historic Preservation month photo contest was a great success.  photo contestWith over 75 entries, it was one of our largest year.  The winners this year are:

Best Overall Resource

Sophiana Botich (Crown Point)
Buckley Homestead Barn Detail

Best Overall Photo

Norberto Nunes (Columbus)
Bridgeton Covered Bridge at night

Most Artistic

Liz Ertle (Evansville)
George Rogers Clark Memorial

See the photos and previous winners.

Indiana Archaeology Month events

The DHPA has already begun to receive information about events which will be held during Indiana Archaeology Month, September 2017!  If your organization is planning on hosting an event, please complete and submit the form so that your event information will be included in the official Calendar of Events. 

Indiana Archaeology journalJournal

Volume 12, Number 1 of the journal Indiana Archaeology has been completed and is available on the DHPA website. This volume contains interesting articles on a variety of archaeological topics: Investigations of Fort Ancient Settlement and Community Patterns in Dearborn and An Archaeological Survey of the Southern Half of Montgomery County, Indiana.

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.
Learn more

Historic Preservation Grant Application Packets Available

GrantsIn early August, the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will have Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application packets available for FY2018 at the DHPA website

If you have questions about the application packets or potential projects, please contact Steve Kennedy at /317-232-6981 or Malia Vanaman at /317-232-1648. Applicants are encouraged to contact the DHPA Grant Staff about their proposal.

If you plan to hand-deliver your proposal, please be advised that all visitors to the Indiana Government Center-South must enter via the Public Entrance at 302 West Washington Street and pass through a metal detector. In addition, security at the Department of Natural Resources now requires visitors to check in at the reception desk near the escalators and the 2nd floor DNR main office. The reception desk is staffed from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visitors may be asked to leave deliveries with the reception desk. Please plan accordingly and allow plenty of extra time to clear these security check points.


Harley McKee’s Classic Boon on Masonry Now Available

In 1973 esteemed preservation architect and educator Harley J. McKee published Introduction to Early American Masonry, which immediately became an indispensable pillar of preservation practice. The Association for Preservation Technology announces the publication of a second edition, which faithfully reproduces the original text and images, supplemented with an expanded index and a new foreword.  Learn more about McKee’s book visit the Association for Preservation Technology International.


A Shape and Time and Space Book by Mike McNerney Now Available

This is the story of a uniquely shaped pioneer gravemarker brought by the first wave of immigrants arriving in southern Illinois in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Although the book focuses on the spatial and the temporal distribution of the style in Illinois, it also provides a cultural context for this folk gravemarker as the nation rapidly change from a frontier society to a commercial/industrial society beginning about 1845 and continuing into the 20th century. The book explores the origins of the marker in America and Europe, offers a preliminary look at stylistic change, and tracks the migration of some of the families whose names are inscribed on the markers. This book is available on and


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, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Admission is free and the fair is open to the general public. Learn more.

Save the date For Statewide Preservation ConferencePreserving Historic Places logo

Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Columbus, April 18-20, 2018. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders. Keep an eye out for the Call for Papers, due out in August.

Internships at DHPA

The deadline for applications for spring internships with DHPA is October 15th.  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.

DHPA Staff Programs

Staff from the DHPA offer free programs around the state on a variety of topics including archaeology, Underground Railroad, cemeteries, and preservation. If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out the Calendar of Events and find the talk closest to you. Or, if your organization is looking for a speaker; contact the DHPA ( for potential speakers and topics. 

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  

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