Bartholomew County Historical Society receives $50,000 grant

The Bartholomew County Historical Society is getting help in its mission to document and share local history. The organization has been awarded $50,000 from the Indiana Historical Society’s statewide Heritage Support Grant program.

The funding is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Since the program’s launch in 2016, grant funds from the Endowment have allowed IHS to award an average of $500,000 per grant cycle to organizations in 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

This is the first Heritage Support Grant for the Bartholomew County Historical Society. The organization says the funds will be used to develop a new exhibit titled Sharing the Heritage of Bartholomew County. It will be on display at the historical society museum, located at 524 3rd Street in Columbus.

“Creating a one-of-a-kind local history experience is a goal turned reality, thanks in part to grant funds from IHS and the Lilly Endowment,” said Diane Robbins, executive director of the Bartholomew County Historical Society. “Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about our past through this hands-on, interactive exhibit.”

The design and installation of Sharing the Heritage of Bartholomew County is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019. You can get more information at