INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is the proud recipient of the Bey History Award, presented by the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI).
WPCI created the award in 2018 to honor Joan Bey, a WPCI member since 1952. Bey served the organization in several positions, including president, and for years was the keeper of the organization’s records. The Bey Award honors excellence in writing and producing historical work.
“For years, WPCI members have been fans of the Indiana Historical Society and all it does as Indiana’s Storyteller,” said Elizabeth Granger, WPCI vice president. “Furthermore, IHS has accepted, restored and catalogued WPCI’s documents and artifacts. It was the overwhelming choice for this year’s award.”
WPCI members presented the award during IHS’s annual Founders Day Dinner on Nov. 4. WPCI also announced the organization will be contributing funds to IHS’s preservation and conservation efforts.
“It is especially meaningful to receive this support from WPCI, whose members have a deep understanding of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into preserving and sharing Indiana’s history,” said Jody Blankenship, IHS president and CEO. “We are honored by the recognition and take great pride in the opportunity to care for WPCI’s records.”
WPCI records are available to researchers at the William H. Smith Memorial Library, located inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Library use is free, and no appointment is needed. More information, including building hours, is available 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. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.