The Starke County Historical Society hopes to move its museum into a new building within the next three years. It’s currently located in the home of former Indiana Gov. Henry F. Schricker at 401 South Main Street in downtown Knox. Historical Society President Ron Vendl says the home is “jam packed with items of historical significance.” He adds there is no space left to store or display things. Family physician and longtime historical society benefactor Dr. Walter Fritz has offered to sell the historical society his medical office building at 1520 South Heaton St. to use as an additional museum. The 2,550 square-feet of space on the main floor is equal to that of the Schricker home, with an additional 2,100 square feet of storage space in the the basement.
Vendl says the board needs to raise $200,000 over the next three years in order to buy the building and relocate many of the current museum artifacts. Once that is done, plans call for turning the Schricker site into a historical home, which will still be open to the public for events and visits.
Contact Vendl at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to contribute to the campaign, or call the museum at 574-772-5393.