Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is
pleased to announce the creation of its new Indiana Heritage Support Program,
an initiative funded by a $3.43 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
During the next five years, IHS will provide $2.5 million
in grants to Indiana’s local historical organizations. These will fund a wide
variety of projects to help local organizations meet high-priority needs in
areas of capacity building, collections stewardship, innovation and
collaboration. The first round of grant applications will be accepted in late
2015 and the first grants will be awarded in the bicentennial year of 2016.
IHS will also hire a full-time fundraising educator, who
will develop an educational fundraising program that will enhance the
capability of organizations to raise money on their own, as well as offer
support to local organizations through fundraising education workshops and
ongoing grants coaching.
“This is one of the IHS’s proudest moments, because we
know what these grants will mean to heritage organizations and their
communities around the state,” said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. “So
many of these caretakers of our history are starved for resources, and they
often labor for the cause with very limited support. At this holiday time, and
as Indiana’s bicentennial approaches, it is our pleasure to present this gift
to the state of Indiana.”
Although IHS and other statewide historical organizations
have collected millions of items relating to Indiana’s past, several years of
research (funded by multiple Institute of Museum and Library Services grants)
reveal that the majority of the state’s heritage is actually in the care of
local, county and regional historical societies, museums and historic sites.
More than 900 Indiana organizations hold collections that
total more than 20 million historical objects and 424,000 linear feet of
historical documents. Most of these organizations are private nonprofits that
rely on volunteer leadership. Many face challenges that include governance
issues, financial instability and lack of long-range planning.
“The Indiana Historical Society is poised to provide
invaluable support to our state’s local heritage organizations,” said Ace Yakey,
vice president for community development at Lilly Endowment. “As these
organizations strengthen their operations they will become even better curators
of a precious Indiana resource – our history.”
IHS has more than 35 years of experience supporting local
historical organizations across Indiana through its Local History Services
Department. Building on their commitment to training, workshops and
consultations, staff in that division will administer the Indiana Heritage
Support Program and coordinate its fundraising education initiative.
“Indiana’s local history organizations work hard to
preserve our heritage,” said Tamara Hemmerlein of IHS Local History Services,
who has implemented several IMLS-funded collections stewardship and
capacity-building projects at IHS. “The Indiana Heritage Grant Program will
enable LHS to respond to major needs that have been identified. We are very
excited about this opportunity to help these groups further their missions.”
For information on IHS, call (317) 232-1882 or visit
About the Indiana Historical Society
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; produces and hosts art exhibitions,
museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and
family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home
of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in
downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private
philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family
— J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their
pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.
Although those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the
Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing
board, staff and location. In keeping
with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community
development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its
hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
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