Colfax Historical Society Receives Two Grants

This is a picture of the Rosenberger Building where the Colfax Historical Society would like to build a local history museum within.

The Colfax Historical Society has announced they have received two grants to help them purchase the Rosenberger Building in Colfax.

The first is a Heritage Support grant in the amount of $4,999. Heritage support grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment. The award money will be used to fund a Historic Structure Report for the Rosenberger Building in Colfax. The Rosenberger was placed on the national register for historic places and is thought to be the oldest building still standing in Clinton County.

The Colfax Historical Society also received the Indiana Landmarks, Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grant. This grant, in conjunction with the IHS Heritage Support Mini-Grant, will fund a historic structures report. While both grants will help diagnose, plan and prepare restoration and adaptive use projects, they may not be used for brick-and-mortar restoration work.

The CHS continues to raise funds to purchase and renovate the historic Rosenberger Building. Please support our mission to preserve local history. The CHS would like to offer a special thanks to Tommy Kleckner, director of the Western regional branch of Indiana Landmarks, for his help with the grant application.

The Colfax Historical Society continues to raise funds to purchase the Rosenberger building, renovate the interior and exterior and create a local history center and community gathering space. President, Amanda Boksa and Vice President, Patricia Eaton worked tirelessly writing and revising the application. A special thanks to the Indiana Historical Society and to Tamara Hemmerlein from the Local History Services Department for her assistance with the application.

For more information about this project, call Boksa at 765-324-2915, extension 100, or call Eaton at 765-426-2681.

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