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Historic Preservation Fund Priorities
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 HPF 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 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, 2013. All public comments must be received in writing. Send comments by one of the following methods:
All public comments received will be presented at the meeting of the State Historic Preservation Review Board on April 24, 2013.
*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,
Annual Preservation Month Essay Contest
Fourth graders from across the state are invited to participate in the DHPA’s 2013 “My Favorite Historic Place in Indiana” essay contest. The winning essay will be published in an upcoming edition of Eavesdropping!
New Listings in the National Register of Historic Places
From July, 2012, through December, 2013, Indiana added sixteen listings to the National Register of Historic Places. These listings--individual houses, historic districts, and a water tower--have added approximately 1,042 historic resources to the National Register.
Online Travel Itinerary for Madison, Indiana Launched by the National Park Service
As an especially lively reflection of American history and architecture from the early 19th century through the dawn of World War II, Madison, Indiana, brings the nation's heritage to life. The National Park Service’s new Madison, Indiana – Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary features the Madison Historic District and highlights 40 historic places and neighborhoods within the district as well as important and interesting destinations to see close by. Loaded with information, images, maps, and essays, the itinerary is available by clicking here.
This Travel Itinerary was worked on by a summer intern (Hilary Retseck) working for the Park Service. Previously, Hilary worked as in intern for the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology as the O’Brien Intern, then later working on the Jewish Heritage Initiative. DHPA staff congratulates Hilary on her successful project with the Park Service.
Historic Preservation Month—May 2013!
May is sneaking up on us and you know what that brings? Historic Preservation Month! We’re excited to be sponsoring our Historic Preservation Month photo contest for the 9th year. The deadline for submitting photos is April 5th. For more details about the photo contest, see the below article. Again this year, the DHPA is partnering with host sites around the state to display collections of previous photo contest entries during the month of May.
Keep an eye out for our Preservation Month poster featuring Carnegie Libraries from throughout the state. Posters will be available the end of April.
Are you a 4th grade teacher? Do you have a 4th grader? Are you a 4th grader? If you’re a native Hoosier, you may remember that 4th grade is the year you learned Indiana history. The DHPA would love to hear from any 4th grader for our My Favorite Historic Place essay contest.
And, finally, the DHPA is also putting together a calendar of events for the month of May. If you know of a history-related event going in May, let us know about it and we’ll add it to the calendar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with event details.
Historic Preservation Month
The time has really flown by—2013 is the 9th year of the Preservation Month photo contest. Hopefully many of you have already participated in a previous contest and know the rules. However, for those you are just hearing about it for the first time or need a refresher, here is an overview of the basic contest rules: photos should be of something “historic” and it must be in Indiana.
Photo Contest Guidelines
For our purposes, “historic” is anything 50 years old or older. Photos can be color or black and white, must be 8x10, and matted with white/ivory mat board so final dimensions are 11x14. Please do not frame your photos, just mat them. There is a limit of three entries per person. The contest deadline is April 5, 2013.
In terms of what to photograph, it can be just about anything as long as it’s in Indiana and at least 50 years old. It can be a building, a bridge, a cemetery, a silo, a park. Photos can show an entire building or maybe focus in on some standout detail. It’s whatever you find interesting. And don’t think that it has to be in perfect condition - sometimes showing a bit of age makes a photograph more interesting.
Reminder for Grant Applicants Proposing National Register Nominations
Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant proposals in the Architectural & Historical (A&H) category that seek to prepare nominations for National Register Historic Districts may require pre-verification of eligibility.
Indiana Archaeology Journal
The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is pleased to announce that the 2012 volume of the journal Indiana Archaeology is available on the Division’s webpage.
Work has already begun on the 2013 volume of the journal. A preview of 2103 topics which will be covered includes: using tree-ring growth patterns to identify the date of construction of Community House No. 2 in New Harmony; survey of Lake Michigan historic shipwrecks in Indiana’s waters; New Albany’s recent industrial past as revealed in the archaeology of the Loop Island wetlands; The Archaeological Conservancy in Indiana, and much more.
The State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) is an ongoing project for the staff of the DHPA with the final goal of including all of the survey information gathered over the years and currently housed in the office of the DHPA. It currently contains over 80,000 historic and archaeological site records from around the state including records for National and State Register properties, historic bridges, historic theaters, cemeteries, and archaeological sites. The DHPA staff is in the process of entering records from the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, with new sites being added daily.
In addition to the database portion of SHAARD the DHPA has been working to digitize site locations from existing survey data through different initiatives. The digitized site locations are incorporated onto an interactive map - SHAARD GIS. SHAARD GIS is linked with SHAARD to allow individual site information to be viewed without having to have multiple browsing windows open.
Environmental Review Update: Online Database and Form
DHPA has recently added a new page to our website that includes a database of all projects that have been submitted to our office within the last 30 days for environmental review. The database includes the options of searching by county, agency, and date received, along with various other fields. Please note that this list is updated on a weekly basis so it could take 5-7 days for a submission to appear.
Additionally, there is a new form that should be included with all submissions for environmental reviews. The new Review Request Submittal Form includes basic project information, as well as a list of information that should be included in a submission, and should be used as a coversheet on the project submission.
Save the Date for the Next Preserving Historic Places
While not until 2014, the office and our partners at Indiana University and Indiana Landmarks are planning the 2014 Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference. The event will take place in New Albany April 9 – 11, 2014. So mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information.
Preservation at the Crossroads
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2013 National Conference will be held in Indianapolis October 29-Nov 2.
Internships at DHPA
Throughout the year, the DHPA frequently hosts interns from universities across the state (sometimes even from outside of Indiana). 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. If you or someone you know is interested in interning at the DHPA, contact our office at 317/234-1268 or email@example.com.
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.