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All Resources for Educators

The Indiana Historical Bureau provides publications, programs, and other opportunities for Indiana citizens of all ages to learn and teach about the history of their communities, the state of Indiana, and their relationships to the nation and the world.  We are especially pleased to support educators in their efforts with resources listed below.

Lesson Plans

Indiana Close Up provides materials and a forum for Indiana citizens of all ages to learn about and participate in the democratic process through debate on selected contemporary issues related to the Indiana Constitution.  Consider holding a mock constitutional convention in your classroom.  Printed classroom sets of issue booklets and study guides are available while supplies last.  You can also print materials yourself: Download Indiana Close Up

You can also download BROADSIDES, over 400 pages of primary source history materials and activities for Indiana history education. Limited quantities are still available in print.

Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources

Use Historical Markers in the Classroom

Indiana Women in the Civil War 4th Grade Lesson Plan

ArtSmart: Indiana's Visual Arts and Artists 4th Grade Lesson Plans

Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plans and Resources

Civil War Lesson Plans and Resources (See also Civil War Links and Resources)

Indiana Bibliographies, Timelines, and Documents

Teachers and Students can access a variety of resources for popular Indiana History Topics, including George Rogers Clark and State Emblems.  To browse all resources by topic, click here.



Formation of the Indiana Republican Party Infographic

Materials for Research

Research Checklist This list of resources is the checklist IHB researchers use when starting a new research project.  Includes links to digital resources as well as national, state, and regional repositories.

Pointers for Research reviews the process of good research for students.

The Indiana Historian 16-page 2-color magazine devoted to one topic in Indiana history.  Written with a young audience in mind, and great for the classroom.  Paper copies are available, and digital versions may be accessed 24/7.

A variety of relevant books are available in our Book Shop.  A 15% discount is available for teachers and educators.

Also Note: At one time, the Indiana Historical Bureau ran a press and produced a variety of pamphlets and books. Many of these out-of-print resources are no longer available elsewhere, and are in the process of being digitized and made available on the web. Hard copies of these resources, as well as the Bureau's research files are also available for review by appointment.

Resources for Purchase and Download

Pointers for Research
Hints and instructions for research in a variety of settings and situations, using various types of resources.
paper 8 pp. 1997/$.50/Order No. 6066
Old Schoolhouse Gang: Some Guidelines for School Oral History Projects
Southside Elementary School
How to collect and preserve local history using oral interviews.
paper 16 pp. 1990/$.50/Order No. 6037
Folklore in the Classroom Workbook
Contains content essays by professional folklorists and reproducible exercises for each chapter:
Introducing Folklore
Defining Folklore, Folklore Genres, Finding Folklore, The Folk Culture Approach: Putting Folklore in Context
Folklore and Subject Areas
Folklore, English, and Language Arts, Folklore, History, and Social Studies, Folklore in Domestic Life, Using Folklore to Teach Mathematics and Science
Folklore and Issues in Education
Making Sense Out of Contemporary Phenomena, Using Local Resources, Cultural Diversity and Folklore
Among the appendices is a handbook on preservation basics: "So, You Want to Preserve History?--Some Things You Should Know."
3-hole punched; sections separately paged; reprint 1997 (1985)
ISBN 1-885323-51-4/$10.75 Order No. 4019
History Resources
BROADSIDES: Indiana, the Early Years
Dani B. Pfaff
BROADSIDES makes reproductions of primary source materials from Indiana history available for students and teachers to use across the curriculum.
The Resource Guide provides introductions to the period and the subjects covered, including document introductions, activities, maps, timelines, reference materials, various finding aids to help match subject areas with the documents, and two supplemental related documents for each of the twenty-five packet documents.
Document packets each consist of five document reproductions (two views each) and two supplementary sheets in an envelope.
The Indiana Historian has been available as a digital download for some time, and now, you can download BROADSIDES!  Click the links below to download this resource (there are 9 files total).  
Resource Guide/3 hole punched 424 pp. 1987
Download a digital copy:  Teacher Resource GuideSupplemental MaterialsMaps, and Finding Aids
ISBN 1-885323-50-6/$8.50/Order No. 4006
Document Packets
paper 1987/$.75
Commerce, Trade, and Agriculture
(Order No. 6004)   Download a digital copy
Daily Life
(Order No. 6005)  Download a digital copy
(Order No. 6006)  Download a digital copy
(Order No. 6007)  Download a digital copy
Transportation and Communication
(Order No. 6008)  Download a digital copy
Document Packet Set
Includes one of each of the five packets.
paper 5 packets 1987/$3.00
Order No. 6009
The Word "Hoosier"
History and theories of the derivations of Indiana's nickname.
paper 2 pp. revised 1984/ OUT OF PRINT (Download Available or Read a digital copy)
Indiana's Road to Statehood
Hubert H. Hawkins, comp
Text of documents important to Indiana statehood.
paper 95 pp. reprint 1997 (1969)/ISBN 1-885323-53-0/$3.50
Order No. 6031
Indiana's Pioneer Heritage and the End of the Twentieth Century
James H. Madison
Considers Indiana's beginnings and those who created it.
paper 8 pp. 1996/$.50/Order No. 6070
Read a digital copy.
Historic Iron Bridges of Indiana
Joseph Saldibar III.
The history, truss types, and photographs of Indiana iron bridges.
paper 8 pp. 1999/ISSN 0019-6649/$.50/Order No. 6074
Covered Bridges in Indiana
Details truss types, photographs, information about numbers of bridges now and in the past. List of existing covered bridges by county.
paper 8 pp. 1998 /ISSN 0019-6649 /$.50/Order No. 6072
Indiana Barns
Images and text describing the many types of barns found in Indiana.
paper 8 pp. 2001/ISSN 0019-6649/$.50/Order No. 8031
Related Issues of The Indiana Historian
paper/ISSN 1071-3301/$1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)
List of all Indiana Historians grouped by topic (many of these issues are on the Web site).
Unlocking the Past--You Hold the Key
Introduction to research in local history with examples and checklist.
paper 16 pp. 1993/$1.00 or $.30 each if 20 or more of any title purchased
Order No. 7019 E-mail the Indiana Historical Bureau with questions or your order.
Call the Indiana Historical Bureau Books Shop at 317-232-2535 to make a purchase.

Other Indiana Educational Resources:

Other Indiana Historical Bureau Resources.

Other Indiana Historical Bureau Documents and Resources.

Indiana Supreme Court's Courts in the Classroom Program and Webcasts of court proceedings

4th grade Morgan's Raid game produced by Ball State University

The Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Archives and Friends of the Indiana State Archives

National Parks Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary for Indianapolis

IUPUI Indiana Statehouse Public Art Project

The Indiana Association of Historians 2017 Call for Papers

Hoosier Women at Work Annual Conference, Papers, and Resources