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Cultural Resources & History at Indiana State Parks

Tippecanoe State Park Entrance
Richard Lieber

"I hope and trust that the small beginning we have made will have laid the foundation for a comprehensive system of State Parks which will not only stand forever as a token of the past, but which will bring health, wealth and happiness to our own generation and the many that will come after us." - Col. Richard Lieber in the State Parks Committee Report to the Indiana Historical Commission, 1916.

The Indiana State Parks system was established in 1916 as a centennial gift to Hoosiers, and our state parks’ story is Indiana’s story. Our properties are filled with unique geologic features, historic homes and cemeteries. They are places where people gather for traditional arts.

Origins: The Richard Lieber Story

Centennial Elementary School Curriculum

Hoosier History and Indiana State Parks is a series of 11 curriculum units available online. The units target fourth-graders and their study of Indiana history but could be adapted for any grade level or informal education at home, or taught through scout organizations and other groups. Lessons meet state educational standards for English, science and social studies.

A Sense of Place

This PDF booklet contains special stories and features of Indiana State Parks for teachers, students and families. It provides an overview of the main messages that we interpret at each of our sites. It's a source of basic information about the natural and cultural resources at state park and reservoir properties.

Traditional Arts

A community’s arts and traditions help shape the events and offerings at neighboring state parks. Visitors from near and far can learn about not only the park, but also the surrounding communities, local people and other facets that make a place unique.

Archaeology events

Indiana State Parks hosted a public archaeology event at Versailles State Park and invited students from area schools to learn about how archaeology can teach us about history and prehistory. Ball State University, through a National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant, showed the students some of the historic archaeological sites in the park. View the video on YouTube.