IARA Names New Director

Chandler Lighty
Chandler Lighty

Chandler Lighty, director of the Indiana Historical Bureau was appointed Executive Director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration. He will begin his duties in late August. Some of the Bureau’s accomplishments during his tenure include: quadrupling the number of state historical markers installed annually; working with members of the General Assembly on legislation to task the Bureau with conducting an oral history of the Legislature; overseeing the creation of an award-winning podcast, “Talking Hoosier History;” and strengthening the Bureau’s relationship with the Indiana State Library, including management of the Library’s digitized newspaper collection, Hoosier State Chronicles, and supporting legislation that made the Bureau a division of the Library.

Before coming to the Bureau, Chandler was project manager for Hoosier State Chronicles, which won the Indiana Historical Society’s Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project in 2015. Also, in 2015, his Indiana Magazine of History article that reexamined the origins of basketball in Indiana won the Thornbrough Award. From 2008-2011, he worked for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, where he conducted full-time research at the U.S. National Archives for the Springfield, Illinois-based project.

A native of Crawfordsville, Chandler earned a M.A. in American History from Miami University. He lives three miles from the State Archives in Irvington with his wife, Elisabeth, and their two sons, Everett (5) and Quill (2).

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