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Join us at the State Fair on Aug. 8!

Grab a paint brush and lend a hand as we restore an Indiana State Historical Marker at our tent at the State Fair.  You can learn more about the restoration project on our blog

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St. Jude students repaint the Indiana Territorial Line Marker

George Washington Julian Marker Dedicated in Centerville


A new State Historical Marker commemorating the life of George Washington Julian was dedicated on Sunday, August 4, in Centerville. Julian was a life-long abolitionist who advocated for equal rights for men and women, black and white.  Julian worked within the legal system and various political parties to achieve goals shaped by his moral convictions.  His commitment to abolition and equal rights (including equality in land distribution) remained remarkably consistent for over fifty years. Julian served as a U.S. representative 1849-1851 and again 1861-1871. 


This long-time Centerville resident was honored at the dedication hosted by Ball State University professor Dr. Ronald Morris.  The Indiana Historical Bureau was represented by Jill Weiss who spoke on Julian’s role as abolitionist, suffragist, and political leader during the Civil War era.  The marker was unveiled by the Little Hoosiers of Centerville Elementary.


The dedication was a part of a day-long ceremony honoring another famous 19th-century Centerville resident, Oliver P. Morton.  Other speakers at the Morton birthday celebration included Joe Frost, Executive Director of Indiana National Road Association, and Dr. James Fuller, Associate Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis, who is currently writing a full-length biography of Morton.


View more photos from the dedication.

Julian Marker Unveiling

Columbus residents dedicate Cerealine Manufacturing Co. Marker

The Joseph Hart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the dedication of the new "Cerealine Manufacturing Co." State Historical Marker on Sunday, August 4. 

Jeanie Hornung, State Regent of Indiana DAR, explained that the chapter's work to make the marker a reality fulfilled the national organization's mission to promote historic preservation and education.  The marker is located on the campus of Cummins, Inc., near the original Cerealine Building, which the engine manufacturer has preserved through adaptive reuse as meeting and office space.

Cerealine Marker Dedication - Attendees chat

Other speakers remarked on the importance of Cerealine Manufacturing and the businessmen, farmers, railroad workers, and innovators who made its success a significant part of Indiana's agricultural and industrial history.  U.S. Congressman Luke Messer entered a statement about the new marker into the Congressional Record and sent thanks to IHB, DAR, and Cummins on behalf of the Sixth Congressional district.  


Click here for more photos of the ceremony

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How are you planning to take advantage of this beautiful weather?

The IHB Book Shop has books on Indiana's best trails and destinations, nature guides, and Midwest-specific gardening books to help you make the most of your time outdoors.  Whether you're planning your Fall garden, a camping outing, or a driving tour, you'll find great ideas on our shelves.  Check out our Nature and Travel titles.


The Hunt is On!

Do you live in the Southern part of the state or will you be traveling there sometime soon? If so, please consider taking a few minutes to help us with our annual marker hunt while the weather is still so nice! With just a few images of a historical marker – one of each side and the post – you can help us assess its condition and assist in preserving your Indiana history! You can send photos to Casey Schuster at or post them directly to our Flickr page.  It’s fun and easy and with over 500 markers around the state, you may be surprised how many you find nearby!


Upcoming Dedications

More State Historical Marker dedications are planned for this summer:

A marker commemorating Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter will be dedicated August 17 in Rome City.

The dedication for the Indianapolis Times marker is being planned.  Check our calendar for details as they become available.

Other Things to Do

Aug. 2-18 (Indianapolis) - Indiana State Fair.  August 8 is Hoosier Heritage Day.  Don't miss it!

Aug. 5-Sep. 27 (Anderson) - WWII: The Home Front in Madison County exhibit, MWF, 11am-4pm at the Madison County Historical Society.

Aug 17-18 (Rome City) - Chautauqua Days at Gene Stratton Porter Cabin.  Celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s 150th birthday with Chautauqua Days! Learn more about this historic educational festival and Rome City’s own time as a Chautauqua festival hot spot.  $3 per person.