Muncie, IN—Researchers will soon have better access to Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) records thanks in part to a $10,000 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). The funding will support a DCHS project to catalog and provide a detailed inventory of its collections.
This is the second Heritage Support Grant awarded to DCHS. In 2016, the Muncie-based organization received a grant of $19,000 to help digitize its local history materials. In addition, DCHS hired temporary employees to start documenting its collections.
“One great outcome of the cataloging project has been the discovery of lost bits of history,” said Jim Waechter, DCHS executive director. “Many of these items are serving as catalysts for new programs and exhibits, such as a Women’s Series featuring local women who made an impact locally, regionally and even nationally.”
DCHS is one of 22 organizations across the state recognized with IHS’s fifth round of Heritage Support Grants, provided by IHS and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. Since the program’s launch in 2016, grant funds from the Endowment have allowed IHS to award an average of $500,000 per grant cycle to organizations in 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
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.
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