Indiana Historical Society Awards Another Grant
Aug, 20 2018

IHS Proud to Award Grant to Museum of Miniature Houses

Carmel, Ind.—Upgrades are coming to the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel thanks in part to a $6,800 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). The funding will support the organization’s “Relighting the Rooms” campaign, with a goal to enhance and repair ceiling lighting that has been in place since the musuem’s opening in 1993.

“Our visitors will benefit from this project, as they will have clear, well-directed and sufficient lighting on the houses and room boxes they want to view,” said Suzie Moffett, co-founder of the Museum of Miniature Houses. “The museum benefits because of an enhanced visitor experience which, in turn, causes more repeat visits and word-of-mouth endorsement.”

The Museum of Miniature Houses is one of 22 organizations recognized with the fifth round of Heritage Support Grants, provided by IHS and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. Since the program’s launch in 2016, grant funds from the Endowment have allowed IHS to award an average of $500,000 per grant cycle to organizations in 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

This is the third Heritage Support Grant for the Museum of Miniature Houses and one of several recent renovation efforts. In 2017, the organization received a grant of $5,300, which helped create new exhibit space by turning storage cabinets into display areas. This change, and others, allowed the museum to go from four temporary exhibits per year to at least eight per year.

Another Heritage Support Grant of $4,982 allowed the museum to install, repair and upgrade interior lighting in 40 houses and room boxes. The new lighting is LED energy efficient.

More information on the Museum of Miniature Houses can be found online at To learn more about IHS or the Heritage Support Grant program, call (317) 232-1882 or visit

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and its home state, Indiana.

About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.