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Fisher Dedication

Carl Fisher Marker Dedicated in Greensburg

A new State Historical Marker commemorating American entrepreneur, Carl Fisher, was dedicated on Friday, May 16, in Greensburg. The ceremony came a week before the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 – very fitting considering Fisher’s work as co-founder and former president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The marker honors Fisher’s legacy as a pioneer of the automobile industry and a promoter of automobile culture in Indiana and the nation.

Greensburg-Decatur County director of tourism Melanie Maxwell organized the dedication for the marker, which is located on the Decatur County Courthouse grounds. Casey Pfeiffer represented the Indiana Historical Bureau, and spoke on Fisher’s contributions to the state and nation. Other speakers included Greensburg City Council President Blake O’Mara, Decatur County Commissioner Rick Nobbe, and Jeff Kuehl, who gave a first-person interpretation of Carl Fisher during the ceremony.

The Indiana Historical Bureau would like to thank everyone who was involved in the marker project and all those who attended the dedication.

Froebel School Dedication

The Froebel School State Historical Marker was also dedicated in May.  State Representative Vernon G. Smith and representatives from NIPSCO and the Froebel Alumni Park Committee were on hand to unveil the marker.  You can read about the ceremony in the Gary Crusader.

Shoup Reinstallation

Thank you!

Thank you and congratulations on a job well done to Franklin County Historian Don Dunaway and residents of Laurel, IN who installed the replacement “Brigadier-General CSA Francis Asbury Shoup” historical marker last month.

This historical marker, and many gravestones in the cemetery in which the marker is located, were damaged beyond repair last summer when a vehicle ran off the road. Mr. Dunaway has been assisting us from day one with insurance claims and permissions to get a replacement marker. We’re happy to see this marker reinstalled in the Laurel Cemetery!

Vintage Book Ad

Shop @ IHB

The Book Shop's getting mobile.  Weather permitting, we are having a sidewalk sale from 10-4 tomorrow and Friday (June 12-13). We'll be set up at the main entrance to  the State Library and Historical Bureau Building on the south side of Ohio Street.

All books are 20% off with many great gifts for Father's Day if you are the last-minute type.  Drop in to see our new books and get some great deals!


History Excursions

The weather is beautiful--why not combine your love of history with a little travel?  Here are a few history-inspired jaunts we recommend:

Do you have other history outings to share?  Let other IHB fans know about your local history festivals and events on our Facebook page or send Aimee an email!

While you're out, don't forget to photograph the historical markers on your trip and share your pictures with us on Flickr!


Indianapolis Germans Exhibit

This just in from William Selm:  Creating a Community: The Legacy of German-Americans in Indianapolis is now open at the Athenaeum.  Funded by the Indiana German Heritage Society, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, and Indiana Humanities, the exhibit illustrates immigration, the Civil War, and other important moments in German-American history, as well as the role Germans played in shaping Indianapolis' growth.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact William Selm or Cassie Stockamp.