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Widows and Orphans Friends’ Society

 
 
Side One: Widows and Orphans Friends' Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
1. Side One: Widows and Orphans Friends' Society Marker
Inscription.  Society created by Indianapolis Benevolent Society 1849 to provide relief for indigent widows and orphans; incorporated 1851 by Indiana General Assembly. Opened its first orphanage on this site 1855. White House Conference in 1909 focused attention on, and led to federal legislation and grants for, dependent children.

As public policy and funding evolved in the twentieth century, the Society changed its name, location, and specific functions as it strove to address the needs of children and families. Since 1961, organization has offered services as the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.
 
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc. (Marker Number 49.2003.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers
Side Two: Widows and Orphans Friends' Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
2. Side Two: Widows and Orphans Friends' Society Marker
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series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 39° 47.131′ N, 86° 9.669′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on Capitol Avenue. Located on the east side of Capitol Avenue, ½ block South of 14th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stutz (approx. ¼ mile away); First Home of The Children’s Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Indianapolis Propylaeum (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Lady Caroline Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Home of Caroline Scott Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); T.C. Steele Studio and Herron (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Home of Benjamin Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
Widows and Orphans Friends’ Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
3. Widows and Orphans Friends’ Society Marker
Lot where the Marker is located image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
4. Lot where the Marker is located
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,324 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 9, 2022