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Amanda Way

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

     As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s take a look back through IHB’s research files and recognize one of Indiana’s early leaders in the state’s women’s rights movement, Amanda M. Way. Way was one of the founding members of Indiana’s first Woman’s Rights Convention in 1851. Held in Dublin, Wayne County, the convention gave birth to the Indiana Woman’s Rights Association. Way served as vice president of the organization in its first year and gave the opening address of the convention. In this address, she declared that “unless women demand their rights politically, socially, and financially, they will continue in the future as [they have] in the past…” (Indiana Woman’s Suffrage Association Record Book, 1851-1886, William Henry Smith Memorial Library, Indiana Historical Society, SC 1792, Department of Manuscripts and Archives, October 14-15, 1851).

     Way remained active in the organization throughout the 1850s, and records show that she offered a resolution to petition the state legislature for women’s right to vote in Indiana as early as 1857. In 1869, she helped revive the organization after its work had been interrupted by the Civil War.* That same year, Way helped found the American Woman’s Suffrage Association. A lifetime advocate for women’s rights, she traveled across the nation speaking in favor of suffrage.

       Keep an eye out for more information on Amanda Way as we prepare for the installation of a new marker commemorating her in Winchester, Indiana!


*The organization changed its name to the Indiana Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869.

IHB's New Blog

Introducing Marking Hoosier History, our new blog.  This blog is an outgrowth of our mission to provide learning opportunities for Hoosiers.  The flexibility WordPress provides means that we can share our progress and research into Indiana’s complex history in a wider variety of formats.

Visit the blog for multimedia essays, cool library and archival finds, tips for historical research, and (coming soon!) interactive tools for navigating resources and historical markers relating to Indiana’s nearly 200 years of statehood.

Our official website at will continue to be the way to access official IHB information, including the Indiana State Historical Marker and Cemetery Heritage Sign programs, downloadable classroom resources, information about state emblems, and other Indiana Historical Bureau research, bibliographies, and publications.

Marking Hoosier History screencap


Congratulations to recipients of the 2013 Torchbearer Awards.  Visit the Indiana Commissionfor Women online for more events honoring women this month!

Black Women in the Middle West cover


In honor of Women's History Month, the Book Shop is lowering the price of The Black Women in the Middle West Project: A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Illinois and Indiana from $6.75 to $5.00.  Unlike most sale items, this book will also be eligible for other discounts

This 238 page report contains historical essays, oral histories, biographical sketches, and descriptions of document collections gathered by the project, which was headquartered at Purdue University.

Intent to Apply form

File your Intent to Apply for a Marker

As of March 1, IHB has begun accepting Intent to Apply forms for the 2013 application cycle of the Indiana State Historical Marker Program.

Not sure where to begin?  IHB staff prepared a video that will walk you through the process in about 3 minutes.  After you watch, head over to our website for more details and to download the requisite forms.



Women's History Month

Visit the Indiana State House to see exhibits about Hoosier women, including the Women in Indiana Who Broke Barriers display from the Indiana State Archives.  The recently-restored Julia Cox portrait of Lovina Streight will also be back at the Indiana State House in March!


Tour two Indianapolis monuments from afar

Virtual tours are now available of the Indiana War Memorial and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Click below to navigate through the spaces at your own pace, 24/7.

Indiana War Memorial

Soldiers and Sailors Monument


Local History Note

IHB's historical marker program's state and national focus means that we cannot place State Historical Markers for local or county history topics.  But we still feel these topics are important and worthy of sharing with our state-wide audience.  Hendricks County resident, Lori Lovely, submitted this local history note about James B. Brown, an early Hendricks County settler, and his farm.  Thanks, Lori!

Have you been researching a person, place, or event in your local area?  We'd love to share what you're up to. Submit local/regional history notes to


Read the  almost 100 year old local and county history notes submitted to our agency during the planning of the State Centennial in our blog feature “Looking Back.”