Jane Lowrie Bacon was the Indiana State Social Studies Consultant from 1976 until 1981, as well as a former ICSS president. During the 1970s she oversaw the development of one of the first Social Studies Curriculum Guides in Indiana. This guide was considered by many to be one of the most comprehensive and useful up to that time. She also worked with James Becker of Indiana University on a groundbreaking global education project. After marrying geographer and textbook author Phil Bacon, whom she met at an NCSS conference, they moved to New Mexico and together continued to be active in their state social studies councils and geography alliance.

In Jane Lowrie Bacon’s honor, the Indiana Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) funds two grants of $300 each for use as seed money for teacher created or teacher developed classroom projects or research in the social studies. Grants will be awarded to individuals on the basis of the program's/research’s potential to improve social studies education in Indiana. All grant applications are judged by the ICSS Awards and Grants Committee and submitted for approval to the ICSS Board of Directors.
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