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Re-opening historical museum inches closer with completion of Stone Barn Phase II renovations




Contractor Paul Schutter, left, and Carroll County Historical Society Board President Randy Myers look over the brick arch found during Phase II work of the Stone Barn renovation project. Photo provided

Contractor Paul Schutter, left, and Carroll County Historical Society Board President Randy Myers look over the brick arch found during Phase II work of the Stone Barn renovation project. Photo provided

Phase II of the Stone Barn renovation project has just been completed by the Carroll County Historical Society (CCHS), with the help of a North Central Health Services (NCHS) grant, administered by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF).

“We are happy to announce that we have finished Phase II, which included some infrastructure, a fire alarm system, and emergency exit code upgrades required by the state,” said Randy Myers, president of CCHS. Phase II provides an emergency staircase and exit path for the second floor Exhibit Hall.

In addition, local donations – paired with CCHS volunteer labor – allowed installation of a vinyl plank wood floor in the Exhibit Hall encompassing the entire second floor.

A happy surprise surfaced during Phase II construction when Contractor Paul Schutter uncovered an original brick arch between the main and back sections of the building. The arch has been left uncovered and, in Phase III, more of its surface will be revealed when the first floor ceilings and wall work is completed.

A wide staircase provides a safe exit from the second floor Exhibit Hall in the Carroll County Historical Museum in Delphi. Photo provided

A wide staircase provides a safe exit from the second floor Exhibit Hall in the Carroll County Historical Museum in Delphi. Photo provided

Phase I, completed in June 2018, also was supported by NCHS and included architectural work, the bulk of HVAC and electrical work, ADA bathroom upgrades, a staff work area for handling museum items, and a climatecontrolled room for storing collections.

“We would not have been able to complete Phases I and II without the aid of NCHS,” Myers added, “and we’re very excited to soon be reopening the museum as a result of their generosity.”

Once completed, the Stone Barn will house both museum collections and genealogy archives for all townships in Carroll County. The museum Exhibit Hall will be open to the public and to area schools for tours, and the public will have easier access to genealogical archives used by individuals, economic development researchers, and historians.

CCHS has now begun fundraising for Phase III to help with interior renovations on the first floor as well as both stationary and rotating cabinets and displays in the Exhibit Hall, which will feature plaques “in honor of” and “in memory of” donors who support this project.

“We believe we are good stewards, both of our collections and of donations given to us in good faith,” said Myers, who thanked the public for their support of CCHS suppers, Pioneer Garden brick sales, and in giving monetary donations, which support both the renovations and operational costs.

Information about the project is available from any member of the CCHS Board, including Myers: Teresa Maxwell, secretary; Theresa Peters, co-treasurer; and members Phyllis Porter, Rosie Wilson, Carol Oliver, Theresa Caudillo, Eric Flora, and County Historian Mark Smith.

Phase II was made possible in part due to a $50,000 grant from NCHS. NCHS acts in part as a grant-making organization providing primarily capital grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that share the NCHS commitment to health and the development of healthy communities in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties.