SYRACUSE — Explore Indiana’s history through its many historical markers.
Have you ever wondered about the history behind the roadside historical markers you pass alongside Indiana’s many highways? A new internet-based program produced by local content creator, Michael L. Harris, visits Indiana’s Historical Markers and documents the history behind each one.
“I use to drive by all of these blue historical markers as I traveled throughout the state and I thought, ‘You know, I should stop and check that out… but I never did, then one day I stopped… I was fascinated by the history I read, but I wanted to know more. That’s when Indiana Roadside Markers was born,’” shared Harris, the show’s producer.
In addition to documenting his visit to each historical marker, Harris has created a brief documentary about its history, that’s what you’ll find on each episode. He began filming last year with markers in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Whitley and Allen counties. Filming during the summer of 2021 will venture into other counties and eventually throughout the state, but the reach of the program goes beyond just the official historical markers. The program will document interesting historical sites whether they have an official state marker or not. The program creators will also share much of their research about each site, including interesting facts and photos not included in the five to 10-minute documentaries created for the program on their official website.
They hope other researchers will expand on what has been done and create even more interesting history about these many interesting sites.
In addition to Harris, local columnist Tim Ashley is a program researcher and musician Mark McPeak has created the program’s original theme.
Season one of Indiana Roadside Markers launches on YouTube on April 15 and is available for free to anyone with an internet connection. The show will release a new episode every two weeks for the remainder of 2021. The program seeks corporate and individual sponsors.