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DNR awards grants to preserve local history
Start Date: 7/27/2017
Event Description:
Annual grants to strengthen and preserve Indiana’s history have been awarded to four projects.

The grants total $165,672 in federal funds allotted by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. They will be matched by $140,385 in local and private funds, for a total investment of $306,057.

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 DNR has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through the program.

The projects are:

Indianapolis: The Indiana Medical History Museum received a $48,210 grant to rehabilitate doors and windows on the Old Pathology Building at the Central State Hospital complex, which now houses the Indiana Medical History Museum. The 1896 building is owned by the City of Indianapolis but leased by the Indiana Medical History Museum to interpret the history of medicine and medical research.

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

Monroe County: Indiana University’s Glenn A. Black Laboratory will receive $48,812 for an archaeological survey of the Bean Blossom Creek watershed in northern Monroe County. IU will partner with the Sycamore Land Trust and with the IU Research and Teaching Preserve to survey 509 acres of eight nature preserves. The proposed research seeks to enhance the understanding of the history of settlement and occupation in Bloomington and Monroe County by identifying and documenting new archaeological sites.

Contact: Elizabeth Watts-Malouchos, (812) 855-3544.

Terre Haute: The Friends of Allen Chapel will receive a $33,650 grant to repair and rebuild water-damaged interior portions and features of the building. The church has been undergoing rehabilitation over two decades and is in its final phase. Proposed work includes repairing plaster walls and wood features in the sanctuary and two stair towers. Many of the wood features are character-defining such as the altar rail, decorative paneled walls and choir loft stair rails.

Contact: Tommy Kleckner, (812) 232-4564.

Valparaiso: The Porter County Commissioners will receive $35,000 to prepare plans and specifications for rehabilitating the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. Items to be addressed include the building exterior, interior plaster walls, mechanical systems, plumbing, HVAC, electrical systems and the auditorium floor. The County anticipates that completing this document will also kick-start local fundraising efforts needed to execute the work at a later date.

Contact: Scot MacDonald, (219) 548-9137, ext. 53932.

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Contact Information:
Name: Malia Vanaman
Phone: (317) 232-1648
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