Hesston steam society receives $20,000 state grant


Hesston Steam Museum photo

The La Porte County Historical Steam Society, which operates Hesston Steam Museum, has received a $20,000 grant from the Indiana Historical Society Heritage Support Grants program. The grant will be used to renovate a machine shop into an area displaying the evolution of the locomotive and steam-powered equipment.

The society is among 18 historical societies throughout the state that received grants. The Indiana Historical Society, supported by Lilly Endowment funds, issued more than $500,000 to the organizations in 15 counties.

According to its website, “The La Porte County Historical Steam Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving steam equipment, which played such an important part in the history of American culture and improved the quality of life on a global scale never seen before. While all have a common devotion and intent of purpose, members of this group have a wide variety in their background, business or profession, and education.” For more information, visit Hesston Steam Museum.

The other recipients across the state:

Bartholomew County Historical Society – $45,000 to support restoration of the Henry Breeding Farm, built in 1871 and considered to be the last 19th-century farmhouse in the county.

Daviess County Historical Society – $31,500 to fund renovation of the museum’s ground floor to use as collections and museum programming space.

Freeman Army Airfield Museum, Inc. – $3,500 for a historical marker commemorating the 1945 civil rights protests by Tuskegee Airmen at the Freeman Army Airfield.

Friends of the Knox County Public Library – $26,000 to digitize early Knox County records.

Friends of the National New York Central RR Museum – $20,140 to construct and install a playhouse train for use in the new kids zone.

Historical Society of Ogden Dunes – $5,000 to fund a historic structures report to identify the condition and infrastructure needs of the 1932 Hour Glass cottage.

Howard County Historical Society – $5,000 to aid in restoration of the 1887 Seiberling Mansion’s porte-cochere.

Indiana Jewish Historical Society – $25,000 to fund the Indiana Jewish Preservation Corps pilot program.

Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association – $48,000 to aid in renovation of a 1952 auxiliary fire station to create the Indianapolis Black Firefighters Museum.

International Circus Hall of Fame – $50,000 to fund renovation of the 1922 American Circus Company office building to use for costume and archival storage.

Jackson County History Center – $37,500 to repair the walls, siding and ceiling of its 1871 livery barn.

Jay County Historical Society, Inc. – $33,900 to replace the electrical system in the museum.

Milan 54, Inc. – $50,000 to install a fire suppression system in its museum.

Randolph County Historical Society, Inc. – $10,000 to purchase a microfilm reader to expand public access to RCHS documents and fund a collections assessment study.

Rome Community Center, Inc. – $50,000 to repair the roof of the 1818 Rome Courthouse.

Russiaville Historical Society – $50,000 to renovate the interior of a 1912 interurban building for use as a museum and meeting location.

Working Men’s Institute – $15,000 to fund a temporary collections manager position.

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