Hello all!

Grover Center has undergone some changes for the new year.

We have a new Executive Director as of September 2023, Sarah Richardt. We have two new positions on our team. Alyssa Flory is our new collections manager. We also have a new museum assistant, Nicole Collings. Alyssa and Nicole are both Shelbyville natives and their combined positions replace our past office manager position. 

In December, we celebrated our annual festival of trees with the help of our great volunteers and then got right to work during the January shutdown

Every room in the streets was cleaned from top to bottom. It took our staff and volunteers many days to thoroughly clean every inch in the museum. The artifacts were inventoried and new exhibits were created in the streets. 

We are resetting all of the artifacts in our collection. This is a huge undertaking and is projected to take almost a year to complete condition reports and rehouse our textile collection. We are cataloging every item we have to make our collection records more complete. 

In February we co-organized with Second Baptist Church, James Garrett Jr., Pastor Tony Lambert, Donna Dennison & the Shelby County Public Library to put on four programs for Black History Month. These events were a big success and had a lot of support from our community. We also hosted an exhibit called Influencing Lincoln: The Pursuit of Black Freedom, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum. 

March is bringing a new look to the Grover Center. We are getting all new flooring on our main floor in March. We will be temporarily closed on the main floor from 3/6 to 3/16 but our basement exhibits and textile collection will remain open to visitors. The flooring is made possible due to the generosity of Shelbyville Paint, Flooring & More as well as grants and sponsors: Wortman Family Foundation, Mainstreet Interior Renovation, and Rush Shelby Energy. Thank you for making this renovation possible!

We are hosting a Reminiscence Night of the Elks Club here at Grover Center on March 19th at 6:30pm. We invite you to come share your memories with us. 

We will have special hours on the weekend of the Eclipse. We will be open on the 6th from 10am to 4pm, and we will be open on the eve of the Eclipse March 7th from 12pm to 4pm. 

Grover Center is making big changes this year. We invite you to come and see some of the progress we’ve made the past couple of months. Thank you to our volunteers and visitors for your continuous support of Grover Center Museum & Historical Society. We couldn’t do it without you.

See you soon!