Preservation grant will be used for Versailles Park dig
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology has awarded 15 federal grants for historic preservation and archaeology in Indiana communities.The grants, totaling more than $454,000, provide a match of more than $524,000 in local and private funds, for a total projected investment of $978,441.
The funds come from the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which distributes federal funds to the states through the Historic Preservation Fund Program. Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through this program.
DHPA helps strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage through annual federal grants it administers to local communities and not-for-profit groups that these organizations put toward preservation projects.
Grants awarded include
Ball State University, which will receive a grant of $49,999 to continue a Phase Ia survey of approximately 80 acres around historic homestead sites identified within Versailles State Park. A previous survey recorded 49 sites, and this project will attempt to verify the location of 21 more sites. Along with their associated historical records, these sites tell the story of the early planned settlement as well as early statehood. This targeted archaeological survey will help uncover the remains of daily home life at these sites.
The park would like to use the information to develop more engaging interpretation around these resources, create a series of significance statements and primary interpretive themes, and determine potential eligibility for the National Register.
For more information, contact Chris Thompson at 765-285-5328.