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David C. Barksdale reappointed as Floyd County Historian

IN Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Indiana Historical Bureau are pleased to announce David C. Barksdale of New Albany has been reappointed as the official Floyd County historian.

In this role, Barksdale serves as a liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations. He also answers questions from the public about Floyd County's rich traditions and legacy—a position to which the New Albany native is well suited.

Barksdale serves as president of the Floyd County Historical Society. His long history of civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Develop New Albany and the YMCA Advisory Board. Barksdale is also a member of the New Albany City Council.

Barksdale has written several hundred house and building histories. He co-authored and helped to compile several books. Most recently, Barksdale teamed up with Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks, Southern Regional Office, to write Historic Homes of New Albany, Indiana, published by The History Press.

Barksdale is one of dozens of men and women lending their talents to the County Historian Program. Established in 1981, its goal is to improve the historical communication network locally— and across the state.

"County historians know what the resources are and where to find them," says Jeannette Rooney, IHS assistant director of local history services. "Their depth of involvement on the local level helps to bolster community interest in local history and its preservation."

With a goal towards making New Albany a better city for each of its citizens, Barksdale embarks on a new three-year term as county historian sharing those sentiments.

"It is very important to continue the tradition of appointing county historians so each county has a go-to person who can direct history-related inquiries to the proper sources," says Barksdale.

For more information about the County Historian Program and other IHS resources and events, call (317) 232-1882. In addition, a directory of local county historians is available online 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.