Northwest Ordinance Day
July 13th is Northwest Ordinance Day. In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance outlined the governance of the Northwest Territory and set up a process by which statehood could be obtained.
Learn more about the Northwest Ordinance.
Click the image to read Gov. Mike Pence's proclamation:
New State Historical Markers
Our newest State Historical Markers were recently dedicated. "Abolitionists Mobbed" was dedicated on June 30 at Falls Park in Pendleton. The marker tells the story of then-unknown Frederick Douglass's visit to Pendleton as part of a speaking tour for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. If you missed the dedication ceremony, you can read about it and view photos from the Herald Bulletin.
A marker commemorating former Governor Ralph D. Gates was dedicated on July 2 on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn. Fort Wayne's WANE covered the event. View the video online.
IHB staff bid farewell to Marker
Repair Coordinator Paula Bongen on June 28. Paula retired after nearly
22 years of service at the Indiana Historical Bureau.
plans to spend her retirement traveling the Midwest and volunteering at
the Indiana State Archives. Many of our readers corresponded with her
over the years as they
reported missing or damaged markers, or took on marker repainting
projects for their communities. We'll miss her friendly face and her
humor here in the office!