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Indiana Historical Bureau

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2015 Update

The Indiana Historical Commission, established in 1915 to celebrate Indiana’s Centennial as a state, started marking Indiana's history in 1916. The Commission became the Indiana Historical Bureau—a state agency—by law in 1925. An official state marker program under the IHB, State of Indiana, was mandated in 1981 by the Indiana General Assembly (IC 4-23-7.2-11). A history of the marker program is available. The Indiana State Historical Marker format since 1946 is the familiar large dark blue and gold marker with the state of Indiana outline in the crest at the top. 

Policies for the Indiana State Historical Marker Program are established by the Indiana Library and Historical Board and are available to the public. Guidelines and Procedures—including an opportunity to apply for new markers—are also available.

The IHB is committed to ensuring that the state’s history as represented by its State Historical Markers—as well as its other work—is inclusive, accurate, and honest. In conducting its work, the IHB abides by the ethical standards of the American Association for State and Local History, National Council on Public History, and the American Historical Association.

Recent Progress

  • IHB staff, working with many wonderful volunteers, are conducting an ongoing survey to determine the physical condition of over 500 standing Indiana State Historical Markers.  As of February of 2014, 80% of recently-surveyed Indiana State Historical Markers are in Excellent or Good condition. Staff and volunteers are in the process of collecting photographs of markers in the South and South Central regions, with these markers being high priority.
  • In 2014, with the help of volunteers, IHB repaired, cleaned and repainted, or replaced posts for 15 Indiana State Historical Markers.
  • Publication of reviews of markers will continue on the IHB website over the next few years until all needed reviews—an estimated 355—are completed. 

2015 Goals

Working with individuals and organizations throughout the state, the IHB will,