Through generous support and a labor of love, Kurt’s Forever Home continues to grow, evolve, and expand on Vonnegut’s legacy of freedom of expression and common decency. The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant that will allow KVML to undertake crucial updates to the infrastructure and security of the building as well as critical updates to our archiving processes. KVML has a large collection of memorabilia related to Vonnegut, including his typewriter, his Purple Heart, letters, and family photographs. Unfortunately, KVML’s collection is not stored in ideal preservation conditions. Through this project, KVML will make crucial updates to the 10,000 square foot building it owns, specifically: installing UV film; purchasing and installing a security system; replacing two HVAC units; replacing EIFS; transitioning to LED lighting; replacing the roof; and installing humidity-controlled exhibit cases and storage cases. These changes will ensure future generations have the opportunity to visit KVML and learn about the historical context and literary merit of Kurt Vonnegut’s work.

Please see the Public Notice by the National Endowment for the Humanities below:

PUBLIC NOTICE

Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of

Increasing Care for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library’s Collection

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Inc., a grant to make crucial collections care and security systems and updates for their facility.  NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470. NEH, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties.  If any proposed action will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.  Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.

The proposed undertaking involves renovation of the building located at 543 Indiana Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. The building is located within and contributes to the Indiana Avenue Historic District, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 12, 1987. The proposed project will replace and repair existing deteriorated exterior insulation finish system, replace the asphalt-shingle and synthetic rubber membrane roofs, replace two existing HVAC units located on the roof, install UV film on all 76 museum windows, and install interior lighting. The project also involves the installation of a security system and display cases.

On May 18, 2021, Beth K. McCord, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Division of Historic Preservation & Archeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources NEH concluded that the characteristics that qualify the historic property for inclusion in the National Register will not be diminished as a result of this project.  NEH has determined that the project will have “no adverse effect”.

As required by Section 106, NEH is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties.  Comments may be submitted to the NEH by e-mail to [email protected]  The deadline for submitting comments is Monday, June 28, 2021.