Groups get nearly $25,000 for historic preservation education

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Humanities, landmarks groups send $1,275 to Cannelton

CANNELTON – Cannelton High School is one of 13 organizations collectively awarded nearly $25,000 in grants by Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks. 

Titled, “Old Buildings Come to Life,” a $1,275 award to Cannelton City Schools will allow high-school students to research, photograph and write about 12 historic sites in the town. Their work will be compiled as a 2014 calendar.

According to a news release issued Monday, the historic-preservation-education grants will fund a variety of projects such as a virtual tour of the Indiana State House, a workshop in Noblesville for restoring exterior doors on historic buildings, and researching sites and structures in Elkhart’s historic districts. 

Programs for K-12 students include a calendar of historic sites compiled by high-school students in Cannelton, study trips to the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne and student-recorded oral histories of Indianapolis’ landmark Cold Spring School campus.

Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks have partnered in this grant program for more than 15 years, awarding at least $18,000 annually, according to their news release.

“These grants encourage communities to celebrate their historic landmarks and educate Hoosiers about the places that matter,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. 

Other grants included $2,000 to develop a historic walking tour of Culver in northern Indiana, $1,900 for a pocket guide to Carroll County’s historic bridges and $1,997 to highlight that county’s 19 National Register listings will be highlighted in a brochure and Web locator tool.

A $1,500 grant will allow Elkhart residents to continue efforts to research sites and structures in that city’s downtown commercial historic districts and compile information into fact sheets, photo inventories and occupant histories.

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties will learn how the community saved the Embassy Theatre with help from a $2,000 grant. An identical grant will help the Fort Wayne Historical Center offer interactive architectural and cultural-historical programming on an important Miami Indian site.

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Cold Spring School, an environmental-studies magnet school in Indianapolis, will research and record oral histories about their 39-acre campus under a $1,750 grant.

Grants also went to other nonprofit groups in Indianapolis, Chesterfield and Noblesville.

“We are happy to help these communities and organizations preserve their historic sites and the stories that accompany them,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “When we understand and appreciate our history, we can better prepare for our future.”

Indiana Humanities provides two 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 nonprofit organizations to conduct public programs emphasizing the humanities. Humanities Initiative Grants are awarded twice a year — the next deadline is Aug. 1.

In the past five years Indiana Humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded more than 250 grants totaling nearly $350,000 to nonprofit groups in more than 70 Indiana cities and towns.

In addition to Historic Preservation Education Grants, Indiana Landmarks operates three grant programs aimed at helping Hoosiers preserve historic places: African American Landmark Fund grants; Indiana Preservation Grants, which allow nonprofit groups to commission professional feasibility, structural and restoration studies; and, in cooperation with the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Marion County Preservation Fund grants.  

With schools out of session, the News was unable to contact anyone who could provide details about Cannelton’s project.