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Revised February 2012 to implement Policies Governing the Indiana State Historical Marker Program approved by the Indiana Library and Historical Board, February 24, 2012
Appropriate topics and significance
Marker topics may be events, individuals, buildings, sites, and other entities that have statewide significance; regional, national, and/or international significance will be recognized as well.
IHB establishes dates, timelines, guidelines and procedures for applying for new Indiana State Historical Markers.
Obtaining an Indiana State Historical Marker is a competitive process with multiple steps, each with specific requirements and time frames. The following sections are designed to guide anyone interested in obtaining an Indiana State Historical Marker through the process. Throughout the process, staff of IHB will be available to answer questions.
IHB will publish specific deadline dates and priorities for an annual process of obtaining new Indiana State Historical Markers following the steps outlined below.
Contact Casey Pfeiffer, Marker Program Manager, with questions.
Step 1. Proposed topics submitted on Intent to Apply form
Anyone applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker must first complete an Intent to Apply form; the completed Intent to Apply form must be received by IHB by the published deadline.
IHB will review the suggested marker topics on Intent to Apply forms submitted by the published deadline, using the following criteria:
IHB will notify each applicant whether or not the topic proposed was approved to proceed to the Application stage of the process no later than the published deadline for its reply.
Step 2. Submission of an Application for topics selected in Step 1
Applicants whose topics are approved to move to the Application phase must return a completed Application with required documentation to IHB by the published deadline.
Step 3. Research and documentation
Throughout the research process, IHB may ask the applicant to supply additional primary source documentation necessary to prove historical facts for the marker text and annotations. The applicant is expected to provide—by the stated deadline—any additional documentation, photographs, maps or other information requested by IHB. Failure to return materials by the stated deadline may result in termination of the Application.
Step 4. The marker text
IHB, working with its advisers, has final authority for the text of an Indiana State Historical Marker. IHB will write the marker text, which must conform to IHB research standards. IHB will not include information in a marker text unless IHB has been able to verify that information with appropriate primary source documentation located by IHB or provided by the applicant. IHB will carry out a reasonable amount of research in an attempt to verify information from an applicant for use in writing the text of the marker.
IHB will work with the applicant in determining the final text for the marker. The applicant must accept the final text, using the Applicant Acceptance of Text form provided by IHB, before the marker can be ordered; failure to return the signed form by the stated deadline may result in termination of the Application.
Step 5: Determining the site for an Indiana State Historical Marker
A location associated with or closely related to the topic of an Indiana State Historical Marker is the preferred location for installation. If the original or authentic location for a marker is not accessible—or might be endangered—the marker may be placed in an appropriate alternate location nearby with the approval of IHB.
Step 6: Approving purchase and installation an Indiana State Historical Marker
IHB will recommend the purchase and installation of a marker to the Indiana Library and Historical Board as part of the final approval process. IHB recommendations to the Indiana Library and Historical Board shall be based upon the research, sources, and interpretation of the topic provided by IHB, working with its advisers and the applicant.
IHB may require a change in location from the one proposed by the applicant.
Step 7: Ordering an approved marker
The following items must be received by IHB before an approved marker can be ordered. Failure to provide items by the stated deadline as requested by IHB will result in delays in ordering and receiving the finished marker.
Step 8: Dedication of an Indiana State Historical Marker
IHB encourages applicants to hold a public dedication ceremony for an Indiana State Historical Marker after it has been installed so that communities can commemorate both the topic of the marker and installation of the marker.
The following credit line must be included on any printed materials and in verbal presentations: “This marker is made possible through the Indiana Historical Bureau, State of Indiana.”
After receiving dedication information from applicants, the IHB will issue a statewide press release to publicize the dedication. If possible, a representative of the IHB will attend the dedication ceremony.
Step 9: Photographic documentation of an Indiana State Historical Marker
Applicants must provide to the IHB photographic documentation of the installed marker in the approved location. These photographs are important for promoting the marker and for future care and maintenance of the marker. Images and media coverage will also be posted to the IHB website.
IHB encourages cooperative relationships for day-to-day site maintenance with local governments and private entities on whose land an Indiana State Historical Marker is installed.
All State Historical Markers, “including state format markers installed after 1945 and markers installed by the Indiana Civil War centennial commission, are the property of the state.” IC 4-23-7.2-11(a).
If an Indiana State Historical Marker is deliberately or accidentally installed in an unapproved location by the applicant and/or another entity, and if reinstallation at the approved location is required by the IHB, the applicant and/or the other entity will be responsible for all costs associated with the removal and reinstallation at the approved location.
All costs associated with moving a marker must be paid by the party desiring the relocation. Markers may be relocated,
Indiana State Historical Markers may be relocated or removed only with the approval of the Indiana Library and Historical Board upon the recommendation of the IHB. The IHB may authorize temporary removal of a marker for maintenance work. In an emergency situation, the IHB may authorize the removal and disposition of markers that have been damaged or are at risk.
Indiana State Historical Markers containing incorrect information may be removed with the approval of the Indiana Library and Historical Board upon the recommendation of the IHB.
When replacement of an Indiana State Historical Marker is requested because it has been damaged or stolen, or because the text contains errors, the marker shall be reviewed by the IHB according to marker guidelines in effect when replacement is requested. Some marker replacements may require the applicant to complete the full application process.