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Local Resources

  • Farmer House Museum, Bloomington, Indiana Located in an historic 1869 residence near downtown Bloomington, the FHM seeks to preserve and interpret family life in Monroe County, Indiana. By promoting a dialog with the past, the museum hopes to inspire the public to appreciate and understand the human forces that have shaped our community.

  • Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, Bloomington, Indiana Plans for the farmstead focus on making the property an educational resource for the local community and the region. The property will also serve as a location for learning practical techniques on related topics such as small scale farming and preservation of houses, farm structures, and landscapes.

  • The Indiana University Archives has numerous documents related to members of the two Wylie families that occupied Wylie House between 1835 and 1913. These include personal and professional papers, letters, diaries, sketches and drawings. Documents are available to researchers by appointment (812-855-1127) in Bryan Hall, Rm. 207, or by searching the IU Archives website.

  • Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, Indiana The Center collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the genealogy, history and artifacts of Monroe County, Indiana.

  • Monroe County Public Library/Indiana Room The Indiana Room is a special collection within the Monroe County Public Library. Its focus is on local and state history, genealogy and family history, and general information pertaining to Indiana.

  • Ten O ´ clock Line Treaty Museum, Gosport, Indiana When Indiana was admitted to the Union in 1816, The Ten O´clock Line established the state´s northern boundary. Formerly known as the Treat of Ft. Wayne, it was negotiated on Septembr 30, 1809 between William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana Territory, and Little Turtle, a Miami chief. The treaty acquired approximately 3 million acres of American Indian land for settlement.

  • Bloomington & Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau Click here to find out what's going on in the area.

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Other Historic Sites in Indiana

  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, Indiana Conner Prairie, the Smithsonian Museum Institution´s only Indiana affiliate, consists of five themed historic areas on 200 beautiful, wooded acres. It is recognized by the American Association of Museums as a national leader in quality learning.

  • Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indaina Historic Landmarks Foundation works to save, revitalize, and protect Indiana�s historic places. It is the largest statewide preservation group in the U.S. Be sure to check out Veraestau, Morris-Butler House and Huddleston Farmhouse on this web site.

  • Grouseland, Vincennes, Indiana Grouseland is the Georgian home built in 1803 by William Henry Harrison when he was Governor of the Indiana Territory. A National Historic Landmark, the house was more than a residence. This magnificent building was the center of government for the Indiana Territory and also served as a fortress in times of unrest.

  • President Benjamin Harrison Home, Indianapolis, IN The President Benjamin Harrison Home is the former residence of President Benjamin Harrison (1889 to 1893). This museum is dedicated to his achievements and his impact on United States history.

  • James Whitcomb Riley Home, Indianapolis, Indiana Named for the great Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, this two-story brick home is nestled in Indianapolis´ historic Lockerbie neighborhood. The home is the country´s only late-Victorian preservation site.

  • Historic Prophetstown, Battle Ground, Indiana Situated within the Prophetstown State Park and 5 miles north of Lafayette, Historic Prophetstown interprets a unique Indiana story. The site is dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the history of the Wabash River Valley region of Indiana. Discover a three way mirror to the past that reflects the prairie, the Native American Settlement, and the 1920s Farmstead.

  • Historic New Harmony, New Harmony, Indiana Situated on the banks of the Wabash River, this stie tells the story of a community that began almost two hundred years ahead of its time. New Harmony was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought equality in communal living.

  • Howard Steamboat Museum, Jeffersonville, Indiana This beautiful 1894 home was built by the Howards, premier steamboat builders. The house features original furnishings, brass chandeliers, stained glass windows, and intricate carvings throughout and a grand staircase. Master craftsmen from the shipyard created much of the decor in the mansion. The Howards built steamboats included the luxurious J.M. White, the speedy City of Louisville and the popular Indiana. Models, photographs, paintings, half-hull models and other artifacts from the Great Steamboat Era abound at this unique Jeffersonville Museum.

  • General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, Crawfordsville, Indiana Located in the private study of Major General Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur, the museum contains items collected by Wallace during his life as an author, soldier, statesman, artist, violinist, and inventor. Wallace often wrote his literary works on the grounds of the study.

  • Lane Place, Crawfordsville, Indiana Lane Place was built for Henry Lane (1811-1881) in 1845. He represented Montgomery County as state representative, U.S. congressman, governor and U.S. senator. His stature as chairman of the National Republican Convention in 1856 helped secure the party´s nomination of Abraham Lincoln for president in 1860.

  • Hillforest Home, Aurora, Indiana Hillforest, overlooking the Ohio River, was the home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. Shipping and riverboats were significant elements of the Gaff business and are reflected in the architecture of the home.

  • Barker Mansion, Michigan City, Indiana This home was built in 1886 by rairoad car industrialist John Barker, and was reconstructed in 1929. Barker´s company merged with the Pullman Company in 1922 and is now known as Pullman-Standard, a division of Pullman, Inc. The mansion now serves as a c civic center owned by Michagan City.

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Indiana State Resources

  • Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis,Indiana Since 1830, the HIS has been Indiana's storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating Indiana history. The Society maintains one of the largest collections of material on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States.

  • Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum tells the story of Indiana through its exhibits on art, science and culture. Learn about Indiana and its place in the world.

  • Friends of the Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis, Indiana The FISA is a not-for-profit organization that helps preserve the public records of Indiana. It is concerned with the needs of safely housing the state collections; publicizing the resources and needs of the Archives and raising funds to supplement its resources and services.

  • Indiana Historical Bureau, Indianapolis, Indiana The Bureau provides publications and programs for Indiana citizens of all ages to learn and teach about the history of their communities, the state of Indiana, and their relationships to the nation and the world. The Bureau also administers the Indiana Historical Marker Program.

  • The Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana The Indiana State Library was established in 1825. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana and sharing it with Indiana citizens

  • Spring Mill State Park & Pioneer Villiage Check out these two state parks administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. You might also be interested in Turkey Run Park.

  • Graduate Historic Preservation Program, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana Historic buildings. Vibrant downtowns. Rambling main streets. If these sites appeal to you, then a master of science in historic preservation is for you.

  • Museum Studies at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana The Museum Studies Program is housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts on the IUPUI campus. The flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum allows students to focus on training paths in education, exhibit development, administration, collections, or curatorial practices. They can also take a range of classes in preparation for the varied responsibilities of small museums and historic sites.

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