"Jewish Heritage in Indiana" by Jeannie Regan-Dinius

  • 12 May 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Vigo County Public Library - Rooms A, B & C - PUBLIC WELCOME. Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

"Jewish Heritage 

in Indiana"

     presented by

     Jeannie Regan-Dinius


           Monday, May 12, 2014

          6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

       VCPL Rooms A, B & C

       Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

When most people think of Jewish immigrants into Indiana, they think of middle to late 19th century or even 20th century eastern Europeans coming into the capital city.  A 2005 survey of those sites related to the impact that people of the Jewish faith had on Indiana shows a history are longer and widespread.  The first “wave” of Jewish immigrants began as early as the 1760s when Jewish traders settled in the territory.  These settlers were, in general, men who assimilated into the dominant Christian culture.  Other Jews came around statehood in 1816:  Vincennes had settlers by the mid-1820s; Rising Sun’s community was established in 1824; Terre Haute had settlers as early as 1827. 

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special initiatives with the Department of Natural Resources - Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will discuss the longstanding and important part that Jews have played in the development of Indiana cities.  The state’s plans to update all National Register listings with the relevant history, update all National Register districts to describe any Jewish presence, and write new nominations for individual structures and districts.  Finally, the DHPA plans to collaborate with other state agencies to include this history in interpretation, packets for teachers, and educating all Hoosiers.

Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research.  She earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University , where she studied also anthropology and American Studies.  She has her Masters in Urban Pl anning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue Universityat Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history.

Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. 

 She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative.  She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach.  





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Wabash Valley Genealogy Society 

Based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, Indiana. Serving Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois.

Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana


P.O. Box 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012


Society Email Address: wvgs@inwvgs.org

President: Debby Warren      Email: dlrw1951@gmail.com

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