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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Keeper of Local History

IHS, IHB reappoint Jackson as Madison County historian

Keeper of Local History

IHS, IHB reappoint Jackson as Madison County historian

INDIANAPOLIS—One of Madison County's best resources for local history will continue to share his understanding of the area's rich traditions and legacy. The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) are pleased to announce Stephen T. Jackson has been reappointed as the official Madison County Historian.

Jackson is one of dozens of men and women lending their talents to the County Historian Program, which was established in 1981 in an effort to improve the historical communication network across the state.

In this role, Jackson acts as a liaison between statewide agencies and organizations. He also answers questions from the public about local and family history. Since first being named to the position, Jackson has presented more than 600 programs to various groups and organizations across the county.

One of his most memorable experiences to date involves the records of 2,500 children who were residents of the county's two former orphanages (1885-1970). In 2008, Jackson says he received permission from the Madison County Superior Court to relocate the records to his office at the Madison County History Center.

"For the next six months, two Madison County Historical Society volunteers indexed them," said Jackson. "I made them public in July of 2009. Since then, 108 families who had lost contact with loved ones have been reunited by accessing records of family members who were former residents of the orphanages."

Jackson has received several honors and awards for his work to preserve and share Madison County history. In December 2012, IHS presented him with the Hubert Hawkins History Award, given annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.

Jackson also holds the distinction of being the first historian to receive a Person of the Year award from The Herald Bulletin. The award recognized Jackson's body of work during 2015, including his service on Anderson's Sesquicentennial Planning Committee.

In addition, Jackson is a regular guest on two programs airing on local radio station WHBU. In April, a series of articles that first appeared in The Herald Bulletin will be published as a book, If the River Could Talk. Written by Jackson for Indiana's Bicentennial celebration, the articles feature stories that occurred in and along the White River.

For more information about the County Historian Program and other IHS resources and events, call (317) 232-1882. In addition, a directory of local county historians is available online at www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

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