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New Products for the Holiday Season!

Starting next week, we are rolling out artisan, Indiana-made food, crafts, and art.  First up, is Chocolate for the Spirit. This Shelbyville company uses the finest organic, fair trade cocoa to make gourmet treats perfect for holiday gifts. Our shop will feature milk and dark chocolate bars along with a dark chocolate bar with almond and sea salt. 

Also coming next week are colorful, hand-made glass ornaments by artist Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass in Clayton, Indiana. This holiday season, give gifts made by Hoosier artisans!

We offer 20% discounts for state employees, teachers, students, military, libraries, and seniors! We now take credit card orders over the phone: (317) 232-2535.


New Indianapolis Times Marker Dedicated

A new State Historical Marker commemorating the Indianapolis Times was dedicated on Friday, October 11, 2013, exactly 48 years after the newspaper ceased publication. Several former staff members of the Times were in attendance and many reflected on their experiences working for the paper.

Indianapolis Times


A previous marker for the Indianapolis Times was installed in 1979. This marker was damaged on several occasions in the 2000s. The new two-sided marker provides additional information on the newspaper’s 77 years of service to the state (1888-1965), including its work on behalf of the mentally ill and the unemployed. The Times won a Pulitzer Prize in 1928 for its investigations into the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana.

“Way” Ahead of Her Time

On Saturday, October 19, residents in Winchester dedicated a new State Historical Marker honoring Amanda M. Way. Way was a life-long temperance and women’s rights advocate. In addition to being one of the founding members of Indiana’s first Woman’s Rights Convention (1851), she held national offices in the Independent Order of Good Templars and was a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Way lectured throughout the nation on suffrage and prohibition, and in 1900, the Idaho Prohibition Party nominated her for the U.S. Congress.

Randolph County Historical Society President Marjorie Birtwhistle led the dedication ceremony for the new marker. Birtwhistle gave a brief history of Way’s life and thanked all those who helped get the marker installed.

Amanda Way 1

Capture Hoosier History!

Grab your camera or phone and help us take a snapshot of Hoosier history! IHB staff members are tracking the physical condition of our historical markers in the southern region of the state and we need your help! If you come across a marker in southern Indiana, please take a few pictures of it and send them to us at You can also post photos directly to our Flickr page.


The counties still needing to be surveyed include: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Scott, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.


Things to See and Do!

Looking for some fun activities to add to your calendar in November? Check out the list below!

November 5 - Election Day LIVE from Delaware Street at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

November 8 and 23 - Chilling Chatham Arch Lockerbie Ghost Tours

November 9 - VonnegutFest 2013

November 9-11 - Enjoy free admission to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial during Veterans' Day weekend

November 15 - “The Big Chill” at the Indiana State Museum  

November 30 - Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument