Humes House

The historic Humes House, 709 Elm Street in Madison is shown.

The Cornerstone Society of Madison is partnering with the City of Madison and Indiana Landmarks to rejuvenate the historic Humes House, 709 Elm Street, in downtown Madison.

The structure is the home where the Humes family raised 12 children, several known for their outstanding athletic skills with the Madison Cubs and beyond as Larry Humes reigned as Mr. Basketball in 1962 and played on a two-time national championship team at the University of Evansville while Willie Humes went on to be one of the nation’s leading scorers while playing at Idaho State University. Both are inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jan Vetrhus, a member of Cornerstone’s board of directors, said the house is still owned by the Humes family, who want to restore the structure.

Cornerstone welcomes volunteers to help with the project from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday May 13-14. Volunteers should arrive at 709 Elm Street with their own dust masks and work clothes. Tools such as shovels, brooms, dust pans, pry bars and hammers may also be helpful.

The effort is part of a year-long training initiative by Indiana Landmarks’ Inaugural Affiliate Advancement Program to strengthen volunteer-driven local groups.

“As the largest National Historic Landmark district in Indiana, Madison’s rich inventory of historic resources is one of the essential factors that makes our city a great place to live, work, and visit,” Cornerstone Society President Link Ludington said. “We’re excited to collaborate with other organizations and citizens of Madison to celebrate and promote our city’s special architectural heritage.”

The Affiliate Advancement Program will include workshops conducted by leading professionals in which participating organizations will learn strategies to help improve fundraising and planning efforts, develop new opportunities for community engagement, and communicate historic preservation’s role in creating vibrant, resilient communities.

Other organizations selected to participate in 2022 include Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement; Noblesville Preservation Alliance; Save Our Stories in Marion; and Vincennes Knox Preservation Foundation.

The groups were selected via a competitive application process from among Indiana Landmarks’ 61 affiliate organizations, which work as local partners to help save and revitalize historic places. In making the announcement, Indiana Landmarks stated each participating organization has demonstrated leadership in rehabilitating historic properties within its community, but seeks ideas for increasing local capacity.