IHB Staff are very excited about the incoming group of historical marker applications. Whether you're applying for a marker, doing family history research, or writing an article or book, here are some tips to get you started:
1. Evaluating, locating, and using primary sources about your topic can be tricky, especially if you have a topic that is very early in history or relates to minorities. Check out our guide to finding and using primary sources
2. Leave no stone unturned as you search for source material. Have you visited your local historical society, public library, archives? Have you consulted your County Historian
? Here's a list
of places to do research and what you can expect to find there.
3. Be a part of the conversation: history is a lot like science--it's a dialogue among historians who propose an interpretation and provide proof in the form of primary source documentation. Read recent articles on your topic to stay in the know. If you don't have access to databases like JSTOR
at home, visit your local library, the Indiana State Library, or INspire.in.gov
to access databases and search for recent scholarship.
Summer is coming
The first day of summer is June 22. Here are some great historically-inspired things to do while the weather is nice:
Are you registered to vote?
Primaries are underway for IHB's Unofficial State Animal Mock Election! Do you feel that the Indiana Myotis best represents Indiana, like Indiana State University
professor, John Whitaker, Jr.? Or do you think the more historic Mastodont
would better represent your state alongside neighboring states' less-imaginative emblems?
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