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SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture in Indiana SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture in Indiana

A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible

Student Reading

  • Maestro, Betsy and Giulio. The Story of the Statue of Liberty. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1986.
    Text and illustrations provide a good understanding of the creation of the statue.
  • Paine, Roberta M. Looking at Sculpture. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., Inc., 1968.
    An excellent source for understanding and appreciating sculpture.
  • Shapiro, Mary J. How they built the Statue of Liberty. New York: Random House, 1985.
    Cross sections and diagrams provide detailed construction information.
  • St. George, Judith. The Mount Rushmore Story. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1985.
    Detailed text and photographs. General Sources
  • Craven, Wayne. Sculpture in America. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1968.
    A survey of American sculpture.
  • Danzer, Gerald A. Public Places: Exploring Their History. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1987.
    A chapter is devoted to the examination of monuments in the study of local history.
  • Mills, John. The Encyclopedia of Sculpture Techniques. New York: Watson Guptill Publications, 1990.
    Brief explanations of sculpture techniques.
  • Mills, John W. The Technique of Sculpture. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976.
    Diagrams and illustrations to explain sculpture techniques. Special Resources

SOS! Project Resources

  • Save Outdoor Sculpture! Volunteer Handbook. Washington, D.C.: National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property, 1992. Includes the full survey form and useful articles, definitions, and directions.
  • Save Outdoor Sculpture: A Video Guide for the SOS! Volunteer. Running time 30:15. An excellent video describing what to look for in a sculpture survey. Could be used with student groups.
  • Legacy at Risk: Strategies to Save Outdoor Sculpture. Running time 29:40. An excellent video for civic groups providing ideas for conservation fund raising.
    These SOS! project materials are available on loan from Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Check with HLFI offices for SOS! project materials and other resources.
    • HLFI Headquarters, 340 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis 46202; 317-639-4534.
    • Eastern Regional Office, Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum, P.O. Box 284, Cambridge City 47327; 317-478-3172.
    • Indianapolis Office, Kemper House, 1028 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis 46202; 317-638-5264.
    • Northern Regional Office, Probst House, 520 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend 46617; 219-232-4534.
    • Southern Regional Office, Grisamore House, 111 W. Chestnut St., Jeffersonville 47130; 812-284-4534.
    • Western Regional Office, 643 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute 47807; 812-232-4534.
  • The Indiana SOS! Project Archive is available for use at the Resource Center, Headquarters office (see previous entry) of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.
  • For information on local history research techniques and resources, refer to The Indiana Historian, September 1993.
  • Contact your local historical organization, museum, public library, preservation commission or organization, etc. for resources on your local monuments and sculptures.