Linda Rippy, Executive Director of the Marshall County Museum and Mike Miley, President of the Historical Society presented their quarterly report to the Marshall County Commissioners on Monday. 

Rippy told the commissioners the Historical Society received a Marshall County Community Foundation grant in the amount of $8,827.  The funds are for audio and visual systems in the museum’s community room.  She said the new equipment will help when they have the Brown Bag Lunch events or PowerPoint presentation for students on school tours and other events they do, saying, “We’ll be able to have proper audio and visual technology.” 

Mr. Miley said in the past they have projected the visual programs on the wall and the quality is poor.  He said the audio in the room is also terrible so the new equipment will be a real benefit.

Rippy told the commissioners they were the winner of the 2021 Indiana History Outstanding Organization Event or Project Award from the Indiana Historical Society.  The Indiana History Outstanding Organization Event or Project Award recognizes an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year, either one-time or ongoing, which relates to that organization’s mission.

The award was for the extraordinary photography of J.R. Koontz of Bremen display.  The Indiana Historical Society said, “The organization put together an exceptional exhibit highlighting Marshall County’s J.R. Koontz (1874-1947), who was a self-taught amateur photographer who lived his entire life on a farm near Bremen. His natural talents as a photographer illustrated his growing technical skills and his keen interest in broader cultural ideas.”