Grouseland Foundation, Inc. receives grant to prepare a Historic Structure Report – Vincennes, Indiana

Grouseland Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of nearly $32,000.00 from the Jeffris Family Foundation to fund 50% of the estimated cost of an Historic Structure Report (HSR).  These reports provide a roadmap for restoration and preservation of historic properties.  The Grouseland Foundation has selected one of the nation’s leading historical architectural firms, Mesick, Cohen, Wilson and Baker, from Albany, New York and Williamsburg, Virginia to conduct the study.

Grouseland is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Jeffris Family Foundation because they are committed to the Midwest’s cultural history and heritage by preserving regionally and nationally important historic buildings.   Jeffris Family Foundation funds preservation projects in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin through a competitive application process. Foundation President, Thomas M. Jeffris, stated, “We are excited about the restoration of Grouseland and its national significance.”

Grouseland Foundation President, Jim Corridan, explains, “The support of the Jeffris Foundation is helping us preserve Grouseland for future generations and the HSR will guide decisions not only in caring for the property but also our interpretation to visitors.” “Through the years Grouseland has collected elements of an HSR, but it had never been compiled into a cohesive document required by key funders for major restoration projects.” “We committed $17,000.00 prior to getting the award from the Jeffris Foundation and will have six months to raise the additional $15,000.00 required  for our portion of the match.”

Executive Director, Lisa Ice-Jones is hoping the community will see the importance of this study and how it will set the direction for which projects are of greatest priority.  “We are doing exciting things here at Grouseland and are seeing interest in Presidential history increase.  Our admissions are on the rise and we are starting to develop some properties surrounding Grouseland to show the visitor more of what frontier life was like while Harrison was Governor in Vincennes. ”  “There is still much curiosity about this military hero and 9th President of the U.S. and we believe that anything we do to attract visitors to Grouseland benefits the whole community.”

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to Grouseland, please mail to 3 W. Scott Street, Vincennes, Indiana, or use our secure Paypal account on our website: www.grouselandfoundation.org. For more information or questions, you may call the mansion at (812)882-2096.