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Grants awarded to preserve local history across state
Start Date: 6/30/2016
Event Description:
Annual grants to strengthen and preserve Indiana’s history have been awarded for 10 projects.

The grants total $375,293 in federal funds allotted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. They will be matched by $360,718 in local and private funds, for a total investment of $736,011.

The funds come from the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which distributes federal funds to the states through the Historic Preservation Fund Program.

Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through the program.

The projects are:

Benton County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,972 grant to conduct an archaeological survey of 900 acres in Benton County.

Contact: Chris Keller Thompson, Ball State University, (765) 285-5328.

Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne received a $6,891 grant to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Lakeside Historic District, and also to design and print brochures for downtown historic properties in Fort Wayne.

Contact: Don Orban, City of Fort Wayne, (260) 427-2160.

Greencastle: The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County received a $40,000 grant to help stabilize and restore the Putnam County Civil War Soldier’s Monument, which was dedicated in July 1870.

Contact: Phil Gick, (618) 972-6874.

Greenwood: The City of Greenwood will receive a $4,750 grant to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Greenwood Historic District. This district includes approximately 300 contributing resources, most of which are residential and date from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
Contact: Ed Ferguson, (317) 881-8698.

Indianapolis: The Indiana Medical History Museum received a $47,400 grant to help rehabilitate the exterior of the Old Pathology Building at the Central State Hospital complex, which now houses the Indiana Medical History Museum.

Contact: Sarah Halter, Indiana Medical History Museum, (317) 635-7329.

Madison: Historic Madison Inc. received a $50,000 grant to help restore an iron fence and its stone base surrounding the Shrewsbury-Windle House in Madison. The property is a National Historic Landmark (NHL) built in 1849.

Contact: John Staicer, Historic Madison Inc., (812) 265-2967.

Newton County: Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology received a $49,972 grant to conduct a survey of approximately 900 acres in Newton County. The project is intended to add to the understanding of prehistoric cultures, the Euro-American presence and Native American interaction.

Contact: Chris Keller Thompson, Ball State University, (765) 285-5328.

Peru: The Miami of Indiana received a $50,000 grant to replace the roof on two portions of the Miami of Indiana’s Tribal Complex. The campus consists of three buildings that were initially built as part of the City of Peru’s schools.

Contact: Keith Layman, (260) 637-7278.

Tippecanoe County: The University of Southern Indiana received a $26,308 grant to conduct a non-invasive, geophysical archaeological survey and more precise mapping of Native American villages that once surrounded Fort Ouiatenon on the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County.

Contact: Dr. Mike Strezewski, University of Southern Indiana, (812) 464-1931.

Vincennes: The City of Vincennes received a $50,000 grant to help repair windows and masonry of the Vincennes Police Department building. The building is a former post office, built in 1907 and expanded in 1936.

Contact: Michelle Carrico, Southern Indiana Development Commission, (812) 295-3707.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Contact Information:
Name: Malia Vanaman
Phone: (317) 232-1648
Email: mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov
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