The mission of The Society of Indiana Pioneers is to honor the memory and work of Indiana’s pioneers by cultivating the interest of current and future generations in the lives and accomplishments of Indiana’s frontier settlers.
Benefits of membership
You can learn much more about the Society of Indiana Pioneers in this short 14 minute video that covers our history, benefits, activities, and membership information.
The Year Book of the Society of Indiana Pioneers is issued annually to all members either as a hard copy or in a digital format (depending on the preference of each member) and is distributed to many libraries around the state and throughout the Midwest. It contains articles on the early history of Indiana, news about the Society, a current roster of members with brief notes on their pioneer ancestors, and a complete list of deceased members. Physical copies of past yearbooks are kept in our archives.
The Pioneer Times is the official newsletter of the Society that is published at least once a year. Information about upcoming and completed projects, pilgrimages, and other events are covered in each issue. New members are listed that have joined since the last newsletter.
The Society has a long tradition of sponsoring “Hoosier Heritage Pilgrimage” trips to historic sites in Indiana and adjoining states. These trips are arranged specifically for our group and include Society members and their family or friends. Past pilgrimages have included visits to Lincoln’s boyhood home, Indiana’s first state capital in Corydon, and Vincennes which served as the capital of the Indiana Territory from 1800 until 1813.
Reviews of and photos from the pilgrimages since 2000 are archived on the Society Event Archive page.
The Society provides graduate fellowships annually for master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research in the field of Indiana pioneer history. We also present the Society of Indiana Pioneers John H. Holliday Award to an outstanding junior historical society project in the state. We have recently added field trip grants to History and Indiana Studies classes in grades 4 thru 12 that would otherwise lack the means to travel.