Marsh Davis

Marsh Davis is president of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the nation’s largest statewide preservation organization, with a membership exceeding 9,000 and a network of field offices throughout Indiana. An Indiana native, Davis returned to his home state after serving from 2002 to 2006 as executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation.


Prior to his tenure in Texas, Davis was the Historic Landmarks Foundation’s community services director, where he managed survey and grant programs and developed initiatives in African American heritage and rural preservation.

For his work in historic preservation, Davis was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 2002.

Davis holds a B.A. in history from Butler University and an M.S. in historic preservation from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning. He later served as a Ball State associate professor for five years and currently co-chairs its Center for Historic Preservation Advisory Board.

In 2008 he was elected chairman of the Statewide and Local Partners program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a role that places him on the organization’s Board of Trustees.

He lives with his wife and their two daughters in a 100-year-old home in Indianapolis’s Meridian Kessler neighborhood.