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Downtown Evansville (Vanderburgh County)
Photo by Alex Morgan Imaging, Courtesy of Indiana Landmarks


Registration is Open for the Statewide Preservation Conference

Preservation MonthJoin us April 9-12, 2019 in Evansville for the 50th anniversary of Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference, where you’ll see ’60s and ’70s adaptive use projects alongside twenty-first century renovations that demonstrate the powerful economic impact of preservation in historic downtowns. Early bird registration ends March 1.

Go here to learn more about topics, hotels, and to register.

Photo by Lee Lewellen,
Courtesy of Indiana Landmarks

Section 106 and Section 18 Training

As a part of Preserving Historic Places, the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will be hosting a FREE one-day workshop on Section 106 and Section 18 – how it works, submitting a good application, finding historic resources, determining if a property is in the National Register of Historic Places, and other topics that will help consultants submit the information staff needs to review projects under State and Federal Compliance Review. You can register for this as a part of your Conference Registration or as a single event – either way the Section 106 Workshop is free.

Go here to learn more about topics, hotels, and to register.

2019 Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest 

Photo ContestYes, it’s photo contest time. You have several months before the deadline so if you see something cool while driving, take a picture (or two), fill out the registration form, and send it in.

The building, cemetery, bridge, etc. must be at least 50 years old and in Indiana. Send us an 8x10 matted image along with the registration form by April 5, 2019. The link for the registration form is below.

**Please be aware of the policy as of 2018 regarding digitally enhanced photos.**

You can still submit digitally enhanced photos, but they will be in a separate category. Be sure to fill out the entry form with the vital information about the enhancements. DHPA reserves the right to add a photo to the new category if the judges deem it appropriate.

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

Get the complete list of guidelines and registration form.
Questions—contact Amy Borland at aborland@dnr.IN.gov

The deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.

May is Historic Preservation Month

Preservation Month

May is Historic Preservation Month and this year, the DHPA will be focusing attention on mid-century modern banks. DHPA is trying to promote these facilities that are an important part of Indiana’s heritage. Utilizing new modern designs, these buildings broke away from the traditional classical architecture historically associated with banks.

Our annual poster and month-long Building of the Day Facebook posts will be full of bold geometric forms, lots of glass, and zippy drive-thrus. Stay tuned.



New Architecture Collections

Whether you are doing work for a community project or you just love old buildings, a great way to find information is by visiting a local archives. Throughout the state, these facilities have a treasure trove of materials: historic photos, site plans, videos, and manuscripts. Some pieces are available online, while others will require a visit. No matter how you see them, they’ll be worth the look. Here are just two new collections.

Glendale Mall Collection

Indiana Historical Society’s Smith Library has the "Glendale Mall Collection, 1955-2007." Glendale Mall, located at 62nd Street and Keystone Avenue (Marion County), was Indiana's first regional shopping center. Glendale Center Inc. was formed by L.S. Ayres and Chicago-based developers Landau, Heyman and Clay in order to extend the department store's reach to the Indianapolis suburbs. Designed by Victor Gruen & Associates, the open air mall, with approximately 525,000 sq. ft. of retail area, opened to the public in 1958. The collection includes manuscript materials, photographs, slides, video, and architectural drawings."

Sanborn Map Collection

Who doesn’t love an old map? Especially a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map! Sanborn maps were created to help insurance companies better understand the structures in communities across the country as they insured the buildings. For historians, preservationists, genealogists, archaeologists and fun-loving map enthusiasts, Sanborns can offer insight into communities, the original layout of a building, where buildings once stood, and more. 

A searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company are housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress or through the IU library systems.

Next time you are bored, spend a little time online looking at the past!

Indiana Archaeology Journal 

Indiana ArchaeologyThe Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is pleased to announce that the latest volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology is now available.

This is the fifteenth Indiana Archaeology journal. Per state statute (Indiana Code 14-21-1-12), one of the duties of the DHPA is to develop a program of archaeological research and development, including the publication of information regarding archaeological resources in the state. This journal is one of the ways that the DHPA continues to address that mandate.

Included are:

  • Archaeological Investigations of the Northern Half of Newton County, Indiana
    Jamie Leeuwrik, Christine Thompson, and Kevin C. Nolan

  • Archaeological Survey of a 19th and 20th Century Farmstead in Floyd County, Indiana
    Christopher R. Moore, Harrison Funke, and Rebecca Van Sessen

  • A Village Built over a Battlefield: Urban Archaeology and Preservation at the Battle of the Wabash (1791)
    Christine Thompson and Kevin C. Nolan

The current volume is in memory of Mitchell K. Zoll, the first archaeologist to become the DHPA’s Director. Zoll passed away in June of 2018 and is truly missed by his coworkers at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, especially those at the DHPA.

Recent Listings on the National RegisterNational Register

From September, 2018, through December, 2018, Indiana added 23 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—houses; a hotel; industrial buildings; a depot; commercial and residential historic districts; a gymnasium; houses of worship; cemeteries; county homes; a masonic temple; and a farm—have added approximately 513 historic resources to the National and State Registers.


Read the entire list. 

Information on Indiana properties is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant Priorities Available for Public Comment
Every year the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) revises the priorities by which the federally-funded Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant applications are evaluated. The priorities are established within the parameters of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual, and represent the types of projects that the DHPA view as important to its mission to identify, document, investigate, preserve, and interpret cultural resources in Indiana.


The Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map

Cemetery MapThe Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries map (IHBBC) is a great resource! This new map, which replaces our former SHAARD GIS map, is run by Esri and can be accessed online within the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology via the SHAARD Online Database link. Once you get to the SHAARD Database page, click on the Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map link. This will allow you to launch the app and the user can begin to explore the map.

For returning users, this map has many new features and improvements to the old SHAARD GIS map. A User Guide is available and will be updated as new features and updates are added to the map.

Contact Megan Copenhaver (mcopenhaver@dnr.IN.gov) for specific questions or suggestions concerning the map. Thanks and happy searching!

Discover Indiana is back in action!

Discover Indiana is a smart phone app and website that helps you visit Indiana’s history with easy access to the great stories and locations of the 19th state. The project is a joint venture of DHPA, the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis’s Public History Program, and the Indiana Historical Society. Other partners have included Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Humanities. More tours and sites are being planned and will be added this summer.

Download the app at your app store or visit at https://indyhist.iupui.edu/

In Memoria

Indiana lost some powerful preservationists recently. Here is a list of just a few we know about.  If you know of others we should highlight, please let us know at DHPAConnect@dnr.IN.gov.

Patsy Powell:  Long-time preservationist Patsy Powell of Monroe County passed away December 16. Patsy had been very active in preservation in both Owen and Monroe counties and her family farm was just north of Gosport, just inside Monroe County. Her Breezy Point Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places just before she passed away. Family notes they were able to read the notification letter to her. 

Naomi Millender:  Naomi was a leader in the preservation efforts of Gary, IN.  She grew up in the city, attending historic Roosevelt High School. She served as Director of The Gary Historical & Cultural Society. 

Internships at DHPA

The deadline for applications for fall internships with DHPA is July 15. These unpaid positions are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about real world history, archaeology and preservation jobs; acquire new skills and deliver important products for the office.

DHPA Staff Programs

Staff from the DHPA offer free programs around the state on a variety of topics including archaeology, Underground Railroad, cemeteries, and preservation. If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out the Calendar of Events and find the talk closest to you. Or, if your organization is looking for a speaker; contact the DHPA for potential speakers and topics. 

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 DHPAConnect@dnr.IN.gov.