Indiana Historical Society grants to aid local historical preservation efforts

The Bartholomew County Historical Society is receiving a $45,000 grant to make repairs at the historic Henry Breeding Farm.

The Indiana Historical Society announced its support for 18 projects in 15 counties through more than half a million dollars in grants from its Heritage Support Grant program. The grants serve the state’s historical societies, museums and historical sites and the role they play in upholding the state’s heritage.

The Bartholomew County grant will be used to restore the Breeding Farm, which was built in 1871 and is considered to be the last 19-century farmhouse in the county. The restoration will help ensure that the society’s collections are in a safe and secure environment, allowing the space to be used for public programming.

Other grants in our area include $3,500 to the Freeman Army Airfield Museum in Jackson County for a historical marker recognizing the 1945 civil rights protests by Tuskegee Airmen at the Freeman Army Airfield; and $37,500 to the Jackson County History Center, to repair the walls, siding and ceiling of their 1871 livery barn.