Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award to Evelyn Harper Jackson of Depauw, Ind., at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Willard C. Heiss Family History/Genealogy Award is made annually to a family historian for his or her distinguished service and career in Indiana family history including presentation such as articles in The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections, use of materials and preservation.
Jackson has donated thousands of hours toward a variety of patriotic organizations and efforts. One of her key accomplishments has been the collection of facts on area soldiers who served during the War of 1812. She has completed more than 900 soldier forms, which include service information, place of burial and genealogical/family details. She has been the motivating force behind the replacement of numerous gravestones that were unreadable, broken or totally missing.
Whether assisting the manager of the Crawford County Public Library’s Genealogy Department, securing one of the area’s many historical markers, or working on the Proctor House Restoration Project, Jackson’s knowledge and reputation is widely respected. She has and continues to serve in many capacities for both the Hoosier Elm Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jonathan Jennings Chapter of the Daughters of the War of 1812.
Recent awards received by Jackson include the National Martha Washington Medal and Award Certificate, given in recognition of service to the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as the “Spirit of Generosity” award, which she and her husband, Hugh, received from the Community Foundation of Crawford County.
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting 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 exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.