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August 2014 Eavesdropping

Dr. James R. Jones IIIRetirement of Long-Time DHPA Staffer
Dr. James R. Jones III, Indiana State Archaeologist and Archaeology Team Leader, retired from the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) at the end of August. Dr. Jones had been with the DHPA since 1987. He was appointed State Archaeologist in 1991, making him our longest-serving State Archaeologist.

The staff at the DHPA thanks Dr. Jones for his more than 25 years of mentoring, guidance, friendship and sharing of knowledge regarding Indiana’s archaeology and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.


Archaeology Month in SeptemberArchaeology Month poster
September is Indiana Archaeology Month! Each year, Indiana Archaeology Month features a “theme” or focus, and in 2014, the archaeology of utopian sites in Indiana is highlighted. Archaeological investigations have taught us much about the way people lived at sites of communal societies. During the early decades of the 19th century, attempts were made in some Indiana locations to establish utopian communities. For example, the Shakers established Busro or West Union (Knox County), and New Harmony (Posey County) was the site of two early American utopian communities—the religious Harmonie Society (the Harmonists) and later the secular Owenites.

This year’s poster and T-shirt designs include images of historic structures, a landscape architecture feature (the Labyrinth), an archaeological investigation, and artifacts from one location, New Harmony. New Harmony celebrates its bicentennial in 2014, and the DHPA is pleased to present these two commemorative products that feature elements of archaeology and this site of early experiments in community.

Historic Preservation Fund Grant Applications Available,
Deadline is Oct. 3, 2014
The DHPA now has Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application packets for FY 2015 available online. The new applications are posted on the DHPA website. There are three categories of projects: Architectural & Historical, Archaeological, and Acquisition & Development (rehabilitation). Please download the appropriate application packet and read all instructions carefully. Projects cannot begin until May 1, 2015, and must be completed by June 30, 2016. See an overview of the HPF program. If you have questions about a potential project, contact the DHPA grants staff: Malia Vanaman at (317) 232-1648 or; or Steve Kennedy at (317) 232-6981 or

The deadline for proposals is Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline; all proposals must be received at the DHPA by the deadline.

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 checkpoints.

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. 

National/State Register honorees recognized at State Fair
Indiana properties that have been placed on the State and National historic registers since Sept. 2013 were honored by the DHPA during Hoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair.

Properties in the following cities and communities will be recognized:  Albion; Auburn; Aurora, vicinity; Bloomington and vicinity; Butler; Connersville; Duneland Beach; Ellettsville; Fort Wayne; Garrett; Gary; Lawrence; Lebanon; Liberty; Long Beach; Michigan City; North Liberty; Plainville, vicinity; Plymouth; Porter; South Bend; territorial waters of the State of Indiana; Utica; Vincennes; and Waterloo.

New Deal projectLiving New Deal
The DHPA, in partnership with Living New Deal, is working to identify and document New Deal era projects in the state. The data collected will be entered into the DHPA’s database (SHAARD) and shared with the Living New Deal program based at the University of California-Berkeley, which works to identify all New Deal era projects throughout the country.
Because funding is not available to hire a staff member to work on this project, DHPA will work primarily with interns to complete the project. This summer the DHPA had its first intern, Nicole Cory, a political science and history double-major at Purdue University. She compiled a list of New Deal projects from 11 state parks, including McCormick’s Creek, Clifty Falls, Indiana Dunes, Pokagon, Spring Mill, Brown County, Shakamak, Lincoln, Tippecanoe River, O’Bannon Woods, and Ouabache. CCC and WPA laborers stationed in the parks constructed shelters, lakes, roads, gatehouses, trails, barns, fire towers, cabins, amphitheaters, hotels, and more. So far she has accumulated a list of more than 160 public works. Nicole also submitted information on Indiana’s post office murals.

If you’re interested in checking out Nicole’s work, you can look up these properties in SHAARD (log in as a guest user) by searching for “Living New Deal” in the Architectural Firm field of the IHSSI database. This information has been sent to the Living New Deal team at Berkeley for posting on their website.

Nicole is going to continue researching New Deal resources in Tippecanoe County when she returns to Purdue. Many thanks to Nicole for her great work. Our New Deal project is ongoing. If you are interested in an internship working with the New Deal Project, contact Amy Borland at (317) 232-1647 or

Preservation Month Staff Work DayStaff work day
In an effort to promote the conservation of Indiana’s cultural resources and preservation month in May, the DHPA holds an annual work day to provide labor and assistance to historic resources around the state. This year the Division partnered with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISM) to conduct the work day on May 5, at Culbertson Mansion, which is located in New Albany, Floyd County. Staff from DHPA, ISM, and Culbertson Mansion, as well as local volunteers, assisted.

A considerable amount of work was accomplished, including:  cleaned 80 windows; removed, cleaned, and reinstalled interior window dressings; prepped and painted six picnic tables and six benches for use throughout the property; changed light bulbs in ceiling fixtures and chandeliers (ceilings are 12 to 17 feet high); weeded and mulched planting beds; cleaned porches and outdoor furniture; and assembled a 20-foot by 40-foot tent for the annual herb sale at the mansion.

Thanks goes to the staff of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and volunteers who helped make the work day possible.

Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience
The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event. Featuring more than 50 activities and 120 grassroots partners, this free weekend at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis provides the opportunity to learn the basics of outdoor recreation, including archaeology, historic preservation and history available across Indiana. You can throw an atlatl, participate in a mock dig, or test your history knowledge in our quiz. The 2014 event is planned for Sept. 20-21.

Association for Gravestone Studies, Indiana Chapter Meeting
This national organization, which encourages the study and preservation of tombstones, will host its Indiana Chapter meeting on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Crown Point. The meeting includes educational speakers and tours of local cemeteries. For more information, contact the DHPA at (317) 234-1268 or

barnHeritage Barn Tax Deduction
On March 25, 2014, Gov. Pence signed into law House Enrolled Act 1046 (“HEA 1046”), Section 4 adds IC 6-1.1-12-26.2, which is a property tax deduction for certain barns designated as heritage barns. Specifically, an eligible applicant is entitled to a deduction against the assessed value of the structure and foundation of a heritage barn, beginning with assessments after 2014. The deduction is equal to 100 percent of the assessed value of the structure and foundation of the heritage barn.  A “Heritage barn” is a barn that on the assessment date: was constructed before 1950; retains sufficient integrity of design, materials, and construction to clearly identify the building as a barn; is not being used for agricultural purposes in the operation of an agricultural enterprise; and is not being used for a business purpose.

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. 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Admission is free, and the fair is open to the general public.

Historic Tax Credit Conference 
On Sept. 18-19 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, the Historic Tax Credit Conference, which will occur nearly nine months after the IRS released safe harbor guidance for the HTC, will gather developers, investors and practitioners from the forefront of today’s HTC market to provide an in-depth look at safe harbor-compliant investment structures and exits. Panelists will examine lessons learned from the first wave of safe harbor-compliant transactions, as well as best practices for twinning tax credits, recent developments for state HTC programs and the status of current policy proposals. 

Recent Past Terminology
This website was produced by NAPC and SCAD and has all kinds of styles and terminology that pertain to recent past. 

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
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