New historical marker revealed in Noblesville


On April 20, Hamilton County Historical Society, City of Noblesville and Indiana State Historical Bureau officials unveiled a historical marker commemorating Norman Norell.

Norell was a Hamilton County native who was one of the nation’s leading fashion designers during the post-World War II period. The new marker is on Eighth Street in downtown Noblesville between Cherry Street and Maple Avenue.

Mayor Chris Jensen and Dr. Michella Marino unveil the marker.

The marker reads: “Norman Norell, 1900-1972 / Dean of American Fashion” and more about Norell’s past, including his connection to the Levinson family and how his fashion designs were worn by Jackie Kennedy, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. Norell is buried in Noblesville’s Crownland Cemetary.

The event was not open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a larger event is planned for later this year.

The Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library, oversees the state historical marker program. State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places and events in Indiana history.

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