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Noblesville Preservation Alliance Chosen for Indiana Landmarks’ Training Initiative

Photo courtesy of the Noblesville Preservation Alliance
The board of Noblesville Preservation Alliance poses in front of Preservation Hall, rehabilitated by the group in 2020 for use as their headquarters, arts venue, and community center. For more information on Preservation Hall and NPA visit preservationhall.org.

The Noblesville Preservation alliance has been selected, along with four other grassroots historic preservation organizations, 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.

The other organizations selected to participate in 2022 include Cornerstone Society of Madison; Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement; 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.

“Noblesville’s success in attracting new residents and businesses is due in part to the historic buildings that connect our community’s past and present,” says Mike Corbett, Noblesville Preservation Alliance treasurer and Indiana Landmarks board member. “We look forward to growing NPA’s capacity and leadership as we prepare to celebrate our 35th year in 2023.”

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.

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 www.indianalandmarks.org.