Mansion Row Historic District, Floyd County
Registration is Open for the Statewide Preservation
Preserving Historic Places, Indiana’s annual conference on saving and revitalizing vintage buildings and neighborhoods, comes to Columbus, April 18-20, 2018. The conference includes educational sessions, workshops, field sessions and tours in addition to lectures by state and national preservation leaders.
DHPA Preservation Month Photo Contest
Its photo contest time again! Help us celebration Historic Preservation Month by snapping a photo of something old that you love. Yes, your grandma is adorable, but that’s not exactly what we were thinking. Instead look for an old building, a cemetery or park, a bridge or barn silo, a golf course or boat. The list goes on. It must be at least 50 years old and in Indiana. Send us an 8x10 matted image along with the registration form by April 6, 2018. The link for the registration form is below.
**Please be aware we have made a change this year regarding digitally enhanced photos.**
You can still submit digitally enhanced photos, but they will be in a separate category. Be sure to fill out the entry form with the vital information about the enhancements. DHPA reserves the right to add a photo to the new category if the judges deem it appropriate.
Can’t wait to see what we get this year!
The basic requirements are:
- Images must be 8x10 prints, mounted or matted on or with a white 11x14 matte board.
- The registration form must be attached to each photo
- Limit of three (3) photos per person
Photos must be submitted by April 6, 2018. Questions, contact Amy Borland at aborland@dnr.IN.gov.
May is Historic Preservation Month
May is Historic Preservation Month and this year the DHPA will be focusing attention on county homes. These publicly-owned residential facilities for the poor, sick, disabled and/or orphaned have been known by a variety of names over the years—poor farm, county home, poor asylum, county infirmary. However, they were identified, by 1935 each county was required to have one, although most counties had some kind of facility prior to that. Less than half of Indiana’s county homes are standing or identifiable as such a property. DHPA is trying to promote these facilities that are an important part of Indiana’s heritage.
- Our annual poster will show a variety of Indiana’s county homes featuring photos courtesy of the DNR Division of Communications’ professional photographers. We are still working on the design, but posters should be available by mid-April.
- There will be a map on our website showing the county homes that are still standing and identifiable as county homes. Where possible, we will include location and photos.
- We will also be featuring a different county home on our Facebook page each day of May. Be sure to follow our page to learn a bit about the evolution of county homes in Indiana.
Historic Preservation Fund Grant Priorities Available for Public Comment
Every year the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (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 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual, and represent the types of projects that the DHPA view as important to its mission to identify, document, investigate, preserve, and interpret cultural resources in Indiana.
The HPF Program Guidelines and the evaluation criteria for Administrative, Architectural & Historical, Archaeology, Acquisition & Development are being provided for public review and comment. Please provide any comments to the DHPA Grants Staff by Friday, April 6, 2018. All public comments must be received in writing. Send comments by fax to 317-232-0693, by e-mail to skennedy@dnr.IN.gov, 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 11, 2018.
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 August 1, 2018.
The Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map
The Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries map (IHBBC) is now available as a resource! This new map, which replaces our former SHAARD GIS map, is run by Esri and can be accessed online within the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology via the SHAARD Online Database link. Once you get to the SHAARD Database page, click on the Indiana Historic Buildings, Bridges, and Cemeteries Map link. This will allow you to launch the app and the user can begin to explore the map.
For returning users, this map has many new features and improvements to the old SHAARD GIS map. A User Guide is available and will be updated as new features and updates are added to the map.
Contact Megan Copenhaver for specific questions or suggestions concerning the map. Thanks and happy searching!
New Tax Credit Reviewer
David Duvall retired in November after serving as the DHPA’s Historical Architect and Tax Credit Reviewer since 1998. During his nearly two-decade tenure, Dave reviewed 265 federal rehabilitation tax credit projects, 169 state commercial rehab tax credit projects, and 228 state residential rehab tax credit projects. All together, these projects received a total of $173 million in tax credits. In addition, Dave reviewed 135 federal rehabilitation matching grant projects and 42 completed state rehab matching grant projects, totaling $6.8 million in grant assistance. Dave’s portfolio of more than 830 completed projects represents a total of $822 million of qualified rehabilitation activity statewide!
After nearly a year of learning the tax credit program on top of her regular job duties, Ashley Thomas moved into the Historic Architecture Specialist and Tax Credit Reviewer position in mid-December. Ashley has worked at the DHPA since May of 2007, when she started as a Historic Structures Reviewer for Section 106 and State Review projects. She holds two degrees from Ball State University – a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation. Additionally, Ashley organizes and presents the DHPA’s Section 106 training for qualified professionals and hopes to create a similar tax credit training program in the future.
If you have questions about the programs you can contact Ashley at (317) 234-7034.
New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places
From November, 2017, through February, 2018, Indiana added 3 listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings—residential and commercial historic districts and a church and parsonage —have added approximately 564 historic resources to the National and State Registers.
- To see the listing, read here.
See information on Indiana properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures.
Sale on Indiana Archaeology Month shirts
Beginning March 1, 2018, the remaining Indiana Archaeology Month 2017 shirts went on sale for only $5.00 each.
This Indiana Archaeology Month in 2017 theme highlighted Mr. Eli Lilly's important legacy regarding Indiana archaeology. While many know of Lilly because of his family's pharmaceutical company, he played a huge role in early archaeology in our state. 2017 marked 40 years since his death, and the 80th anniversary of the publication of his well-known book "Prehistoric Antiquities of Indiana." The commemorative t-shirt image includes a birdstone that was in Mr. Lilly’s collection.
Shirts may be purchased in the Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center in the Indiana Government Center South, Room W160A, Indianapolis. For mail orders, call (317) 232-4200 or (877) 463-6367.
Indiana Archaeology Journal
Have you checked out the latest volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology (http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/files/hp-2017_IndianaArchaeology_Vol_12_No_2.pdf)? Articles on a variety of archaeological topics are included:
- Using Tree-Ring Growth Patterns to Identify Construction Dates of Two Nineteenth Century Timber Structures in Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana
- The Painted Daub of the Angel Site (12Vg1)
- Mistaken Identity? A Reassessment of the Angel Mounds State Historic Site’s
Historic Cemetery using X-ray Fluorescence
- Identification of a Middle Woodland Period Mann Phase Hamlet: An Archaeological
Investigation for a Proposed Development Project in Posey County, Indiana
- A Misplaced Neighborhood: Investigating the People and Structures Missing from
the West Washington District, South Bend, Indiana
- A Data Deficient Region: An Archaeological Survey of Newton County, Indiana
- Archaeological Investigations of the Southern Half of Jasper County, Indiana
- Floodplain Landforms and the Age of Prehistoric Sites in the Big Bend of the
Ohio River, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Internships at DHPA
The deadline for applications for fall internships with DHPA is July 15th. 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 http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/2778.htm
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 you organization is looking for a speaker; contact the DHPA for potential speakers and topics.
Tell us what you think!
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 DHPAConnect@dnr.IN.gov.