About Us
Lyles Station Historic Preservation
Corporation Mission Statement

The specific and primary purposes are to unite
organizations in order to insure the Historic
Preservation and welfare of Lyles Station, Indiana,
a community west of Princeton, Indiana.  The
mission on the Lyles Station Historic Preservation
Corporation is to preserve the oral, written, and
physical history, artifacts, building, and land which
identifies and/or describes events, activities and
life experiences of the people and the community
known as Lyles Station in Gibson County, Indiana,
incorporated in 1886.  
The Lyles Consolidated School was constructed in 1922 and continued to
hold classes until 1958. The ensuing years took a heavy toll on the building’
s structure. In 1996, a former resident of Lyles Station, Stanley Madison,
began meeting with Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and its African-
began meeting with Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and its African-
American Landmarks committee, resulting in the formation of the Lyles
Station Historic Preservation Corporation (LSHPC).
School Construction

The LSHPC was established for the specific and primary purpose of
preserving the oral, written and physical history, artifacts, building and land
which identifies and/or describes events, activities and life experiences of
the people and the community known as Lyles Station in Gibson County,
Indiana. In 1999, the same year that the Lyles Consolidated School was
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Landmarks
Foundation listed it as one of Indiana’s Ten Most Endangered Places. The
Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation acquired the property and
began renovations on the building and developed a two-fold plan for use of
the former school. This plan called for the establishment of a museum/local
history center which would provide an opportunity for the public to witness
the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans, specifically
those persons with heritage in rural southern Indiana, and the development
of the Heritage School.
Stanley Madison
Chairman &
Founder of the Lyles Station Historic Preservation
Corporation
Historic Preservation Corporation

The Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation (LSHPC), a not-for-profit (501(C) 3) organization, was
established in A
ugust 1998 for the specific and primary purpose of preservation of the oral, written and
physical history, artifacts, building and land which identifies and/or describes events, activities and life
experiences of the people and the community known as Lyles Station in Gibson County, Indiana.

The goals of the LSHPC are multifaceted. The first project undertaken by LSHPC was the purchase and
restoration of the Lyles Consolidated school. LSHPC seeks to preserve an important Indiana Landmark with
restoration, but in keeping with the organization’s mission, to give life to the building by making it a useful and
attractive community amenity. We anticipate that the services and programs delivered through this project will
enhance the quality of life for residents of Gibson County. The Lyles Consolidated School building, dating from
1922, is the most prominent building in the community and one, which, along with the Wayman Chapel A.M.E.
church, best indicates the aspirations and values of the people who dwelt there. The outstanding significance of
the school building is recognized beyond Lyles Station.

The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a rare surviving manifestation of Indiana’s
rural African American heritage. The school is further recognized for its role as an extraordinary institution from
which many individuals advanced to achieve distinction.

The building ceased to be used as a school in 1958. The ensuring years took a heavy toll on its fabric and
structure, and a portion of the rear of the building is in a state of collapse. In recognition of its importance
and its declining condition, Historic Landmarks Foundation listed it as one of Indiana’s Ten Most Endangered
Places. Through the use of Historic Landmarks Statewide Revolving Loan Fund, the Lyles Station Historic
Preservation Corporation purchased and completed emergency stabilization of the school.

In addition to previous support from the Gibson Community Foundation, LSHPC was awarded a grants from the
United States Department of Agriculture & Build Indiana to complete the restoration of the building. The
Architect was George Ridgway, the contractor Jeffrey Koester both noted by Preservationist to be among the
best in the physical restoration of rare and historic properties.
Lyles Station Ground breaking with
Senator Lindlel Hume & Judy
O'Bannon, wife of then Govenor of
Indiana, Frank O'Bannon.
  • Joyce Granger, Secretary
  • Carolynn Butts
  • Travis Nolcox
  • Bobbi Granger
  • Valgenia McCray
  • Aaron Tyson Sims
  • Clair Juenell Owens
Board Members
953 N. County Road, 500 W.
Princeton, IN 47670
812.385.2534