Once again, the Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is working with local communities and not-for-profit organizations to strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage through preservation projects.

The agency has awarded 21 federal grants for historic preservation to 18 Indiana communities. The grants, totaling more than $505,000, provide a match of more than $429,000 in local and state funds, for a total projected investment of $935,000.

These projects have received final federal approval and are to start immediately.

The federal 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, Indiana, through the DNR, has awarded more than $14.5 million to local communities through this program.

“Many Hoosiers don’t realize the extent to which the DNR is charged with preserving our state’s historic and cultural resources,” said Kyle Hupfer, DNR director. “Historic preservation is a major part of what we do at DNR, and we’re pleased to administer these funds to these worthy projects.”


The projects for 2006 are:
The Archaeological Survey of IU-PU at Fort Wayne received $27,675 to collect data about Paleoindian and Early Archaic chronology and technology in the Kankakee drainage of northwestern Indiana. The project includes intensive field survey, collector interviews, database enhancement, analysis, and public education efforts within a ten county area that encompasses the main drainage basin of the Kankakee River.

The City of Fort Wayne and ARCH, Inc. received a $23,700 grant to rehabilitate the Alexander T. Rankin House. Rankin has been identified as an Underground Railroad participant who organized abolitionist activities and organizations in both southern Ohio and northern Indiana. The structure is a small brick home that had a very early wood frame addition added to the front.  The Rankin House is the only extant structure in Fort Wayne that is known to be connected to abolition or Underground Railroad activities.