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Pulaski County Historical Society (Indiana)


Pulaski County Historical Society Awarded $50,000

IHS Heritage Support Grant to allow for renovation of new museum space

March 2, 2017

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is proud to be part of a major announcement from the Pulaski County Historical Society of Winamac. IHS has awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Historical Society, which will support the organization as it moves its museum to a new location.

The funding comes from the second round of IHS’s Heritage Support Grants, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant funds from the Endowment are allowing IHS to award a total of $2.5 million to organizations across Indiana, in at least five cycles through 2019.

The funding, along with the generosity of Don and Dee Galbreath, will allow the Pulaski County Historical Society to renovate the carriage house on the Galbreath property, located at 500 S. Monticello Street, Winamac, into a new museum space.

As a first step in receiving the donated property, the Historical Society and the Galbreaths are working together on a plan that includes the provision of environmental controls, more appropriate space for exhibits, classroom space, garden space, public space and storage.

“The value of the opportunity presented by the Galbreath family cannot be measured,” said Kathi Thompson, Pulaski County Historical Society president. “The Historical Society is ecstatic to announce that work has begun, and with the addition of funding from the Indiana Historical Society, we can look forward to displaying the artifacts important to Pulaski County in the manner and style they deserve.”

The museum, currently located inside the Quonset hut behind the Pulaski County Public Library, is open only on weekends during the summer months. The renovation of the Galbreath property will allow the Historical Society Museum to remain open year round, featuring a number of rotating themed exhibits focused on local history.

The Historical Society hopes to open the new museum space in late 2017 or early 2018. Updates will be posted online at and on the Historical Society Facebook page at

IHS is currently accepting applications for the next round of Heritage Support Grants. Full proposals for larger awards of $5,000 to $50,000 are due April 4. Applications for smaller awards of $500 to $4,999 are due July 11.

For more information on IHS’s Heritage Support Grants, call (317) 232-1882 or visit

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. 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 its home state, 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. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Recipients of IHS’s Heritage Support Grants

Dearborn County: Hillforest Historical Foundation, Inc., Aurora

Delaware County: Delaware County Historical Society, Muncie

Floyd County: Friends of Culbertson Mansion, New Albany

Henry County: Henry County Historical Society, New Castle

LaPorte County: People Engaged in Preservation, La Porte

Lake County: Cedar Lake Historical Association, Cedar Lake

Marion County: Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Inc., Indianapolis and the Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis

Montgomery County: Montgomery County Cultural Foundation, Crawfordsville

Posey County: Working Men’s Institute, New Harmony

Pulaski County: Pulaski County Historical Society, Winamac

Randolph County: Union Literary Institute Preservation Society, Lynn

Ripley County: Milan, 54, Inc., Milan

Vigo County: Vigo County Historical Society, Terre Haute

Wabash County: North Manchester Historical Society, North Manchester and Wabash County Historical Museum, Wabash

2017 Annual Program

13 Presidential Libraries. 13 Presidential Life Stories.

Did you know there are 13 Presidential Libraries in the United States? We can learn much about these leaders – their childhoods and their life stories – when we visit them.

But wait! You don’t have to plan a trip to all 13 libraries! Steve Lee, a history teacher from North Judson, has made the 12,000-mile trek for you!

Come to the annual program to hear about Steve’s travels and what he learned as he visited each library.

Steve’s program is for youth and adults.  He will share interesting facts and insights. He will focus on the formative years and introduce you to each president as a child.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, Opera House, Winamac.

Doors open at 6:00 pm (EST) for desserts and coffee. A short annual meeting will take place at 6:30 and the program will start around 6:45.  All are welcome to attend. This program is provided at no charge.

Board Slate 2017

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