$50,000 Roof Campaign Grant from IHS


The Howard County Historical Society announced today that the campaign for a new roof on Kokomo's historic Seiberling Mansion has been awarded a $50,000 Heritage Support Grant, provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The IHS Heritage Support Grants program was established to support Indiana's local history organizations. The program will award an average of $500,000 in five cycles through 2019, including both large project grants and smaller development grants. These grants will help history organizations in the state improve their stewardship of the cultural materials in their care and develop institutional capacity to play greater, more effective roles in their communities.

The Howard County Historical Society is celebrating its 100th year in 2016 and has dedicated this centennial year to the replacement of the Seiberling Mansion roof. Since the day it was finished in 1891, the great mansion on Kokomo's West Sycamore Street has withstood Indiana's weather. Its 125-year-old roof is now seriously deteriorated and replacement is necessary to halt costly damage to the mansion's structure and preserve its beauty and cultural value. The mansion is much more than a significant tourist attraction; as an icon of the Indiana gas boom era, it represents a burst of innovation and development that completely altered the course of history in east central Indiana.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana's Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving 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 experiences 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 programs. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. (www.indianahistory.org)

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