Historic Madison Awards Scholarships, Changes Guard & More!

April 13, 2018

 

Historic Madison, Inc. has announced the completion of the museum quality restoration of the Shrewsbury-Windle House National Historic Landmark.

This American architectural admiration will be celebrated at a rededication event June 23 complete with music, food and other festivities.

This major achievement heralds a new era for one of Indiana’s oldest historic preservation organizations and ushers in an important change in leadership.

Merritt Alcorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1988 announced his retirement from the post at the organization’s Annual Meeting this afternoon. Alcorn stated: “The restoration of the Shrewsbury-Windle House and the planned move of the HMI offices to our heritage campus completes an era for HMI. It has been a distinct honor to serve as your board chair during this amazing period. The work of HMI is essential in maintaining the vibrancy of our community. I hope to continue service on the board of directors and look forward to this new era for preservation in Madison.”

HMI members presented Alcorn a Distinguished Service award in honor of his many years of service and approved a resolution elevating him to a new Chairman Emeritus position on the Board of Directors.

At the board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting, the following officers were elected for one year terms: Molly Dodge, Chair, John Staicer, President, Bob Canida, VicePresident, John Muessel, Treasurer and Andrew Forrester, Secretary.

HMI announced the award of two, $1,000 John and Maureen Galvin/Historic Madison, Inc. Scholarships, one to Cole Hendrix a senior at Southwestern High School and one to Andy Holcroft a senior at Madison Consolidated High School.

The scholarship was created to honor President Emeritus John Galvin and his wife Maureen to inspire future generations of preservationists, historians and architects to preserve the histories of the communities in which they live.

In 2018, HMI will begin rehabilitating the Talbot-Hyatt House at the corner of 2nd and Poplar Streets.

Once completed in 2019, the organization will move its offices to the newly created heritage campus which includes the adjacent Shrewsbury-Windle House and the historic Jeremiah Sullivan House.

John Staicer, President & Executive Director recapped the year’s progress of the interior restoration of the Shrewsbury-Windle House which began in September 2016. Highlights included:

• Installation of replica and period appropriate carpet, floor cloth and window treatments • Conservation of original 1859 varnish and paint finishes which have never been repainted

• Conservation and electrification of 12 original gas light fixtures installed before the Civil War

• Restoration of original Shrewsbury furniture donated by descendants of the original owners

• Restoration of the original iron fence and stone base

The restoration is funded by a $2.5 million Capital Campaign.

By December 31, 2017 over 100 donors from across the United States have pledged $2,429,208 toward the campaign.

The Morgan Foods Challenge, announced in 2017, is a $250,000 challenge gift which generated more than $181,000 in matching pledges and contributions by the end of 2107.

Staicer thanked John Morgan, Kelly Maciejak Morgan and Morgan Foods for their generosity in moving them so close to the campaign goal in 2017.

Staicer also reported on the preservation organization’s other efforts in 2017 to enhance Madison’s quality of life through historic preservation:

HMI staff and volunteers have been actively engaged with the City and the broader community on a number of exciting preservation and quality of life initiatives. These include implementation of the Envision Jefferson County vision plan, assisting in the effort to have Madison designated a Stellar Community by the state, and participating on the Community Advisory Committee and the Section 106 Committee for the new bridge approach known as Project 421. Other significant accomplishments in 2017 included;

The Dr. Hutchings Annex has been rehabilitated into a museum for the display of the Hutchings Family artifact collection. Staff and volunteers have been working the past four years to make this a reality.

Dr. Hutchings, Shrewsbury & Windle artifact and archival collections have been moved into Grogan Hall in the basement of the former St. Michael Church

• The contribution of over 3,900 volunteer hours by community members to keep our properties open to the public on a regular basis, give architectural walking tours, research, sort and catalog artifacts, and much more.

Andy Holcroft a senior at Madison Consolidated High School.

The scholarship was created to honor President Emeritus John Galvin and his wife Maureen to inspire future generations of preservationists, historians and architects to preserve the histories of the communities in which they live.

In 2018, HMI will begin rehabilitating the Talbot-Hyatt House at the corner of 2nd and Poplar Streets.

Once completed in 2019, the organization will move its offices to the newly created heritage campus which includes the adjacent Shrewsbury-Windle House and the historic Jeremiah Sullivan House.

 

Planning and implementation of a number of new educational initiatives, a number of which will bear fruit in 2018 Upcoming highlights for 2018 include:

The Volunteer Welcome Reception for HMI volunteers, members and prospective volunteers is April 12 from 4 – 5:30 at the Shrewsbury-Windle house with a “Meet and Greet” for those interested in volunteering beginning at 3 p.m.

HMI Museum properties, including the Dr. Hutchings Office & Museum, Sullivan House, Costigan House and Schroeder Saddletree Factory open for public visitation April 21. Days and hours are Fri. – Mon. 1 – 4:30 pm.

Here is a video we made last year highlighting the Costigan House:

And Here is a video we made with a focus on the Saddletree Factory

Group tours are welcome year round with reservations.

June 23 is the grand rededication event for the Shrewsbury-Windle House.

More details about this ticketed event will be available in the near future.

Historic Madison, Inc. was founded in 1960 and plays a key role in the preservation, restoration, education, and development of the Madison community.

The organization continues to encourage preservation and restoration of buildings and monuments having historical and architectural significance; to provide additional museums for the public; and to encourage restoration of properties in Madison’s National Historic Landmark District.

For more information about membership or volunteer opportunities, visit their website, www.historicmadisoninc.com, call them at 812-265-2967 or visit them on Facebook at FB-Historic Madison, Inc.