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RSRF Grant To Milan Museum Will Groom Barber Shop

Posted On September 04, 2014

By Amanda Barry

Milan's 1954 basketball team gather with their state championship trophy, held by coach Marvin Wood. Milan '54 Museum

Milan’s 1954 basketball team gather with their state championship trophy, held by coach Marvin Wood.
Milan ’54 Museum

(Milan, Ind.) – Milan ’54 Hoosiers historical museum has received a $30,000 grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.

This grant will provide funding to rehabilitate the museum’s Nichols Barber Shop.  The barber shop, which will be fully restored to an operational and historically accurate 1950’s barbershop, is adjacent to the museum.

“Barber shops in the 1950’s played such an important part of the community life in Milan and was accurately portrayed as such in the movie,” said Marianne Wiggers, President of Milan 54, Inc. “This will be a fantastic interactive addition to the museum.”

Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.

Rising Sun Regional Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum.

The museum is located at 201 West Carr Street in downtown Milan, Indiana with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship and the 1986 movie “Hoosiers”. Thousands of people from all over the Unites States and many countries visit it each year to relive the David vs. Goliath moment by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible. The boys from Milan High School, with an enrollment of 161, defeated Muncie Central team, with an enrollment of 1,662, 32-30 to win the title.

For more information visit www. Milan54.org.

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