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September 2023

Upcoming Events

LGBTQ Mini Con

Out of the Archives: LGBTQ Mini Con

Join us via Zoom on October 20, 2023 (12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST) for the Out of the Archives: LGBTQ History Mini Con! We know scholars, students, archivists, and citizen historians across the state are documenting, processing, and interpreting LGBTQ history. Let's get in conversation with one another to explore the challenges and thrills of examining queer history, share resources, and strengthen the existing network of researchers. The event is eligible for 2 LEU credits.


Learn more about the event and secure your free tickets via Eventbrite!


Hoosier Women at Work: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Edit a Thon


Let’s edit! Join us and Wikimedians of Indiana for a Hoosier Women at Work Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Library.

Help us ensure that the influential Hoosier women of history receive the attention they deserve. During this event, we will be adding articles for significant women and bolstering existing ones. We will also add images to Wikimedia (which is very easy!) of these significant women. The event is open to people of all skill levels.


Register now via Eventbrite!


Upcoming Marker Dedications


September 9- Colonel Sanders (Henryville)


September 16- Hungarian Immigrant Community (Terre Haute)


October 28- Hinkle Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

Indiana History Blog Highlights


Physicist Melba N. Phillips: Indiana's Oppenheimer Connection

Roe V Wade blog

Subversion and Solidarity: A Pre-Roe History of Abortion in the Midwest


"The Greater Creed:" How Suffragist Sara Messing Stern Overcame Antisemitism through Verse



Talking Hoosier History

The 2023 season of our award-winning podcast Talking Hoosier History has launched!


We have a new host, new stories, and a new format. We’re still bringing you exciting and lesser-known tales from Indiana’s past, but we’re also pulling back the curtain to share how we do history. And we’re serving up some shorter episodes in response to requests from teachers who want to use THH in the classroom. Learn about about the frontline efforts of Sarah M. Wilmer in WWI and how we do history with primary sources in the first episode. And in episode two, join us as we visit the estate of writer George Ade where William Howard Taft launched his presidential campaign and changed politics forever. And in the latest episode, learn about Hook’s Drug Store’s early policy of desegregation,  advancement of Black employees, and how the company aimed to protect its customers through drug awareness campaigns.


New episodes arrive every other week through 2023. Find Talking Hoosier History wherever you get your podcasts or listen now at:


Bo Foster

New State Markers Unveiled


IHB staff helped dedicate five new state historical markers this summer and have several other dedications coming up! New markers unveiled over the last few months include:


Allen Temple – church organized by former residents of Weaver Settlement; an important center for the Black community in south Marion (Grant Co.)

Andrew “Bo” Foster – entrepreneur, WWII veteran, and civic and civil rights leader (Marion Co.)

James R. “Jimmy” Hoffa – labor leader (Clay Co.)

Dr. Mary Thomas – abolitionist, suffragist, and temperance advocate (Wayne Co.)

Kin Hubbard and Abe Martin – journalist and popular cartoon character (Brown Co.)


You can learn more about upcoming dedications across the state via IHB’s Facebook page. In September, IHB staff will help unveil markers for entrepreneur “Colonel” Harland Sanders in Henryville on September 9th and for the Hungarian Community in Terre Haute on September 16th.


Mary Thomas Marker Cropped

New Marker Interest


Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for new state historical markers this summer! We received 31 applications this year. The Indiana Library and Historical Board will vote on individual applications later this month and IHB staff is looking forward to researching new marker topics later this fall for dedication next year!


Wayne Trace Marker Restoration

Marker Restoration


We want to extend a big thank you to the Antoine Rivarre Chapter of the DAR for repainting the Wayne Trace historical marker in Adams County this summer. The marker was installed in Decatur in 1977 and the paint had started to fade and chip. Thank you in particular to Denise Franz, Kris Ripley, Carol Riley, Wayne Franz, and Richard Riley for all their work refurbishing the marker and post, and to INDOT for reinstalling it.


We also want to thank Eleanor Burrows, a student at North Vermillion Middle School and 4H member for repainting the Harrison’s Crossing marker in Vermillion County and George Sanquenetti and Tim Yochum for their assistance getting it reinstalled.


IHB staff also repainted the Old French House marker this summer. Thank you to our friends at the Indiana State Museum for returning it to Vincennes for us!


If you’re interested in volunteering to help survey or refurbish state markers, please contact us at




State Fair Pic RBM

In September the Rare Books and Manuscripts division will be adding images of nearly 100 photos from the Indiana State Fair (SP076) from the 1920s to Indiana Memory. Learn more about Rare Books and Manuscripts or browse the Manuscripts Catalog by visiting their website



Digital Initiatives continues to grow and expand its projects!


We're currently in our fifth National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) cycle, digitizing the Gary American (1927-1963), the Berne Witness (1895-1917, 1925-1926), and the South Bend News-Times (1923-1931). The microfilm has been sent to our vendor and we expect to review digitized files of these newspapers very soon. Patrons should expect these titles to be available on Hoosier State Chronicles in early 2025.


Two IHB staff will also be attending the NDNP annual conference in Washington, D.C. later this month, learning all about best practices for newspaper digitization as well as connecting with other NDNP partners.


We've also been working closely with the Knox County Public Library on their "Black History in Knox County" digitization initiative. They've been digitizing court and marriage records of indentured and free blacks from around the time of statehood. To see what they've completed so far, visit this link:


Check out all new additions to Indiana Memory at and Hoosier State Chronicles at


Indiana Legislative Oral History Initiative


Below are the new ILOHI interviews available online, which can be listened to on any podcast platform or at ILOHI.IHB.IN.GOV


*John Frenz 1996-2004, Democrat, Indiana House of Representatives


*John Bushemi 1976-1990, Democrat, Indiana Senate


*Billie Breaux 1990-2006, Democrat, Indiana Senate


*Luke Kenley 1992-2017, Republican, Indiana Senate