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.

We're visiting beautiful southern Indiana today to set up traveling exhibits!
06/26/2019

We're visiting beautiful southern Indiana today to set up traveling exhibits!

We're spending the day in Vevay to talk about collections donation processes! Thank you to the Switzerland County Histor...
06/17/2019

We're spending the day in Vevay to talk about collections donation processes! Thank you to the Switzerland County Historical Museum for hosting

Our CEO is on the road with us today to help with traveling exhibits (and of course we stopped for ice cream!)
06/14/2019

Our CEO is on the road with us today to help with traveling exhibits (and of course we stopped for ice cream!)

We had a great lunch meeting in Knox! Thank you to the Starke County Historical Society for hosting
06/12/2019

We had a great lunch meeting in Knox! Thank you to the Starke County Historical Society for hosting

We had the opportunity to facilitate a meeting to discuss Pendleton's upcoming bicentennial - it's going to be a great c...
06/11/2019

We had the opportunity to facilitate a meeting to discuss Pendleton's upcoming bicentennial - it's going to be a great celebration!

We're all set up for Museum Boot Camp! Thank you to the Grissom Air Museum for hosting
06/10/2019

We're all set up for Museum Boot Camp! Thank you to the Grissom Air Museum for hosting

We may have set a new record yesterday - The entire LHS staff, in 3 different vehicles, traveled in 3 different directio...
05/31/2019

We may have set a new record yesterday - The entire LHS staff, in 3 different vehicles, traveled in 3 different directions, for a grand total of 727 miles inside Indiana!

We get to see some beautiful sights on our travels around Indiana! Thank you Cedar Lake Historical Association
05/30/2019

We get to see some beautiful sights on our travels around Indiana! Thank you Cedar Lake Historical Association

We took part of our Museum Boot Camp on the road and presented a Small Museum Lab today at AAM 2019!
05/21/2019

We took part of our Museum Boot Camp on the road and presented a Small Museum Lab today at AAM 2019!

You've included film showings in your summer programming and people are coming to see them. How can you use the films to...
05/20/2019
Using Inaccurate Films to Understand History

You've included film showings in your summer programming and people are coming to see them. How can you use the films to engage your audiences in discussions about history? Here are some suggestions.

Hollywood can portray historical events with mistakes or omissions, but critical analysis turns these moments into teaching tools.

Check out this great source for information about board service and responsibilities.
05/16/2019
Board Roles and Responsibilities

Check out this great source for information about board service and responsibilities.

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

We're having a great time at the Enliven Your Exhibits workshop building tiny exhibits using what we learned this mornin...
05/13/2019

We're having a great time at the Enliven Your Exhibits workshop building tiny exhibits using what we learned this morning about exhibit design!

Do you know an outstanding senior who has offered a lifetime of service to your community? Nominate them for the 2019 Go...
05/09/2019

Do you know an outstanding senior who has offered a lifetime of service to your community? Nominate them for the 2019 Golden Hoosier Award!
https://www.in.gov/lg/2532.htm

We just finished setting up Faces of the Civil War at the lovely Daviess County Museum!
05/03/2019

We just finished setting up Faces of the Civil War at the lovely Daviess County Museum!

The whole team!
04/30/2019

The whole team!

We're playing hooky today!
04/30/2019

We're playing hooky today!

Play ball! Indianapolis Indians!

We're so happy to host county historians from all over the state today for the annual roundtable!
04/26/2019

We're so happy to host county historians from all over the state today for the annual roundtable!

We know it's been a good week when we work through logic models with three organizations in two days. #logicmodel
04/26/2019

We know it's been a good week when we work through logic models with three organizations in two days. #logicmodel

Thank you to the Santa Claus Museum for inviting us to visit! We had a great day!
04/24/2019

Thank you to the Santa Claus Museum for inviting us to visit! We had a great day!

A special THANK YOU to the Indiana Historical Society! Jeannette and Tamara came down for a site visit last week. They had lots of helpful information and ideas!

On the road delivering a traveling exhibit to Rome Courthouse in beautiful southern Indiana - we managed to go uphill bo...
04/23/2019

On the road delivering a traveling exhibit to Rome Courthouse in beautiful southern Indiana - we managed to go uphill both ways. 😊

Congratulations to the winners at the 2019 National History Day in Indiana State Contest!
04/18/2019

Congratulations to the winners at the 2019 National History Day in Indiana State Contest!

On Saturday, April 13 over 1200 students, teachers, parents, volunteers and other supporters gathered to celebrate National History Day in Indiana at the University of Indianapolis.

The students and teachers in this album were honored at the awards ceremony.

Photo credit: @dmcschooler
Doug McSchooler, Photojournalist

Prototyping is a very important but often overlooked step in designing museum exhibits and it doesn't always have to rel...
04/17/2019
Prototyping: Learn Eight Common Methods and Best Practices

Prototyping is a very important but often overlooked step in designing museum exhibits and it doesn't always have to rely on technology. Check out the paper interfaces and the paper backpack and the sketches!

There can never be an exhaustive list of prototyping methods, since there is quite literally an endless number of ways you can build prototypes. What we can do, however, is provide a useful list of th...

We had a great day meeting with the Santa Claus Museum!
04/10/2019

We had a great day meeting with the Santa Claus Museum!

We're in beautiful Brown county for our 3rd Museum Boot Camp! Thank you to the Brown County History Center for hosting
04/08/2019

We're in beautiful Brown county for our 3rd Museum Boot Camp! Thank you to the Brown County History Center for hosting

Did you know that August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment? Check out this just-launched collab...
04/03/2019
Home - Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial

Did you know that August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment? Check out this just-launched collaborative site with tons of resources

Learn more about the Indiana women’s suffrage centennial, why it’s important, how women won the right to vote and who was involved.

Indiana History Education
04/02/2019

Indiana History Education

We need you to help us judge the best of the best junior historians in Indiana! The state contest decides which amazing history projects will represent Indiana in Washington D.C. this summer! Volunteer to judge here: bit.ly/NHDI2019

We've been hosting our Field Services colleagues for our annual spring training. It's always fun when this bunch gets to...
03/26/2019

We've been hosting our Field Services colleagues for our annual spring training. It's always fun when this bunch gets together!

Our second Museum Boot Camp is underway! Thank you Henry Co Historical Society for hosting!
03/18/2019

Our second Museum Boot Camp is underway! Thank you Henry Co Historical Society for hosting!

Chatting about historic preservation with our colleagues in southwest Indiana today!
03/13/2019

Chatting about historic preservation with our colleagues in southwest Indiana today!

03/07/2019

Don't feel bad about asking for money. Remember you're not just asking for someone to give you a check, you're asking them to help you make a difference. #Fundraising

03/07/2019

Wealthy individuals are not automatically going to be your best donors. Your best donors are the people you've built the best relationships with. #fundraising

Thank you to the great folks at the Dubois County Museum for hosting today's fundraising workshop.
03/07/2019

Thank you to the great folks at the Dubois County Museum for hosting today's fundraising workshop.

We had a great day at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County and learned about salamanders!
03/04/2019

We had a great day at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County and learned about salamanders!

Our first Museum Boot Camp of 2019!
03/04/2019

Our first Museum Boot Camp of 2019!

Back from a busy traveling exhibit day! Can you believe all these fit in the van?
02/28/2019

Back from a busy traveling exhibit day! Can you believe all these fit in the van?

This is why local history organizations are so important:
02/19/2019
The Impact of Local History Organizations

This is why local history organizations are so important:

Historical organizations can have a tremendous impact. Local historical organizations are about preserving the past, but they are also about dealing with loss.

02/14/2019

Hey Indiana history organizations -
"Hoosier" Valentine?
We are! Happy Valentine's Day!

We had a great time meeting in Pendleton to talk about deaccessioning! And thanks for the amazing treats!
02/13/2019

We had a great time meeting in Pendleton to talk about deaccessioning! And thanks for the amazing treats!

Turns out that seventeen hard-sided cases and four soft cases fill the back of the van side-to-side and top-to-bottom......
01/24/2019

Turns out that seventeen hard-sided cases and four soft cases fill the back of the van side-to-side and top-to-bottom...it's a great day for traveling exhibits!

01/16/2019

Horsin' around with selfies for #museumselfieday!

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