Duke Energy Gives Grant To Milan ’54 Museum

Posted On July 17, 2012

Press release from Ripley County Tourism Bureau


Milan '54 Museum(Milan, Ind.) – Milan 54, Inc. is pleased to announce the awarding of a grant for $3,500.00 to the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum from the Duke Energy Foundation.  This grant will be used to help purchase the “Hoosiers Collection” which will be on permanent display in the new museum.   The “Hoosiers Collection” is the world’s largest known collection of “Hoosiers” movie memorabilia which includes movie props and uniforms used in the 1986 sports classic. This collection contains more than 180 items consisting of basketball uniforms, cheer leading outfits and other assorted movie props. Included in this collection is a large assortment of the Hickory Huskers uniforms including “Jimmy Chitwood’s #15 home uniform as well as  Barbara Hershey’s ¾ length “Betty Rose” vintage coat that she wore when confronting coach Norman Dale about his past. “The Hoosiers Collection will be a wonderful addition to the museum and will preserve these historic artifacts for the people of Indiana” said Marianne Wiggers President of Milan 54, Inc.  “We are very grateful to the Duke Energy Foundation for their support the Hoosier Collection project.”


About the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum:


Before Indiana adopted the high school class basketball tournament system, teams from all sizes of schools competed against each other for that one coveted title—Indiana State Basketball Champions. In 1954 the reign of the large Indiana High Schools ended when the team from Milan High School in Milan, Indiana (with an enrollment of just 161) defeated the Muncie Central team (with an enrollment of 1,662). A shot taken in the last moments brought the score to Milan 32-Muncie 30. Basketball enthusiasts from all over the United States cheered for the Milan Indians Boys Basketball team and sent messages of congratulations. Thousands of fans gathered in the small town of Milan to watch as a huge parade brought the team back to town. In 1986 the small town’s accomplishment was made into the movie “Hoosiers” and the fan-base for the Milan Indians team grew even more. Today people come from all over the United States and many countries of the world to see the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum and re-live the “David vs Goliath event by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible. The museum is located in the former Nichols Barbershop and is packed with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship as well as the 1986 movie “Hoosiers.”        


The museum is currently under-going an extensive expansion. Renovation has begun next door at the historic former State Bank of Milan Building and with its expanded floor space will be the new home of the Milan 54 –Hoosiers Museum.  The move into this new space is expected later this year.  For more information visit www.Milan54.org