IU Historical Marker Program

Identifying areas of historical significance

Modeled after the state of Indiana’s historical marker program and many successful municipal programs, the Indiana University Historical Marker Program noted significant people, places, events, and organizations that have had an extraordinary impact on the university, state, nation, and world.

The markers are visually appealing and are installed on campus and at off-campus heritage sites where appropriate.

The Indiana University Historical Marker Program is directed by James Capshew, University Historian.


Installed State Historical Markers

Nominate a topic for a historical marker

Before nominating a topic for a historical marker, review the program’s policy. Other avenues of recognition should be pursued before nominating a topic for a historical marker. This includes university alumni awards, faculty recognition awards, honorary degrees for living individuals, internal and external facility names, and other university recognition programs.

Nominations will be considered by the historical marker committee on an as-needed basis.

Historical Marker Committee

This committee was appointed by the University Historian and was comprised of approximately 15 voting faculty members and five ex officio members who assisted the University Historian with evaluating nominations, conducting research, determining historical marker locations, and writing historical marker text.

  • Bob Barrows, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, IUPUI
  • Bonnie Brownlee, Professor Emeritus, Media School, IUB
  • James Capshew, University Historian (Chair)
  • Linda Fariss, Director, Law Library, IUB
  • Patrick Furlong, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, IUSB
  • Paul Helmke, Director, Civic Leaders Center SPEA, IUB
  • DeLoice Holliday, Multicultural Outreach Librarian, Neal Marshal Black Culture Center, IUB
  • James Madison, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, IUB
  • Dick McKaig, Dean of Students Retired, IUB
  • Joanne Passet, Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, IUB
  • Jack Tharp, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Emeritus, IUK

Past Members

  • Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI
  • Gerald Bepko, IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus
  • Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellors' Professor, Anthropology
  • William Plater, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropy, and English, IUPUI