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New Purchase Marker

Refurbishments and Rededications

Thanks to Carroll County Historian Mark Smith for spearheading efforts to restore the New Purchase Boundary/Treaty of St. Mary's State Historical Marker, and to Byron Rider for his tireless work repainting.

Thanks also to Charles Fields of the Wilbur Wright Birthplace & Museum and his very large marker restoration crew.  Mr. Fields organized the collaborative effort to restore all four of Rush County's Wendell Willkie markers in time for a rededication at Willkie Days on September 20.  You can read more about the project from the Rushville Republican

Willkie Marker w/ new post

Students from Mays Elementary, Rushville Elementary East, and Rushville Elementary West worked to repaint the markers, and the Rush County Historical Society and County Commissioners provided supplies and raised funds to replace the worn post of one of the markers (left).

Meredith Marker

Meredith Marker Dedicated

After many years as an orphaned marker, the Virginia Claypool Meredith State Historical Marker was dedicated last month.  Read all about the festivities on our blog.

New Loyalty Program

Beginning November 1, 2014, the IHB Book Shop will phase in a new Loyalty Program to serve customers better. The program will replace some elements of our current discount schedule.* Loyalty Program members will receive a 10% discount on all regular-priced merchandise and accumulate points that can be redeemed for various coupons and discounts.  In addition, Loyalty Program members will receive discounts on select seasonal and holiday items.  To join the Loyalty Program, you only need to be on our mailing list.  Primary Source subscribers (that's you!) simply need to opt-in during their next purchase.

*State employees and some other groups will retain their discounts.  Click to learn more.

Indy Crimes book

Shop @ IHB

Gearing up for October 31?

We have plenty of spooky titles for history lovers.  Shop Indiana Regional History for  accounts of Hoosier hauntings and true crime stories.  We also have biographies of Indiana's famous serial killers and other villains.

New Item News

Just in time for Halloween, we now carry Endangered Species Chocolate.  20% off through October 31. 


Don't miss these great events!

Oct. 18 (Porter) Century of Progress Homes Tour

Oct. 18-19 (Ferdinand) Primitive Corn Shredding Festival 

Oct. 25 (Indianapolis) Genealogy & Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library.  IHB's Book Shop will be open during this event.

Oct. 25-26 (Rockport) Heritage Days & Rendezvous

Nov. 1 (Vincennes) Muster on the Wabash


Marker Applicants:

IHB staff have completed their review of this year's marker applications.  The Indiana Library and Historical Board will make final decisions today (Oct. 10).  Please watch your email for an update on the status of your application.


Educator's Corner

Learn more about IHB resources, and get free classroom materials!  IHB will be attending these upcoming Educator events:

Nov. 6 (Indianapolis)  Hoosiers and the American Story Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Nov. 13 (Fort Wayne) Hoosiers and the American Story Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Nov. 14 (Indianapolis) ICSS Annual Conference

Nov. 20 (Madison) Hoosiers and the American Story Teacher Professional Development Workshop