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Heritage Support Grant Received

The Jay County Historical Society is elated to announce that we are among the first recipients of a Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society.  These grants were introduced this year to mark the state’s Bicentennial and are make possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.  The program will award a total of $2.5 million through 2019, to nonprofit, history-related organizations in Indiana which have an annual budget less then $300,000.  JCHS will be receiving $15,000 for an exhibitions and collections project.  With your help, we have also raised over $2,250 in matching funds to meet one requirement of this grant, making a total of $17,250 to be applied to our projects.

The money for items specified in the grant application, will be used to purchase mannequins, signage for displays, enlarged photographs for display, improved lighting in our farm room, a new, safer stairway to our second level storage area, shelving, acid-free boxes, etc.  We will begin ordering these materials in the near future and incorporating them into our museum as time allows.

We thank the Indiana Historical Society for choosing JCHS as one of the first recipients.  Also, thanks to JCHS member Barbara Street for the many hours she spent preparing this rather complicated grant application.  Her work contributed greatly to our selection as a grant recipient.


Piece of History Added

A beautifully restored showcase has been added to the display in our new addition which honors the eight former high schools of Jay county.  At one time, this showcase was located at Cromer Brothers Tobacco Store in downtown Portland,

New Driveway Added

A stone driveway was recently added on the east side of the museum.  This will eliminate two-way traffic through the narrow parking lot on the west side of the building when there are several cars present.  The drive will also serve as a walk-way for visitors at our festival in the fall.  Thanks to the Portland Foundation for a grant in the amount of $1,068 to help with part of the construction cost for this driveway.

Museum Hours

Winter is the season when we have fewer visitors at the museum and when volunteers are working to rearrange displays.  This year we will be moving more items into our new addition and renovating other areas.

However, when weather permits, the Jay County Historical Museum will be closed on Mondays.  

The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday at 10 to 4:00 PM. 

Monday and Saturday the museum is open by chance or by appointment.

A new display already in place is about the local Grange.  Stop by and see this in the library showcases.