A grant from the Old National Bank Foundation will help bring the history of Vigo County’s entrepreneurial spirit to life at the new History Center set to open this spring.
The Vigo County Historical Society and Museum will offer a wide variety of ever-changing exhibits in the new History Center including The Main Street store which will offer an opportunity to highlight and showcase the history of a variety of local businesses and retail shops.
One of these store fronts will be made possible through a $30,000 grant from the Old National Bank Foundation.
“Old National Bank is focused on developing partnerships with organizations in our communities that are dedicated to leveraging funding opportunities that impact areas of greatest need. We are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations like Vigo County Historical Society and Museum in strengthening our community through this initiative with meaningful impact,” said Jim Winning, Market President of Old National Bank. “The History Center and Main Street exhibit will truly be a catalyst in providing historical knowledge to residents here in Terre Haute as well as tourists and visitors.”
“We are grateful for this grant support from Old National Foundation,” said Susan Tingley, VCHS Development Director. “This exhibit space will not only showcase past businesses, but we also hope it inspires entrepreneurship within our community. Historically our community has shown an entrepreneurial spirit—citizens investing personally to grow the community and their personal businesses. Through additional programming and exhibits, we will show this proud heritage and inspire it in citizens today.”
Foundation President Janet Baas explained, “Through Old National’s charitable giving programs, the Foundation demonstrates its commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where its clients, associates and shareholders live and work. We were pleased to learn about this unique community & economic development partnership in the downtown area. Due to the volume of applications received, each application is evaluated on a competitive basis as we strive to fund programs with strong impact and measurable outcomes. The Foundation’s primary focus areas are affordable housing, economic development, workforce development, financial literacy, and education programs.” To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.oldnational.com/giving.
The History Center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019 at 929 Wabash Avenue. Volunteer applications are now being accepted. Learn more about the History Center and the Vigo County Historical Society Museum at www.vchsmuseum.org.