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JournalArchaeology Journal Special Volume

In honor of the 20th anniversary of a statewide celebration of archaeology, a special volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology has been produced.  The journal includes eight features on public archaeology projects in Indiana, many of which have taken place during past Indiana Archaeology Weeks and/or Indiana Archaeology Months. 

The document is now available at

IMODIndianapolis Month of Design—October 2016

The DHPA is spear-heading a new project—Indianapolis Month of Design (IMOD or IndyMOD). This month-long event in October 2016 will uncover the impact of design on the Circle City. We’re working with preservationists, architects, designers, non-profits, and educational institutions to create programming and events to highlight all things design in Indianapolis. Some promotions and a few events will be unveiled this October, but the inaugural event will happen in 2016. We’re working on a website and social media, so stay tuned!

Monroe County Survey is Complete!

The DHPA has finished re-surveying Monroe County for the Indiana MonroeHistoric Structures and Sites Inventory, including the city of Bloomington. Prior to this effort, Monroe County and Bloomington had separate historic sites and structures inventories that were completed 1987 (county) and 2004 (city). The surveyors drove every road in the county and documented properties that are at least 40 years old and have good architectural integrity (it looks like it did historically). In all, we surveyed 8283 sites with 141 Outstanding rated properties and 504 Notable rated properties. A total of 29 historic districts were identified throughout the county and this survey marks the first time that the entire campus of Indiana University has been surveyed and identified as a historic district.

To see the properties that were surveyed, check out our online database SHAARD.

Carpenters offer volunteer service for historic trolley station

trolleyGarfield Park in Indianapolis is home to the last standing wood trolley station in the state of Indiana. Constructed in the early 1900s, the century‐old trolley station was in need of structural improvements, and Local 301 Member Action Committee (MAC) members of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) eagerly agreed to help.

This project was an all‐hands‐on‐deck collaboration funded by a DNR-DHPA Historic Preservation Fund grant. However, the grant did not cover all expenses, and volunteers were

Read more about the preservation of this historic resource.

Indiana Landmarks Announces Sacred Places Indiana

We’re not going to church like we used to, especially not to large historic churches in center cities -- a change that presents a tough preservation challenge, in addition to the religious one. When congregations shrink, maintenance suffers and pretty soon we have landmarks in trouble. Indiana Landmarks increasingly fields calls for help from congregations in historic houses of worship with restoration needs. In response, they have created Sacred Places Indiana in partnership with Philadelphia-based Partners for Sacred Places, supchurchported by a $1.2 million grant from Lilly Endowment.  Sacred Places Indiana will select up to ten congregations in each year of the pilot for intensive training in landmark stewardship, community engagement, and fundraising. Four to six people from each congregation will participate in Partners for Sacred Places’ New Dollars/New Partners training.

Indiana Landmarks’ regional directors will conduct preliminary assessments of the congregations’ historic buildings, and David Frederick, director of Sacred Places Indiana, will work closely with the participants to enhance their community engagement, strategic partnerships, and space-sharing potential.  If you know of a congregation with dynamic lay and pastoral leadership, renovation needs, and willingness to try new approaches, your first stop is the director of Indiana Landmarks’ office nearest you.

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 24, 2015 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Admission is free and the fair is open to the general public. 

To learn more,

Preserving Historic PlacesSave the date For Statewide Preservation Conference

Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Vincennes April 27-29, 2016. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders. 

Historic Preservation ContestHistoric Preservation Month photo contest in 2016!

It’s never too early to get out those cameras and start taking photos of your favorite historic resource—building, bridge, cemetery, landscape in Indiana for the annual DHP photo contest. It can be a building, a bridge, a cemetery, a silo, a park. Photos can show an entire building or maybe focus in on some standout detail. It’s whatever you find interesting. And don’t think that it has to be in perfect condition. Sometimes showing a bit of age makes a photograph more interesting. Although, the restored ones do generate lots of “oohs” and “ahhs.”

The basic requirements are:

  • Images must be 8x10 prints, mounted or matted on or with a white 11x14 matte board.
  • The registration form must be attached to each photo
  • Limit of three (3) photos per person

For a complete list of guidelines and the registration form, go to

Annual Preservation Month Essay Contest

Fourth graders from across the state are invited to participate in the DHPA’s 2016 “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” essay contest. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming edition of Eavesdropping

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.  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 

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