Starke County Historical Society Awarded Grants

Starke County Historical Society Awarded Grants

Starke County Historian Venita Cunningham, Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Jacque Ryan, and Starke County Historical Society Board Members Mike Tolson and Russ Blais

The ongoing restoration project for the historic Schricker House in Knox has been bolstered thanks to funding recently awarded to the Starke County Historical Society.

During the Starke County Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 9, board members Russ Blais and Mike Tolson announced that the organization received a $17,500 Heritage Support Grant. Blais noted that Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

In addition to the Heritage Fund Grant, SCHS also received a $15,000 grant from the Starke County Community Foundation’s Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund.

SCCF Director of Development Jacque Ryan shared, “This fund was established by Jim Hardesty, a lifelong Starke County resident who had a heart for history.” She added, “The establishment of the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund has allowed Jim to continue making a difference in his community posthumously through impactful grants like the one awarded on Sunday.”

Located on Main Street in Knox, the residence that former Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker and his wife Maude Brown Schricker called home is listed on the Indiana State Register of Historic Places. SCHS officials shared that they plan to restore the home to the way it was when the Schricker family resided there. With help from a few of the Schricker daughters, SCHS will be receiving some of the original furniture from the home to assist with those efforts.

If you wish to learn more or would like to contribute to the restoration project, contact the Starke County Historical Society at 574-772-7242.