Ever wonder the worth of that old painting collecting dust in the depths of your attic? Or have you always had the feeling that your grandmother’s heirloom necklace is more valuable than the eye beholds? Historical significance is not always easy to perceive; it is something that people are trained to decipher, but once the true value is known, a simple object may become a most cherished possession.


How to learn more about these underappreciated, historical artifacts? National Preservation Week runs from April 26 through May 2. Since 2010, the American Library Association has asked libraries across the country to bring attention to preservation issues that affect historical collections. It’s a great way to discover more about your valued family heirlooms and long lost treasures.


Celebrate National Preservation Week by attending the Indiana Historical Society’s Preservation Week Road Show to learn the value of historic objects in your family collections — be it an old painting or piece of jewelry — and learn how to best care for, preserve, and cherish these artifacts for years to come.

The Indiana Historical Society has assembled valued professionals to provide free one-on-one consultations. Consultants will meet with guests about objects in their particular fields of expertise. Guests register for specific time slots during the road show and choose from a wide list of experts. Free informative programs will be offered throughout the day.

Free admission to this program includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. To make a ticketed, timed reservation, call (317) 232-1882 or click here.

The event is presented by Wickliff Auctioneers, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana State Archives.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:30 a.m. | Researching at the Collections and Public Services Offered at the Indiana State Library, Brent Abercrombie, librarian, manuscripts division

11:15 a.m. | Genealogical and Military Resources Available at the Indiana State Archives, Alan January, director of patron services

1:15 p.m. | How to Use Family History Resources and at IHS, Suzanne Hahn, vice president, archives and library

2 p.m. | Story Behind the Object: Learning More About the Who, Allison Singleton, assistant coordinator, education and community engagement, IHS

Guest Author: Leah Grynheim

One response to “Misc Monday: Preservation One Artifact at a Time”

  1. Marianne McCalip says:

    Hi, HI!

    I have a very random request. Two actually.

    I am curious about a home on the far north side of Greenwood. It is about 988 North Bluff Road, just south of County Line Rd. It sits on the west side of the street and I’ve always wondered about the history of this home. I believe it is currently empty, as it was for sale several months ago, but now it just looks lonely and sad. It’s a two story Italianate style home and I was hoping you might be able to dig up some info. It sits on a mostly residential street with some mixed-use industrial space and homes that have been zoned commercial.

    My second request is a long shot. My grandfather used to come to Indianapolis as a very young boy on the train from Piqua, Ohio (30 miles north of Dayton), to visit his Aunt and Uncle Fox about 1905-1915. Matthew Fox used to work at Carroll’s Grocery and I was hopeful you might have something in the archives regarding the property. This was a brick building, as I have a postcard of it, and the employees standing out front. We initially believed the property to be at 22nd or 24th and Carrollton (Carroll’s…), but I have since found a John Carroll, grocer, in the 1906 Indpls directory and his residence was 2244 Talbot and it looks like his business was at 601 S. West St. In 1907, he also had a location at 2431 Talbot. Anyway, I know it’s a long shot, but was hoping to be able to have something to show my kids as to where their great-grandpa used to come when he visited here. His aunt and uncle would take him and his sister in their horse drawn wagon down to the market and that used to be a big deal for them as kids.

    I appreciate your assistance!

    Marianne McCalip

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