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Projects around Indiana to be awarded federal historic preservation and archaeology grants



Indianapolis, Indiana – Federal grants totaling thousands of dollars are scheduled to be awarded to fourteen historic preservation projects throughout the state, as revealed earlier this month by state officials.

The financing comes from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) program of the U.S. Department of Interior, which is run by the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The HPF grant awards come to a total of about $635,000. According to DHPA, applicants will contribute an additional $604,000 to match those funds, making a total investment of more than $1.2 million in Indiana’s historic and cultural resources.

The projects, which fall into four categories: architectural, historical, rehabilitation, and archeology, are scheduled to start this summer and be finished by June 30, 2026.
The projects and funding awards are broken down as follows:

Archaeology Projects

• Clinton County: A $49,999 grant to the University of Indianapolis to conduct a Phase Ia archaeological survey of approximately 607 acres.

• Wabash County: A $50,000 grant to Ball State Applied Anthropology Laboratories to conduct a Phase Ia archaeological survey of approximately 40 acres in Salamonie River State Forest.

• Bloomington (Monroe County): An $18,000 grant to the City of Bloomington to repair the front steps at the Benjamin Banneker Community Center.

• Chesterfield (Madison County): A $73,221 grant to the Indiana Association of Spiritualists to assist with the stabilization of the concrete floor structure of the Maxon Fellowship Center. The center serves as the dining hall and gathering venue for residents and visitors to Camp Chesterfield.

• Goshen (Elkhart County): A $75,000 grant to the Elkhart County Clubhouse to assist with installing high-efficiency heat pumps and rebuilding the unsafe rear porch in the 1890 Cora Dale House.

• Indianapolis (Marion County): A $61,550 grant to the Irvington Historical Society to replace a flat roof section of the Bona Thompson Center in Indianapolis and replace its HVAC system.

• Indianapolis (Marion County): A $75,000 grant to the Indianapolis Propylaeum to assist with masonry and woodwork rehabilitation on its carriage house.

• Indianapolis (Marion County): A $40,000 grant to the Indiana Humanities Council to assist with masonry rehabilitation on the 1903 Meredith Nicholson House.

• Shoals (Martin County): A $75,000 grant to the town of Shoals to assist with stabilization of the 1872 Mohr Building, which is a significant three-story commercial building and has been vacant for more than a decade.

• South Bend (St. Joseph County): A $75,000 grant to the city of South Bend to assist with the rehabilitation of the Walker Field Shelter House, which was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938. The project will replace the asphalt shingle roof on the park structure and arcade wings.

• South Bend (St. Joseph County): A $47,095 grant to the St. Casimir Parish to assist with the cost and installation of new boilers for the sanctuary and school wing of the historic church.

Architectural & Historical Projects

• Fort Wayne (Allen County): A $15,000 grant to the city of Fort Wayne and the Wildwood Park neighborhood to prepare a landscape study for the Rockhill Park.

• Franklin (Johnson County): A $25,000 grant to Franklin Heritage, Inc. to assist with national nominations for the northside, eastside and southside historic districts. In addition, the project will make revisions and updates to the downtown commercial district to expand the period of significance and include additional properties.

• Indianapolis (Marion County): A $36,337 grant to the Athenaeum Foundation to prepare a historic structure report for the Athenaeum building.




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