Save Our Seiberling!10/01/2016
The historical society celebrated its 100th year in 2016 and is growing stronger with each passing year. But Kokomo's grand Seiberling Mansion is showing its age. The society's centennial project: a campaign to preserve the mansion for another hundred years by replacing the failing slate roof.
"Save Our Seiberling: The Next Hundred Years" is the theme of the campaign, which is co-chaired by Steve Daily, retired chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College and former mayor of Kokomo, and Diana Tenbrook, Vice President for Marketing at Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union. Daily said the fundraising goal has been set at $1,000,000 and said, "I've had a chance to see the Seiberling mansion from the point of view of education, government, and economic development. I know how important it is to the community, not just as a piece of our special history but as a point of community pride. Putting a new roof on the mansion is one way we can bring people together and maintain a valuable connection with our history."
The Seiberling is one of Indiana's truly magnificent mansions. As an icon of the gas boom era, it represents a burst of innovation and development that completely altered the future of Howard County. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historical and architectural importance.