Local historical group to get a boost

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PENDLETON — Indiana Landmarks has selected Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement to participate in inaugural Affiliate Advancement Program, a year-long training initiative aimed at strengthening volunteer-driven local groups.

The Pendleton organization and four others were selected “through a competitive application process from among Indiana Landmarks’ 61 affiliate organizations, which work as local partners to help save and revitalize historic places,” a press release states.

Indiana Landmarks is a nonprofit organization staffed by professionals who help people save and revitalize historic places, according to its website. It is supported by members and led by a volunteer board with a main office in Indianapolis and nine regional offices.

According to Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement leadership, the group’s aim is to promote the preservation of historic houses, buildings and sites in Pendleton, facilitate educational services for people and groups interested in restoration or preservation of historical buildings and sites in the Pendleton area, and raise awareness of the Pendleton area’s history.

“As Pendleton continues to grow and thrive, Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement is proud to work alongside other private and municipal groups to preserve and promote our community’s historic buildings,” said Sandi Butler, a settlement board member.

The new program will include workshops led by “leading professionals,” the press release states. “Participating organizations will learn strategies to help improve fundraising and planning efforts, develop new opportunities for community engagement, and communicate historic preservation’s role in creating vibrant, resilient communities.”

Other organizations selected are Cornerstone Society of Madison; Noblesville Preservation Alliance; Save Our Stories in Marion; and Vincennes Knox Preservation Foundation.

“Each organization has demonstrated leadership in rehabilitating historic properties within its community, but seeks ideas for increasing local capacity,” the press release states.

Experts leading the training include professionals from Ball State’s Indiana Communities Institute, Propeller Marketing, Creative Insight Community Development, the Indiana Historical Society, and Jamie Simek, author of “Beyond the Bake Sale.”

Upon completion of the program in March 2023, the participating affiliate organizations will share their strategies for increasing community engagement with each other.

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