Hoosiers Museum starts McKittrick Endowment Fund
MILAN - The Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum announced Saturday, June, 22, that it will honor Roselyn McKittrick by creating an endowment fund in her memory.
The announcement came at a reunion, held in Milan, which commemorated the 65th anniversary of Milan High School’s legendary 1954 state championship.
The museum has set a goal of raising $2 million for the endowment fund, and will seek to reach its goal by 2022.
The endowment’s goal is aimed to provide a permanent funding source to ensure the museum stays in Milan for decades to come, and will allow the museum to hire a full-time director.
Mrs. McKittrick, who passed away in March, was a well-known figure in Milan whose legacy is tied to her founding of the museum. The museum’s humble beginning took place in a corner of her antique store.
McKittrick worked tirelessly to ensure the story of Milan’s epic state championship was preserved and shared with younger generations. Her efforts led to the development of the Milan ’54 Museum, now located in the renovated bank building on Carr Street.
The museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 38 nations around the world.
“Today is a historic day for the Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum,” said Tom Kohlmeier, president of the museum board. “We honor the legacy of Roselyn McKittrick, the founder of the museum and a person who devoted her life’s work to preserving the rich history of the 1954 Milan team.
“We seek to honor Roselyn through our campaign by establishing a fund that will allow for future generations to relive the Milan story. Especially gratifying is that we make this announcement on the 65th anniversary of the 1954 state championship, with many members of that team with us today.”
Dennis McKittrick, Roselyn’s son, said: “The McKittrick family is grateful to be included as part of the 1954 basketball family and looks forward to the reunion. We are extremely honored with the establishment of the Roselyn McKittrick Endowment Fund to benefit the Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum. This is a wonderful way to honor our mother, and will serve as a tremendous testament to her legacy and the rich history with the museum.”
Indiana 1954 Mr. Basketball award winner Bobby Plump, who hit the game-winning shot in the 32-30 state title victory over Muncie Central, added: “Roselyn McKittrick is the person who extended the history of the Milan Miracle. Her founding of the museum to honor the 1954 championship has led to people from all 50 states and more than 30 countries to visit our town.
“With her passing, we truly lost a Milan Indian. It is proper and fitting that an endowment memorializing Roselyn be established and will forever recognize her many contributions both to the town of Milan and to our team’s history.”
Current Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a proclamation for the 65th reunion, stating: “For the last 65 years Hoosiers have learned valuable lessons about overcoming adversity thanks to the incredible example of this team.”
Those wishing to make a gift, multi-year pledge, or a planned gift to the Roselyn McKittrick Endowment can do so by going to the museum’s website at https://milan54.org/, or contacting Tom Kohlmeier (317) 409-5203.