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Reaching a milestone

Crisafulli to speak at Historic
Madison Inc.’s annual dinner

Preservation group
to celebrate 50th anniversary

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(May 2010) – In 1960, John and Ann Windle realized Madison, Ind., was rich with architectural history. They worked to establish a preservation organization that has since then played a key role in the preservation, restoration, education and development of the community’s National Historic Landmark District.

HMI Board

Photo courtesy of HMI

The 2010 Historic Madison Inc. Board
of Directors includes (front row
from left) Jean Beaver, Jan Vetrhus,
John Staicer, Molly Dodge, Margaret
Seifert; (second row) Bob Canida,
Tom Patterson, Al Huntington, Kevin
Harrell, John Muessel, Merritt
Alcorn, John Galvin and Dave Dionne.
Board members not pictured are Tom
Eckert, Jane Jacobs and Sue Livers.

This year, Historic Madison Inc. celebrates its 50th anniversary, and it continues to encourage preservation and restoration of buildings and monuments that have historical and architectural significance. The organization’s successes include saving and restoring nationally significant historic places like the Sullivan and Frances Costigan Houses, the 1850 AME Church and the Schroeder Saddletree Factory. It also piloted the Main Street Program concept and spearheaded Madison’s prestigious designation as a National Historic Landmark District, said HMI Executive Director John Staicer.
At 6 p.m. on May 28, HMI plans to hold its annual spring dinner and fundraiser at the Livery Stable, 311 Broadway St. National Trust for Historic Preservation President of Programming Valecia Crisafulli will be the guest speaker. Social hour and jazz music will start the festivities, along with a silent auction. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Crisafulli will discuss Madison’s importance. There will also be a slide show highlighting HMI achievements over the years.
Crisafulli’s presentation is designated a Cornelius O’Brien Lecture for 2010. The series, which is concerned with historic preservation in Indiana, is presented annually during the academic year under the auspices of the Indiana University Preservation Committee.
“Crisafulli is helping to shape the future of historic preservation in the United States,” said Staicer, who will be named president of the Board of Directors when acting President John Galvin steps down. Galvin has served as president since 1981.
Her experience in preservation and her love of Madison give her a unique perspective on challenges and opportunities our community shares with historic cities throughout the country, Staicer said. Her speech, “Why Madison Matters,” will focus on Madison’s historic buildings and why the work of HMI is so important in protecting these resources for current and future generations of Americans.
At the NTHP, Crisafulli oversees the work of the organization’s six regional offices. She was most recently the director of the Center for Preservation Leadership. Before that, she served as director of the Statewide and Local Partners network, representing more than 100 of the top professionally staffed preservation organizations in the country. She joined the NTSP in 2002.
As part of a year-long celebration of its golden anniversary, HMI will hold a series of special events, including a preservation photography exhibit at the Windle Auditorium throughout the month of May. The display is in conjunction with the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Staicier said a party for later in the year is also in the works, as is special programming at the Costigan and Sullivan Houses, free architectural walking tours and other special events. Details hadn’t been worked out yet on all the activities, he said.
In other preservation news, it was recently announced that the federal Save American’s Treasures program, the only national grant program specifically designed for preservation projects has ended. Staicer said HMI did not lose any funding from the close of SAT, although several years ago the program helped fund the rehabilitation of the 1850 AME church.
“We currently do not have any grants through this program,” he said. “However, I am disappointed about the plans to discontinue it as I believe it provided much-needed support to worthwhile restorations and rehabilitations throughout the United States.”

• Tickets for HMI’s Annual Spring Dinner are $25 per person, and reservations are required. The deadline for reservations is May 21. The Cornelius O’Brien Lecture is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are required. Seating is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call (812) 265-2967 or email hmihmfi@seidata.com.

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