Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Fair Play Company No. 1 Fire House
Jefferson County Courthouse/Sheriff House & Jail
John Paul Park
Old Madison City Hall
Washington Fire Company No. 2
Things to Do
Madison, Indiana: Tourism, History, and Preservation Websites
Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Indiana Historical Bureau
Indiana Historical Society
Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Jefferson County Historical Society & Heritage Center
Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
Madison, Indiana Blog
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library
Madison Main Street Program
The Madison Observer
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Other Relevant National Park Service Websites
Cultural Resources Diversity Program This National Park Service program develops and administers the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, publishes the newsletter Heritage Matters, participates in conferences and consults on diversity topics, conducts research projects on cultural diversity issues, and develops curriculum materials on cultural resources/historic preservation for colleges and universities, targeting minority schools.
Discover History The National Park Service's Cultural Resources Programs are dedicated to preserving history, education, and grants. Find out about the programs and the services they provide, and much more, by going to the Discover History home. History is everywhere. In nearly 400 national parks and every hometown. It covers everything from the remnants of ancient civilizations to the boyhood homes of U.S. Presidents to the stirring sagas of hard-fought wars to the reverberations of one woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus. History is a part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.
Heritage Documentation Programs in the American Memory: Built in America The National Park Service Heritage Documentation Programs include HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest operating preservation program, and companion programs, HAER (Historic American Engineering Record) and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Drawings, maps, photographs, and historical reports produced through the programs and archived at the Library of Congress constitute the nation’s largest collection of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.
History E-Library This National Park Service website includes many useful NPS documents on National Park System units associated with cultural heritage and a variety of other publications related to history and historic places.
National Historic Landmarks National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just a few more than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The National Park Service administers the National Historic Landmarks Program.
National Heritage Areas Program National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.
National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official inventory of historic places worthy of preservation. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture are included in the National Register, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service. The National Register website is the gateway to information on authentic registered historic places, the benefits of recognition, and how to become involved in identifying, nominating to the National Register, and protecting these irreplaceable reminders of our heritage. The National Register publications are online. Among them are brochures in both English and Spanish.
National Trails System The National Historic Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.
Office of International Affairs The National Park Service has an Office of International Affairs that works to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. National Park Service and counterpart agencies around the globe. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the National Park Service has produced a short film on all the World Heritage Sites in the U.S. Please click here to view this video.
Teaching with Historic Places Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) is a National Park Service program that uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. The website for the Teaching with Historic Places Program contains a wealth of information for educators and students that can be used in the classroom and beyond. It offers a series of more than 140 online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators. Each lesson is linked to national and State standards for history and social studies. Lesson plans are indexed in several ways. The thematic index identifies the lesson plans that relate to Hispanic topics. Two of these lessons are available in Spanish, as well as in English.
American Memory at the Library of Congress Search this website for documents, photographs, and other materials relating to America’s diverse population.
National Park Foundation The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.
National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a United States Congress-chartered non-profit membership organization that works to save America’s historic places. Chartered by Congress in 1949, the organization is now supported entirely by private contributions. In the word of the National Trust, "We take direct on-the-ground action when historic buildings and sites are threatened. Our work helps build vibrant, sustainable communities. We advocate with governments to save America’s heritage. We strive to create a cultural legacy as diverse as the nation itself so that all of us can take pride in our part of the American story."
Fife-Salmon, Camille and Ron Grimes. Madison on the Ohio: Remembering Two Hundred Years. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 2009.
Peat, Wilber. Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1962.
Shaw, Bill and Marsh Davis. 99 Historic Homes of Indiana: A Look Inside. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 2002.
Slade, Thomas M. ed. Historic American Buildings Survey in Indiana. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 1983.
Snodgrass, Robert E. Beloved Madison: A Pictorial Tour of Indiana’s Historic Madison. Madison, IN: Jefferson County Historical Society, 1998.
Wallis, Don. All We Had Was Each Other: The Black Community of Madison, Indiana. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 1998.
Windle, John T. and Robert M. Taylor, Jr. The Early Architecture of Madison, Indiana. Madison, IN: Historic Madison, Inc., 1986.