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-Should relate to Indiana history and describe the topic’s local, state, national and/or international significance.
-Previously published content can be submitted if permission is obtained.
-Ideal word count is 800-1600, but longer submissions may be broken into multiple parts.
–Guest bloggers must secure permission from image copyright holders (many non-profits allow the use of content for non-commercial educational purposes, including the Indiana Historical Society Digital Image Collections and Indiana Memory).
-Should help illustrate the text; it is ideal to use historic images of the person, place, or event if they exist. In cases where such images are unavailable, representative images may be used (such as relevant historic photos, non-contemporary artwork depicting subjects, photos of associated artifacts, historical markers, statuary, or buildings)
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-A short list of sources used or further reading should be included.
-Incorporate sources into the text when possible (ex: The Indianapolis Times reported on August 14, 1916…).
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–All posts will be edited for clarity, grammar, and tone. If requested, the revised post may be reviewed by the author prior to posting
–Please provide a short bio, which will appear at the bottom of the post.
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