The Indiana State Soldiers’ Home opened in 1896 on a 187 acre site in Lafayette, Indiana. The Home’s mission was to care for honorably discharged veterans of America’s wars who were residents of Indiana. Wives and widows of veterans were also eligible for care. The Home is still in operation and known today as the Indiana Veterans’ Home.
The typical packet includes an application for admission with information on the applicant’s military service and family history. Pension papers, death notices, and family correspondence are found in many packets.Volunteer Marianne Hughes began work on this project in 1997. In early 1998 volunteers Elizabeth Hague and Barbara Gibson took over, working on the men’s and the women’s records respectively.
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The database for these records contains the names of 10421 men and women who were residents of the Home between 1896 and 1964. Dates of admission and discharge, county of residence, the veteran’s branch of service, the war the veteran served in, and burials at the Home Cemetery were also entered in the database. The database can be searched at the Indiana State Archives. The individual packets are available for inspection.
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