Primary Source: July News from the Indiana Historical Bureau

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Hoosier Heritage Day

We’re getting ready for Hoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair on Monday, August 17. On that day we’ll have a worn state historical marker in need of repainting set up in our booth on State Fair Boulevard. Stop by and help us paint the marker! 

Markers need your help year round! Is there a marker near you in need of repair or painting? Let us know and we’ll guide you through fixing it.  Learn more here. Marker maintenance makes a great project for scouts and school groups. Thanks for helping to preserve your history!

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New Marker Dedication August 21

Join us on Friday, August 21 at 11:00 am for the dedication of a new state historical marker commemorating T.C. Steele Studio and Herron. The dedication ceremony will be held outside Herron High School, at 110 East 16th St. in Indianapolis. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by July 29th through EventbriteText of this new state historical marker:

T.C. Steele Studio and Herron:

By 1886, artist T.C. Steele resided here on estate called Tinker or Talbott property. By 1887, he built a studio on the grounds and opened it to the public. He taught classes, exhibited work, and helped advance the quality of Midwestern art, notably as part of Society of Western Artists. He served as vice-president of Art Association of Indianapolis (established 1883). Art Association purchased the property here in 1901, to create John Herron Art Institute, which included school and museum. Herron opened 1902 and grew quickly, fulfilling Association’s goal “to cultivate and advance Art.” Herron hosted large exhibitions of Steele’s work in 1910 and 1926. Evolved into Herron School of Art and Design and Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Looking for things to do outside in July? There’s so much going on at Indiana’s State Parks. Check out the Indiana Department of Natural Resources listing of nature and history programs. 

The IHB Book Shop has you covered too!  All this month, books on nature, the outdoors, and gardening are 20% off.  Find out about great places to hike, learn about local flora and fauna, finally figure out what will grow in that shady part of your yard.  We have books and guides on this and much more.  Visit us online or in the store.


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Marker Applications Due

The deadline for applications for new markers is quickly approaching! If you had an Intent to Apply form accepted in the spring, your final application is due on Wednesday, August 12.  If you have any questions while completing the application, please feel free to contact IHB staff. Additionally, the IHB website has resources to help you gather your primary sources.



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