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$24,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative

Markle, Ind. (Sept. 14, 2022) Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore and revitalize a local historic site. If this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $24,000 by Oct. 29, 2022, the project led by the Markle Historical Society and their fiscal sponsor, Huntington Alert, will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

“We are excited to help restore and preserve this historic Indiana landmark," Crouch said. "With help from our CreatINg Places program, the Markle Log Home will be transformed to a community space and public garden, right along the Wabash River. This home is a piece of Hoosier history, and I look forward to seeing how it is restored for future generations!"

In 2016, the Markle Log Home was uncovered and close to being lost forever. Since then, the Markle Historical Society has worked to save the home from demolition, restore the home, improve a town park and create a local heritage site. There is additional work to be done to make the building usable for the community, including cleaning and stripping the exterior logs, borating the home to deter pests and prevent rot, removal of deteriorating chinking and application of new chinking between the logs. Completing these tasks will ensure the log home is safely sealed and preserved.

“The Markle Historical Society has done an exceptional job of preserving their old pioneer cabin,” said Paul Hayden, Director, Northeast Field Office of Indiana Landmarks. “This project is a community asset and the dollars invested in its restoration honors our past and ensures that this architectural treasure will survive for the benefit of generations to come.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016. Projects have raised more than $7 million in public funds and an additional $5.8 million in matching IHCDA funds. The program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and local units of government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should it successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

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