The HPS mission is to protect Putnam County's Historic assets through Action, Advocacy and Education. We promote and encourage interest in homes and their families, buildings, properties, history and heritage of the Putnam County area.
Some of our projects and events over the past years have included hosting an Indiana Landmarks’ presentation on residential architectural styles found in Greencastle, windows workshops, a walking tour of the Eastern Enlargement area and adding new Putnam County businesses of note to the Heritage Wall located on the west side of Vine Street in Greencastle.
The Heritage Preservation Society offered a hands-on windows workshop at the Putnam County Museum. Presented by Jack Patchin' and Rhonda Deeg with Ol' House Experts, attendees learned lots of new tricks for repairing old windows.
On May 22, people interested in historic architecture had a perfect opportunity to explore over 70 old homes in Greencastle.
In honor of National Preservation Month, the Heritage Preservation Society and Indiana Landmarks offered a free presentation on Architectural styles and a self-guided walking tour of a sampling of homes in the historic Eastern Enlargement
HPS also sponsors an annual historic haunted cemetery tour as a fundraiser. County Historian Larry Tippin took visitors through a history of Bainbridge and Brick Chapel cemeteries. Forest Hill Cemetery Supervisor Ernie Phillips and his staff explained the history of the largest cemetery in the county. David English provided stories and lore about the county on the downtown haunted and historic walking tour.
In the coming year, HPS plans to offer more cemetery tours in the late summer/early fall as well as a spring event of some sort in conjunction with National Preservation Month in May.
Past Accomplishments include:
Held first preservation Fair in May 1979
Began beautification of Vine Street parking lot with flowers and trees
HPS decorated a Victorian Christmas tree for the Putnam County rotunda
Sponsored walking tours of the courthouse square
Sponsored the first interest in a county museum
Established a Heritage Wall of Honor on Vine Street
Preserved and relocated several historic residences in the community to prevent their destruction
Restoration of the Putnam County Senior Center, a historic building on the north side of the downtown square with a grant from the state Focus Fund of the Indiana Department of Commerce
Encouraged businesses to refurbish their store fronts to commemorate the square in the historic register
With a grant from IBM for community improvement the Socety reprinted a map "A Birds-eye view of Greencastle"
Assisted local artist Barbara Poor in the selection of sites celebrated in murals in Courtroom One in the county courthouse
Printed a booklet, "James Whitcomb Riley, Hoosier Poet 1849-1916" written by Dr. Harold Spicer
Printed "A Survey of Putnam County, Indiana's Historic Sites and Structures" compiled by Dr. John Baughman
Conducted a study of Putnam County's covered bridges published as a map by the Chamber of Commerce
Given grants to the community for tree planting around the square, DAR cabin in Robe Ann Park, gift to DePauw University for East College restoration, donation toward the removal and relocation of Dr. Amos Horn's office in Putnamville
The deconstruction of an 1819 log cabin in southern Putnam County and relocated it to Cloverdale Town Park
Reorganized in 2007 adding many new members and allying itself with Historic Landmarks of Indiana