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Indiana Library and Historical Board Policy
Effective Date: March 30, 2001, updated February 12, 2010
Subject: Cemetery Heritage Initiative
Indiana Historical Bureau’s Cemetery Heritage Initiative
The Indiana Historical Bureau’s (IHB) Cemetery Heritage Initiative has three goals:
The Indiana Historical Bureau will collaborate with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Department of Natural Resources, Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry.
A historic cemetery must be listed in the DHPA registry to be eligible for a Cemetery Heritage marker. In accordance with current Indiana Historical Marker Program Guidelines,
A special aluminum Cemetery Heritage sign is available for purchase. It is fabricated to order with the cemetery name, establishment date, and donors for the sign. The sign can be mounted on posts or a wall or fence, etc. The text on the sign also indicates that the cemetery is historic and is listed in the Indiana Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry. An applicant may obtain more than one sign for the same site. The applicant will pay the full cost of the sign(s).
Application process for a cemetery heritage sign
The process consists of a simple application and site permission form available from both the Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) and the DHPA, DNR (see links below). The application deadline is open.
Steps in the process are as follows:
Obtaining Indiana Cemetery Heritage Signs