Street Address
Salem, IN 47167
Mailing Address
Salem, IN 47167
phone: 812-883-6495
Willie Harlen, President


What are the responsibilities of the county historians?
Each Indiana county historian acts as:
• a coordinator of historical information sources for the county he or she serves
• a resource person for historical inquiries from within and without the county
• an emissary of the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau, promoting cooperation between local historical organizations while reducing duplication of effort
• an educator able to travel within the county and capable of serving the needs of his or her constituents • a student willing to devote time and effort to learning new techniques and technologies
• a historian well acquainted with and interested in the county's heritage


The Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau established the County Historian Program in 1981 in an effort to improve the historical communication network in the state. Each county has one county historian. IHS’s Local History Services Department coordinates the program.