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Grants to preserve local history across stategrants

DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) has awarded 15 federal grants for historic preservation and archaeology in Indiana communities. The grants, totaling more than $454,000, provide a match of more than $524,000 in local and private funds, for a total projected investment of $978,441. 

DHPA helps strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage through annual federal grants it administers to local communities and not-for-profit groups that these organizations put toward preservation projects. 

New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places

From May through September 2019, Indiana added 19 listings to the National Register of Historic Places.  These listings include houses, farms, commercial and residential historic districts, cemeteries, houses of worship, and a train station. Read the entire list of listed buildingsGet more information on Indiana properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures. 

30 Years of Protecting Archaeology Sites

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Indiana’s law protecting archaeological sites. What was originally enacted in 1989 as Indiana Code 14-3-3.4 and protected sites dating before Indiana’s statehood date (Dec. 11, 1816), later was recodified to Indiana Code 14-21-1 and now protects sites dating before Dec. 31, 1870.  Through these years, many sites have been investigated and protected. Learn more about this important statute at dnr.IN.gov/historic/files/hp_archaeolaw.pdf.

Post War Housing Resources 

Post War HousingMany of our regular readers likely know about the DHPA’s Multiple Property Document Form (MPDF) on housing in Indiana from 1940-1973. To bring everyone up to speed: This 300+ page document includes an extensive context on postwar housing including styles and a multitude of societal circumstances/influences of the era. The analysis indicated that there are approximately 900,000 housing units in the state that were constructed in this 33-year period leading up to and extending after World War II. That’s a lot of architecture to deal with. To help our constituents identify the architectural styles and suburban developments of the time, the DHPA created two quick reference guides.

They are:

These two documents give brief overviews of the architecture styles/types of housing and classifications of suburban development found during the postwar period using photos and bullet points of typical features.

Remembering History in Indiana Student’s Work in Public HistoryRyan White memorial

Every year the DNR-DHPA sponsors an intern from the IUPUI Public History Program.  This year-long internship allows the student to learn about history, preservation, and archaeology along with the programs administered by the DHPA.  Starting in August, our intern (Jessica Petty) has been working on a variety of projects related to outreach and research, but her interest and work in history started long before she ever stepped through our doors.  Her recent successful project, to memorialize Ryan White with an Indiana Historical Bureau historical marker, is worth telling. 

Read about Jessica’s project.

Archaeology Guidebook

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology has been working on updating the Guidebook for Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory – Archaeological Sites. This process has taken several years and numerous meetings. We wish to thank the Indiana Archaeology Council committee for its input throughout this process. Those comments have greatly clarified guidance. The final 2019 Guidebook was announced during Indiana Archaeology Month.

We will begin implementing the new guidelines beginning Nov. 1, 2019. For projects which are already in process please transition to the new guidance if you are able. We understand that in some instances where fieldwork is underway this will not be possible. Please read the entire 2019 Guidebook to become familiar with all of the current requirements for archaeological investigations in Indiana. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director Beth McCord or one of the archaeology staff.

Hoosier Women at Work Women’s History Conference

The Hoosier Women at Work: Suffrage and Citizenship will be held March 7 at the Indiana Historical Society (Indianapolis).  This one-day conference, sponsored by the DHPA, Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Women’s History Association, and Indiana Humanities will explore and expand knowledge of women’s contributions to Indiana through their labor securing voting rights and full citizenship.  Conference keynote speaker, Jennifer Scott, Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago. 

Read more at IN.gov/history/hoosierwomenatwork.htm.


Updated Application for a Certificate of Approval form for State Projects

In August DHPA updated and released a new Certificate of Approval (State Form 52889) which is now available on our website.  This form is used for submissions of projects under Indiana Code 14-21-1-18 which requires that before an historic site or structure owned by the state or a historic site or structure listed in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures or the National Register of Historic Places may be altered, demolished, or removed by a project funded in whole or in part by the state, a certificate of approval must be obtained from the Historic Preservation Review Board.

The information required by the form is substantially the same, but the formatting has been revised and we have attempted to clarify some of the information that is being requested both on the form itself and in the instructions.  If you were familiar with the old form you may also notice that we have combined a few items to help streamline the form and hopefully make it easier to use. 

There is one additional section at the beginning of the form that includes a space to write in the date that the form is completed along with a series of checkboxes.  Please make sure that you read through the checkboxes and mark any that apply.  This allows us to make sure that the project gets logged into our system correctly and assigned to the appropriate reviewer(s). 

We will accept both the old and new versions of the form until Nov. 1, 2019, after that point all projects must be submitted on the new form.  If you have any questions regarding the form please contact Chad Slider, Assistant Director for Environmental Review at cslider@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-5366.

Save the date For Statewide Preservation Conference Preserving Historic Places

Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing buildings and neighborhoods, comes to South Bend April 14-17, 2020. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders. Keep an eye out program information and registration in early 2020.

Follow DHPA on Facebook

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is now on Facebook!  Follow us at facebook.com/INdhpa to find out about upcoming events, participate in trivia, find out about things to see and do throughout the state, and learn interesting facts about preservation in Indiana.  If you have suggestions for topics or questions for future discussions let us know at dhpaconnect@dnr.IN.gov.

Internships at DHPA

The deadline for applications for summer internships with DHPA is March 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.