Indiana Local History Services

Indiana Local History Services As a department of the Indiana Historical Society, we assist local historical societies, museums, libraries, archives, genealogy groups and preservation groups to promote Indiana’s history statewide.
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Working in museums and nonprofits is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be stressful. Here's how to avoid burnout!
07/13/2020
10 Ways to Definitely Burn Out as a Nonprofit Employee

Working in museums and nonprofits is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be stressful. Here's how to avoid burnout!

Employee burnout in the nonprofit sector is a real issue in the best of times, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. Here's are some things you might be doing that will inevitably lead to you burning out, and what to do instead.

Learn about the importance of #juneteenth and how you can take part.
06/19/2020
Juneteenth celebrations take on added significance

Learn about the importance of #juneteenth and how you can take part.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Friday is Juneteenth. That special day is the commemoration of an announcement to the end of slavery in America. Indiana recognizes it with celebrations all around the city. However, this year's Juneteenth celebration is taking on

As you're planning to reopen your museum, here's a really helpful guide on face masks from AAM.https://www.aam-us.org/wp...
06/09/2020

As you're planning to reopen your museum, here's a really helpful guide on face masks from AAM.
https://www.aam-us.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Face-Masks-5.28.20.pdf

Do you know an amazing local history museum in your community in Indiana? Nominate them for an Indiana Historical Societ...
05/20/2020
Indiana’s Amazing Local History Organizations - Indiana Historical Society

Do you know an amazing local history museum in your community in Indiana? Nominate them for an Indiana Historical Society Award! https://indianahistory.org/about/nominate-indiana-history-movers-and-shakers/
And check out our blog post on some of the awesome past award winning organizations! https://indianahistory.org/blog/local-history-services/indianas-amazing-local-history-organizations/

Did you know there are more than 400 historical societies and history museums in Indiana? There’s at least one in every county! The best thing about my work in our Local History Services department is that I get to travel the state with my colleagues to visit these amazing organizations. We get to...

Check this out! Students can virtually visit historic places around Indiana with Ball State's Electronic Field Trips.
05/13/2020
Travel the state without leaving home

Check this out! Students can virtually visit historic places around Indiana with Ball State's Electronic Field Trips.

Ball State adds Electronic Field Trips to At-Home Learning.

What historical survival skills do you know? (Because our ancestors knew some stuff!) #museumsurvivalkitCheck out www.mu...
05/08/2020

What historical survival skills do you know? (Because our ancestors knew some stuff!) #museumsurvivalkit

Check out www.museumsurvivalkit.com

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow - it's the perfect time to spread some love and support heritage organizations.
05/05/2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow - it's the perfect time to spread some love and support heritage organizations.

To round out our week, we’re sending a virtual Hi! to our friends at the Marshall County Museum! They have been sharing ...
05/01/2020

To round out our week, we’re sending a virtual Hi! to our friends at the Marshall County Museum! They have been sharing a peek at their exhibit on Women’s Suffrage in Indiana, and check out their video on parasol and umbrellas!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

This morning, we’re saying a virtual Hello! to our friends at Ruthmere Museum. This afternoon, you can join their weekly...
04/30/2020

This morning, we’re saying a virtual Hello! to our friends at Ruthmere Museum. This afternoon, you can join their weekly “Tea Time with Ruthmere” on Facebook to enjoy a live program on Elkhart history trivia. Check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

This morning, we’re in the southern part of the state to say a virtual Hello! to our friends at the Switzerland County M...
04/29/2020

This morning, we’re in the southern part of the state to say a virtual Hello! to our friends at the Switzerland County Museum. During the close-down, they are sharing their collection, day by day, on Facebook with interesting history – Check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Today, we're popping over to the near north side (virtually) to say Hi! to our friends at the Benjamin Harrison Presiden...
04/28/2020

Today, we're popping over to the near north side (virtually) to say Hi! to our friends at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. They’ve got amazing online resources like a 3-D online collection, videos, trivia, crafts, and more - Check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Week six of remote working through zoom - we've gone a bit Brady...
04/27/2020

Week six of remote working through zoom - we've gone a bit Brady...

To start off the week, we’re stopping by (virtually) to say Hi! to our friends at Historic Madison Inc. Check out their ...
04/27/2020

To start off the week, we’re stopping by (virtually) to say Hi! to our friends at Historic Madison Inc. Check out their local self-guided Madison's Treasures Tour through the PocketSights app, and visit Madison’s historic sites virtually through their YouTube channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCid4sHYOUE5xtttQCeb-fNw

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

To round out our week, we’re stopping by (virtually) to say Hello! to our friends at the Howard County Historical Societ...
04/24/2020

To round out our week, we’re stopping by (virtually) to say Hello! to our friends at the Howard County Historical Society! They’ve been sharing historical news stories, and be sure to check out their YouTube channel for a virtual tour of the Seiberling Mansion, historical videos and more. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCruBtdxcIJo1Eqq7zBLDU-g

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

This morning, we’ve meandered down a few blocks from yesterday’s visit in Crawfordsville to say Hello! virtually to our ...
04/23/2020

This morning, we’ve meandered down a few blocks from yesterday’s visit in Crawfordsville to say Hello! virtually to our friends at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. You can see their amazing collection online at https://cdpl.pastperfectonline.com/ and check out the fun science activities they’ve been sharing on Facebook!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, we’re stopping by virtually to say Hi! to our friends at the General Lew Wallace Study an...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, we’re stopping by virtually to say Hi! to our friends at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum and check out their amazing Bloom Report from the grounds of the Study. They’ve also been sharing videos of events and a virtual tour, and check out their downloadable activity book on their website.

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Today, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Michiana Jewish Historical Society in South Bend to say Hello! They...
04/21/2020

Today, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Michiana Jewish Historical Society in South Bend to say Hello! They’ve got an amazing new digital archive – check it out here: https://www.michianajewish.org/digital-archive

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Good morning! To begin our week, we’re saying Hello! to our friends at Historic New Carlisle Inc. with a virtual “visit....
04/20/2020

Good morning! To begin our week, we’re saying Hello! to our friends at Historic New Carlisle Inc. with a virtual “visit.” You have to check out their awesome Architectural Scavenger Hunt for local families to take a self-guided (and socially-distant) tour around town. https://www.facebook.com/historicnc/photos/a.146721342029060/3195108107190353

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

To round out the week, we’re saying Hello! to our friends at the Wayne County Historical Museum with a virtual “visit.” ...
04/17/2020

To round out the week, we’re saying Hello! to our friends at the Wayne County Historical Museum with a virtual “visit.” They’ve been making Indiana state standards-based educational videos for students with a different theme each week and sharing history on Facebook, plus you can do a jigsaw puzzle online from an image of their site - check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Today, we’re saying Hi! to our friends at the Indiana State Police Museum with a virtual “visit” They’ve been bringing t...
04/16/2020

Today, we’re saying Hi! to our friends at the Indiana State Police Museum with a virtual “visit” They’ve been bringing the museum to Facebook to share images and stories from their exhibits – check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

This morning, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Johnson County Museum to say Hello! Check out their great Fa...
04/15/2020

This morning, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Johnson County Museum to say Hello! Check out their great Facebook videos featuring curator tours, exhibit tours, and “Answering Our Audience” forums!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

Good morning! To start off our week, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion! They...
04/14/2020

Good morning! To start off our week, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion! They've been sharing tips on how to make masks during COVID-19, giving an interview about Marie Webster and her quilting business, sharing photos of beautiful quilts, and much more. Check them out!

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're providing amazing programs and resources online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Is your organization doing work online? Message us - we'd love to visit!

To top off our week, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Grover Museum in Shelbyville to say Hi! You can check...
04/10/2020

To top off our week, we’re virtually “visiting” our friends at the Grover Museum in Shelbyville to say Hi!

You can check out their new Characters in the Collection video series and take a virtual stroll through their Streets of Old Shelby Exhibit on their page.

We miss being on the road and seeing our colleagues around the state, but they're doing amazing programs online, so we're virtually visiting to share them with you! Let us know what you're doing – we’d love to visit!

This morning, we’re “checking in” virtually at the Porter County Museum (aka PoCo Muse) in Valparaiso to listen to short...
04/09/2020

This morning, we’re “checking in” virtually at the Porter County Museum (aka PoCo Muse) in Valparaiso to listen to short history snippets from their award-winning exhibit “Do Your Part! A County Responds to the First World War,” which chronicles the efforts of Porter County citizens during WWI. Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/pocomuse/sets/do-your-part-a-county-responds

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be virtually visiting heritage organizations around Indiana to share them with you! Is your Indiana heritage organization doing something great online? Message us – we’d love to visit!

Today, we’re “checking in” virtually to visit the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington to share their fantastic v...
04/08/2020

Today, we’re “checking in” virtually to visit the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington to share their fantastic virtual tour where you can learn about the Monroe County Women’s Suffrage Movement, Monroe the Schmalz Bear, the courthouse fish, Cook Medical and much more! Find the virtual tour at https://poly.google.com/view/fDqO-02B_KB

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be virtually visiting heritage organizations around Indiana to share them with you! Is your Indiana heritage organization doing something great online? Message us and we'll visit!

Since we aren't traveling for the next few weeks, we thought we'd bring Indiana heritage to you! We'll be virtually "che...
04/07/2020

Since we aren't traveling for the next few weeks, we thought we'd bring Indiana heritage to you! We'll be virtually "checking in" at some awesome sites around the state that have fun and educational online resources for you to check out.

Today's virtual "check in" is the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol, where they are doing a Collections Tournament on Facebook - vote for your favorite collections items and see where they stand in the brackets! https://www.facebook.com/elkhartcountyhistoricalmuseum/

Is your Indiana heritage organization doing something great online? Message us and we'll share it!

Just what we need right now! Join the Indiana Historical Bureau to see and share stories of Hoosier kindness on Facebook...
04/06/2020

Just what we need right now! Join the Indiana Historical Bureau to see and share stories of Hoosier kindness on Facebook and Twitter at #hoosierkind

Indiana history is filled with small acts of kindness offered in times of need. Over the coming weeks, we'll be joining history organizations from throughout Indiana to shed light on some of those stories through #HoosierKind!

Join us on this journey exploring the lighter side of Hoosier history, both on Facebook and Twitter!

Heritage organizations are facing an unprecedented situation. We’re learning to work remotely, serve our communities dig...
03/27/2020

Heritage organizations are facing an unprecedented situation. We’re learning to work remotely, serve our communities digitally and preparing for a changed future.

Please remember that you and the other heritage organizations in your community have a support system. While the Indiana Historical Society is temporarily closed, Local History Services staff and Heritage Support Grants coaches are working remotely. We’re checking our email and voice mail messages, and we’re here to answer your questions, talk to you about your concerns and provide any resources we can.

We encourage you to be creative. Think of ways you may be able to reach out to your community and keep them involved with your work – documenting the current situation, doing historical research, providing information about collections objects and offering resources parents can use to teach their children from home. Look for remote partnerships with nursing homes, teachers, social service agencies and more.

Keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing.

Take care and be safe,
The Indiana Historical Society Local History Services staff

The Indiana Historical Society has set up a special online resource for you to share your stories, photos and other item...
03/25/2020
Telling Your Story: Documenting COVID-19 in Indiana - Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society has set up a special online resource for you to share your stories, photos and other items so future generations can understand what this #COVID19 experience was like for Hoosiers.

At the Indiana Historical Society, we have collected items that document Indiana’s past since 1830. There are thousands of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, albums, graphics, and ephemera in our archives documenting the Hoosier experience. Right now, we are all grappling with a un...

We're working remotely for the next few weeks, so we want to introduce you to our new support staff. (they're a bit lazy...
03/25/2020

We're working remotely for the next few weeks, so we want to introduce you to our new support staff. (they're a bit lazy and prone to napping on the job, so we'll still be handling the important stuff)

This is so cool! Watch the series and tune in to the live Twitter chat.
03/20/2020

This is so cool! Watch the series and tune in to the live Twitter chat.

The Netflix limited series "Self Made" premieres today! "Self Made" is dedicated to sharing the story of Madam C.J. Walker's journey to success. Tune in to the live Twitter chat with A'Lelia Bundles tonight as she watches the premiere of the Netflix show about her great-great-grandmother.

03/17/2020

The Indiana Historical Society is committed to doing our part as we address the ramifications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, guests, volunteers and staff members.

Based on recommendations by the Indiana Governor’s office and the Indiana State Department of Health, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center will be closed to the public, including all rental and public events, through April 6.

Local History Services on-site and off-site meetings, workshops, consultations have also been canceled. We hope to reschedule them for later in the year.

Although the History Center is closed to the public, Local History Services staff will continue to respond to both email and voice messages.

If you are having difficulty accessing the Heritage Support Grants portal or if you have questions about the HSG program, please contact Bryce Gorman at [email protected].

Thank you.

Health Advisory COVID-19 - Indiana Historical Society
03/12/2020
Health Advisory COVID-19 - Indiana Historical Society

Health Advisory COVID-19 - Indiana Historical Society

Update from the Indiana Historical Society (March 12, 2020) The Indiana Historical Society is committed to doing our part as we address the ramifications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, guests, volunteers and staff members. The Indiana....

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Year of the Pledge. January 14 - September 8.
Karen DePauw I really liked what you wrote in the recent issue of Collections Advisor. I teach Arts & Heritage Administration at the University of Southern Indiana (Evansville) and plan to use this article to stimulate discussion in class. Thank YOU!