The Former Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Children's Home is located at:
10892 North St. Rd. 140
Knightstown, IN 46148
The facility is now run by the
National Guard based
Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy. You can find out more about them by clicking onto the link below:
Don Buckley, Class of 1959 Accepts Award For Alumni Association
On April 11, 2012, the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) presented four of their yearly Historic Preservation Awards. Paul Diebold (Team Leader Survey & Registration) presented the Award for Outstanding National Register Nomination to the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home Alumni Association and the Military Department. As our representative for the Morton Memorial Alumni Association, and the one person that put in many hours of work in to get this accomplished, Don Buckley was the obvious person to accept this award. Both Don and the Military Department collaborated to nominate our campus (ISSCH) to the National Register of Historic Place and received the "Award for Outstanding Effort." Our "Thanks" to Don for his hard work!
Originally designed for disabled veterans, ISSCH became the Home for thousands of orphaned Hoosier children since it was established in 1865. Our Alumni Association (since it's founding in 1892) has maintained strong ties to the Home and will continue to do so in the future. During the nomination process, the Indiana Department of the Military assumed control over the campus and helped to finish the nomination. The Military Department plans to re-adapt both the historic and non-historic buildings on campus and use the structures to continue to serve children. Today the campus is home to the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a program for at-risk youth ran by the Indiana Army National Guard.
The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home Alumni Association would like to thank the DHPA for recognizing our campus and it's historic significance to Indiana, our veterans, and the many children that have resided at the Home for over 144 years. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Indiana Army National Guard for helping us to attain this goal.
The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors'
Children's Home Alumni Association
The (ISSCH) Alumni Association was established in 1892, dedicated to the perpetuation of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the ISSCH Alumni Association. We are a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization committed to preserving the rich History of our Home and to promote the well-being and education of children through chosen representatives and committees.
ISSCH Alumni Association
The Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Children's Home, Knightstown, Indiana
Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy Director Bethany Williams, Cadet Josiah Schaekel, and Congressman Luke Messer. Schaekel
Is the 2014 ISSCH Alumni Scholarship winner. He is a resident of Greenfield Indiana and plans to further his education. Congressman Messer Spoke to the Graduating Cadets. He encouraged them to Take advantage of the opportunity that has been put in front of them. Being from a small town in Indiana, Messer told the cadets that anything is possible if they focus on their future.
Photo by Doug Jordan