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Speakers at Historical Marker dedication for "Ahavath Shalom"

"Ahavath Sholom" Marker Dedicated

A large crowd attended the August 31 dedication of the "Ahavath Sholom" State Historical Marker in Ligonier.  Tours of the historic synagogue, a silent auction, and celebration with refreshments preceded the dedication.  Mother Nature was very kind as the marker was dedicated.  Mayor Patty Fisel welcomed over 75 attendees and the Historical Society's director spoke briefly about the building and preservation plans before marker applicant Wendy Soltz took the floor.

Wendy shared a primary source with those gathered, a description of the dedication of the building some 125 years earlier, and a poem written by a young Ligonier resident to celebrate the occasion.  You can read the final stanza of that poem and explore the history of Ahavath Sholom in this series on our blog, learn more about preservation efforts at the Ahavath Sholom blog, or visit the Ligionier Historical Society in person and explore the featured exhibit on the history of the synagogue.

Search for Historical Markers

We're entering the public beta testing phase for our new State Historical Marker Database.  What does that mean?  Even though we're still putting the finishing touches on, you can start using this new tool today. This public beta test will allow us to gather feedback from real users (that's you!) and improve the tool and/or clarify the instructions for use.

Click here to visit the new State Historical Marker Database, and be sure to let us know what you think and/or submit corrections using the contact form in the bottom left corner! 


Shop @ IHB

Last year, we polled customers about what they'd like to see in the Book Shop.  We've been increasing our Indiana-made gift and souvenir offerings in response. 

The latest addition?  Angel Cookies, Shortbread, and Ginger Snaps from Simply Divine Bakery, an Indiana Artisan company run by the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana.  Order your cookies today!


Educator's Corner

Crossroads Connect, an interactive, multimedia 4th Grade Indiana History textbook produced at Ball State University, is now available for Apple and Android devices.


Historic Happenings

Don't miss these great history-inspired events!

9/6-7 Bridgeton Milling and Craft Demo Days (Bridgeton) and Stone's Trace Pioneer Festival (Ligonier)

9/12-14 Lanesville Heritage Weekend (Lanesville)

9/14 Virginia Claypool Meredith Marker Dedication (Cambridge City) and Bell Cemetery Rededication (Indianapolis)

9/19 POW-MIA Recognition Day Ceremony (Indianapolis)

9/20-21 Koh Koh Mah (Russiaville) and Johnny Appleseed Festival (Fort Wayne)

9/26-28 Hope Heritage Days (Hope), Angola Civil War Days (Angola), and  Lincoln’s Lebanon (Lebanon)