to speak at Historic
Madison Inc.s annual dinner
to celebrate 50th anniversary
(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 communitys
National Historic Landmark District.
courtesy of HMI
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
organizations 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 Madisons 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 Madisons importance. There will also be
a slide show highlighting HMI achievements over the years.
Crisafullis presentation is designated a Cornelius OBrien
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 Madisons 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 organizations
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 hadnt been worked out yet on
all the activities, he said.
In other preservation news, it was recently announced that the federal
Save Americans 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
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 HMIs Annual Spring Dinner
are $25 per person, and reservations are required. The deadline for
reservations is May 21. The Cornelius OBrien 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 email@example.com.
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