Bridgeton Bridge, Parke County
Annual Historic Preservation Awards
Standouts in preserving cultural resources were presented with 2018 Indiana Historic Preservation Awards at Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference in Columbus this past April.
Hoosier Preservationist Award
This award is being present to David Baker, recently retired Director of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC). Baker worked for 30 years championing historic preservation in Indianapolis. Baker arrived at IHPC in 1984 as an architectural reviewer and became administrator in 1987—a role he’s enjoyed for 30 of the commission’s 50 years of existence. Baker brought a level of knowledge and expertise to his role. When Baker arrived, IHPC oversaw five historic districts. Today, that number has grown to 12, in addition to five conservation districts and 13 individual properties, including Circle Theater and Old City Hall.
Indiana Archaeology Award
This award is being presented to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. The Archaeological Conservancy, and the Roy Whistler Foundation for their creation and stewardship of the Ouiatenon Preserve in Tippecanoe County, IN. The creation of the Preserve has combined the protection of both cultural and natural resources, has been a positive collaborative effort, and has afforded protection of an extremely important archaeological site (the original 1700s era Fort Ouiatenon location) and others within the approximately 200 acres surrounding it.
Historic Preservation Award
The DHPA chose the Harrison County Cemetery Restoration Team to receive this award for their restoration of the Greenbrier and Cold Friday Cemeteries. The team was formed in 2004 to conduct research on cemeteries, conduct repair work on those stones in need of repair or cleaning, and to serve as advocates for the cemeteries in the county. Since 2004, this all volunteer group has worked on over 30 cemeteries in the county since inception. In the fall of 2017, the team decided to work on two cemeteries (Greenbrier and Cold Friday Cemeteries) surrounded by the Harrison-Crawford State Forest. But, before the groups organized to undertake the restoration, both cemeteries were heavily vandalized. About 50 tombstones were pushed over or broken. Without hesitation, the Harrison County Cemetery Restoration Team stepped forward and fixed the damage in a timely manner. The work conducted by this team has helped save and preserve the history of Harrison County. Their work is professional, thoughtful, and respectful.
Outstanding Grant-Assisted Rehabilitation Award
The DHPA Grant Staff will present the award to the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County and the City of Greencastle for the rehabilitation of the Putnam County Civil War Memorial Monument. The monument was dedicated in 1870 to honor the 321 soldiers from Putnam Co. who died in the war. However, the memorial had deteriorated over the last 140 years. The Society received a $40,000 matching grant from the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology to repair and restore the monument including replicating several missing pieces, installing new faces for 26 of the 40 massive sandstone blocks, and re-engraving the eroded names of soldiers to match the original appearance. This is a unique Civil War memorial and the Society was dedicated in their efforts to preserve it.
Outstanding Achievement in Identification of Post-World War II Resources
The DHPA’s Registration & Survey section is giving this award to Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. (CRAI) for their work on Residential Planning & Development in Indiana 1940-1973, a statewide Multiple Property Document Form (MPDF) for the National Register of Historic Places. Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History at CRAI in Evansville, was the project manager. He and his team spent 1 ½ years surveying, researching, and evaluating the almost 900,000 housing units constructed in Indiana between 1940 until 1973. The end result was a 337-page document submitted to and accepted by the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 2018.
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.
New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places
From March, 2018, through May, 2018, Indiana added 3 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—a factory building, a 19th century house, and a sanitarium complex—have added approximately 34 historic resources to the National and State Registers. For information on Indiana properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures, click here.
Reminder for Grant Applicants Proposing National Register Nominations
Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant proposals in the Architectural & Historical (A&H) category that seek to prepare nominations for National Register Historic Districts may require pre-verification of eligibility. Learn more here.
Historic Preservation Grant Application Packets Available
In early August, the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will have Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application packets available for FY2019 at the DHPA website.
If you have questions about the application packets or potential projects, please contact Steve Kennedy at skennedy@dnr.IN.gov/317-232-6981 or Malia Vanaman at mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov /317-232-1648. Applicants are encouraged to contact the DHPA Grant Staff about their proposal.
The Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) of the DHPA allows users to search information on known historic resources throughout Indiana. The data contained in SHAARD was collected from previously conducted cultural resource inventories, National and State Registers listings, research projects, and cultural resource management project reports.
SHAARD includes data from the IHSSI (County Survey Program), the Indiana Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry, historic bridges, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, properties listed in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures, and historic theaters in Indiana. Access to archaeological site locations and information is restricted.
We are proud to announce that every county for the archaeology users (both sites and reports) is in, with corrections being made, new reports being added, and mapping being updated.
For above ground users (cemeteries, bridges, and buildings), we are happy to report that the County Survey cards (what you might call the Interim Reports) are almost in (just one county - St. Joe to complete). This means that all known resources, when the county was surveyed can be found on the IHBBC map (see below article) and in the database.
The Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map
The Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries map (IHBBC) is now available as a 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!
2018 Preservation Month Work Day
In an effort to promote the conservation of Indiana’s cultural resources and preservation month in May, the Division of Historic
Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) holds an annual work day to provide labor and assistance to historic resources around the state. This year the Division partnered with Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to conduct the work day on Monday, May 7th, at the Levi and Catherine Coffin House, which is located in Fountain City, Wayne County. As conductors for the Underground Railroad, Levi and Catharine Coffin helped more than 1,000 freedom seekers to safety while living in Newport (now Fountain City), Indiana. This eight-room home was the third home of Levi and Catharine Coffin in Newport, and it was a safe haven for hundreds of fugitive slaves on their journey to Canada. Levi and Catharine Coffin’s home became known as “The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.” The Coffins and others who worked on this special “railroad” were defying federal laws of the time. Volunteers from the Levi Coffin House association also participated and provided lunch.
A considerable amount of work was accomplished at the main house and another house used by the site, including: Fences cleaned and cleared of brush; landscaped beds cleaned and lined; trees trimmed; drainage grates cleaned; non-historic dropped ceilings removed; ductwork removed; carpet, pad, staples, and tack strips removed; rear deck removed. The interior work in the secondary house was done in anticipation of turning the space into a classroom for the site.
Thanks goes to the staff and volunteers at the Levi and Catherine Coffin House and the State Museum staff who helped make the work day possible.
Internships at DHPA
The deadline for applications for fall internships with DHPA is July 15th. These unpaid positions are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about real world history, archaeology and preservation jobs; acquire news 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 you 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.