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Preserving Historic PlacesRegistration Open for Statewide Preservation Conference

“Preserving Historic Places,” Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Kokomo, April 22-24. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders.

Learn More.

Annual Preservation Month Essay Contest

Fourth graders from across the state are invited to participate in the DHPA’s 2015 “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” essay contest. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming edition of Eavesdropping.
Rules and essay guidelines.

LighthouseHistoric Preservation Month - May 2015

Although the snow is still flying, spring will be here before we know it. This means it’s time to get the word out about the DHPA’s activities for Preservation Month in May.

Photo ContestHistoric Preservation Month Photo Contest - 2015

The time has really flown by - 2014 is the ninth year of the Preservation Month photo contest. Hopefully many of you have already participated in a previous contest and know the rules.

However, for those you are just hearing about it for the first time or need a refresher, here is an overview of the basic contest rules: photos should be of something “historic” and it must be in Indiana.

See more about the Historic Preservation Month Contest. 

Upcoming 106 Training before Preserving Historic Places

On April 21, 2015, the day before the start of the annual “Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference,” DHPA will be hosting FREE Section 106 training in Kokomo from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a break for lunch on your own.

This is an introductory course with a focus on the type of information requested when submitting projects to our office for review. The training consists of four sessions: Section 106 and State Review Basics, Documentation and Submission Guidelines, How to use SHAARD and SHAARD GIS, and National Register Evaluation Basics.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. For registration or for questions, contact Ashley Thomas, RSVP no later than April 10, 2015. For more information on the training visit our website. 

National RegisterRecent National Register Listings

From May through December 2014, Indiana added 14 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—commercial and residential historic districts, houses, a bridge, a cemetery, a school, and a service station and diner—have added approximately 969 historic resources to the National Register.

See the complete list.

Historic Preservation Fund Grant Priorities Available for Public Comment

Every year, the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology revises the priorities by which the federally-funded Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant applications are evaluated. The priorities are established within the parameters of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual, and represent the types of projects that the Division views as important to its mission to identify, document, investigate, preserve, and interpret cultural resources in Indiana.

Learn more about the priorities.

Latest volume of journal Indiana Archaeology

The Indiana ArchaeologyDivision of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) is pleased to announce that the latest volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology is available. This is the 10th anniversary volume of the journal.

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. This journal is one of the ways the DHPA continues to address that mandate. The target audience of the journal includes: the general public, professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, and anyone else interested in the history and prehistory of Indiana. The topics are primarily specific to Indiana, but they also have importance in the broader context of Midwestern archaeology.

Download a free copy of the journal.

Indiana Historical Society Announces Indiana Heritage Support Program

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to announce the creation of its new Indiana Heritage Support Program, an initiative funded by a $3.43 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. During the next five years, IHS will provide $2.5 million in grants to Indiana’s local historical organizations. These will fund a wide variety of projects to help local organizations meet high-priority needs in areas of capacity building, collections stewardship, innovation and collaboration. The first round of grant applications will be accepted in late 2015 and the first grants will be awarded in the bicentennial year of 2016. For information on IHS Local History Services and its offerings, call Tamara Hemmerlein at (317) 234-0170 or email

The National Historic Preservation Act Changes its Title

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) has a new home in the United States Code (U.S. Code), the official compilation of federal statutes. While the NHPA was previously codified at title 16 of the U.S. Code, effective Dec. 19, 2014, it was moved to title 54. This recodification was carried out as part of a larger effort to better organize all the statutes related to the National Park Service, which, as you know, plays a key role in the NHPA due to its duties connected to the National Register of Historic Places and the State and Tribal historic preservation offices, among others. The recodification also resulted in the removal of obsolete provisions, changes to the location of some sections and subsections so they are better grouped thematically, and the correction of technical errors. However, none of the changes are substantive. The requirements and programs under the NHPA remain the same. They are simply better organized and located in a new title of the U.S. Code.

Read more from the Advisory Council.

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