Five grassroots groups selected for year-long training initiative

Indiana Landmarks’ Affiliate Advancement Program aims to strengthen volunteer-driven local groups.

Five grassroots historic preservation organizations have been selected to participate in Indiana Landmarks’ inaugural Affiliate Advancement Program, a year-long training initiative aimed at strengthening the volunteer-driven local groups.

Through workshops conducted by leading professionals, 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.

Organizations selected to participate in 2022 include Cornerstone Society of Madison; Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement; Noblesville Preservation Alliance; Save Our Stories in Marion; and Vincennes Knox Preservation Foundation.

The groups were selected via a competitive application process from among Indiana Landmarks’ 61 affiliate organizations, which work as local partners to help save and revitalize historic places. Each participating organization has demonstrated leadership in rehabilitating historic properties within its community, but seeks ideas for increasing local capacity.

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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Media contacts:

Suzanne Stanis, Vice President of Education, Indiana Landmarks, office 317-639-4534,

Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks, office 317-639-4534,

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

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