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Privacy Policy

The Indiana Historical Society is committed to providing excellent customer service and an enjoyable experience while visiting our Web site. Part of achieving this goal involves gathering information that helps to ensure our site meets your needs. IHS respects your privacy, and this privacy statement provides important information about how we gather and protect the personal information of our online visitors. Use of our Web site constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this privacy policy.

About the information we collect

The Indiana Historical Society gathers two types of information through its Web site. The first is routine statistical information gathered as visitors browse through our site, and the second is personal information voluntarily supplied by visitors.

Routine information

Like most Web sites, the IHS servers automatically gather limited information from visitors as they use our site. We analyze this information in aggregate – that is we collect information about thousands of site visits and analyze it as a whole. We use these statistics to help make our site more useful to visitors and to improve the services we offer. We may share aggregated information, which does not contain personal information, with other organizations.

Personal information

When you visit our site, we do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily choose to provide us with the information. However, some services on the site require that you furnish personal information. Examples include purchasing items from our online store, answering surveys, registering to receive electronic newsletters, or becoming a member of IHS. In connection with your use of such services, you may be asked to provide contact information (such as your name, address, phone number and e-mail address), financial information (such as your credit card type, number and expiration date) and demographic information (such as your zip code or age).

Credit card information is used only for your intended purchase (i.e., store purchase, membership purchase or donation.) Contact information is used to respond to your inquiries and to send products and services requested from our Web site. You also may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new products and services, updates to our Web site or upcoming events. You may request that your contact information be removed from our mailing list at any time. IHS does not sell or rent any personal information gathered from its online visitors. Names and addresses occasionally are exchanged with other nonprofit organizations. To request that your name and address not be exchanged, please contact us at membership@indianahistory.org, call (317) 232-1882 or notify us at Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Use of cookies

Cookies are elements that a Web site maintains on an individual's computer for record keeping purposes. Cookies are an industry standard used by most Web sites. Cookies do not cause damage to your computer systems or files. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply.

The IHS Web site may use cookies to provide more personalized service and to make our site easier for you to use. A cookie enables a Web site to temporarily keep information on your computer as you navigate from page to page on our site, and to retrieve information on a return visit. If your web browser is set to refuse cookies, some features of our site may not work properly.


The security of your financial information (credit card type, number and expiration date) is a primary concern of the Indiana Historical Society. We have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Credit card information is transmitted in an encrypted format to help protect it against unauthorized use. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.


The Indiana Historical Society will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without first gaining consent from a parent or guardian. If your child sends us an e-mail with a question or request for information (such as information on Indiana history for a school project), we will respond using his or her e-mail, but we will not use it for future communications. Children should always ask their parents or guardians for permission before providing personal information to anyone online. We urge parents and guardians to participate in their children's online activities.

Notice concerning children’s online privacy

We respect the privacy of those who choose to participate in our online Indiana Black History Challenge, especially the privacy of children under the age of 13. Any personally identifiable information that is collected through your participation in the Indiana Black History Challenge will be used only to contact you to inform you if you win a prize. No information will be disclosed to third parties. At the conclusion of the contest, all personally identifiable information will be deleted. We strongly encourage participants under the age of 13 to download an official game card and return it to any IMCPL location or to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. If you have any questions or concerns about our Indiana Black History Challenge privacy policies, please e-mail programs@indianahistory.org, call (317) 234-1595 or write to: Public Programs Department, Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Links to other Web sites

As a service to visitors, our Web site contains links to other sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the Indiana Historical Society, and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the contents of any linked site.

Updates to our privacy policy

From time to time, we may make changes to our information gathering practices or alter the way our Web site functions. We will update this statement accordingly, and we encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on privacy practices on our Web site.

Your feedback

If you have any questions or comments about this privacy policy or the practices of our Web site, please e-mail webmaster@indianahistory.org, call (317) 232-1882 or write to: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.