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Honoring our ancestors.


The Society of Indiana Pioneers celebrates our state’s history and the people who made that history happen. Whether you have an ancestor from Indiana or are just interested in the settlement of the American Midwest, we welcome you to learn more about Indiana’s founders, search for your ancestors, and discuss our shared past.

We also invite you to take part in our programs, such as our online “Sip with SIP,” an upcoming pilgrimage, one of our intergenerational programs, or a casual rally. If you have friends or relatives who may be interested in being part of the Society, please consider giving them a membership or bringing them to one of our programs. Connecting with old (and new!) friends is an important appeal of our organization. You’ll find our members to be fun, challenging, and articulate. Our shared history and humanity are wonderful gifts for us to enjoy.

What’s new?

Annual Meeting and Luncheon – 2023

By Annual Meeting, Event, Graduate Research Fellowship, Home Page, John H. Holliday Award

Former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh and his twin sons, Beau and Nick, were welcomed into the Society of Indiana Pioneers during an event at the Meridian Hills Country Club on November 4, 2023. The Bayhs’ admission is due to their lineage to Andrew Evans Sr., an Indiana settler of 1824. The meeting also saw the election of seven members to the Board of Governors, presentation of the award for hands-on educational programs, and an award for graduate research.

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October 2023 issue of “Pioneer Times” available

By Home Page, Pioneer Times

The latest issue of the Society’s membership newsletter, Pioneer Times, is available for download. This edition includes information from Society president Ronald Morris and genealogist Terry Engel; committee reports in advance of the Annual Meeting in November; a review of the Intergenerational Day held at Mounds State Park in July; a list of upcoming “Sip with SIP” events; and a welcome to new Society members.

Download the newsletter using this link.

Thank you!

By Development, Home Page

The Development Committee of the Society of Indiana Pioneers appreciates those donors who facilitate the organization’s Youth Education Committee in offering field trip grants to fourth graders studying Indiana history. The donations permit the students to visit educational sites such as Conner Prairie, enhancing their understanding of pioneer era.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Sip with SIP featuring Leigh Morris

June 2024
Spring Pilgrimage: Indianapolis
(date and details to come)

Thursday, July 11, 2024
Intergenerational Day

August 13-16, 2024
NOTE: The Society no longer
sponsors this event.

Saturday, November 2, 2024
Annual Meeting
Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis

Contact us

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis IN 46204
(317) 441-8293

The Society office is staffed part-time. Please call or email to check current hours.


Office Manager
Sally Fadely, Indianapolis

Terry Engel, Avon