Grant to Boost Bicentennial Initiatives

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Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded nearly $700,000 to the Indiana Historical Society. The grant will fund educational resources for programs related to the state's upcoming bicentennial celebration. IHS Receives $690,000 Grant from Lilly Endowment for Bicentennial Efforts

Supports Free Indiana History Text Book and Teacher Training

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has received a $690,000 grant from Lilly Endowment in support of its state bicentennial efforts, with a focus on school and teacher resources. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The Endowment’s grant will play a critical role in helping IHS implement a set of cross-functional educational initiatives - an integral part of IHS's overall plans to prepare Hoosiers of all ages for the celebration of Indiana's bicentennial in 2016.

IHS will provide valuable resources to classrooms, including 33,000 copies of IHS Press’ upcoming book Hoosiers and the American Story designed for grades 8-12, which teach Indiana history and civic literacy and can be used in conjunction with American History textbooks. The grant will also fund nine comprehensive, regional teacher training sessions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 that prepare teachers to optimally utilize the textbook as a supplemental resource in their classrooms.

This grant follows a September 2012 Endowment grant that funded the planning of these educational initiatives. IHS collaborated with Indiana Humanities in developing the plans, and the two organizations will also partner on implementation. Also endorsing the programs are the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Council for the Social Studies, and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

"We are appreciative of this generous support from the Endowment, which will allow us to reach so many Hoosier young people using this exciting milestone in our state’s history as a platform," said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. "The positive effects of these programs will live long beyond 2016, cultivating a sense of place and helping to build a new generation of engaged, active citizenry by focusing young adults on the role Indiana has played in American history."

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Gifts of stock in the company remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, which is, however, a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the wishes of the founders, the Endowment exists to support the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Source: Indiana Historical Society