City receives Preserve America grant


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   The City of Noblesville has received a $23,867 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service through the Preserve America grant program. The grant funds will be used to develop a pilot program to promote heritage tourism in Noblesville’s historic downtown. The project will involve high school students serving as docents for six heritage tourism non-profit organizations.

The National Parks Service awarded 22 of these grants totaling $1,308,022. With these funds, communities and agencies support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. Through these grant projects, citizens gain a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of communities.

The City will work with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Indiana Transportation Museum, the Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville Main Street, Hamilton County Artists’ Association, the Hamilton County Historical Society, and the Noblesville Preservation Alliance to implement the project. The program will enable many of these organizations to expand their hours of operation and increase visitors’ knowledge of local heritage.

“We’ve always been proud of our history,” said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, “And thanks to this grant, we can educate both residents and visitors about our great heritage. We truly appreciate this opportunity from the Preserve America grant program.”

For more information on this project, please contact Amy Shankland at 317.776.6324. For questions regarding the Preserve America grant program, or to comment on this or any other proposed Preserve America project, please contact Hampton Tucker, Chief, Historic Preservation Grants, NPS, at 202.354.2067.

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