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The Indiana Historical Bureau provides publications, programs, and other opportunities 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. We are especially pleased to support educators in their efforts with resources listed below.
Indiana Close Up provides materials and a forum for Indiana citizens of all ages to learn about and participate in the democratic process through debate on selected contemporary issues related to the Indiana Constitution. Consider holding a mock constitutional convention in your classroom. Printed classroom sets of issue booklets and study guides are available while supplies last. You can also print materials yourself: Download Indiana Close Up
You can also download BROADSIDES, over 400 pages of primary source history materials and activities for Indiana history education. Limited quantities are still available in print.
Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plans and Resources
Civil War Lesson Plans and Resources (See also Civil War Links and Resources)
Morgan's Raid game, produced by Ball State University. Java-based game for 4th grade, appropriate for all audiences. Includes an excellent curriculum guide.
Research Checklist This list of resources is the checklist IHB researchers use when starting a new research project. Includes links to digital resources as well as national, state, and regional repositories.
Pointers for Research reviews the process of good research for students.
The Indiana Historian 16-page 2-color magazine devoted to one topic in Indiana history. Written with a young audience in mind, and great for the classroom. Paper copies are available, and digital versions may be accessed 24/7.
A variety of relevant books are available in our Book Shop. Discounts are available for teachers (20%) and schools (25%).
Also Note: At one time, the Indiana Historical Bureau ran a press and produced a variety of pamphlets and books. Many of these out-of-print resources are no longer available elsewhere, and are in the process of being digitized and made available on the web. Hard copies of these resources, as well as the Bureau's research files are also available for review by appointment.
Lesson Plans from the Indiana State Museum
National Parks Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary for Indianapolis
IUPUI Indiana Statehouse Public Art Project