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June "Road Show" just the beginning of focus on Kendallville history

Downtown Kendallville's first-ever Antiques Road Show is just the beginning of a project the Humanities Committee of Experience the Heart of Kendallville (EHK) hopes will highlight Kendallville's historic buildings, products, and people for many years to come.


In a grant proposal submitted by EHK seeking $10,000 from Indiana Humanities, one of the supporting partners in the PreservINg Main Street program, plans are outlined to add multiple historic markers identifying noteworthy architecture of several buildings along Main Street, large format window clings featuring prominent Kendallville figures, an initial printing of 500 booklets to accompany self-guided walking tours, and the development of a mobile app offering a menu of walking tour options as well.

The committee's proposal explained a mobile app called "Clio" will be used as a sort of permanent repository of Kendallville history. The app is described as a tool for residents and visitors to enjoy self-guided walking tours and is expected to be available for use later this summer.


The upcoming Kendallville Antiques Road Show will mark the kick-off of EHK's celebration of local history and will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 on Main Street. Community members, historians, and others are invited to bring and exhibit Kendallville-related antiques including products made in Kendallville and Noble County. Food, drinks, and historic walking tours narrated by Terry Household, local historian, will also be available for the public to enjoy.

EHK Humanities Committee members:

  • Amanda Blackman

  • Terry Householder

  • Kristen Johnson

  • Mike Mapes

  • Sam Opshal

  • Julia Tipton

  • Alexis Wilson

For more information, contact a committee member or call the Main Street office at (260) 318-0883.