Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award to the Greensburg/St. Mary’s Chapter of Little Hoosiers at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award is made annually to an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year, either one-time or ongoing, and relating to that organization’s mission. Examples include reenactments, publications, innovative media usage, exceptional teacher training, and displays/exhibitions. Fundraising events and building restorations may be considered as a part of a larger history education event or project but will not be considered as stand-alone nominations.
The Greensburg/St. Mary’s Chapter of the Little Hoosiers has engaged in its Downtown Building Research Project since 2008, which researches the history and architecture of Greensburg’s downtown historic district. The program is a coordinated partnership between the Little Hoosiers, the Decatur County Alliance for Preservation, The Historical Society of Decatur County, Main Street Greensburg (formerly Heart of the Tree City), Greensburg Community Elementary School, Decatur County Community Foundation, Indiana Humanities Council and Indiana Landmarks.
Attractive, bronze plaques now line the walkways of the historic district that draw attention to the uniqueness of each building and raising thoughts of what was there, what is there and what could be there again. Beyond the markers, the research and work completed by the students have helped to fill in gaps and rewrite the history of Greensburg’s downtown area—correcting mistakes of the past and verifying questionable claims.
“I believe the children realize the importance of their work, which makes them proud and builds their relationship with the community,” said Bryan H. Robbins, executive director of Main Street Greensburg. “The project has excited the public once again to appreciate our historic city center’s past.”
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.