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Historic Preservation Month

May is National Historic Preservation Month and the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology celebrates Indiana’s historic places every year in a variety of ways. Take a look and find something that appeals to you.

2022 Photo Contest



Barn in Peru

Barn in Peru taken by Kara Baker of Peru


Stockdale Mill

Stockdale Mill taken by Carla Hall of Roann

Black & White

City Methodist in Gary, IN

City Methodist in Gary taken by Amanda Bennett-Cole of Lafayette


Reflection of Indiana Statehouse

Reflection of Indiana Statehouse taken by Michael McQuillen of Indianapolis


Barn in Waldron, IN

Barn in Waldron taken by Chad Williams of Waldron

Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

Contest Guidelines

The DHPA Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest guidelines are:

  • New as of 2020: Images must be submitted as jpeg files. Printed photos will no longer be accepted. Each photo file must be less than 10MB and must have a completed entry form. Files should be emailed to Please submit one photo and one entry form per email to ensure the files do not exceed the size limits of state email accounts.
  • New as of 2020: Photographer must select one of five contest categories on the entry form in which to enter their photo. The categories are: Color, Black & White, Kids (under age 18), Artistic, and Altered Image. Please see below for the parameters for the “Altered Image” category.
  • Photographers must fill out the entry form for each photo (limit of 3 photos per photographer).
  • The deadline for the contest is the first Friday of April. Email submissions must be sent by 11:50 p.m. ET on the deadline date.
  • Subject of the image must be in Indiana and at least 50 years old.
  • Images can be black & white or color and should be current (i.e., taken within the last two years).
  • Do not include watermarks or signatures on the photo. Such markings will disqualify the photo from the contest.

Parameters for the “Altered Image” category:
Basic cropping and other minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents are acceptable and DO NOT require entering the Altered Image category; however, if the photo has been edited, enhanced, or manipulated for artistic purpose by applying special effects (colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.), the Altered Image category MUST BE selected. Organizers/judges reserve the right to move an obviously altered photo to the Altered Image category.

Note: Photos may be used for office displays and promotions for the photo contest, Historic Preservation Month, and historic preservation, in general. These will include social media. Photos will not be used in for-profit publications. Photographs will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives from the DNR and other preservationists and/or photographers.

Email digital entries to

Teddy Bear Camp

The DHPA hosts Teddy Bear Camp during Preservation Month. This camp is for stuffed animals (not just teddy bears) belonging to kids age 5-12 in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, or Boone counties. The stuffed animals will visit a variety of places during camp to "learn" about history, architecture, and historic preservation. Photos of camp adventures will be posted to Facebook daily. At the end of camp, stuffed animals and their kids will be official "Junior Indiana Preservationists" and will receive a certificate. Additionally, digital photo albums will be emailed to parents/guardians after the camp. 

Stay tuned for more information about Teddy Bear Camp 2023. We will announce our partner sites and dates/times for drop-offs and pickups and have an updated registration form.

Social Media

DHPA will take over the DNR Facebook page during the first week of May and will focus on a different office section each day, explaining what exactly the state historic preservation office does for Indiana.


The 2023 theme is fraternal organizations. The DHPA produced a poster with images of some of Indiana's existing fraternal buildings both large and small. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about various fraternal buildings around the state. View larger image (PDF).

2023 Historic Preservation Month Poster

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