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Hoosier Women at Work Women’s History Conference
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The Hoosier Women at Work Women’s History Conference will be held March 26 at the Indiana State Library. This one-day conference, sponsored by the DHPA, Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Women’s History Association, and Indiana Humanities will explore and expand knowledge of women’s contributions to Indiana through their labor. Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Gabin, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies at Purdue University, will provide an overview and remarks at the luncheon. Cost is $20.

Register for the Hoosier Women at Work Women’s History Conference.

Statewide Preservation Conference logoRegistration Open for Statewide Preservation Conference

Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Vincennes, April 27-69. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders.

Get more information about Preserving Historic Places here.

Section 106 and Section 18 Training

As a part of Preserving Historic Places, the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology will be hosting FREE one-day workshop on Section 106 and Section 18—how it works, submitting a good application, finding historic resources, determining if a property is in the National Register of Historic Places, and other topics that will help consultants submit the information staff needs to review projects under State and Federal Compliance Review. You can register for this as a part of your Conference Registration or as a single event—either way, the Section 106 Workshop is free.

Annual Preservation Month Essay Contest

Fourth graders from across the state are invited to participate in the DHPA’s 2016 “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” essay contest. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming edition of Eavesdropping.  

Learn more about the contest.

HouseNew Listings in the National Register of Historic Places

From May 2015 through December 2015, Indiana added 25 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—houses, a school, churches, cemeteries, a farmstead, an interurban depot, and an archaeological site—have added approximately 323 historic resources to the National Register.

See the complete list here.

schoolHistoric Preservation Month—May 2016

Although the snow is still flying (and lots of it, unfortunately), spring will be here before we know it. This means it’s time to get the word out about the DHPA’s activities for Preservation Month in May.

Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

Wondering how you can help celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016? Submit a photo (or two or three) to our annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest. libraryIt gives you a reason to get out and start looking at all of the amazing architecture we have here. Whether it’s a house, a cemetery, an old train…it doesn’t matter as long as it is at least 50 years old (that’s 1966 folks) and is in Indiana. The deadline to turn in your photos is Friday, April 1, 2016. Entries must be 8x10 photos mounted on white or cream 11”x14” matte board and must have the registration form attached.

Find all of that and check out the winners from the last 11 years at

Indianapolis Month of Design—October 2016

The DHPA is spearheading a new project—Indianapolis Month of Design (IMOD or IndyMOD). This month-long event in October 2016 will uncover the impact of design on the Circle City. We’re working with preservationists, architects, designers, non-profits, and educational institutions to create programming and events to highlight all things design in Indianapolis. Some promotions and a few events will be unveiled this October, but the inaugural event will happen in 2016. We’re working on a website and social media, so stay tuned.

Law Wallace StudyLights on at the Lew Wallace Study

The Lew Wallace Study is a National Historic Landmark property that was built in Crawfordsville in 1895 by Lew Wallace. Widely regarded as a Renaissance man, Wallace served in the army during the Mexican War of the 1840s, he was the youngest Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War, he was a judge at the trial of the Lincoln conspirators, and he served as Governor of the New Mexico. In 2014, a $30,000 Historic Preservation Fund subgrant assisted replacement of the faulty and deficient electrical system and installation of a new security system.

Learn more about the restoration project. 

Scribner HouseWindow Rehabilitation Complete at Scribner House

In 1916, the members of the Piankeshaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the home of one of New Albany’s founders as their chapter house. The 1814 Joel Scribner House is the oldest extant building in the city. The DAR organization is committed to the preservation of the house and also uses it as a museum to interpret the time period of Mr. Scribner’s residency. One of the significant projects necessary for the house was a complete rehabilitation of the historic windows. The Piankeshaw Chapter received an HPF subgrant of $25,000, matched with local funds, which resulted in the rehabilitation and restoration of 25 windows in the house.

Learn more about the restoration project. 

Internships at DHPA

The deadline for applications for summer internships with the DHPA is March 15. These unpaid positions are an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about real world history, archaeology, and preservation jobs, acquire news skills, and deliver important products for the office. Learn more about internship possibilities with DHPA. 

DHPA Staff Programs

Staff from the DHPA offer free programs around the state on a variety of topics, including archaeology, Underground Railroad, cemeteries, and preservation. If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out the Calendar of Events and find the talk closest to you. Or, if your organization is looking for a speaker; contact the DHPA for potential speakers and topics.

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We are always interested in your ideas. If there is a topic you would like to see in an upcoming issue of Eavesdropping, send us an e-mail at 

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