Happy New Year!
Look how far we've come:
- 100 years ago, IHB did not yet exist. Its predecessor, the Indiana Historical Commission, was not established until 1915.
- 75 years ago, Indiana Historical Markers were made of thin sheets of metal painted white, part of a WPA initiative authorized from 1936-1942 (see image below).
- 50 years ago, the Indiana Historical Marker as we know it was hardly widespread. Between the years 1957 and 1965, approximately twenty markers were installed using private donations.
- 25 years ago, the Indiana General Assembly began to fund the State Historical Marker Program. From 1989-2004, more markers were placed than had been installed in the 41-year period where the agency operated without funding.
Is Your Marker Next?
Today, nearly 500 markers are standing statewide, with more being
dedicated every year, thanks to interested citizens with a
love of history.
Watch our website for information on how to apply for an historical marker. The 2014 Intent to Apply form will be available on March 1.
Busts of Carson and Hinton to be Unveiled in State House
The Indiana General Assembly mandated a black history display in the State House. The Department of Administration, Arts Commission, and IHB, with the concurrence of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, implemented a search process. The search committee selected artist Jon Hair to create bronze busts of two African-American legislators to become part of the Indiana
State House permanent sculpture collection.
Busts of Julia Carson and James Sidney Hinton will be unveiled at the State of
Indiana’s 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana
Holiday Celebration on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Indiana
State House. The program is free, but reservations are required. Register here.