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February 2014 Eavesdropping

Registration Opens for Statewide Preservation Conference
Preserving Historic Places“Preserving Historic Places,” Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to New Albany, April 9-11. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours, as well as lectures by state and national preservation leaders.

The fee for all three days is $175 per person and $100 per student, with discounts before March 1. To register...

Plenary session speaker Daniel Bluestone, professor from the University of Virginia and author of “Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation,” looks at integrity and historical context. Patricia Van Skaik, manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will discuss the 1848 Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama recently found, scanned, and being used to better understand life on the Ohio River during the mid-19th century. Hoosier Author Nancy R. Hiller will talk about her recent book “Historic Preservation in Indiana Essays form the Field.”

Nearly 20 educational sessions offer variety in topics—wallpaper repair; best maintenance practices in historic buildings, lead paint, dendrocronology (a way to date historic properties through the study of trees), interpreting African-American history, shotgun homes, historic bridges, and Gunnison Homes (manufactured in New Albany). See the program.

Section 106 and Section 18 Training
Starting in 2014, the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology will be hosting FREE one-day workshops 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.

These workshops are for anyone doing Compliance Review projects or who is interested in learning more about the Section 106 and Section 18.

The first workshop will be in Fort Wayne on March 27, 2014. The fall workshop will be Aug. 28 in southwestern Indiana. An Indianapolis workshop is in the works for early 2015. Updated locations and times of the trainings will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

To register for the March 27 Fort Wayne workshop, contact or (317) 234-1268 to RSVP.

Historic Preservation Fund Priorities
Every year the DHPA revises the priorities by which the federally funded Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant applications are evaluated. The priorities are established within the parameters of the National Park Service’s HPF Grant Manual, and represent the types of projects that the DHPA views as important to its mission to identify, document, investigate, preserve and interpret cultural resources in Indiana.

The following are being provided for public review and comment for FY2014 on the DHPA website

Please provide any comments to the DHPA Grants Staff by Friday, April 19, 2014. All public comments must be received in writing. Send comments by fax to (317) 232-0693, by email to, or by mail to DHPA Grants Staff, 402 W. Washington St., Room W274, Indianapolis, IN 46204. All public comments received will be presented at the meeting of the State Historic Preservation Review Board on April 24, 2014.

*Please note that the Priorities are only one part of HPF grant applications, and the DHPA is not accepting proposals at this time. Complete packets with application instructions will be available on the DHPA website around Aug. 1, 2014.

Annual Preservation Month Essay Contest
Fourth graders from across the state are invited to participate in our 2014 “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” essay contest. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming edition of Eavesdropping. To learn more

New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places
cemeteryFrom December, 2013, through January, 2014, Indiana added 12 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—commercial and residential historic districts, a city park, a cemetery, a farm, and lime kilns and quarries—have added approximately 633 historic resources to the National Register. See the complete list of new listings

Historic Preservation Month—May 2014!
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 promote the DHPA’s activities for Preservation Month.

Help us celebrate our Historic Preservation Month photo contest’s 10th year by making it the biggest contest yet. We’d love to break our current record of 187 photos. Grab your camera and take some pictures of your favorite historic resource—building, bridge, cemetery, landscape. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is at least 50 years old and in Indiana.


  • Images must be 8” x 10” prints, mounted or matted on or with a white 11” x14” matte board.
  • The registration form must be attached to each photo
  • Limit of three photos per person

For a complete list of guidelines and the registration form, go to late April. Call (317) 232-1647 to request a copy.

Indiana’s Female Architects
Fort Wayne’s Joel Roberts Ninde and Grace E. Crosby were among the earliest women to work as architects in Indiana. They began their careers when few other women in the nation had entered the field. A timeline about women in architecture in the United States has been developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It says the first woman to graduate with an architecture degree in the United States was Mary Page in 1873. The first woman to work professionally as an architect was 1888, when Louise Blanchard Bethune began her career. Read more about Indiana womens who were among the first of their gender to work as architects.

Indiana Archaeology JournalIndiana Archaeology Journal
The 2012 volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology is available on the DHPA webpage at Internship applications for the summer internship are due March 15.

Tell us what you think
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