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Grant to Heritage Preservation Society to help fund walking tour brochures

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County is one of 11 non-profit organizations receiving grants of up to $2,000 each from the Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks, it was announced this week.

The grant will help fund the creation and printing of new Greencastle Historic Districts Walking Tour Brochures to help promote the city's designated historic districts.

Grants were awarded to organizations across Indiana, from South Bend to Evansville, for architectural guides, cultural experiences and more.

In addition to the Greencastle brochures, the grants will help fund a variety of projects, including a guide to sites of importance in South Bend's African American Civil Rights history and a four-day Native American Miami language and culture experience for children.

Besides the Putnam County grant, the 2011 Historic Preservation Education grantees include:

* Indianapolis Fire Station 32 brochure; Broad Ripple Alliance for Progress, Indianapolis.

* The Monon Depot; Carmel Clay Historical Society, Carmel.

* Washington Avenue Edu-cational Brochure; Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Evansville.

* East Spring Street Historic District - Midtown Walking Tour Brochure; Develop New Albany Inc.

* Then and Now: A Downtown South Bend Architecture Walking Tour; Downtown South Bend Inc.

* Farmland Historic District Preservation Design Guidelines; Farmland Historic Preservation Commission.

* Indiana Lincoln Highway Interpretive Driving Guide; Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, South Bend.

* South Bend African American Civil Rights Landmarks Tour; Indiana University, South Bend.

* Architectural Tour of Historic Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, West Terre Haute.

* Kiikiionka Eewansaapita - Fort Wayne Language and Culture Experience; Whitley County Historical Society, Columbia City.

Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks have each provided at least $10,000 annually to the program for more than 15 years.

"The grant application is simple, and the match can be supplied entirely by volunteer time or in-kind contributions. We make it easy for communities large and small to celebrate landmarks and educate people about preservation," said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks.

"Indiana communities have great stories to tell," said Keira Amstutz, a 1991 DePauw University graduate who is president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. "We're delighted that these grants will help them tell those stories and foster an appreciation for history among community members, visitors and young children."

Indiana Humanities provides two annual grant programs: Historic Preservation Education Grants, in partnership with Indiana Landmarks, which supports educational projects related to historic structures; and Humanities Initiative Grants, given to non-profit organizations to conduct public programs emphasizing the humanities.

In the past five years Indiana Humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded 265 grants totaling nearly $350,000 to non-profit groups in 73 Indiana cities and towns.

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