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Indiana-Division, Tennessee Monument Commission collection

 Collection — Folder: S1779
Identifier: S1779

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence and documents related to the Tennessee Monument Commission's "Stepping Stone Plan" and the designation of the official Indiana State Stepping Stone Memorial License Plate. The collection includes two undated letters sent to the Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding the license plate, two proclamations signed by Governor Otis. R. Bowen dated March 27, 1978 and May 30, 1978, and a photocopy of the official license plate with the number 55B 1951. Also included are photocopies of two newspaper clippings, one from the Southside Challenger (March 1, 1978) regarding a historical set of lithographic sketches of the Tennessee State Memorial and signed by several Indiana governors, and the other from the Perry Township Weekly (March 15, 1978) about Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut being presented honorary Tennessee citizenship for his support of the Tennessee Monument Commission.


  • 1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

On July 3, 1982, Tennessee became the last of the 29 states that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg to dedicate a monument at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The raising of the monument was a culmination of 17 years work by the Tennessee Monument Commission and was funded completely by private donations. Other states were invited to assist the Commission with its plans and in August 1977, Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton and the Commission approved the National “Stepping Stone Plan,” a project to place commemorative stones cut in the shapes of the different states in the walkway to the Tennessee State Memorial. William H. Hendley of Indianapolis served as chairman of the Indiana Division of the Commission and Governor Otis R. Bowen, M.D. served as Chairman Ex-Officio. Indiana also designated the license plate number 55B 1951 of Mooresville, Indiana resident Lorene E. Bridgman as the official Indiana State Stepping Stone Memorial License Plate. Bridgman was a former resident of Nashville, Tennessee and Governor Ray Blanton taught school in Mooresville in 1951. Sources:

Information found within collection.

Bowers, Brian. “Tennessee Monument Dedicated.” Gettysburg Times (PA), July 6, 1982.

"Mason Dixon to Deliver State Monument." Kingsport Times-News (TN), April 27, 1982.

“Stepping Stone Plan Approved for Monument.” Indianapolis News (IN), December 20, 1977.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William H. Hendley.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/04/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/04/22 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana-Division, Tennessee Monument Commission collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.